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Best Walter Drangmeister podcasts we could find (updated December 2019)
Best Walter Drangmeister podcasts we could find
Updated December 2019
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Podcast of the Rio Grande Foundation that addresses public policy issues facing New Mexico.
 
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ART bus crashes were a regular occurrence during the first week of operation. What might happen next? The latest NM budget information is in. UNM asks for TIDD, why? San Juan College faculty votes to unionize. APS 2020 budget: $1,475,755,646, 79,000 students = $18,680 per student. The Governor is looking at buying a plane. Will it be green?…
 
On this week's interview podcast, Paul sits down with Jeff Apodaca. Jeff ran for governor of New Mexico in 2018 as a Democrat. He is the son of a former Governor of New Mexico. He played for the UNM Lobos football team and is now an entrepreneur and still very involved in New Mexico politics including having a television show. Check out this wi ...…
 
On this week's discussion show, Paul and Wally begin by discussing the departure of UNM football coach Bob Davie and the University's payout to him. Next, Paul and Wally attempt to shed some light on the City of Albuquerque's botched reporting of crime data. Finally, ART is finally rolling down Albuquerque streets. Then, Paul and Wally do a "de ...…
 
On this episode, Paul sits down with Rep. Jason Harper. Jason is one of the most knowledgeable people in the New Mexico Legislature when it comes to taxation and especially the horrendous New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax. Jason and Paul discuss the disastrous 2019 legislative session, the oil boom, and the opportunities it poses for New Mexico. Fi ...…
 
NM slides to 45th in latest Fraser Institute economic freedom report. Rep. Javier Martinez calls New Mexico's education results "tragic" but when asked to support school choice, his response is "tragic." How much more would New Mexicans have in their pockets if we had Colorado'sTABOR on the books? Proposed hazardous waste fees unnecessary and s ...…
 
Paul visits with Zachary Fort of the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association and Alexandra Garza a lobbyist for gun rights issues. Topics include recent legislation, the growing gap between rural and urban citizens of New Mexico, and possible legislation that may be considered in the coming session of the legislature.…
 
On this week's podcast, Paul discusses a recent meeting with Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform in New Orleans. In addition to sharing information on the problem of transit projects like the Rail Runner and ART, Paul took the opportunity to remind New Mexico's political leadership, especially Republicans who are out of power these days ...…
 
On this week's interview, Paul sits down with Doug Messier who writes and runs the website Parabolic Arc. The site itself deals with the private space industry and the many people and players involved in it. Messier recently wrote an article, "Spaceport America and Virgin Galactic: The Numbers Never Added Up" which looks back at some promises m ...…
 
On this week's episode, Paul and Wally recap the local elections as well as a big national vote that took place up the road in Colorado. Further data points to just how big New Mexico's oil boom is, but when it comes to job growth, New Mexico is only on par with its neighbors and its cities lag. Finally, ART appears to finally be ready to go by ...…
 
On this week's interview, Paul sits down with Fred Nathan, the head of Think New Mexico, a think tank based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The group has proposed a series of reforms for the upcoming 2020 legislative session centered on the issue of retirement. The three-pronged approach includes proposals that attempt to attract more retirees to our ...…
 
Paul spent the past week with hundreds of free-market think tank leaders in Colorado Springs at the State Policy Network Conference. What is happening in the state-based policy movement as a whole? New Mexico's National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results are out. What do they mean about our educational performance? And, there's a ...…
 
On this week's interview, Paul interviews Dr. Deane Waldman. Deane is both an MD (who practiced as a pediatric cardiologist at UNM Hospital) and an MBA. Deane is knowledgeable on the practice of health care and the policies impacting our health care system. He has written a new book called "Curing the Cancer in US Health Care." Deane and Paul o ...…
 
On this week's podcast, Paul shares more information on Democracy Dollars including some of the big funders pushing the issue in Albuquerque: http://errorsofenchantment.com/the-big-dark-money-pushing-democracy-dollars/ He shares how one chart from the Tax Foundation explains the serious problems with New Mexico's GRT. He revisits the UNM facult ...…
 
In this week’s interview, Paul talks with Jerry Powers about a proposal to use eminent domain for the Town of Edgewood to acquire an existing privately-owned water system. Paul then visits with Carlsbad Current Argus reporter, Mike Smith, about a proposed plastic bag ban ordinance that is being set in motion in Carlsbad.…
 
On this week's podcast, Paul and Wally discuss the spread of plastic bag bans including one that is being discussed in Carlsbad. The left put forth a dumb defense of Democracy Dollars. RGF hit Channel 7 to discuss the municipal election including Democracy Dollars and how Albuquerque residents can cut their taxes. Santa Fe's wild spending rumpu ...…
 
On this podcast, Paul sits down with Steve Muhr. Steve is a Physician Assistant-C from Pecos Valley Wellness in Roswell. His practice is not like most medial establishments in that he works "Direct to Consumer." He avoids costly and diverting government programs like Medicare and Medicaid and instead has a direct relationship (both financially ...…
 
