February 8, 2019 – On Tuesday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham revealed her plans to withdraw almost all of the National Guard troops from the New Mexico/Mexico border, making the announcement shortly before President Trump’s State of the Union speech. She does plan to beef up security around the state’s Bootheel, where illegal crossings have spiked, but she’s made it clear what she thinks of the president’s plan for a border wall in a Twitter post. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the timing of this action, and look at its combination of political moves and calculated risks.
Line Panelists: Michael Bird, public health consultant
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Mary T. Torres, attorney at Law Offices of Mary T. Torres
December 21, 2018 – Host Gene Grant and our all-journalist Line opinion panel continue to count down the top stories of 2018. In this segment, they begin with reflections on the 8th biggest story, the end of the Entrada Pageant in Santa Fe, at least as the community had come to know it. The Entrada was part of the annual Fiesta de Santa Fe celebrations. It depicted the 1692 Spanish reoccupation of the city, twelve years after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Community leaders, tribal representatives and the Catholic Church are still working on ideas to change and adapt the event to celebrate the city’s multi-cultural history. And, coming in at number 7 on this year’s countdown is the legacy of Susana Martinez, who leaves office in just a matter of days. Panelists discuss the pivotal moments in her tenure, as well as the highlights and lowlights on her 8 years in office.
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