This week on New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant talks with Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez, creators of the comedic duo The Pajama Men. The two began their careers at an improvisation class at La Cueva High School before finding worldwide success at various theater and comedy festivals.

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

Also on NMiF, the Line opinion panel looks at ongoing controversy over the immigration detention facility located in the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia. The National Immigration Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union and others have filed suit in Federal District Court in Washington, D.C., alleging that the government has committed “egregious due process violations.”

The Line also looks at a recent poll that found millions of marketing dollars left large gaps in people’s knowledge about health insurance exchanges. The Milwaukee firm that landed the contract last year to promote enrollment was awarded a new $6 million contract in July.

The group discusses the revenue forecast for the state budget. A new report indicates there will be $285 million available next fiscal year. That will most likely shape much of the debate in the next legislative session.

Shenoah Allen, The Pajama Men
Mark Chavez, The Pajama Men

Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group
Sophie Martin, Attorney

Russell Contreras, Associated Press
Inez Russell Gomez, Santa Fe New Mexican

Gene Grant

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Megan Kamerick. Associate producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

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