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Primary Election Analysis, ‘Bleak’ Outlook for Middle Rio Grande Water Supply & Assessing the State of Democracy in NM

This week on New Mexico in Focus, New Mexico voters had their say at the polls this week. Our Line opinion panel breaks down all the big winners and losers from Tuesday’s Primary Election. They also assess some of the key races for the upcoming General Election now that the races are set. The panelists also discuss the lingering threat of flooding in parts of the state, in the wake of this summer’s devastating wildfire season.  

Senior Producer Lou DiVizio also discusses the outcome of this week’s Primary Election, with Mario Jimenez of Common Cause New Mexico. The two talk about the impact of new election changes like same day voter registration and expanded use of absentee ballots. They also discuss the influence of money in this year’s midterm elections. Our Land Correspondent Laura Paskus explores the harsh realities of shrinking water supplies here in Central New Mexico. Jason Casuga from the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District explains why we’re just days away from the water available to farmers going dry and what the MRGCD is doing to mitigate the ongoing drought. 

Host: Gene Grant

The Line opinion panel: 
Dede Feldman, former New Mexico State Senator 
Dan Foley, founder, Everybody Votes NM 
Dave Mulryan, president, Mulryan-Nash Advertising 


Common Cause NM Assesses Primary Election 
Correspondent: Lou DiVizio 
Guest: Mario Jimenez, campaign director, Common Cause New Mexico 

‘Bleak’ Outlook for Middle Rio Grande Water Supply 
Correspondent: Laura Paskus 
Guest: Jason M. Casuga, CEO/chief engineer, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District