November 9, 2018 – New Mexico made election history by sending a Native American woman to congress for the first time when Deb Haaland won the election in Congressional District 1. In Congressional District 2, Xochitl Torres Small made a surprise come-from-behind win. Michelle Lujan Grisham pulled out a big win over Steve Pearce by nearly 14 points. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at the impacts of these races and New Mexico’s part in two big trends…the so-called “Blue Wave” and the “Year of the Woman.”
Line Panelists: Michael Bird, public health consultant
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Cathryn McGill, founder/director, NM Black History Organizing Committee Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP
August 17, 2018 – There were some surprise announcements in New Mexico politics this week. Former Gov. Gary Johnson announced that he was jumping into the New Mexico U.S. Senate race, replacing Aubrey Dunn in the Libertarian spot on the ballot. And Democratic ex-governor Jerry Apodaca, father of former gubernatorial candidate Jeff Apodaca, announced his endorsement of Republican Steve Pearce in the governor’s race.
Producer Sarah Gustavus and this week’s Line panelists discuss these and other updates, and reflect on voter interest in the midterm elections.