December 27, 2019 – Host Gene Grant and a special all-journalist Line panel wrap up part one of our countdown of the top stories of 2019. Coming in at number 6 is Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s first year in office. Lujan Grisham rode into office on a blue wave, but experienced a year of lot of ups and downs. The Line panel breaks it all down. Part two of our Top Ten countdown continues next week on New Mexico in Focus, culminating in the number 1 story of 2019.
Line Panelists: Gwyneth Doland, adjunct professor, UNM Communication & Journalism Dept.
Andy Lyman, reporter, New Mexico Political Report
Jessica Onsurez, news director, Carlsbad Current Argus
Steve Terrell, retired reporter, Santa Fe New Mexican
January 25, 2019 – A fast pace is setting the tone for the first full week of New Mexico’s legislative session. But, not everyone is onboard with the “rocket docket” strategy of streamlining some bills, arguing a lack of transparency, among other objections. Speaker of the House Brian Egolf also says that this year they plan to scale back on things like memorials, in favor of binding legislation and budget decisions. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss these developments and also look at Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s possible use of executive orders like her decision to end the controversial PARCC test.
Line Panelists: Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert
Justine Fox-Young, former state representative
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Eric Griego, former NM state senator