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Open Primaries Discussion, Homelessness in Albuquerque, NMSU Private Medical School

admin July 24, 2014

This week, NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS features an in-depth discussion on the idea of open primaries, takes a look at homelessness in Albuquerque, and considers the impact of the private medical school to be established at NMSU.

The program airing Friday, July 25, at 7:00 p.m. on New Mexico PBS KNME 5.1, looks at Albuquerque attorney J. Edward Hollington’s law suit that contends the current law prohibiting independents from voting in primaries violates the state constitution. Proponents say open primaries would bring greater participation, especially by younger voters, but critics contend it could bring mischief at the polls and undermine the party structure. NMiF Correspondent Gwyneth Doland talks with former New Mexico state senators Mark Boitano and Dede Feldman, Think New Mexico’s Fred Nathan, and Lonna Atkeson, a political science professor at UNM.

NMiF Host Gene Grant talks with Dennis Plummer, CEO of Albuquerque Heading Home. A recent study of the program found that it successfully housed more than 300 people and saved the city money by lessening reliance on emergency rooms and social services. The interview was recorded before the recent brutal murder in Albuquerque of two homeless men, allegedly at the hands of three teenage suspects, brought the danger of living on the streets even more urgently to light.

Also on the program, NMiF Producer Megan Kamerick speaks with Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, better known as The Minimalists, about their new book — “Everything That Remains” — and their message that having less stuff means less stress, debt and distractions in life.

And The Line looks at plans unveiled this week for a new private medical school at New Mexico State University. The $85 million dollar college is planned as a privately funded, for-profit enterprise that would graduate up to 150 osteopathic doctors a year, starting in 2020. Many are enthusiastic about the economic impact this could have on the state, as well as the impact on the chronic physician shortage. But how will it impact graduates from the existing medical school at the University of New Mexico, who will be competing with these new graduates for residency positions?

Gwyneth Doland, NMiF Correspondent
Megan Kamerick, NMiF Producer

Lonna Atkeson, UNM Political Science Professor
Mark Boitano, Former NM Republican Senator
Dede Feldman, Former NM Democratic Senator
Joshua Fields Millburn,
Fred Nathan, Executive Director, Think New Mexico
Ryan Nicodemus,
Dennis Plummer, CEO, Albuquerque Heading Home

Line Panelists:
Rob Nikolewski, New Mexico Watchdog
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Sanchez Legal Solutions
Harry Van Buren, Professor, Anderson School of Management

Gene Grant

The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Megan Kamerick. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation.

Episode 803 for air July 25, 2014

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