Reconsidering the Aggie/Lobo football merger idea put forth by RGF last summer in light of current performance and MLG's "free" higher ed idea. Bernalillo County makes tracking down public records challenging. Homeless advocates and Mayor Keller don't agree as to whether the proposed central homeless facility is a good idea. Paul just visited C ...…
 
On this week's interview, Paul sits down with Michael Johnson. Michael has a fascinating background in business and once studied economics under both Milton Friedman and Paul Samuelson. But Mike is also a car enthusiast and collector. And he has some serious questions about Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's plans to take New Mexico vehicles to 52 m ...…
 
On this week's podcast, Paul and Wally discuss the attendance of two of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's top staffers in New York at a radical anti-energy conference sponsored by the Rockefeller Brothers Trust. Proponents of "Democracy Dollars" which will appear on Albuquerque voters' ballots won't debate with opponents. The supposed proponents of ...…
 
Paul interviews Dick Minzner. Dick has been a long-time fixture in New Mexico politics for many years. He's been head of the Tax and Revenue Department, a Democrat Legislator, and lobbyist to name just a few of his many roles. They begin by discussing a bit of that history as well as some of the policy decisions that have improved or harmed New ...…
 
On this week's episode of Tipping Point New Mexico, Paul and Wally discuss Gov. Lujan Grisham's latest big-government proposal. She wants to force New Mexicans to buy cars averaging 52 mpg by 2022. That's more aggressive than California! And, does she really have that power? APS is asking for $290 million from voters this fall albeit with no ta ...…
 
On this week's interview, Paul sits down with Scott Lopez. Born and raised in Española, NM and a graduate of the University of New Mexico, Scott has served our nation in the military and been a successful business leader and entrepreneur. Paul and Scott discuss what New Mexico needs to do to unleash its vast human and economic potential. Then, ...…
 
On this week's podcast, Paul and Wally take on Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham's plan to make higher education "free." They outline some of the major problems with the proposal as well as some of the unforeseen pitfalls associated with its design. With "free" college on the agenda for 2020, this is a must-listen!…
 
On this week's Tipping Point New Mexico interview Paul talks to two staffers with Americans for Tax Reform. On the first segment, Patrick Gleason who handles state affairs discusses a new study he wrote which details both the size of each state government and the growth of government in recent years. New Mexico is both the 2nd-biggest state gov ...…
 
On this week's discussion podcast, Paul shares details about his recent trip to Carlsbad for the Mayor's Energy Conference including an appearance from former Gov. Susana Martinez as well as a talk by Gov. Lujan-Grisham. Paul and Wally briefly discuss the drastic increase in oil prices in the wake of the attack in Saudi Arabia and the point mad ...…
 
On this week's interview, Paul interviews local activist and attorney Pat Rogers about the "Democracy Dollars" ballot measure that will be on City of Albuquerque ballots this fall. What does the proposal claim to do? What are the problems with this new source of public campaign financing? Who is going to be eligible to collect and return these ...…
 
On this week's discussion episode Paul and Wally discuss the Foundation's lawsuit against Bernalillo County over public records relating to the recently-passed paid time off ordinance. In an opinion piece published in the Albuquerque Journal, the Foundation also argued against a newly-imposed fire tax in Albuquerque that was passed under the ra ...…
 
With New Mexico swimming in an oil and gas generated surplus, discussions are underway as to what to do with all the money. The idea of a new "permanent fund" to be put aside for early childhood programs is being raised. With powerful Sen. Finance Committee Chairman John Arthur-Smith endorsing such a scheme it definitely has a chance to become ...…
 
New Mexico revenues confirmed to be at all-time high thanks to oil/gas boom with $907 million of "new" money available for the Legislature to spend in 2020. A new permanent fund has been proposed as a destination for those dollars. Is that a good idea? Paul and Wally briefly discuss here but elaborate on this week's interview podcast in a "deep ...…
 
On this week's podcast, Paul talks to Danny Seymour, a UNM MBA who has been working with the Rio Grande Foundation as a high-level intern. Danny happens to have worked extensively in the New Mexico film industry but is critical of the subsidies. Danny and Paul talk a good deal about the inner-workings of the industry and the exceedingly generou ...…
 
Mandatory paid leave passes the Bernalillo County Commission with some small changes. What did the Commission do and did they improve the final ordinance or is it still full of problems? Also, the City of Albuquerque is already considering adopting its own paid leave proposal. Paul and Wally discuss the prospects for that and what it could mean ...…
 
On this podcast, Paul interviews Philip Ord, President of Americans for Nuclear Energy. The group advocates and educates on behalf of nuclear power in the United States. New Mexico is a "nuclear" state as the home of the A-bomb and two national nuclear labs. Storage is also part of New Mexico's nuclear story. Mostly Paul and Phil discuss nuclea ...…
 
Most studies say vaping is far healthier than cigarette smoking, but a local filmmaker working with high school students called it "more detrimental than being addicted to cigarettes." This story highlights both factual ignorance and the media's complicity in spreading disinformation. Activity continues to build at Spaceport America, but when w ...…
 
