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NM GOP Juggles Criticism & Redistricting Lawsuit, Proposed Settlement in Interstate Water Lawsuit & Winter Health Concerns

This week on New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant hosts the Line Opinion Panel live in studio to talk about the criticism Republican leadership is facing after a disappointing midterm election. Does the blame fall on the party chairman, or was the performance of New Mexico candidates a symptom of a larger national trend? Gene and the panel also discuss record-breaking cannabis sales as a new growing facility could be coming to Santa Fe County. Plus, the panelists talk through an array of new health concerns as winter approaches.  

Our Land Senior Producer Laura Paskus speaks with an attorney from the Elephant Butte Irrigation District about a proposed settlement in a major water lawsuit. If approved, it could have serious implications for water distribution in Colorado, Texas and New Mexico.  

Gene dives into the debate surrounding the New Mexico rental market in a conversation with the executive director of the Apartment Association of New Mexico. Alan LaSeck explains his group’s position on rent stabilization as a state lawmaker introduces a bill to repeal our state’s ban on the practice.

Host: Gene Grant 

The Line opinion panel: 
Michael Bird, public health consultant 
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima Public Relations 
Edmund Perea, attorney and public safety consultant 

Uncertainty Remains Despite Proposed Settlement in Interstate Water Lawsuit 
Correspondent: Laura Paskus 
Guest: Samantha Barncastle, attorney, Elephant Butte Irrigation District 

Assessing New Mexico’s Rental Market 
Correspondent: Gene Grant 
Guest: Alan LaSeck, executive director, Apartment Association of New Mexico