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This week, New Mexico in Focus features an in-depth discussion on the idea of open primaries, takes a look at homelessness in Albuquerque, and considers the impact of the private medical school to be established at NMSU.

The program airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. on channel 5.1 and appears online at www.newmexicoinfocus.org 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.

This week NMiF looks at Albuquerque attorney J. Edward Hollington’s law suit that contends the current law prohibiting independents from voting in primaries violates the state constitution. Also, NMiF Correspondent Gwyneth Doland talks with former New Mexico state senators Mark Boitano and Dede Feldman, Think New Mexico’s Fred Nathan and Lonna Atkeson, UNM political science professor.

NMiF Host Gene Grant talks with Dennis Plummer, CEO of Albuquerque Heading Home. The interview was recorded before the recent brutal murder in Albuquerque of two homeless men, allegedly at the hands of three teenage suspects, brought the danger of living on the streets even more urgently to light.

Also on the program, NMiF Producer Megan Kamerick speaks with Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, better known as The Minimalists, about their new book -- “Everything That Remains,” and The Line looks at plans unveiled this week for a new private medical school at New Mexico State University.

Gene Grant.

Gwyneth Doland, NMiF Correspondent; Megan Kamerick, NMiF Producer.

Lonna Atkeson, UNM Political Science Professor
Mark Boitano, Former NM Republican Senator
Dede Feldman, Former NM Democratic Senator
Joshua Fields Millburn, TheMinimalists.com
Fred Nathan, Executive Director, Think New Mexico
Ryan Nicodemus, TheMinimalists.com
Dennis Plummer, CEO, Albuquerque Heading Home|

Line Panelists
Rob Nikolewski, New Mexico Watchdog; Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Sanchez Legal Solutions; Harry Van Buren, Professor, Anderson School of Management.

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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.