February 15, 2019 – After the blue wave swept through New Mexico and changed the political makeup of the state’s governing body, Republicans lawmakers often feel that they are largely being ignored. How much responsibility do Democrats have to reach across the aisle, and what should the GOP strategy be with the time left in the session?Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the different power dynamics at play during this year’s legislative session.
Line Panelists: Merritt Allen, owner and executive director, Vox Optima LLC Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB Sophie Martin, attorney Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
December 21, 2018 -The time has come to unveil New Mexico in Focus’s top story of 2018, with the help of host Gene Grant and an all-journalist Line opinion panel. Coming in at number 1 is the “Blue Wave” that swallowed up this year’s midterm elections. Not only did the Democrats take back the Governor’s seat with Michelle Lujan Grisham’s big win over Steve Pearce, but the entire congressional delegation is now blue. And, there were plenty of firsts in the midterms as well, highlighted by Deb Haaland’s win in the first congressional district, making her one of the first female Native Americans ever to serve in the U.S. Congress. The Line panelists talk about what led to the democratic dominance, and what it all means for the state headed in to an all important 60-day legislative session.
Line Panelists: Inez Russell Gomez, editorial page editor, Santa Fe New Mexican
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Andy Lyman, reporter, New Mexico Political Report
Jeff Proctor, reporter, Santa Fe Reporter and New Mexico in Depth