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President Trump delivered a State of the Union address after a delay due to the government shutdown. You can watch his speech and the Democratic response delivered by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. 

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Lawmakers have advanced a package of gun control bills in the state legislature.

 

There are two bills that would expand background checks. Another would keep guns away from people convicted of domestic violence or who have a restraining order against them. And one is meant to prevent suicides.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 1/10 8a: Education is the top priority for New Mexico's new governor and Democratic legislative leaders as the 2019 State Legislature begins a new session next week. What would you like to see lawmakers achieve in the session? What issues are most important to you? And what would you like to see news organizations cover during the session? Our panel of local journalists will discuss the top issues for the session and our coverage priorities. And we'd like to hear from you! Email LetsTalk@KUNM.org, tweet to #LetsTalkNM or call in live during the show. 

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Former President George H.W. Bush is being honored with funeral services at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. The 41st president will be eulogized by his son, former President George W. Bush, as well as a former U.S. senator and a former Canadian prime minister. Dozens of U.S. and world leaders are expected to attend the service.

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Let’s Talk New Mexico 11/29 8a: This week, we’re focusing on transgender folks who thrive in our community, the growing acceptance in younger generations, and gains being made around the country. Media narratives often emphasize the discrimination and violence transgender people face. Those are essential stories, but we want to add to the conversation.

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Immigration is one of this election’s biggest issues.

Tammy WilkersonHill-Fisher teaches English as a second language with the Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque, and that's definitely one of her biggest political drivers.

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In Bernalillo County’s Metro Court, judges hear cases about drunk driving, domestic violence, drugs, traffic tickets, and small civil claims. It’s the busiest court in the state and the only one like it here. Here’s how it works: When someone wants to appeal a decision from Metro Court, they have to present the case again at District Court across the street and get an OK before it heads up to Appeals Court. This election, there’s a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would free lawmakers up to change this appeals system.

New Mexico's Public Media Stations are proud to host the 2018 Candidate Conversation Series. Host of KNME-TV'S New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant, sits down with the three major party candidates for U.S. Senate: Democrat Martin Heinrich, Republican Mick Rich and Libertarian Gary Johnson.

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Most other states around the country have some kind of watchdog agency in place to investigate politicians and other powerful people entrusted with public dollars. But New Mexico doesn’t have anything like that. So would a commission with the power to investigate and field ethics complaints help stop corruption here? The issue will be on ballots in November.

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Let’s Talk New Mexico 10/4 8am: Around the country, voter participation is surging, and people are predicting the midterms in November will see a big turnout. Still, plenty of eligible people—even folks who are registered—don’t cast their ballots. Are you planning not to vote? Do you distrust politicians, government and the two-party political process? Are you tired of extreme rhetoric and ideological divisions? Do you dislike negative campaign ads? Are you frustrated with who’s on your ballot?

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Horrifying and fatal cases of child abuse and neglect are pervasive in New Mexico. People here are asking the question: How do we stop this? Nationally, evidence is showing that prevention is the key.

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Americans are deeply divided over how to handle immigration and an art exhibit in Albuquerque is working to bring new perspectives into the conversation.

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Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, seen as a rising political star with a famous last name, will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union. 

State Of The Union: Annotated By NPR

Jan 30, 2018
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President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. Coverage will start at 7pm. 

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Kids In The Roundhouse

Jan 17, 2018
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In New Mexico, the 30 Day legislative session has begun, but what do kids have to do with it? We talked with state senator Bill O’Neill and some of the Wild Friends New Mexico about how kids can be part of the legislative process. Originally broadcast Jan 20, 2018

State Of The State 2018: Annotated

Jan 16, 2018
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Governor Susana Martinez gave the 2018 State of the State address on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. She begins speaking when there's about 54:05 remaining, you can skip ahead in the video or stream the audio alone.

KUNM partnered this year with New Mexico PBSNMPoliticalReport and NMpolitics.net on this live annotation of the speech. 

