Their view: Candidate vows to fight corruption

Allen Weh, a Republican candidate for New Mexico governor, has this to say about government corruption: “Public corruption in New Mexico has reached embarrassing levels and has redefined “politics as usual” in our state — for the worst. “As a candidate for governor, my first pledge to the people of New Mexico will be to […]

Candidate profiles: Attorney general

The following are candidates for state Attorney General in the June 1 primary election. Incumbent Gary King is running unopposed for the Democrat nomination. Matt Chandler is running unopposed for the Republican nomination. Both were asked the same set of questions. Matt Chandler Republican Q: What are your specific goals for this position if elected? […]

Their turn: Republican tax assessor candidate tours experience

New Mexico’s primary elections are June 1. TEX BELCHER is a Republican candidate for Roosevelt County tax assessor. He’s running against KENNER CARRASCO. Here’s what Belcher had to say when we asked about his qualifications for the job: “My name is Tex Belcher and I was born and raised in Roosevelt County. I have three […]

Their view: Let’s put focus on victims’ rights

Susana Martinez is a Republican candidate for New Mexico governor. Here’s what she has to say about crime: “For too long, soft-on-crime politicians have focused less on the rights of victims and more on the rights of criminals. That will end in a Martinez Administration. I will make accountability the order of each and every […]

Their view: Success starts with students

Success starts with students Doug Turner is a Republican candidate for New Mexico governor. Here’s what he has to say about education: “We have a moral obligation to give our children the best future possible. … Many of New Mexico’s native sons and daughters owe their success to good schools and great teachers. But not […]

Congressional republican candidates stump in Clovis

By Karl Terry: FNM correspondent Eastern Plains residents got their first taste Thursday of Republican challengers for the 3rd Congressional District seat held by Democrat Ben Ray Lujan. The opportunity came at a standing-room-only forum at the Masters Centre in Clovis sponsored by the High Plains Patriots organization. The candidates each gave opening and closing […]

Bills seek to cushion interlock fund

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican A pair of lawmakers are working this session to make sure the state can continue to help low-income New Mexicans who are convicted of DWI get access to ignition interlock devices. The work by Sen. Kent Cravens, R-Albuquerque, and House Majority Leader Ken Martinez, D-Grants, would define […]

Bill seeks to cancel pit waste rule

The Santa Fe New Mexican A Republican legislator from northwestern New Mexico’s oil-and-gas-rich San Juan Basin is sponsoring a bill to rescind a controversial rule by the state Oil Conservation Division that tightened pit waste regulations. Waste products produced during the drilling and pumping process are stored in pits. The OCD claims unlined pits have […]

Candidate’s business accused of discrimination

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Clayton Ranch Market in Clayton. Clayton Ranch Market is owned by former District 67 State Rep. Brian Moore, who has entered the race for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of New Mexico. The lawsuit claims the store did not hire […]

Republican governor hopeful tests political waters across state

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico It may be a year off, but the New Mexico Gubernatorial race already has candidates out and about. In a swing through eastern new Mexico, Republican hopeful Doug Turner of Albuquerque met Curry County, Roosevelt County and Quay County Republican party members Wednesday to talk issues. He is traveling […]

Governor hopeful vows to clean up state Capitol

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A potential Republican candidate for New Mexico governor vowed to remove corruption from state government and make the state better for businesses during a stop in Portales Tuesday. Albuquerque businessman and retired U.S. Marine Allen Weh spoke to the Roosevelt County Republican Party Tuesday in the Portales National Bank […]

Rep. Paul’s call for federal audit on right track

Freedom New Mexico Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul has used his newfound prominence (coupled with deep concern over the ongoing financial crisis) to push for a measure that has long been close to his heart. Paul, whose spirited campaign for the Republican presidential nomination last year elicited a great deal of enthusiasm and intensity but […]

Editorial: Cap-and-trade bill promises paltry returns

Democratic dissension, Republican opposition and growing public skepticism may derail Congress’ potentially economy-crippling carbon cap-and-trade bill, perhaps saving Americans billions of dollars. The bill’s author, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is opposed by centrist Democrats, who fear the Draconian regulations would severely harm their constituents. Congress members representing the steel industry and coal and nuclear power […]

Gubernatorial candidate starts campaign early

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Freedom New Mexico Greg Zanetti of Albuquerque, a Republican candidate for state governor, stopped in Clovis on Wednesday, getting an early start on the 2010 campaign. Current Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat, is term-limited. Thus far, no others have announced for the position in either party. Zanetti most recently worked as a financial adviser and […]

Webcasts ‘thorny issue’

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican It’s the issue that won’t go away: to webcast or not from the state Capitol. As a House subcommittee considers whether and how to allow webcasting, the topic came up during Senate floor debate on a budget proposal when Sen. Mark Boitano, R-Albuquerque, attempted an amendment to […]

Ingle ready to lead Legislature

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Hunter, family man, farmer, state senator for 24 years. Portales resident Stuart Ingle wears many hats in eastern New Mexico, where he was born and raised. Ingle, a Republican elected to another term in November, has spent the last eight years as Senate minority leader. “I enjoy working with […]

Despite election outcome, area largely Republican

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico There were no surprises about the results of the Nov. 4 presidential election among political party leaders in eastern New Mexico. While President-Elect Barack Obama won the state, Republican John McCain was a decisive winner in Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties. Curry County Republican Chairman Rube Render said he […]

Republicans sweep county votes

PNT staff Roosevelt County voters bucked the national and state trend, choosing Republican John McCain by 4,285 votes to 2,270 votes for Democrat Barack Obama. Totals include 6,683 ballots, including most of the absentee votes. Roosevelt County voters also favored Republican Steve Pearce for U.S. Senate, though Democrat Tom Udall is projected to win statewide. […]

Campaign finance needs true reform

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Republican candidate for State Land Commissioner H. L. Kent was to speak at the Roosevelt County Courthouse, discussing problems “concerning the farmer, the stockman, the schools and our natural resources,” according to an ad for the event in the Portales Daily News.