Bob Perls, former New Mexico legislator and founder of the non-profit organization New Mexico Open Primaries will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends on Monday March 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Golden Corral restaurant (5207 San Mateo NE.)
Open Primaries says it is a movement based on the idea that no person must be a member of a political party in order to vote. During the 2017 session of the New Mexico legislature two bills have been introduced that would allow independent voters to vote in either the democratic or republican primaries. Another bill introduced in the House of Representatives would reduce the number of signatures independent voters need to qualify to appear on the ballot.
Since many New Mexico elections are decided by the winner of a primary, and only members of a political party are allowed to participate in a primary, Perls and his organization believe this would allow many more voters to participate in the election process. Currently nearly one quarter of all registered voters in New Mexico do not belong to either of the two major parties.
Perls has an M.S. in Healthcare Management with honors. He started his own medical technology company, Monitech, Inc., at the age of 24 and sold it in 2008 after 25 years of operation. In addition, he was elected to two terms to the New Mexico House of Representatives representing parts of Sandoval County, did consulting for a Governor of New Mexico on ways to create jobs through renewable energy and ran unsuccessfully for Congress and the PRC for a total of 13 years of political, elected and campaign experience.
Albuquerque Press Women and Friends will hear from Caroline Little, former President and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America on Monday, February 13, at 11:30 a.m. Little has a wide perspective on the changing landscape facing print journalists and newspapers. She will discuss the future of newspapers in light of new controversies journalists journalists must navigate.
APWF is meeting in a new location. We will meet at the Golden Corral meeting room, 5207 San Mateo NE, south of Cliff’s between McLeod and Osuna. The buffet is $8.99 plus gratuity and optional beverage. Everyone is welcome but there is an additional $5. charge for non-members.
APWF is composed of journalists,writers, bloggers and communicators interested in current events.
Journalists Steve Terrell from the Santa Fe New Mexican and Andy Lyman from New Mexico Political Report will speak to Albuquerque Press Women on Monday, January 9 at the Golden Corral at 5207 San Mateo Blvd. NE at 11:45 a.m.
They both will be covering the 2017 session of the New Mexico legislature and will share their observations about what lawmakers must get done and issues that they are likely to see brought up before them. This is expected to be a difficult session of the legislature since covering the budget will be the greatest challenge. Will we see new taxes proposed or tax credits eliminated? There are also scores of proposed bills that have been submitted on subjects ranging from legislative ethics to increasing penalties for specific crimes. You can expect a lively discussion from these two veteran journalists. Bring your questions. They are bound to have some interesting answers.
Golden Corral is a new location for Albuquerque Press Women. This restaurant is on San Mateo north of Montgomery, and south of Cliff’s Amusement Park. It has a private dining area and we will be in the private area. Everyone is welcome. Non-members will be asked to pay an additional five dollars.