Episode Archive

Senator John Arthur Smith

Air Dates: February 14, 2010
Senator John Arthur Smith Senator John Arthur Smith (D- District 35,Hidalgo, Luna, and Sierra Counties), Chairman of the New Mexico Senate Finance Committee. During this difficult 30-Day Session of the Legislature, there is one central Senator who figures in almost all discussions about state finances, the budget, taxing and/or spending. That is Senator Smith, whose senate committee is the portal through which all legislation pertaining to money must pass. A fiscal conservative, Smith is dedicated to the fact that our state must (by law) operate with a balanced budget, and his pursuit of that necessity with its requisite cuts has earned him the nickname "Dr. No." Since through his years of warnings about our budget problems he has been proven right time and again, he also goes by the nickname "Dr. Know." This indepth interview helps us understand what is happening to our state's finances, how we got here, and what are the choices available to us. This will affect all New Mexicans. This is not an abstract theoretical discussion. This will affect how much money people have in their wallets after taxes and what state services may or may not be available to them. Watch Episode

Air Dates: February 13, 2010
Senator John Arthur Smith (D- District 35,Hidalgo, Luna, and Sierra Counties), Chairman of the New Mexico Senate Finance Committee. During this difficult 30-Day Session of the Legislature, there is one central Senator who figures in almost all discussions about state finances, the budget, taxing and/or spending. That is Senator Smith, whose senate committee is the portal through which all legislation pertaining to money must pass. A fiscal conservative, Smith is dedicated to the fact that our state must (by law) operate with a balanced budget, and his pursuit of that necessity with its requisite cuts has earned him the nickname "Dr. No." Since through his years of warnings about our budget problems he has been proven right time and again, he also goes by the nickname "Dr. Know." This indepth interview helps us understand what is happening to our state's finances, how we got here, and what are the choices available to us. This will affect all New Mexicans. This is not an abstract theoretical discussion. This will affect how much money people have in their wallets after taxes and what state services may or may not be available to them. Watch Episode

Senator Dede Feldman - 02/07/10

Air Dates: February 6, 2010
Senator Dede Feldman - 02/07/10 Senator Dede Feldman (D-Bernalillo) and Senator Rod Adair (R-Chaves & Lincoln), who duts and expenditures. Feldman is a member of the Better Choices Coalition whose goal is to be sure the budget cuts don't always fall on the backs of working middle class families. Adair looks at the budget crisis as an opportunity for the state to "downsize" the size of state government. Other topics include ethics reform, restructuring Medicaid, sin taxes, domestic violence prevention, the $5 million dollars per year the state pays for lawyers' fees in the 22 year old Jackson lawsuit concerning care for thiscuss the challenges of this Budget Session of the Legislature, and the difficulty of balancing ce developmentally disabled, and common sense solutions to the state's economic crisis. Watch Episode

Air Dates: February 6, 2010
Senator Dede Feldman (D-Bernalillo) and Senator Rod Adair (R-Chaves & Lincoln), who discuss the challenges of this Budget Session of the Legislature, and the difficulty of balancing cuts and expenditures. Feldman is a member of the Better Choices Coalition whose goal is to be sure the budget cuts don't always fall on the backs of working middle class families. Adair looks at the budget crisis as an opportunity for the state to "downsize" the size of state government. Other topics include ethics reform, restructuring Medicaid, sin taxes, domestic violence prevention, the $5 million dollars per year the state pays for lawyers' fees in the 22 year old Jackson lawsuit concerning care for the developmentally disabled, and common sense solutions to the state's economic crisis. Watch Episode

Brian Egolf, Keith Gardner & Jerry Walker

Air Dates: January 31, 2010
Brian Egolf, Keith Gardner & Jerry Walker Representative Brian Egolf ( D - Santa Fe), Representative Keith Gardner, ( R -Roswell), Minority Whip in the NM House, and Jerry Walker, Executive Director of the Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico. The two Representatives discuss the legislative session and Gardner and Egolf’s bills in support of webcasting, transparency, and ethics. They explore Egolf’s bill to take New Mexico’s $1.4 billion dollar appropriations account and move that money in a safe and responsible way from the large national banks and put it into community banks that are based here in New Mexico which would have a beneficial effect on the New Mexico economy and provide loans to New Mexico citizens and businesses. This is an extremely popular local application of the Move Your Money national movement, see www.MoveYourMoney.info. Then Jerry Walker, Executive Director of the Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico, describes the role of independent community banks and credit unions in driving local economies in New Mexico. Watch Episode

