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9/14/12 New Mexico in Focus Audio: Episode 611

This week on New Mexico in Focus: state politics, economic development and women’s issues.

The Line opinion panel looks at the latest statewide poll by Research and Polling, Inc. and the Albuquerque Journal. The poll revealed a tighter-than-expected presidential race in New Mexico and showed Democrats holding leads in two key races for Congress.

The Line also looks at political fundraising across the state and the continued struggles of Governor Susana Martinez’s administration as a lengthy recording of the governor’s chief of staff reveals the bare-knuckled nature of state politics.

Three organizers of the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s 2012 world summit are in studio to talk about Santa Fe’s successful bid to host the October conference. Recreation planners and mountain biking enthusiasts have been quietly building New Mexico’s reputation as a mountain biking destination. The conference looks to bring bicyclists – and money – to trails across the state.

Martha Burk returns with a closer look at the women’s vote, as both Democrats and Republicans try to win women over and win the White House.

And, of course, the opinion panel goes on the clock to discuss the rest of the week’s headlines.

Host: Gene Grant
Correspondent: Matt Grubs

Tim Fowler, Santa Fe Fat Tire Society
Charlie O’Leary, Santa Fe Conservation Trust
Bob Rosebrough, Gallup Trails
Martha Burk, National Council of Women’s Organizations

Line Panelists:

Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Rob Nikolewski, Editor, Capitol Report New Mexico
Sophie Martin, Editor, New Mexico Law Review
Laura Sanchez, Attorney

The Producers of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS are Matt Grubs and Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation. Subscribe to the New Mexico in Focus Podcast on iTunes.