Let's Talk 2017

Dec 20, 2017
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Let's Talk New Mexico 12/21 8a: It was a year for hard questions about race, politics and identity. Some folks will tell you it’s because the media and social media are highlighting our divisions. Others will say it’s because national politics are pinned on dog-whistle rhetoric tinged with racism and xenophobia.

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The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on rolling back net neutrality protections and to weigh media ownership rules again on Thursday, Dec. 14. Surveys show the changes are not supported by people across the country, regardless of political party. KUNM spoke with Viki Harrison, the executive director of Common Cause New Mexico, about what these policy shifts could mean in New Mexico.

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We kicked off Women’s History Month with a visit from a woman making history in New Mexico, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham. Plus, we learned why we honor women’s history during the month of March. 

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Sa 2/18, 12p: Carol Boss welcomes to Women's Focus: Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, Director of Enlace Comunitario and one of the founders of the grassroots campaign, Defend Our Neighbors,  community organizer Sayrah Namaste, and Rachael Maestas with the ACLU of New Mexico.

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The day after Donald Trump is inaugurated as the United States’ 45th president, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flood in from around the country to march through the nation’s capital. The mission of the Women’s March includes advocating for human rights and pushing back against bigotry toward immigrants, Muslims and people of color. 

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Sat. 1/21 9a:  Politics aren't just for grownups. The KUNM Kids get political with New Mexico State Representative Jim Smith. Find out how kids can be part of the process.  With great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar, and so much more. Wake up with The Children's Hour, every Saturday from 9 to 10am. 

During this year’s campaign cycle, voters learned of sexual assault allegations against Republican Donald Trump and heard a years-old recording of him bragging about assaulting women.  KUNM sat down with Jim Harvey, the new executive director at the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico, to talk about how Trump’s election impacts their work. 

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Bioethical questions around the use of fetal tissue in research have been central to a House panel’s investigation, but opponents say it’s all political theater aimed at restricting abortion. The debate is unfolding in New Mexico, as both an Albuquerque abortion clinic and researchers here respond to that panel’s queries.

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  In order to help babies that are born too early, you’ve got to experiment on fetal tissue. At least that’s what scientists say. A House panel investigation of this kind of research has raised its profile. We went to the University of New Mexico Hospital to find out how fetal tissue is used.

New Mexico 2050: A Look Into The State's Future

Sep 14, 2015
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KUNM Call In Show 9/17 8a:  

What will the New Mexico of the future look like? How will we address the issues facing our state –  poverty, water, jobs and transportation? This week on the KUNM show we'll talk to former U.S. Senator Fred Harris about his new book, New Mexico 2050.

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More than one in five New Mexicans is on food stamps—that’s almost half a million people. Advocates are concerned that coming changes could force people off the federally funded program, and many religious folks are speaking out against the possible new rules. Faith leaders don’t see feeding the hungry as a partisan issue but rather as a basic tenet of their faith.  

Legislative Session Update

Mar 18, 2015

Sun. 3/22 7p: Generation Justice is joined by Veronica Garcia, Executive Director of New Mexico Voices for Children and Patrick Davis, Executive Director of ProgressNow NM to discuss the impacts of this year’s legislative session moving forward. On top of the legislative coverage, we will have a stellar line-up of calendar events and music to share with everyone.

Kids At The RoundHouse

Jan 9, 2015
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Sat. 1/10, 9am:  New Mexico State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino will explain how kids can be a part of the legislative process during the upcoming 60 day legislative session. Also, the Bad Ad Contest is coming to its deadline, and  the Media Literacy Project will let us know all about it. Great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar, and so much more, start your Saturday with The Children's Hour! 

Primary Election Results

Jun 4, 2014
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General Election Race For Governor Under Way – The Associated Press

Democratic Attorney General Gary King has cleared the first hurdle in his underdog bid to become governor, toppling four opponents in a lackluster primary race. His next challenge will be much more formidable.

King faces Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in the November general election and is at a decided disadvantage.