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The Line: UNM, NMSU Regents In The News

March 2, 2018 – Last month, University of New Mexico Regent Alex Romero announced his resignation the day after he publicly voiced concerns about power imbalances and communication problems within the seven-member Board of Regents. And regents at New Mexico State University defended their action curbing outgoing chancellor Garrey Carruthers’ power, despite the call by dozens of legislators for the entire board to resign over the decision. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists examine the discord surrounding Regents of the state’s two largest universities.

Line Panelists:
Martha Burk, political psychologist, women’s issues expert, and radio commentator
Tom Garrity, president and CEO of The Garrity Group PR
Stephanie Maez, executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico
Stephen Spitz, host of New Mexico People Places and Ideas on KUNM

For further reading:
Governor extends terms of two UNM regents – by Jessica Dyer, Albuquerque Journal
NMSU regents defend curb on chancellor’s powers – by Jessica Dyer, Albuquerque Journal

A conversation with outgoing CEO of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Alex Romero, and a discussion about whether the state should release convicted felons who have already served 30 years in a lifetime sentence.

New Mexico in Focus

This week, NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS looks at a problem that threatens to further strain New Mexico’s already overburdened criminal justice system. Correspondent Jeff Proctor sits down with two lawmakers to discuss the legal, financial and moral arguments in the debate over whether the state should release convicted felons who have already served 30 years in a lifetime sentence.

Correspondent Megan Kamerick talks with Alex Romero as he prepares to retire from over 12 years of service as the president and CEO of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce. They discuss the Chamber’s role in fostering economic growth in the city and the state, and the importance to the workforce of closing achievement gaps among Hispanic students throughout New Mexico.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate some of the top stories in the news, including the prospect of mandatory furloughs for state employees, the fight over a possible soda tax in Santa Fe, and who loses if government officials blacklist some media outlets.

STUDIO GUESTS:
Sen. Bill O’Niell, D – Bernalillo
Rep. William “Bill” Rehm, R – Bernalillo
Alex Romero, president and CEO, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce

LINE PANELISTS:
Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
Mark Boitano, former NM state senator
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

CORRESPONDENTS:
Megan Kamerick
Jeff Proctor

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