Category Archives: Line

The Line: Should New Mexico Change Electoral College Process?

March 8, 2019 – A bill to assign New Mexico’s electors to the winner of the national popular vote made it to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk this legislative session.  Only five times in our country’s history has the popular vote winner lost the Electoral College. Is a change warranted?

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the proposal for New Mexico to back the nation’s popular vote in presidential races.

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, owner and executive director, Vox Optima LLC
Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney

For Further Reading:

State Senate panel backs bill to change Electoral College process – by Andrew Oxford, Santa Fe New Mexican

The Line: Counties Pass Laws Counteracting State Policy

New Mexico Legislature

March 15, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists examine tensions between the state and counties over a “right-to-work” ordinance ban and new gun safety laws and proposals.

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, owner and executive director, Vox Optima LLC
Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney

For Further Reading:

Senate sends gov. bill striking down local ‘right-to-work’ measures – by Andrew Oxford and Milan Simonich, Santa Fe New Mexican

Lawmakers vote to ban local ‘right-to-work’ laws– by Dan McKay, Albuquerque Journal

Background checks for all gun sales now NM law– by Dan Boyd, Albuquerque Journal

Governor signs law expanding checks on gun sales – by Andrew Oxford, Santa Fe New Mexican