The Line

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, … Continue reading The Line: Senator Tom Udall Won’t Seek Third Term

March 22, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists critique the “education moonshot” launched this legislative session. Lawmakers are pouring money into the education department, with an emphasis on early childhood.  The Line weighs in on whether the … Continue reading The Line: Evaluating The “Education Moonshot”

March 22, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists examine New Mexico’s response to the influx of new immigrants. They look at the different definitions of a border “crisis” and debate the best way to handle migrants who … Continue reading The Line: Border Issues In New Mexico

March 8, 2019 – A bill to assign New Mexico’s electors to the winner of the national popular vote made it to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk this legislative session.  Only five times in our country’s history has the popular … Continue reading The Line: Should New Mexico Change Electoral College Process?

March 15, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists examine tensions between the state and counties over a “right-to-work” ordinance ban and new gun safety laws and proposals. Line Panelists: Merritt Allen, owner and executive director, Vox Optima … Continue reading The Line: Counties Pass Laws Counteracting State Policy

March 15, 2019 – While some bills never get past committees during a legislative session, lawmakers this year were ready to do two things: pass a budget bill and create a voter-approved independent ethics commission. But there have been many … Continue reading The Line: Lawmakers Struggle To Create Ethics Commission

March 8, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists examine a Senate-approved resolution that would reshape the Public Regulation Commission by turning it into a three-member body appointed by the governor after vetting by an independent nominating committee. … Continue reading The Line: Efforts To Reshape The Public Regulation Commission

March 1, 2019 –A recent study finds the rate of prisoners held in solitary confinement in New Mexico is more than double the 4 percent that state officials claim. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the use of … Continue reading The Line: Solitary Confinement in New Mexico Prisons

March 8, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the legislative proposal to create a new Department of Early Childhood Education. They also discuss Governor Lujan Grisham’s plan to take a half-percent bite from a state endowment … Continue reading The Line: Early Childhood Legislation

March 1, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the handling of over half a billion dollars raised by the City of Albuquerque’s Public Safety Tax, and the likelihood a good portion of the money raised since … Continue reading The Line: Albuquerque’s Public Safety Tax Dollars Lack Oversight