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February 7, 2020 – A decades-old fuel leak at Albuquerque’s Kirtland Air Force Base took a legal turn this week, with a filing in federal court from some local groups alleging the Air Force has failed to clean up the … Continue reading Lawsuit Over Kirtland Air Force Base Cleanup | The Line

February 7, 2020  – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel look at diversity in state government, including New Mexico’s long history of electing women of color. They also explore the reason why the Speaker of the House stopped the … Continue reading Diversity and the New Mexico Legislature | The Line

February 7, 2020 – The budget – the main focus of a 30-day session – passed the House as the Legislature hit its halfway mark this week. The $7.6 billion spending package does not include the governor’s Opportunity Scholarship plan … Continue reading House Passes Budget, Opportunity Scholarship Future | The Line

 January 31, 2020 – New Mexico is dealing with a backlog of about 1,900 complaints of wage theft linked to enforcement of the state’s minimum wage law. That backlog accumulated before New Mexico’s minimum wage went from $7.50 to … Continue reading New Mexico Faces Backlog of Wage Theft Complaints | The Line

January 31, 2020 – Senate Bill 115, which would legalize recreational cannabis, passed its first committee along party lines at the Roundhouse on Tuesday. Most Democrats, including Gov. Lujan Grisham, favor making cannabis legal. But is this path the economic … Continue reading Cannabis Legislation | The Line

 January 31, 2020 – The city of Albuquerque reached an agreement with two “nuisance” convenience stores. They’ll stop selling mini– and pint-sized bottles of alcohol, train their staff more thoroughly about not selling to persons who are intoxicated, and … Continue reading City of Albuquerque Reaches Agreement With Problem Stores | The Line

January 24, 2020 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel watched the governor’s State of the State address in the NMPBS studio as it was broadcast from the Roundhouse by our television crew.  The Line panel of former lawmakers … Continue reading Excerpts from the Governor’s State of the State Speech and The Line’s Reactions | The Line

January 17, 2020 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel delve into the governor’s agenda and proposed budget to add their insights and informed opinions to the conversation. The group also gauges the mood at the Capitol as the … Continue reading The Line Reacts to Interview with Governor | The Line

January 10, 2020 – The new year arrived with a literal bang, as several high profile shootings portend a grim year for crime. Where are local leaders in solving the problem and how are we going to know if it’s … Continue reading New Year’s Day Sees First Shooting Death | The Line

 January 10, 2020 – This week saw the addition of two new Republican candidates into the race for retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s seat in New Mexico: businessman Louie Sanchez and former KRQE meteorologist Mark Ronchetti. NMiF senior producer … Continue reading Weatherman Heats Up Senate Race | The Line