February 19, 2016 – Emma Sandoval grew up in a working class neighborhood and says that’s shaped how she thinks about politics today. Sandoval is the lead organizer for the Southwest Organizing Project. She sits down this week with host Gene Grant to talk about access to lawmakers and why she believes elected officials should hear more from working class communities in New Mexico.
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.