Our story in today's New Mexican about the webcasting developments can be found HERE. This little issue seems to have caught the old guard at the Roundhouse by surprise. As I noted in the previous post, the fear of YouTube might be driving some of the resistance to the idea -- paranoia about being immortalized in video for saying or doing something stupid in a floor debate. Sen. Mark Boitano told me Monday that the YouTube factor might be good for everyone, encouraging lawmakers not to shoot from the hip and to choose their words carefully.
Some webcast advocates in the House have expressed the fear that House Speaker Ben Lujan might draw the line, as early as today, and ban the webcams from any House proceedings. As you'll see in our news story, Lujan told Kate Nash Monday he was undecided on the issue. He told me the same thing last week.
But such a decision would feed the fires of suspicion about secrecy in state government. Seems like there's been a whole spate of secrecy stories lately. There's Gov. Bill Richardson's $1.7 million Moving America Forward Foundation, which refuses to release the names of contributors and whose director has refused to return reporters' phone calls, (including mine.) Then there's Attorney General Gary King's unexpected opposition to opening conference committees.
At a time in which our politicians love to talk about transparency, there sure seem to be a lot of doors they like to close at the Capitol.
Just a reminder: KUNM is supposed to start its Senate audio stream today. CLICK HERE