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Secret Settlements Scrutinized | The Line

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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

 

 

 

Legislative Election Update | The Line

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October 25, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel look at New Mexico’s House and Senate primary races, with an eye towards House Democrats who have announced they won’t run again and the list of Democratic Senators who have drawn primary opposition. Will Republicans pick up any of these seats? Will Progressive Democrats unseat more conservative party members who voted against repealing an abortion ban that’s on New Mexico books but unenforceable due to current federal law? The Line panelists speculate on answers to these and other questions.

Line Panelists:
Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert
Sophie Martin, attorney
Cathryn McGill, NM Black Leadership Council
Diane Snyder, former state senator

For Further Reading:

Four NM house Dems won’t seek reelection: Akhil, 1st Muslim legislator, opts against re-electionAlbuquerque Journal

Moderate NM Senate Dems could face primary foesAlbuquerque Journal