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Albuquerque, NM – Every Thursday, we talk with reporters and writers from the online news source the New Mexico independent.

This week and next, we're checking in every afternoon with reporters from the independent from the state capitol to get updates on this year's 30 day legislative session.

Sarah Gustavus asked senior writer Trip Jennings to weigh on the latest budget news from Santa Fe, where the Senate Finance Committee, basically the Senate's budget committee held a key vote.

Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico remains one of just ten states without an ethics commission, but that may change soon.

While the idea has failed in the state Senate the past several years, lawmakers this week are looking at several options for forming such a commission, and this year there seems to be some force behind the idea.

Still, as KUNM's Jim Williams reports from our capitol newsroom, open government advocates aren't exactly thrilled with the proposals.

Santa Fe, NM – The state Senate has passed legislation that would change how the state calculates a preference for New Mexico companies that bid on state contracts. KUNM's Sarah Gustavus has this summary of what was a complicated debate on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon.

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM recently asked you what you would say in your own Sate of the State Address. Governor Richardson gave his at the start of this year's legislative session. We heard from many of you about what you think New Mexico's priorities should be.

Today we continue the KUNM State of the State Commentary series with Tom Ormsby. He says the state needs to focus on sunshine, literally and figuratively.

 

Tom Ormsby has lived in New Mexico since 1950.

Santa Fe, NM – Should insurance companies be allowed to charge women higher health coverage rates than men in New Mexico?

That question led to an interesting debate in the state Senate Wednesday.

From our capitol newsroom, KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

Albuquerque, NM – Governor Bill Richardson recently gave his state of the state address at the beginning of this year's 30 day legislative session. We asked what you think New Mexico's priorities should be.

Tama Herman says the state has great potential but it's time to change some attitudes.

 

Tama Herman works in Marketing for IT Services and she lives in Albuquerque.

KUNM welcomes commentaries throughout the year. Email commentary@kunm.org for guidelines.

Santa Fe, NM – Action at the state legislature is really heating up this week. That's why we've decided to start bringing you updates every afternoon with reporters from the online news source, the New Mexico Independent.

KUNM's Sarah Gustavus spoke with independent blogger and New Mexico Independent Reporter Heath Haussamen from our capitol studio in Santa Fe.

Albuquerque, NM – Over the weekend, President Obama announced he would hold a televised health care summit with members of Congress later this month. Obama said he hopes it gets Republicans to "put their ideas on the table."

For the most part, Republicans have been steadfastly opposed to the president's and congressional democrat's ideas for health care overhaul.

KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with New Mexico's Democratic U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman about the president's proposal.

Santa Fe, NM – The state Senate has overridden one of Governor Bill Richardson's 2009 vetoes.

In last year's legislative session, both House and Senate unanimously passed a measure that would require state agencies to disclose to each other and the legislature information about certain contracts.

Richardson pocket vetoed the measure. From our capitol studio, KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

Socorro, NM – Governor Bill Richardson recently gave his state of the state address. We asked you where you think New Mexico's priorities should be, and many people answered.

Paul Krza says it's time for the state of New Mexico to hit up oil and dip into savings.

Paul Krza is a freelance writer from Socorro.

KUNM welcomes commentaries throughout the year. Email commentary@kunm.org for guidelines or call 505.277.8016.

Albuquerque, NM – University of New Mexico President David Schmidly has announced he's putting together a "President's Strategic Advisory Team" to look at ways to streamline UNM's structures and activities.

KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with him Monday afternoon.

Albuquerque, NM – Governor Bill Richardson recently gave his state of the state address. We asked you where you think New Mexico's priorities should be, and many people answered.

Today, we begin the KUNM State of the State Commentary series with Lora Lucero. She says the state has the opportunity right now to chose the right priorities to help the state plan for the future.

Lora Lucero is an editor and land use planner. She lives in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque, NM – Sarah Gustavus speaks with Megan Kamerick about this week in business news.

Albuquerque, NM – Sarah Gustavus speaks with writers and reporters from the online New Mexico Independent about this week's headlines.

Albuquerque, NM – Sarah Gustavus speaks with writers and reporters from the online New Mexico Independent about this week's headlines.

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Washington, D.C. – New Mexico's democratic lawmakers say President Obama's plan to create more energy jobs would help unemployed New Mexicans. They got details during the State of the Union address. Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington D.C.

Santa Fe, NM – On the sixth day of the 30-day budget legislative session in Santa Fe, discussions of what to do about an estimated $500 million state budget deficit are taking place all over the Roundhouse.

The major options can be boiled down to basically two categories: increases in income and sales taxes, and cuts to education, Medicaid, and state government departments and programs.

As KUNM's Jim Williams reports from our capitol newsroom though, it's the state Senate that likely holds the cards in this debate.

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Albuquerque, NM – Sarah Gustavus speaks with Megan Kamerick about this week's business news.

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Albuquerque, NM – In the final installment of our three-part series, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel speaks with new Mexicans about tax increase proposals making their way through the state legislature.

Albuquerque, NM – Sarah Gustavus speaks with writers and reporters from the New Mexico Independent about this week's headlines.

This week on the KUNM call-in show, we continue our 2010 Legislative Session coverage with a look at early childhood education.

This week on the KUNM call-in show, we continue our 2010 Legislative Session coverage with a look at early childhood education.

It's Children's Cabinet Days at the capitol this week, so the future of Pre-K education and the importance of investing early is up for
debate.

Are early childhood education services cost effective investments over the long term? We'll get some answers this week on the KUNM call-in show: Thursday morning at 8.

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Albuquerque, NM – In the second part of our series, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel speaks to New Mexicans about a proposal to reinstate the food tax.

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Albuquerque, NM – In the first of a three-part series, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel speaks with New Mexicans about proposals to increase taxes in order to fill the state budget deficit.

Santa Fe, NM – Governor Bill Richardson this afternoon laid out his agenda for the 30-day legislative session that began today in Santa Fe.

In his state of the state speech, Richardson said he wants lawmakers to fix a $500 million budget shortfall essentially by using a scalpel, not an axe.

And as KUNM's Jim Williams reports from our capitol newsroom, some legislators are skeptical they'll reach agreement on how to do it.

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with Megan Kamerick about this week in business news.

Santa Fe, NM – The film A Single Man compresses many memories into the action of a single day. KUNM reviewer Jim Terr says it's a moving film with ties to the art scene in Santa Fe.

Jim Terr is an actor, satirist and video producer in Santa Fe.

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with writers and reporters from the New Mexico Independent.

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Albuquerque, NM – A global movement in support of Palestinian refugees achieved a small victory this past week, but KUNM commentator Iris Keltz says more needs to be done to protect Palestinian civilians.

Iris Keltz is an activist and writer. She lives in Albuquerque. KUNM welcomes your commentaries. You can email commentary@kunm.org or call 505-277-9980.

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with Megan Kamerick about this week's business news from around the state.

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