New Mexico in Focus begins a series of one-on-one interviews with candidates competing in November’s general election. In the weeks to come, NMiF will host candidates running for Congress in NM District 1, Secretary of State and Attorney General. This week Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King is front and center.
The program airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. on channel 5.1 and appears online on the NMiF website 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.
NMiF also explores campaign financing. A recent survey of New Mexico voters found that four in five believe the amount of influence that large campaign donors have on politicians is either a very serious problem, or at least a somewhat serious problem.
The Line opinion panel reviews the investigative report issued by the state’s 3rd Judicial District Attorney, on the office’s efforts to respond to an Inspection of Public Records request for records created under the administrations of then DA Susana Martinez and her appointed successor, Amy Orlando. The panelists also explore a scathing report issued by NM’s Legislative Finance Committee on the state’s spending on adult behavioral health.
- Gary King, Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate
- Viki Harrison, executive director, Common Cause New Mexico
- Trip Jennings, executive director, New Mexico In Depth
- Joe Monahan, political blogger, JoeMonahan.com
- Janice Arnold-Jones, former State Legislator
- Dede Feldman, former State Senator
- Rob Nikolewski, New Mexico Watchdog
- Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Sanchez Legal Solutions
- Gwyneth Doland
- Floyd E. Vasquez Jr.
- Gene Grant
The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Megan Kamerick. Associate producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program is provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund and the Santa Fe Community Foundation.