February 5, 2016 – 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.
January 29, 2016 – Lawmakers in Santa Fe are once again debating the future of New Mexico’s driver’s licenses. The current policy allows individuals to obtain a license regardless of immigration status. Governor Susana Martinez said in her State of the State address this month that “our license is not secure, and New Mexicans have repeatedly demanded a change to this law.”
But immigration rights advocates argue that most New Mexicans are actually not in favor of reversing the driver’s license law.
What can scientific polls about driver’s licenses and immigration policy tell us about public opinion? Gabe Sanchez from Latino Decisions joins us this week to talk about his most recent poll on issues in New Mexico and how public opinion is measured by researchers.