January 10, 2020 – This week saw the addition of two new Republican candidates into the race for retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s seat in New Mexico: businessman Louie Sanchez and former KRQE meteorologist Mark Ronchetti. NMiF senior producer Matt Grubs (subbing for Gene Grant) and The Line opinion panel examine the new energy in the Republican primary and whether Ben Ray Lujan will face a more robust challenge.
Line Panelists: Eric Griego, former NM state senator
Edmund E. Perea, attorney
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney
H. Diane Snyder, former NM state senator
October 11, 2019 – The election may be more than a year away, but the race to replace Senator Tom Udall is heating up. That is especially true for the democratic candidates, current U.S. Representative Ben Ray Lujan and Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver. This week, Lujan announced he had raised more than a million dollars during the last fundraising period. That disclosure came before the filing deadline even arrived. Host Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists discuss the money race, and the apparent split between the progressive and more moderate wings of the state democratic party.
Line Panelists: Dan Foley, former NM state representative
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial page editor, The Santa Fe New Mexican
Andy Lyman, reporter, NM political report
Sophie Martin, attorney