January 2017

The Midnight Sun Podcast (January 15)

In our January 15 episode, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss Alaska’s senators voting to begin the process of repealing Obamacare and review many of the bills coming before the legislature this year. We are also joined by Governor Bill Walker’s Chief of Staff Scott Kendall and Communications Director Grace Jang for a discussion of the challenges the governor faces with two years remaining in his term.



How Trump Rewrote the Scandal Playbook

Klain knows the rules of politics, well at least the pre-Trump rules. In this fascinating Politico piece, he outlines the old rules Trump has rewritten. You know, things like get your facts straight, never explain and always apologize.



Murkowski, Sullivan React To Obamacare Repeal Vote

Late last night the U.S. Senate passed a resolution to begin the process of repealing Obamacare by a vote of 51-48. That vote didn’t actually repeal ObamaCare, it just got things going in Congress.

Here is what Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan had to say on the move.


Does the Republican Party Stand for Anything?

As Goddard points out, support for limited government and free-market capitalism used to be defining characteristics of what it meant to be Republican. For months now I have watched as Republicans and self-described conservatives contorted their minds into logic pretzels in order to justify their anger at not getting all the free money from the government they are owed from the Permanent Fund.