Our friends over at New Mexico PBS will host election night coverage as the polls close in New Mexico. NM Political Report will be a small part of the coverage, as senior reporter Joey Peters will show up and possibly Andy Lyman as well. If you have your TV tuned to the latest episode of American Ninja Warrior instead of New Mexico PBS for some reason, you can keep the livestream going here. You can also keep up with the latest on election night through the NM Political Report primary liveblog. https://www.youtube.com/embed/lHS5wRJtNH4
—John Arthur Smith gave a very pessimistic overview of the budget Friday morning. And, of course, someone brought up marijuana as a potential revenue source for New Mexico. The conservative Democrat from Deming was, shall we say skeptical. “I think there’s some real questions about how legit that revenue stream is for Colorado,” Smith said. He went on to add that “there’s no brilliant idea out there right now” to fix everything.
New Mexico PBS recently sat down with our senior reporter Joey Peters to break down the scandal that engulfed Albuquerque Public Schools over the past month. In the segment, which aired over the weekend on New Mexico in Focus, journalist Sarah Gustavus interviewed Peters about how he found out that former APS Deputy Superintendent Jason Martinez’ previously undisclosed arrest charges of sexual assault of a child. Martinez also faces domestic violence charges. This revelation eventually led to last week’s resignation of APS Superintendent Luis Valentino, in large part because Martinez never completed a required background check. All school employees must complete background checks.
On Tuesday, New Mexico Political Report wrote about the State of the State address by Governor Susana Martinez, the Democratic response by Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, and had video of legislators and Albuquerque mayor Richard Berry responding to Martinez’s remarks. In addition to this, New Mexico Political Report’s own Margaret Wright took part in a panel discussion on New Mexico PBS looking at Martinez’s speech and what it portends for the upcoming legislative session. New Mexico In Focus host Gene Grant moderated the discussion. The other panelists were former State Senators Mark Boitano and Richard Romero and University of New Mexico political science professor Gabe Sanchez. The video of the panel was provided by New Mexico PBS.
New Mexico Political Report’s own Margaret Wright will be a part of New Mexico PBS’ coverage of the State of the State address tomorrow. Wright will participate in the analysis of Gov. Susana Martinez’s State of the State address and will look at the legislative session. In addition to Wright, former State Senators Mark Boitano and Richard Romero and University of New Mexico political science professor Gabe Sanchez will appear on the public TV station. New Mexico PBS will cut into programming when Martinez enters the room for her State of the State address (sorry, fans of Dinosaur Train). The station will air the full speech live and then the panel discussion.