Tag Archives: New Mexico

The Line: Control Of NM’s House of Representatives Up For Grabs

1216 Line House Races

October 19, 2018 – There are 39 contested seats in the New Mexico House of Representatives, and all 70 House seats appear on the November ballot. Will there be a “blue wave” as some are predicting, or will the GOP reclaim the control it lost in 2016?  Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at the legislative elections and the potential shakeup in the Roundhouse.

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Giovanna Rossi, president, Collective Action Strategies; host, The Well Woman Show

Further Reading:

Doña Ana County’s early vote surge

New internet ad threatens to soften Democratic support in northern NM

The Line: Lawsuit Alleges New Mexico’s Foster Care System is “Broken”

boy child sad alone

September 28, 2018 – A new lawsuit alleges New Mexico’s foster care system is “broken.” The potential class action suit was filed by 13 children and two nonprofits, and alleges, among other things, a lack of an appropriate number of foster parents, training and resources for those families, and inadequate medical treatment for children placed in the system. Host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists dig into the specifics, debate the state’s response to the allegations and discuss possible fixes.

Line Panelists:
Mark Boitano, Former NM Senator
Adrian Carver, Executive Director, Equality New Mexico
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, Attorney

Suggested Reading:

Advocacy Group Sue New Mexico Agencies Which Claim Foster Care Improving

Investigation Reveals Serious Abuses Within Treatment Foster Care System

CYFD Sets Up Procedure to Help Foster Kids Who Need to be Heard