This week on New Mexico in Focus, host Gene Grant sits down with one of the state’s newest members of the U.S. Congress. Deb Haaland made history last month by becoming one of the first female Native American candidates to win a spot in the U.S. House of Representatives. In one of her first in-depth interviews, Haaland talks about what her victory means for Native representation in Washington, D.C. She also lays out her top priorities for the next two years, and her approach to constituent services back here in the First Congressional District.
Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists also discuss the latest developments in the handling of rape kits in New Mexico, in light of a new CNN investigation. That report found many instances where rape kits were destroyed prematurely by police departments, including in Farmington, New Mexico. The Line panelists also look at the hotly contested race to lead the state Republican Party, and the news that the Archdiocese of Santa Fe plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Host: Gene Grant
Deb Haaland, Congresswoman Elect, New Mexico’s First Congressional District
Merritt Allen, owner and executive director, Vox Optima LLC
Adrian Carver, executive director, Equality New Mexico
Dan Foley, former NM House minority whip
Sophie Martin, attorney