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Secret Settlements Scrutinized | The Line

1920 Line Secret Settlements

November 22, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss State Auditor Brian Colón’s special audit of questionable legal settlements in the final days of Governor Susana Martinez’s second term. News of the settlements first surfaced in 2018. Colón says many of those settlements were approved with little examination or scrutiny and totaled in the millions of dollars of taxpayer money.

Line Panelists:
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dede Feldman, former State Senator
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
H. Diane Snyder, former State Senator

For Further Reading:
State Auditor Alleges ‘Abuse of Power’ in Secret SettlementsThe Albuquerque Journal

State Auditor Says Millions Shelled Out in Secret Settlement When Governor Martinez Was in OfficeKOAT

$1.7 Million Paid in Confidential State SettlementsKRQE




The Line: New Mexico’s AG Looks to Change State’s Sexual Offense Laws

Line Epstein Fallout

July 19, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss how Attorney General Hector Balderas wants to change the state’s sex offender laws in the wake of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, as well as new information about his connections to New Mexico.

Line Panelists:
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB
Inez Russell Gomez, Santa Fe New Mexican
Mary T. Torres, attorney

For Further Reading:

AG looking into potential Epstein crimes committed in NMNM Political Report

Epstein Absent from Sex Offender ListSanta Fe Reporter

Jeffrey Epstein Registered as a Sex Offender in 2 States. In New Mexico, He Didn’t Have To. – The New York Times

Epstein’s tracks in New Mexico remain murkySanta Fe New Mexican