Tag Archives: rural New Mexico

Springer’s Vanishing Volunteer Firefighters Highlights Rural Problems | The Line

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November 15, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists look at what it means for a rural town, like Springer, New Mexico, to temporarily have no fire department.

Line Panelists:
Justine Fox-Young, former NM state representative
Sophie Martin, attorney
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
Kristelle Siarza, Siarza Social Digital

 

For Further Reading:

Town Tries to Revive Fire Department After Last Firefighter QuitsKRQE

 

 

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