The Line

June 28, 2019 – Asking someone being counted in the 2020 census if they are a U.S. citizen is a loaded question. Census law says the government is supposed to count every person living in the United States, not just … Continue reading The Line: No Citizenship Question on Census – For Now

June 21, 2019 – The 2019 KIDS COUNT® Data Book was released this week, and New Mexico was again ranked 50th out of 50 states for child well-being — dead last yet again. James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico … Continue reading The Line: New Mexico Is — Again — Ranked 50th in Child Well-Being

June 21, 2019 – June 17 at 5:00 PM was the deadline to file outstanding clergy abuse and other grievance claims against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, as part of its bankruptcy process. Court records show that 340 claims were … Continue reading The Line: Window Has Closed for Filing Abuse Claims Against Archdiocese

June 21, 2019 – Last week, NBCUniversal announced plans to expand its film and TV production with a multimillion-dollar project in downtown Albuquerque. The state is investing up to $7.7 million along with $3 million from Albuquerque in Local Economic … Continue reading The Line: NBCUniversal Film and TV Project Comes to Albuquerque

June 14, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the Albuquerque Public Schools response to elevated lead levels found in many elementary schools’ sinks and faucets. The district volunteered almost 70 schools for testing, but did not immediately … Continue reading The Line: Some APS Schools Have Elevated Lead Levels

June 14, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel examine a lawsuit filed this week by the State of New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque against the Trump Administration, seeking reinstatement of its “safe release” policy for … Continue reading The Line: Trump Administration Immigration Policy Prompts Lawsuit

June 14, 2019 – The state recently added six conditions to the approved-usage list for its medical marijuana initiative. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel discuss the expanded list of qualifying conditions–including opioid use disorder–for the medical cannabis program. … Continue reading The Line: Opioid Use Disorder One of Six OK’d for Medical Cannabis

June 7, 2019 – In the waning days of the Martinez administration, 1.7 million dollars in confidential settlements were made with a half dozen state employees. After a TV news exposé, the state auditor has announced his office will conduct … Continue reading The Line: “Secret” Settlements to Be Investigated

June 7, 2019 – Last week, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that he would start imposing a 5 percent tariff on goods from Mexico and would increase the tariff each month (with a cap at 25 percent in … Continue reading The Line: Tariffs on Mexican Goods

June 7, 2019 – Crime is a problem around Albuquerque. It’s a problem around the University of New Mexico campus, too.  But is putting a fence around UNM the answer? Initial reactions, at least in the court of popular opinion, … Continue reading The Line: Security Fence Proposed for UNM