January 19, 2018 – The Line opinion panelists continue their look at Governor Martinez’ State of the State address, with a focus on her points about crime and public safety. During her speech, the Governor introduced a police officer whose badge stopped a bullet fired from the gun of a career criminal recently bonded out by a judge. Gene Grant and the Line look at the Governor’s legacy in matters not only of crime, but also of punishment.
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Sophie Martin, attorney
Harry Van Buren, professor in UNM Anderson School of Management
December 29, 2017 – Number two on the list of the top ten stories of the year is the high rate of gun violence and violent crime across New Mexico. Homicides in Albuquerque are at their highest rate in recent history and even small New Mexico towns are not immune to violence, as the recent shootings in Aztec and Clovis show. Gene Grant and our panel of local journalists discuss these stories.