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Political Rallies in New Mexico, Trump Protest

Credit: Sarah Gustavus

New Mexico in Focus recently spoke with voters outside rallies for Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. On Tuesday, protesters also gathered near the Trump rally to condemn some of the candidate’s statements on women, minorities, and immigrants. The people seen rioting on the streets later that night on local and national television were not the same ones who gathered peacefully earlier in the evening. Host Gene Grant sits down with journalist Jeff Proctor to talk about APD’s response to the protest. He’s also joined by Emma Sandoval from the Southwest Organizing Project, which provided peacekeeping volunteers at the protest, and Moises Gonzales, a UNM professor who was at the event and is reflecting on the reactions of young people.

This week, host Gene Grant also leads a discussion on the current political climate in New Mexico with this week’s Line opinion panelists. The Line also discusses a UNM partnership in a proposal for a bid to manage Sandia National Labs.

Guests:
Jeff Proctor, independent journalist (The Justice Project)
Emma Sandoval, Southwest Organizing Project
Moises Gonzales, activist and assistant professor Community and Regional Planning at UNM

Line Panelists:
Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
Tom Garrity, Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of DukeCityFix.com
Mary T. Torres, attorney at Law Offices of Mary T. Torres

Correspondent:
Sarah Gustavus

Host:
Gene Grant

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 947 airs May 27, 2016 at 7:00pm on Ch.5.1

Building Family Assets, Food Assistance Applications

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New Mexico in Focus presents the mini-documentary “Building Family Assets” in this week’s program. The segment is part of the national Chasing the Dream initiative. “Building Family Assets” puts a human face on how access to education and savings accounts can help change the lives of New Mexico families.

In recent weeks, a group of current and former employees who processed food assistance applications for the Human Services Department testified in federal court that their supervisors instructed them to falsify applications to deny benefits to people who qualified for emergency assistance. Joey Peters, senior reporter for NM Political Report, sits down with producer Sarah Gustavus this week to share his observations from a hearing in Las Cruces.

Host Gene Grant and this week’s Line opinion panelists discuss the food benefits controversy, PAC spending in one of the races for the Bernalillo County Commission, and drug stings undertaken in recent years by the Albuquerque Police Department.

Guests:
Joey Peters, NM Political Report

Line Panelists:
Mark Boitano, former Republican state lawmaker
Martha Burk, a political psychologist and author
Alicia Manzano, Strategies 360
Dan McKay, reporter for the Albuquerque Journal

Correspondent:
Sarah Gustavus
Stan Wilson

Host:
Gene Grant

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 946 airs May 20, 2016 at 7:00pm on Ch.5.1