This week on New Mexico in Focus, we look at legislation that could give voters the chance to vote to change how the state’s primary elections are operated. Bob Perls from New Mexico Open Primaries sits down with producer Sarah Gustavus to talk about why he believes opening up primary voting to people who aren’t registered Democrat or Republican will help increase engagement in politics and civic life. Host Gene Grant and this week’s Line opinion panelists also discuss the idea of open primaries.
Correspondent Gwyneth Doland takes us to the Roundhouse to examine proposals to increase accountability and oversight for campaign finance reporting. It’s the latest report for the People, Power and Democracy Project.
Host Gene Grant and this week’s Line opinion panelists also discuss funding for behavioral health services across the state and legislation that addresses wages.
The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Sarah Gustavus. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.
Episode 931 airs February 5, 2016 at 7:00pm on Ch.5.1
The People, Power and Democracy project is examining ethics, accountability and transparency in state government during the 2016 legislative session. Join our community conversation about the influence of money in politics.
Are you concerned about dark money that is funding national campaign ads?
Do you think big money gives some individuals and organizations greater access to politicians?
Should the state increase oversight of campaign spending reports?
Should New Mexico have an independent ethics commission for elected officials?
What reforms would increase your trust in government?
Good government proposals like electronic campaign reporting, lobbyist expenditure reporting and changes to the campaign finance reporting process haven’t received the same attention this session as other high profile issues like crime bills, but we believe it is important to highlight the influences behind the scenes and potential solutions that might restore public trust and the health of our democracy.