Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Gorham's Victory May Herald Cooperation.(Final)

Byline: Larry Calloway For the Journal

John Dendahl told the Republican Central Committee before he was unseated as chairman by Ramsay Gorham: "Unlike my opponent, I am prepared to shout 'No!' to Bill Richardson's raid on the Permanent Fund."

The reference was the governor's plan to finance the teacher pay hike without raising taxes. It will require voter approval of a constitutional amendment in September allowing further drawdown of the state's unusual endowment.

Dendahl hit on a telltale issue. Conservatives of both parties in the Senate spoke against the Richardson amendment. And they used words similar to Dendahl's accusation that it's a raid.

Sen. Tim Jennings of Roswell was one of the Democrats who initially voted with Republicans against the amendment. …

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