Tag Archives: Permian basin

Oil Bust and Budgets as COVID-19 Spreads | The Line

1337 Line Budget And Vetoes

March 13, 2020 Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel examine the economic impact of the oil collapse due to the worldwide spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus. They also debate the efficacy of budgetary cuts Gov. Lujan Grisham made to adjust to the anticipated change in revenue. 

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima
Andy Lyman, reporter, New Mexico Political Report
Sophie Martin, attorney
Dan McKay, reporter, Albuquerque Journal 

For Further Reading:
New Mexico Governor Signs Budget Amid Coronavirus Worries Associated Press
Major oil and gas producer in the Permian cuts spending by $1 billion Albuquerque Business First
Governor signs state budget, vetoes $150 million KOB 4 

GOP Courting Hispanic Voters | The Line

1336 Line GOP Hispanic Voters

March 6, 2020 Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss the effort by the state’s GOP to turn New Mexico from a blue state into a red one, with a push to register Hispanic oil field workers to vote. Voter turnout for Republicans during the 2018 election was very low in Lea and Eddy Counties, and GOP leaders hope getting more people to register will get more to the polls. While they will register future voters regardless of their party preference, they hope to persuade workers in the oil and gas business toward the energy-friendly Republican party. 

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former state representative
Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Christine Sierra, UNM political science professor emerita
Diane Snyder, former state senator

For Further Reading:
New Mexico GOP targeting Hispanic voters in oil fieldsSanta Fe New Mexican
New Mexico GOP Hopefuls Launch Early Ads for US House Seat Associated Press
Trump Vows to Win New Mexico, Return to State “SoonSanta Fe New Mexican