The Line

August 30, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists talk state spending, as New Mexico predicts another whopping, oil-driven surplus headed into the next fiscal year. A large portion of the surplus is expected to go toward equalizing … Continue reading The Line: New Mexico Coffers Likely to Expand Once Again

August 29, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss the GOP’s hope of flipping New Mexico from a blue to a red state in 2020. Despite losing the state by more than 8 percentage points in 2016 … Continue reading The Line: President Trump Want to Win New Mexico in 2020

August 23, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss the growing concern over a man who, while legally carrying a gun on his hip, has been harassing vendors and others on the Santa Fe Plaza, including asking … Continue reading The Line: Man with Gun Verbally Harassing People on Santa Fe Plaza

August 23, 2019 – Two interesting announcements about New Mexico’s flagship university came in the news this week. A grand jury indicted former UNM Athletic Director Paul Krebs on seven felony counts in connection with a 2015 golf trip to … Continue reading The Line: UNM Athletics Back in the News

August 23, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line panelists talk about the push in New Mexico to legalize recreational cannabis, and how such legalization might affect patients who rely on medical cannabis. Line Panelists: Adrian Carver, executive director, Equality … Continue reading The Line: Cannabis Legalization Task Force Meets

August 16, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists examine the state’s choice to deny requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for unrestricted access to New Mexico workforce records. Line Panelists: Merritt Allen, Vox Optima Tom Garrity, … Continue reading The Line: New Mexico Says No to ICE Requests for Data

August 16, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel look at the possibility of reshaping New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission, currently an elected body that regulates utilities, telecommunications, and motor carrier industries. The governor and other state leaders … Continue reading The Line: Rethinking the Public Regulation Commission

August 16, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists debate the prospects of Ryan Stewart as secretary-designate of New Mexico’s Public Education Department. Gov. Lujan Grisham introduced Stewart on the first day of the new school year for … Continue reading The Line: Governor Chooses New Secretary for Public Education

August 9, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists examine the disproportionately high rate of opioids dispensed by one drugstore in Española from 2006 to 2012.  Opioid prescription rates have dropped since then, but The Line questions whether … Continue reading The Line: Monitoring Prescription Pain Medicine

August 9, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists discuss transparency in matters concerning the Department of Public Safety under the state’s former and current administrations. They consider certain policies that require “sunshine” no matter what administration happens … Continue reading The Line: Transparency Promises Don’t Always Equal Delivery