New Mexico in Focus examines whether the state's major political parties should be allowed to hold "closed" primaries.  The executive director of an influential Santa Fe think tank says it is time to rethink the practice.

The program airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. on channel 5.1 and appears online at NMiF shortly thereafter. The show rebroadcasts Saturday at 5 p.m. on channel 9.1. and again on Sunday at 7 a.m. on channel 5.1.

The Line opinion panel looks at what's ahead for New Mexico's health insurance exchange. The Legislature and Gov. Susana Martinez finally agreed on the framework to enable a state-run exchange. But at the group's first meeting, word came from a consultant that meeting an October deadline is a longshot at best. Does this mean the federal government will step in?

The group also looks at the future of a proposed horse slaughter facility in southeastern New Mexico and the panel examines the potential impact of Sam Bregman's role as head of the majority party in New Mexico.

Guests
• Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe
• Fred Nathan, executive director, Think New Mexico

Line Panelists
• Dan Foley, former New Mexico House Republican Whip
• Laura Sanchez, attorney
• H. Diane Snyder, former New Mexico State Senator
• John Wertheim, former New Mexico Democratic Party Chairman

Correspondent:
• Matt Grubs, NMiF producer

Host/Commentator:
• Gene Grant

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New Mexico in Focus is produced by Matt Grubs and Kathy Wimmer. Funding has been provided in part by the McCune Foundation.

Media Contact: Evy Todd (505) 277- 1218; email: etodd@newmexicopbs.org