The November elections are less than a month away, and voters will choose whether to approve a change to the state constitution and create an independent statewide ethics commission. This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Gwyneth Doland sits down with three experts to explain the ethics commission proposal – and what will be determined by the Legislature, should the amendment pass.

On this month’s Our Land segment, NMiF correspondent Laura Paskus speaks with two UNM professors to look at where the environment fits into New Mexico’s most important political races this year.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the economic impact of the Netflix deal to purchase Albuquerque Studios and make the Duke City its next production hub. They also debate Gov. Martinez’s decision to relax some occupational license requirements and fees, and examine some down-ballot races in the upcoming election. 

New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus regularly airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1, and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, expect during pledge drives.

Heather Ferguson, executive director of Common Cause New Mexico

Trip Jennings, executive director of New Mexico in Depth

Kathleen Sabo, executive director of New Mexico Ethics Watch

Lonna Atkeson, professor, UNM Political Science Department

Adrian Oglesby, director, Utton Transboundary Resources Center, UNM Law School Professor

Gwyneth Doland
Laura Paskus

Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Justine Fox-Young, former state representative

Eric Griego, former state senator

Sophie Martin, attorney

Gene Grant

New Mexico in Focus is New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest.

Hosted by Gene Grant, NMiF takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic health, education and arts issues, and explores them in-depth, with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment."

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus with associate producer Kathy Wimmer. NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation, the Neeper Natural History Programming Fund for KNME TV and Viewers Like You.

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