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The Line: New Constitutional Amendment Proposed for Public Safety


May 24, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the perception by many Burqueños that the city is a dangerous place in which to live, and debate Bernalillo County District Attorney Raúl Torrez’s proposed constitutional amendment that would make it easier to detain certain people accused of a crime before they’re found guilty.

Line Panelists:
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
Rachel Sams, editor, Albuquerque Business First

For Further Reading:

BernCo DA unveils plan for defendant detention – by Katy Barnitz and Elise Kaplan, Albuquerque Journal

District Attorney Torrez introduces pretrial detention proposal – Rebecca Atkins, KRQE

Albuquerque shaken by crime – by Daniel J. Chacón, Santa Fe New Mexican

State Police role in ABQ questioned – by Elise Kaplan, Albuquerque Journal

The Line: Spaceport America Close to Taking Flight

Spaceport America Terminal

May 17, 2019 – It’s been a long time coming–about 14 years–but Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Galactic, declared the time has come to ramp up his business association with our state. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the impact of the announcement that Virgin Galactic is moving its spaceship and crew to southern New Mexico’s Spaceport America.

NMiF also held a Facebook Live interview with Brian Barnett, who’s long been involved in the business side of New Mexico’s aerospace industry. Find that conversation on our New Mexico in Focus Facebook page:

Line Panelists:
Janice Arnold-Jones, former NM state representative
Dan Boyd, capitol bureau chief, Albuquerque Journal
Sophie Martin, attorneyDave Mulryan, founder, Everybody Votes and president, Mulryan/Nash Advertising

For Further Reading:
Virgin Galactic poised for NM landing – by Kevin Robinson-Avila, Albuquerque Journal

Virgin Galactic moving space tourism operations to Spaceport America – by Steve Terrell, Santa Fe New Mexican