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The Line: Political Action Committees in New Mexico Politics

May 17, 2019 – Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and Representative Ben Ray Luján, both Democratic hopefuls looking to fill retiring Senator Tom Udall’s seat, have pledged not to take money from political action committees, or PACs. It’s a trend, but is it a winning strategy? Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the influence of corporate PAC money on elections.

Line Panelists:
Janice Arnold-Jones, former NM state representative
Dan Boyd, capitol bureau chief, Albuquerque Journal
Sophie Martin, attorney
Dave Mulryan, founder, Everybody Votes and president, Mulryan/Nash Advertising

For Further Reading:
Both leading Senate Dem candidates reject PAC cash – by Will Costello, Santa Fe Reporter
Luján: Rejecting Corporate PAC Money for New Mexicans – by Ben Ray Luján, NM Political Report
Money Unlimited: How Chief Justice John Roberts orchestrated the Citizens United decision – by Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker

The Line: Senator Tom Udall Won’t Seek Third Term

Tom Udall

March 29, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel examine the fallout from the news blast that resounded across the nation when U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced he would not seek re-election in 2020.

Line Panelists:
Sophie Martin, attorney
Kristelle Siarza, CEO, Siarza Social Digital
Christine Sierra, UNM political science professor emerita
Diane Snyder, former NM state senator

For Further Reading:

Sen. Udall won’t run in 2020

Sen. Tom Udall won’t seek reelection in 2020

Udall will not run for reelection to U.S. Senate

Democratic Sen. Tom Udall won’t run for re-election in 2020

Udall will not seek a third term

Republican says he’s considering running for Udall’s seat in 2020

Senator Tom Udall Will Retire, Ending a Dynasty in the West

Who might run to replace Tom Udall in the Senate?

AG Hector Balderas not running for open U.S. Senate seat