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Gabriel Sanchez

Commentary: New Mexico Needs An Ethics Commission

Jan 26, 2016
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Political science research suggests there’s a link between how much you trust your government and whether you weigh in during elections.

Voter turnout in Albuquerque’s recent city council election was the lowest in decades, and UNM Political Science Professor Gabriel Sanchez says that’s just one example of a dangerously low level of civic engagement in New Mexico. Inspire greater confidence in public officials, he says, and more people will go out and vote. 

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Will We Get Good Government Reforms This Year?

Jan 20, 2016
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In her state of the state address Tuesday, Gov. Susana Martinez told lawmakers that public safety should be their top concern. But she also mentioned the need to reform an old and entrenched system of political pork that's interfering with our ability to build things New Mexicans say we badly need: new roads, bridges and water systems.