This week on New Mexico in Focus, panelists discuss the recent New York Times article that scrutinizes horse racing in the state, as well as the New Mexico Racing Commission itself.

New Mexico PBS' one hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1. The show can also be seen on N.M. PBS Channel 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m.

Also this week, panelists look at the Albuquerque Police Department and officer related shootings, in particular the practice of giving officers a one-time $500 payment if they are placed on leave during an investigation. NMIF also takes a look at voter behavior with UC Irvine professor Nathan Collins, and Gene Grant sits down with historian John Barham to talk about the state's first senator, Thomas Catron (1912-1917).

• John Barham, historian, lecturer and writer
• Nathan Collins, assistant professor, Political Science, University of California at Irvine

Guest Panelists
• Javier Benavidez, communications director, Center for Civic Policy
• Jamie P. Estrada, vice president, DW Turner
• Javier Martinez, associate director, Partnership for Community Action

Line Panelists
• Dan Foley, former NM House Republican Whip

NMIF Correspondent
• Matt Grubs

Host / Commentator
• Gene Grant, Weekly Alibi columnist

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New Mexico in Focus is produced by Matt Grubs and Kathy Wimmer.

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