Bipartisanship Event to Find Solutions to State’s Challenges

May 19, 2017

Commentary: Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico First will host its biennial First Forum lecture series on June 7 in Albuquerque. Crisis Point: Advancing Healthy Politics in New Mexico will feature U.S. Senators Tom Daschle (D) and Trent Lott (R).

These political icons come together from opposing parties to present a way forward amid damaging forces that threaten the health of American democracy. These challenges include the permanent electoral campaign, unprecedented levels of money in politics and the 24/7 news cycle that never ceases to unleash divisive rhetoric. They will offer practical recommendations to mitigate these problems and help the United States regain confidence in its democratic system. They will remind New Mexicans of the principles enshrined in the Constitution, the necessity of nonpartisan debate and the advantages of compromise.

Additionally, five outstanding New Mexico leaders will be recognized for their exceptional commitments to collaboration and effective policy-making.

2017 Spirit of Bipartisanship Awards


Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto, New Mexico State Legislature (D)

Representative James E. Smith, New Mexico Legislature (R)

Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard, New Mexico Legislature (D)

Representative Jim Dines, New Mexico Legislature (R)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sherman McCorkle, retired executive and longstanding civic leader

First Forum is being held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, June 7, at 5:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased at Reduced price students tickets are available by contacting

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