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Should We Move To A Popular Vote For President?

Popular Vote

October 5, 2018 – The U.S. Constitution outlines how the country will choose a president every four years through the Electoral College. Some argue that states like New Mexico, which has relatively few votes and isn’t seen as a battleground state in national politics, are losing out in that process. Is it time to reconsider the Electoral College? Sarah Gustavus sat down earlier this summer with Barry Fadem from National Popular Vote to talk about a proposed interstate compact that would move the country to a popular vote system.

Barry Fadem, president of National Popular Vote

People, Power, & Democracy: the first week of the legislative session, The Line Panel analyzes the State of the State Address and the impact of the repeal of the ACA, UNM instructors discuss how they teach about topical issues.

New Mexico in Focus: UNM instructors

This week on New Mexico in Focus, we continue our 2017 coverage for the People, Power and Democracy Project with a look at the first week of the 60-day legislative session. Gene Grant and the Line panelists take a deeper dive into what Governor Susana Martinez said in her State of the State address and what actions the lawmakers might take on some of the issues of concern to New Mexicans.  People, Power and Democracy is a collaborative reporting project with KUNM-FM, New Mexico In Depth and the New Mexico News Port.

The Line panelists also look at the impact the repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have on New Mexico and debate balancing privacy with transparency.

And NMiF producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with University of New Mexico professors and instructors to talk about how they are teaching around issues in the news right now.

Gene Grant

Sarah Gustavus

Studio Guests:
Michael Rocca, professor, UNM Political Science
Rafael Martinez, teaching assistant, UNM American Studies
Finnie Coleman, professor,  UNM English Language & Literature
Harry Van Buren, professor, UNM Anderson School

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of DukeCityFix.com



New Mexico in Focus is New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest. Hosted by Gene Grant, New Mexico in Focus takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic, health, education and arts issues and explores them in-depth, with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment."

New Mexico in Focus regularly airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1, and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during Pledge Drives.

The Producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. NM PBS Public Affairs Executive Producer is Kevin McDonald.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided in part by the McCune Charitable Foundation.

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