On this week's interview, Paul Gessing interviews Len Gilroy of the Reason Foundation. Len is an expert on public employee pension issues and New Mexico has plenty of them. You can read more about Reason's analysis of New Mexico's pension issues here and here. Also, Gov. Lujan-Grisham has proposed some pension reforms. Len offers his take on th ...…
 
On this week's conversation, Paul recently sat down with KOAT to discuss an audit of the 2004 public safety tax that the City of Albuquerque has had in place for 15 years. Citizens were supposed to serve a real oversight role, but is one of several ways in which the law has not been followed. Mandatory sick leave could be voted on as soon as Au ...…
 
On this show, Paul interviews Larry Behrens. Larry is Western States Director with the group Power The Future. The group is fighting against both the national and New Mexico versions of the "Green New Deal" and recently co-produced a study with the Competitive Enterprise Institute which found that the national plan would cost every New Mexico h ...…
 
Paul recently spent some time in Farmington for a few talks. He also attended another PNM meeting on Energy Transition Act. Rail Runner and transit ridership are declining. Sen. Udall reintroduces a bill to overturn Citizens United. What has the ACLU said about this issue? William Perry Pendley who spoke at an RGF luncheon in 2017 has been pick ...…
 
Paul visits with Rachel Greszler, a research fellow in the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget. Rachel Greszler focuses on retirement and labor policies such as Social Security, disability insurance, pensions, and worker compensation. Her work focuses on policies that promote economic growth, individual freedom, and well-being. Paul ...…
 
RGF researchers took a look at data from Invest Snips and found that New Mexico has fewer publicly-traded companies than any other state on a per-capita basis. Paul and Wally discuss. Data from US Government Spending shows NM state and local government spends much more than other states. Several education related stories include Karen Trujillo ...…
 
On this podcast, Paul sits down with former New Mexico Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones and David Casas. Both are involved in an informal effort here in New Mexico to improve messaging on a variety of economic and social issues in our State. The messaging, of course, can be used by elected officials and candidates, but is mostly targeted to average peo ...…
 
Paul attended the recent PNM stakeholder meeting and there was a lot of information discussed at the meeting including several potential paths forward for the utility. Paul and Wally spend some time discussing PNM's path forward and what it means for ratepayers and taxpayers. You can find the sheet being discussed here. The head of UNM's econom ...…
 
On this week's podcast, Paul is joined by Rio Grande Foundation scholar and summer intern Raul Ayala to interview Don Watkins, Director of Education at the Center for Industrial Progress. The Center is a pro-energy think tank headed up by Alex Epstein. Watkins comes at the issues from a Randian/Objectivist perspective and used to work at the Ay ...…
 
Albuquerque Public Schools adopts big pay hikes, especially for its superintendent who is receiving an 11% pay hike. Will these pay hikes result in better outcomes? Is the money even being used to attract and retain high-quality teachers? What would actually help with NM's student achievement? KrisAnne Hall wow's the crowds with her direct take ...…
 
On this week's podcast, Paul interviews Lauren Krisai, Senior Policy Analyst, Justice Action Network. Lauren's group has worked extensively on bail reform nationwide. That bail reform was adopted in New Mexico via Constitutional Amendment in 2016 and Bernalillo County has been using a pre-trial assessment tool as well. The system has been quite ...…
 
On this week's podcast discussion Paul and Wally take a closer look at the New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax. Why is this tax so problematic? How does the tax inflict harm on New Mexico's economy while also encouraging the growth of government? Is momentum building for change?
 
On this week's podcast, Paul interviews former Democratic State Rep. John Heaton. Heaton currently works with the City of Carlsbad as Energy Development Coordinator. Paul and John spend some time discussing the oil and gas boom and its impact on his area of the State, especially including some of the infrastructure challenges it has created. Jo ...…
 
In the news of week Paul and Wally discuss: Mandatory paid sick leave deferred and plastic ordinance adopted at Bernalillo County Commission. The one-year anniversary of the Janus decision at the United States Supreme Court. For the first time since 2013, New Mexico beat the nation in job growth, but other data shows NM's cities are still trail ...…
 
Paul Gessing visits with KrisAnne Hall, the president of Liberty First University. She travels the country teaching the foundational principles of Liberty and our Constitutional Republic. KrisAnne is the author of 6 books on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, she also has a nationally syndicated radio show and a cable television show. KrisAnn ...…
 
Further details on NBC/Universal deal show just how willing the company is to leave New Mexico. An East Mountain group has organized and is fighting the proposed Bernalillo County sick leave. The Commission is expected to vote on the ordinance as soon as Tuesday. Details on how people can reach their Commissioners and attend the meeting. Paul p ...…
 
On this week's podcast, Paul interviews Caren Cowan, Executive Director of the New Mexico Cattle Grower's Association. On this podcast Paul and Caren discuss a variety of issues relevant to ranching and raising cattle including the overall state of rural New Mexico, wolves, border issues, the proposed Holtec nuclear storage facility in SE New M ...…
 
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