December 2016

The Midnight Sun Podcast (December 18)

What does former U.S. Senator Mark Begich think of Gov. Walker’s budget, the job Ethan Berkowitz is doing as Mayor, and how progressives can combat the incoming Trump administration? Oh, and what will Begich be running for next? Check out all that and much more on this week’s installment of The Midnight Sun Podcast.


Governor’s Office Releases List of Budget Cuts

This afternoon Governor Walker’s office released a list of what they say are budget cuts and service closures in the Governor’s proposed FY 2018 Budget.

You can look at the list and judge it for yourself.

We will only point out that several of the items look like fee and rate increases rather that budget or service cuts.




Governor’s Statement on 2018 Budget

Governor Bill Walker’s fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) budget reduces state spending while supporting vital services and protecting the permanent fund dividend. The proposed $4.2 billion unrestricted general fund (UGF) operating budget is 23 percent lower than when Governor Walker took office two years ago. To lead by example, Governor Walker will take a one-third pay cut.




What Really Happened At This Weekend’s AK GOP Meeting

The main media attention focused on the censure and withdrawal of party support for three Republican legislators who have organized with Democrats in the State House. That may be the sexy headline for mass consumption, but we here at The Midnight Sun prefer to dig deeper into the political ramifications from such a gathering that may go largely undocumented by the mainstream media.


Murkowski Makes Staff Changes

In the wake of re-election to a new six-year term in the U.S. Senate, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski this morning announced three staff changes affecting both her Washington D.C. and Anchorage offices.


The Midnight Sun Podcast (December 11)

In our December 11th episode, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss the controversy over questionable information posted to Facebook by Assemblywoman Amy Demboski, the censure of three Republican legislators by the Alaska Republican Party, the effects our state’s now official recession will have on our politics, and Sen. Dan Sullivan’s lack of reaction to several senators promising to investigate Russian interference in American government and elections. In addition, new Alaska Republican Party Executive Director Josh Walton stops by to discuss his new role and several Republican Party issues.