December 2016






Alaska Politics Gets Fantasy League

Now our friend Patrick Race (@alaskarobotics on Twitter) has created a fantasy league where you can pick your favorite Alaska politicians and play them against other Alaska political enthusiasts’ picks, with a real world based scoring model.








The 2016 Soapy Smith Awards For Dubious Achievement In Alaska Politics

To start things off we’re going to resurrect the Soapy Smith Awards, once given by our delightful forerunner The Alaska Ear in the old days of the Anchorage Daily News. As the Ear would describe it, “Soapy Smith Award — a citation for dubious achievement, named in honor of Skagway’s Gold Rush con man and all-around scoundrel.”







Democrats Debate Digital Future

Democratic digital consultants aren’t waiting for the party to do an official post-mortem on 2016. The debate over the future of their side’s campaign strategy is raging through the festive season.







The Midnight Sun Podcast (December 24)

In our December 24h episode, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss Gov. Walker’s proposed budget, the pay cut he’s asked for, and Obama’s action restricting development in large offshore areas of Alaska. We are also joined by outgoing Alaska Democratic Party (ADP) Executive Director Kay Brown to discuss her accomplishments, the controversy surrounding the hiring of her successor, Jay Parmely, and the future her party.