Lawmakers re-elected to caucus positions

Two local Republican legislators were re-elected to their caucus positions Saturday, according to information from the House Republican Caucus. Keith Gardner of District 66 was re-elected as Republican whip, and Anna Crook of District 64 was again chosen as caucus chairwoman. The House Republican Caucus held the leadership elections Saturday at the Albuquerque Hilton.

Expect same from GOP congress

Eastern New Mexico residents who fear the Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives will mean a loss of benefits probably needn’t worry. Despite all the rhetoric to that effect, the Grand Old Party traditionally has shown a grand old habit for maintaining and even expanding services — and debt — as have the […]

Short wins magistrate judge seat

Argen Duncan Republican Linda J. Short won the Roosevelt County magistrate judge position Tuesday with almost 77 percent of votes. Her opponent, Democrat James “Jim” W. Lee, had 1,018 of the 4,385 votes in the race. “I’m very happy,” Short said. Short plans to attend three weeks of new judges training starting Nov. 15 in […]

Their view: Corruption needs to be stopped

Matt Chandler, Republican candidate for New Mexico attorney general, is concerned about corruption in government. Here’s a snippet from a recent guest column Chandler wrote for nmpolitics.net:

Their view: Martinez says she’s focused on crime

Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez says she will be tough on crime if she’s elected. From her website (www.susanamartinez2010.com):

Republican Burton likely to take commission seat

Elida-area resident Republican Scott Burton is the likely successor to two-term Democrat Roosevelt County Commissioner Gene Creighton. Burton won a three-person race in Roosevelt County’s District 4 Republican primary Tuesday, garnering 144 votes to nearest challenger Nancy Gentry’s 117. David Craig tallied 57 votes. With no one filed on the Democrat primary ballot in the […]

Belcher wins Republican primary; retains county assessor spot

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Incumbent Roosevelt County Assessor Tex Belcher kept his position by capturing more than 71 percent of the votes for the Republican seat in Tuesday’s primary election. Belcher received 998 votes, compared to the 398 votes — or almost 29 percent — challenger Kenner Carrasco received. There was no Democrat […]

Roosevelt County farmer wins Republican seat for land commissioner

Roosevelt County farmer and cattle rancher Matthew Rush on Tuesday won the nomination in the Republican primary for land commissioner — a position among the most powerful in New Mexico state government. Rush defeated former Bernalillo County GOP executive director Bob Cornelius. Unofficial returns showed Rush with nearly 66 percent of the votes with 65 […]

Lyons wins Republican PRC District 2 nod

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native and Public Lands Commissioner Patrick Lyons prevailed Tuesday, sweeping 60 percent of the votes and gaining the Republican nomination for Public Regulations Commissioner, District 2. With a 13,863 to 9,249 edge, Lyons had a lead of 4,614 votes over opponent Robert Corn. In the November General Election, Lyons faces Stephanie […]

Their view: Candidates respond to essay question

New Mexico has three Republican candidates running for lieutenant governor in Tuesday’s primary. Five Democrats are seeking the post. We recently invited all to respond to the question: How will you make New Mexicans’ lives better as lieutenant governor? Democrat responses will be published in Friday’s Portales News-Tribune. Here is a sampling of Republican responses […]