News and Brews: A discussion on UNM Athletics and open records

We’re proud to announce our next News and Brews fundraising event will be a big one—and will be at a new venue and a new time! We will be hosting a discussion on University of New Mexico Athletics and open records at the UNM Foundation. Journalist Daniel Libit of NMFishbowl.com (who we profiled earlier this year) will be in town for the discussion. New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Board President Greg Williams will also be on hand to discuss the situation. Tickets for the fundraising event are free, though we do suggest a $20 donation.

Discussing the special session’s budget deal, tax overhaul failure

This week, NM Political Report editor Matthew Reichbach was on Here & There with Dave Marash, discussing the recent special legislative session. The show appears on KSFR in Santa Fe and is available online for free. Legislators met during the brief special session to address the state’s budget, making sure it would be balanced, as required by the state constitution. One piece of legislation, championed by Gov. Susana Martinez and agreed to by reluctant legislators, used severance tax bond money to help cover a budget hole. Reichbach and Marash also discussed a tax overhaul proposal that did not clear a House committee.

A discussion on the environment: Our second News and Brews Summer Series event

We’re excited to announce our second News and Brews Summer Series panel. This time, NM Political Report will speak to three experts about the environment on June 8. Like our last event, tickets are free which you can get from here. Readers who are subscribed to our daily emails are first to hear about these events. NM Political Report’s Laura Paskus will again moderate the discussion. Paskus leads our environmental project, which includes in-depth stories on water, regulatory agencies, public lands, climate change and wildlife that no one else in the state is covering.

WATCH: Dukes Up RealTalk Mayoral Forum

The first Albuquerque mayoral forum will take place tonight at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The event sold out, but we will be livestreaming it below for all those who cannot attend. DukesUp.org is sponsoring the event and it will be moderated by Carolyn Carlson of the Weekly Alibi and NM Political Report’s own Laura Paskus. The event starts at 5:30 p.m.

Six candidates confirmed they will attend the forum:

Deanna Archuleta
Brian S. Colón
Susan Wheeler-Deischel
Timothy Keller
Dan Lewis
Augustus “Gus” Pedrotty

The candidates qualified by answering a question about local enforcement of national immigration policies. The question and their answers are available here.

Announcing our News and Brews Summer Series

Edit: This event is sold out. So you get the news first, sign up for our free newsletter, where we make announcements before posting on the website. We’ve been working on a big project over the past few weeks and we’re excited that we can share it now. We are starting a new series of discussions with experts, newsmakers and others on a select topic each month—and I wanted you have the first chance to join us. There is limited space, so we will have free tickets for the event—get yours here now.