September 13, 2019 – President Donald Trump’s decision to repurpose $3.6 billion in military funding to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border will have impacts in New Mexico. Specifically, the President’s use of emergency powers will temporarily cost Holloman Air Force Base $85 million designated for a drone pilot training facility. And the White Sands Missile Range will also have to wait for a $40 million influx for a data and network center. Host Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists weigh the give-and-take over military support vs. border security, plus reaction from New Mexico’s congressional delegation.
Line Panelists: Serge Martinez, UNM School of Law
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group
Giovanna Rossi, Collective Action Strategies
Kristelle Siarza, Siarza Social Digital
December 21, 2018 -The time has come to unveil New Mexico in Focus’s top story of 2018, with the help of host Gene Grant and an all-journalist Line opinion panel. Coming in at number 1 is the “Blue Wave” that swallowed up this year’s midterm elections. Not only did the Democrats take back the Governor’s seat with Michelle Lujan Grisham’s big win over Steve Pearce, but the entire congressional delegation is now blue. And, there were plenty of firsts in the midterms as well, highlighted by Deb Haaland’s win in the first congressional district, making her one of the first female Native Americans ever to serve in the U.S. Congress. The Line panelists talk about what led to the democratic dominance, and what it all means for the state headed in to an all important 60-day legislative session.
Line Panelists: Inez Russell Gomez, editorial page editor, Santa Fe New Mexican
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Andy Lyman, reporter, New Mexico Political Report
Jeff Proctor, reporter, Santa Fe Reporter and New Mexico in Depth