I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
Last week, New Mexico Senator Tom Udall, along with six of his fellow Democratic colleagues, proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow Congress to regulate the campaign finance system. Long an advocate of campaign finance reform, Udall…
Former Gov. Gary Johnson filed the paperwork for his candidacy in the New Hampshire presidential primary — mere hours before the filing deadline in the crucial early primary state. After a campaign mix-up, Johnson was forced to take a red-eye from Arizona to file his paperwork in person.
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson will be allowed to participate in Thursday’s Fox News debate in Orlando, Fla., among Republican presidential candidates, The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz reports
At the Florida tea party debate on Monday, GOP presidential candidate and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann criticized policies allowing undocumented immigrants to receive in-state tuition for public universities by hearkening back to a previous era.
During Monday night’s CNN/Tea Party GOP debate, Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann took aim at Gov. Rick Perry’s 2007 executive order requiring middle school girls to be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus (HPV), the most frequent sexually transmitted disease…
If he wins the Republican nomination for president, you can count on evolution, climate change, The Texas Miracle and a host of other issues becoming interesting to voters when they think about Rick Perry. For now — chasing only Republican votes — his positions on those issues seem pretty safe. Immigration, though, is dogging him everywhere he goes.
New Mexico’s First Congressional District — which encompasses Albuquerque, its suburbs and a sparsely-populated rural area to the east — swung with the political winds in the past two elections. Rep. Martin Heinrich saw a 12-point victory in 2008 to become the first Democrat to represent the seat, but in 2010 he came within four points of losing. Now, he’s vacating the seat to run for the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman.
To be successful as the governor of Texas, it doesn’t hurt to be a friend to the Latino community. To become the Republican presidential nominee, however, it may hurt a great deal. So it is that newly minted candidate Rick Perry finds himself under attack from both sides on the immigration debate.
“I’m running for Congress because we are under attack in this country,” Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “A band of right-wing radicals in Congress has hijacked our country and put the interests of their corporate masters ahead of the middle class, seniors and the most vulnerable among us.”
Several 2012 GOP candidates have released official statements following Sunday’s announcement by former Gov. Tim Pawlenty that his campaign would be ending following its third place finish at the Ames Straw Poll. One, New Mexico’s Gary Johnson, used the news to question the “inflated role” of the event, which he calls a “pay-to-play gathering.”
It’s once again the time in American politics when all eyes turn to Iowa, and nearly every political pundit in the nation pauses long enough on his/her trek into flyover country to wonder why.
Gov. Rick Perry delivered his signature anti-Washington, states’-rights rhetoric to a packed theater at the National Conference for State Legislatures in San Antonio Wednesday, lauding Texas as the “epicenter of job growth,” pointing to 40 percent increase of new jobs created in the state as proof. Perry has been fond of peddling that figure on his way to a likely presidential bid, but it’s a misleading measure of Texas’ jobs.
Following months of hype, speculation and protesting, tens of thousands of worshipers gathered in Houston’s Reliant Stadium Saturday to join Gov. Rick Perry for “The Response,” a prayer and fast event headlined by a who’s-who of major — and sometimes controversial — evangelical Christian leaders.
The Response, a prayer and fasting event featuring rumored presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry and financed by the American Family Association, has drawn heat from faith leaders and the civil liberties groups who say the event leaves out people who are not conservative Christians and blurs the line between church and state. But the Aug. 6 event has also received sharp criticism from within the conservative Christian movement for some of its sponsors who hail from the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement, a branch of Pentecostalism that some view as pagan because it works to “divorce” America from a demon called Baal.
Of the approximately 15 Republicans who have either announced or hinted a run for president in 2012, the abortion-rights policy group NARAL Pro-Choice has identified the 12 most prominent potential contenders as presenting a threat to women’s access to abortion and family-planning services.
More than halfway through a panel discussion before Republican rainmakers in Aspen, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, while extolling his own foreign policy credentials, referred to himself “as the president.” Recognizing his mistake, he repeated it, this time with a head-bobbing cackle straight out of former President George W. Bush’s playbook. Then he shot the crowd a knowing look and corrected himself.
Six GOP presidential candidates — including former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson — will clash Wednesday afternoon in a first-of-its-kind Twitter debate hosted by a national tea party organization.
Changes to Bob Vander Plaats’ “marriage vow” did “nothing to make their offensive and divisive pledge more acceptable to the vast majority of Republicans who get the fact that pandering to a small slice of Iowa voters and caucus-goers is a recipe for reelecting President Obama,” said former governor and GOP presidential hopeful Gary Johnson.
Hermain Cain doesn’t seem to be making many friends among Latinos. Somos Republicans, the nation’s largest Hispanic GOP watchdog group, has taken exception to statements made by the Atlanta businessman and Republican presidential hopeful that the way to solve the nation’s concerns with illegal immigration is to build a moat filled with alligators and an electrified “Great Wall of China.”