Brian Egolf, Keith Gardner & Jerry Walker

Air Dates: January 30, 2010
Brian Egolf, Keith Gardner & Jerry Walker Representative Brian Egolf ( D - Santa Fe), Representative Keith Gardner, ( R -Roswell), Minority Whip in the NM House, and Jerry Walker, Executive Director of the Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico. The two Representatives discuss the legislative session and Gardner and Egolf's bills in support of webcasting, transparency, and ethics. They explore Egolf's bill to take New Mexico's $1.4 billion dollar appropriations account and move that money in a safe and responsible way from the large national banks and put it into community banks that are based here in New Mexico which would have a beneficial effect on the New Mexico economy and provide loans to New Mexico citizens and businesses. This is an extremely popular local application of the Move Your Money national movement, see www.MoveYourMoney.info. Then Jerry Walker, Executive Director of the Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico, describes the role of independent community banks and credit unions in driving local economies in New Mexico. Watch Episode

Representatives "Lucky" Varela and Tom Taylor

Air Dates: January 23, 2010
Representatives Representative Luciano "Lucky" Varela ( D - Santa Fe County), Chair of the Legislative Finance Committee and Deputy Chair of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, and Representative Tom Taylor, ( R - San Juan County) Republican Floor Leader, New Mexico House of Representatives. Rep.Varela shares his fiscal expertise in addressing the state’’s budget crisis, and suggests ways we can balance income and expenditures to deal with our budget shortfall. Rep.Taylor discusses the opportunity the budget crisis represents for the state to evaluate the necessity of programs and prioritize its expenditures. Taylor provides an in-depth analysis of the oil and gas situation in San Juan County, and how that effects the rest of the state. Varela and Taylor provide clear insights into the problems New Mexico faces and give us behind-the-scenes information to use in watching this crucial 30-Day Legislative Session as it unfurls. Watch Episode

"Lucky" Varela & Thomas Taylor

Air Dates: January 23, 2010
Representative Luciano "Lucky" Varela ( D - Santa Fe County), Chair of the Legislative Finance Committee and Deputy Chair of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, and Representative Tom Taylor, ( R - San Juan County) Republican Floor Leader, New Mexico House of Representatives. Rep.Varela shares his fiscal expertise in addressing the state’’s budget crisis, and suggests ways we can balance income and expenditures to deal with our budget shortfall. Rep.Taylor discusses the opportunity the budget crisis represents for the state to evaluate the necessity of programs and prioritize its expenditures. Taylor provides an in-depth analysis of the oil and gas situation in San Juan County, and how that effects the rest of the state. Varela and Taylor provide clear insights into the problems New Mexico faces and give us behind-the-scenes information to use in watching this crucial 30-Day Legislative Session as it unfurls. Watch Episode

Diane Denish

Air Dates: January 16, 2010
Diane Denish Diane Denish, Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico, whose responsibilities include being the presiding officer of the New Mexico State Senate. From that unique perspective, Denish evaluates the upcoming Legislative Session, addressing budget issues, ethics reform and predatory lending initiatives, along with updating small business concerns gathered in her recent meetings around the state. The Lt. Governor tackles many of the hot topics facing the legislature, but points out the resiliency and strength of New Mexicans, saying, "I think people do realize we are in tough times, but we are tougher than the tough times we are in." Watch Episode

Greg Mortensen

Air Dates: January 9, 2010
Greg Mortensen Greg Mortenson, author, "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones into Schools." "Three Cups of Tea" has sold over 3 million copies, and been on the New York Times best seller list for over 3 years. Mortenson and his Central Asia Institute have built 130 schools, mostly for girls, in Pakistan and Afghanistan. His books are required reading for military personnel on the ground in these areas. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Mortenson is a rare and inspiring being. Watch Episode