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
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