October 18, 2019 – Despite offers by the Bernalillo County Commission of more than $1million in financial support, Sheriff Manny Gonzales is still refusing to outfit his deputies with body cameras. While police-reform advocates say they’re important accountability tools, Sheriff Gonzales says body cams would be used to unfairly criticize deputies. Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel debate the benefit of body cameras for law enforcement officers in New Mexico.
Line Panelists: Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Edmund E. Perea, attorney
August 24, 2018 – Public campaign financing was in the news this week, as both Santa Fe and Albuquerque looked at different ways of augmenting publically funded campaigns. The City of Santa Fe is looking at a proposal that would allow publicly funded candidates to receive small donations that would then be doubled by the city’s campaign finance fund. And in Albuquerque, the Democracy Dollars initiative would allow registered voters in the city $25 in coupons to contribute to a publicly funded candidate of their choice. Bernalillo County Commissioners voted down the proposal to add it to the November general election ballot, but enough residents signed the petition to hold a special election.
Gene Grant this week leads the Line opinion panelists in a debate the merits and drawbacks of public campaign financing and these proposed new initiatives.
Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB
Adrian Carver, executive director, Equality New Mexico