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Aug 30, 2016

Private-sector workers in New Mexico have a retirement problem: Few have any retirement savings in place. It's so bad, the AARP says our state has the highest rate in the nation of private-sector employees without access to employer-sponsored retirement plan.

Some national experts in the field of retirement planning spoke before a legislative committee this week, informing lawmakers about efforts across the country to boost individual retirement savings among workers in private business.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

Aug 29, 2016

While all 42 seats in the New Mexico State Senate are up for grabs in theory this election cycle, only 15 races are actually contested.

Tom Trowbridge reports on one of the more closely-watched Senate races this fall: the one in District 36 between Republican incumbent Lee Cotter and Democratic State Representative Jeff Steinborn.

Aug 29, 2016

A so-called "swing" legislative district in November's elections is New Mexico House of Representatives District 43, which includes portions of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties.

Tom Trowbridge reports on the race between two-term Democratic incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard and her Republican opponent, Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover.

Aug 26, 2016

New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera this week released the state's annual "report card" for all the state's public schools.

Tom Trowbridge reports the results are mixed.

Aug 25, 2016

Dateline New Mexico's look at the candidates for the state's Third Congressional District continues with incumbent Democrat, Ben Ray Lujan.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

Aug 24, 2016

Dateline New Mexico takes a look at the race for New Mexico's Third Congressional District, where incumbent Democrat Ben Ray Lujan faces a challenge from Republican nominee Michael Romero.

In Part 1 today, we hear from the challenger. Tom Trowbridge reports.

Aug 23, 2016

In May, the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities issued a study showing higher education in New Mexico has been reduced by nearly one-third since 2008.

Tom Trowbridge checks-in with University of New Mexico executive Vice-President for Administration, David Harris, on how UNM's budget has dealt with the cuts.

Aug 22, 2016

New Mexico scores on the statewide "Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers" or PARCC exam released by the New Mexico Public Education Department last week show some improvement. However, most New Mexico students are missing state benchmarks.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

Aug 19, 2016

Third-District Congressman Ben Ray Lujan has taken the lead on the growing problem of opioid abuse and addiction, both in New Mexico and nationwide.

It's a serious issue here. New Mexico ranks number two nationally for drug-overdose deaths per capita.

Congressman Lujan held a news conference this week with the director of the White Office of Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli, joining him.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

Aug 18, 2016

On Tuesday's Dateline report, Speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives Don Tripp expressed confidence in Republicans' chances of keeping its four-seat majority in the chamber in November's elections.

Today, we hear from the House Democratic Floor Leader, Rep. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe who feels strongly about his party's chances to recapture the majority Dems lost in 2014.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

Aug 17, 2016

United States Attorney for New Mexico--Damon Martinez--recently announced results of a four-month investigation involving the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives along with his office and state and local law enforcement agencies. 

Martinez says the investigation led to nearly 60 federal indictments, one federal complaint identifying 104 federal defendants to this point.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

Aug 16, 2016

The Speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives is expressing confidence the Republican Party will keep its majority in the chamber this election cycle.

Tom Trowbridge spoke recently with Socorro Republican Don Tripp and has this report.

Aug 14, 2016

There's been discussion for years at the Roundhouse about reforming New Mexico's means of funding capital improvement projects. And while there's been widespread agreement that the current method of funding projects is broken, there's been no progress on reform.

But the director of the Santa Fe-based think tank, Think New Mexico is more hopeful the coming Legislative session in 2017 will bring change.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

Aug 12, 2016

Governor Susana Martinez has directed all state agencies under her control to reduce spending by five-percent until January, when the Legislature convenes.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

Aug 11, 2016

In Santa Fe this week, the chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Jane Chu, visited the Santa Fe Arts Institute at the invitation of Senator Tom Udall.

The focus: Growing New Mexico's creative economy.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

Aug 10, 2016

For as long as it's been around the non-profit League of Women Voters-New Mexico has worked to improve government and engage citizens in the decisions that impact their lives. The League holds numerous statewide candidate forums, too.

But the Republican candidate for New Mexico Secretary of State is less-than-subtly questioning the League's objectivity and is refusing to participate.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

Aug 9, 2016

Figures released by the New Mexico Department of Health indicate the agency has cut the average processing time for medical marijuana card applications and renewals.

But the DOH's continued issues in complying with the state's medical marijuana law came under fire at a recent legislative interim committee meeting.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

Aug 8, 2016

With schools opening throughout New Mexico over the next couple of weeks, the state Department of Health is working to get all school-aged-kids their state-required immunizations.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

Aug 5, 2016

This week in Santa Fe, Senator Tom Udall participated in the launch of the bipartisan Engage Cuba New Mexico State Council. Udall, a Democrat, has been a vocal supporter of President Barack Obama's efforts to normalize relations with the island nation less than 100 miles from the continental U.S.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

Aug 4, 2016

New Mexico's revenue outlook for the coming fiscal year appears worse than expected....this, as state lawmakers still have to close-out the recently-concluded fiscal period, which is in the red to the tune of 150-million dollars.

Tom Trowbridge spoke recently with New Mexico House Appropriations and Finance Committee Chairman, Republican Larry Larranaga of Albuquerque.

Aug 3, 2016

The New Mexico Summer Food Service program has wrapped-up another season of serving free meals to the state's children. The federally-funded effort seeks to fill the nutritional gap for kid who eat free or reduced-price meals at public schools, then lose access to those meals when school is closed for the summer.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

Aug 2, 2016

With both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in the rear-view mirror, Tom Trowbridge speaks with two veteran New Mexico politicos--former state GOP Chair Edward Lujan and former State Democratic chair Fred Harris--for their insights on the race for the White House.

Aug 1, 2016

Attendance at New Mexico's State Parks is on the rise--Governor Susana Martinez recently announced park visitation numbers from 2015.

Tom Trowbridge reports

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