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The Line: National Candidates In NM (web extra)

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May 20, 2016 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Donald Trump, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have announced events in New Mexico ahead of the June 7 primary. Sanders and Clinton also opened offices in Albuquerque in recent weeks.

New Mexico is not usually a major player in presidential primaries but the state is getting extra attention this year.

According to Real Clear Politics, Sanders and Clinton are battling in the Democratic primary for 34 delegates. If Trump wins the Republican primary in New Mexico, he would add 24 delegates to his growing national delegate count.

New Mexico’s June 7 primary is closed and the deadline to change party affiliation, to be able to vote in the primary, was May 10. Voters must declare either Democratic or Republican party affiliation in order to vote in primaries.

Do you think New Mexico should be a stronger primary contender considering the heavy U.S. presence all across our state? Who are you voting for in the New Mexico Primary? Let us know what you think our Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #inFocusLine

Line Panelists:
Mark Boitano, former Republican state lawmaker
Martha Burk, political psychologist and author of “Your Voice, Your Vote”
Dan McKay, Albuquerque Journal staff writer
Alicia Manzano, Strategies 360

The Line: Auditor Keller Announces Examination Of Rape Kit Backlog (Web Extra)

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May 13, 2016 – New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller announced on May 5 that the state auditor’s  office will examine why there are still over 5,000 untested rape kits around the state.

“Clearing the backlog of sexual assault evidence kits is absolutely critical for survivors and for our state’s public safety,” Keller said in a news release.

The audit will look at 8 law enforcement agencies in New Mexico: Albuquerque Police Department, Bernalillo County Sheriff, Curry County Sheriff, Farmington Police, Gallup Police, Grant County Sheriff, Hobbs Police and Las Cruses Police.

Auditors will also interview local community members and advocates. Keller’s office says the agencies were selected based on geography and size and are not accused of any wrongdoing. The audit is expected to begin this summer. There’s no estimate yet for when it will be completed.

Is this a long overdue audit of rape kits in New Mexico? Let us know what you think on Facebook and Twitter.

Line Panelists:
Eddy Aragon, CEO, “The Rock of Talk,” Fox News ABQ 95.9 FM
Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of
Antoinette Sedillo López, executive director of Enlace Comunitario