This week on New Mexico in Focus, Correspondent Gwyneth Doland sits down with Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver to talk about new proposed rules from her office to increase transparency around political donations and campaign expenses.

Producer Sarah Gustavus leads a discussion on how to improve dropout rates for young men. New Mexico has the lowest high school graduation rate in the nation, with the rate for young men even lower than for women.

Also, host Gene Grant leads a debate on the latest news headlines with this week’s Line opinion panelists, including businesses threatening to leave over crime in downtown Albuquerque and restructuring the behavioral health system in New Mexico.

NMiF 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, except during pledge drives.

Studio Guests:
Maggie Toulouse Oliver, New Mexico Secretary of State
Ezra Spitzer, executive director of New Mexico Child Advocacy Networks
Lorilei Chavez, Native American liaison for Bernalillo High School
Ron Lucero, truancy prevention manager for Albuquerque Public Schools

Line Panelists:
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

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, New Mexico in Focus 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 Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided in part by the McCune Charitable Foundation.

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