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
November 22, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss State Auditor Brian Colón’s special audit of questionable legal settlements in the final days of Governor Susana Martinez’s second term. News of the settlements first surfaced in 2018. Colón says many of those settlements were approved with little examination or scrutiny and totaled in the millions of dollars of taxpayer money.
Line Panelists: Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dede Feldman, former State Senator
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
H. Diane Snyder, former State Senator