Host Gene Grant and Line panelists Merritt Allen, Stephanie Maez, Laura Sanchez-Rivet, and Carla Sonntag discuss revelations this week that an Arizona firm that took over New Mexico behavioral health providers accused of fraud says it’s running out of money.
This week on New Mexico in Focus, Correspondent Gwyneth Doland continues our series of one-on-one interviews with candidates competing in November’s general election. She talks with the two candidates running for Secretary of State this week, Republican Dianna J. Duran and Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver. Duran hopes to hold onto her position as the current Secretary of State, and challenger Toulouse Oliver has been the Bernalillo County Clerk since January of 2007.
NMiF host Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel analyze the Secretary of State interviews and discuss the Congressional District 2 debate between incumbent Republican Steve Pearce and Democratic challenger Roxanne “Rocky” Lara, airing this week on KNME and New Mexico public media.
The Line also looks at recent developments in the shake-up in behavioral health providers that started last year when fifteen New Mexico companies were accused of millions in Medicaid fraud. A video that aired on KOAT on Sunday and produced by Concerned Hispanics Involved in Legislative Empowerment PAC, or CHILE PAC, was promoted as a documentary. But as it aired as a paid advertisement, Governor Martinez’s campaign has filed an ethics complaint against the PAC, alleging that it failed to register as a political action committee with the Secretary of State’s office. The Line also looks at a handful of this week’s current topics “On the Clock.”
Correspondent: Gwyneth Doland
Dianna J. Duran, Republican Secretary of State Candidate
Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Democratic Secretary of State Candidate
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group
Sophie Martin, Editor, DukeCityFix.com & Attorney
Rob Nikolewski, New Mexico Watchdog
Diane Denish, Former Lieutenant Governor
Host: Gene Grant
The Producers of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS are Megan Kamerick and Floyd Vasquez. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation.
Episode 814 for air October 17, 2014