Two Veteran Journalists Look Forward to the 2018 New Mexico Legislature

Sherry Robinson

Sherry Robinson

Matthew Reichbach

Matthew Reichbach

Sherry Robinson and Matthew Reichbach will share their insights about what the 2018 session of the New Mexico legislature will look like when they speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends on Monday, December 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Golden Corral (5207 San Mateo NE).

It’s a 30 day short session and the last opportunity New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez has to shape her legacy. Will she be haunted by the issues she has pushed or the opportunities not taken?  Will the national fervor for tax cuts find a sympathetic hearing in this state? Will the swirling cultural changes over inappropriate behavior of men in the public eye affect this legislative session? Will New Mexicans still feel the unrelenting pressure of not enough money to fully fund government? These two veteran journalists have plenty to say.

Sherry Robinson has been a New Mexico journalist since 1975 when she began writing for the Gallup Independent. A graduate of the University of New Mexico, she still covers the NM Legislature for the Gallup Independent, but has written for a variety of publications in the intervening years. She has authored a number of books including Apache Voices: Their Stories of Survival as told to Eve Ball, I Fought a Good Fight: A History of the Lipan Apaches and El Malpais, Mt. Taylor and the Zuni Mountains. Robinson is also a long time business writer in Albuquerque and has written about science for the University of New Mexico, editing the university’s research magazine Quantum. Robinson is also a member of APWF and New Mexico Press Women, and has won numerous awards for her writing.

Reichbach is a native New Mexican from Rio Rancho who edits the New Mexico Political Report. In this excerpt from his website, he explains he has covered New Mexico politics since 2006. The founder and former editor of New Mexico Telegram, Matthew was also a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and was one of the original hires at the groundbreaking New Mexico Independent. In his time as a political reporter, Matthew has covered numerous elections, the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. He formerly published “The Morning Word,” a daily political news summary for NM Telegram and the Santa Fe Reporter.

Everyone is welcome at meetings of Albuquerque Press Women and Friends. Individuals are responsible for their own meals, and non-members will be charged an additional five dollars.

Jim O’Neill to talk politics and taxes with Albuquerque Press Women and Friends

Jim O'Neill

Jim O’Neill

“Taxes and Politics” will be the topic of the November meeting of Albuquerque Press Women and Friends, Monday, November 13, at 11:30 AM, at Golden Corral (5207 San Mateo NE). Our speaker will be Jim O’Neill, one of the state’s most prominent and trusted tax experts. He’ll talk about the New Mexico tax system in the context of the upcoming legislative session, its effect on economic development and the state’s position in the competition for businesses and jobs.

Jim O’Neill is President of O’Neill Consulting LLC, founded in July 2001 and specializing in providing advice on New Mexico state and local taxes and tax legislation.

O’Neill was Assistant Secretary and Director of Tax Policy for the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department from 1984 through his retirement in 2001. He was involved in developing the Department’s regulations and rulings, coordinating and presenting the Department’s position on program issues to the Legislature and being one of the Department’s voices to the community.

Since leaving his state position he has been active in New Mexico tax issues, consulting for clients such as the New Mexico Municipal League, the New Mexico Association of Counties and private businesses. In 2003 he was Chief of Staff of the New Mexico Blue Ribbon Tax Reform Commission.  In 2010 he served on the New Mexico Government Restructuring Task Force. He is a founding board member and first Secretary-Treasurer of the New Mexico Tax Research Institute.

Albuquerque Press Women and Friends welcome everyone. Each individual is responsible for their own lunch and non-members will be charged an additional $5.

What is happening to our health care system?


Martin Hickey

Martin Hickey

Dr. Martin Hickey, Chief Executive Officer of New Mexico Health Connection, a nonprofit health insurer founded in response to the Affordable Care Act will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, October 9 at our regular meeting at Golden Corral (5207 San Mateo NE).

Hickey will discuss the current confusion surrounding the Affordable Care Act and the way that impacts health insurance. New Mexico Health Connections is available on individual and small business health insurance exchanges. He can speak to the way the current political uncertainly is affecting the health insurance industry and the trickle down effect on individual and business health insurance plans.

He has a deep history in New Mexico healthcare that started on the Navajo reservation as a  young primary care doctor working for the Indian Health Services. He moved on to the VA in Albuquerque and then to the University of New Mexico where he set up pilot rural health programs, was an associate professor of internal medicine, developed an office of managed care contracting, and served as Medical Director of University Physician Associates, the faculty practice.

Hickey is perhaps best known for serving as President and CEO for Lovelace Health Systems from 1997-2002. Before returning to New Mexico in 2011 to take on the challenge of establishing a new health plan, he also served as a Managing Director for Navigant Consulting, President and CEO of Alegent Health Clinic in Nebraska, and as Senior Vice President for Health Care Affairs at Excellus Blue Cross. He is a nationally recognized leader in healthcare who is personally committed to challenging the status quo and bringing innovation to the healthcare market.

Everyone is welcome at APWF meetings. Individuals are responsible for their own lunch. Non-members will be charged an additional $5.