January 2017


Murkowski’s Vote May Be Key To Obamacare Repeal

Politico is reporting growing resistance within the GOP to repealing Obamacare without a replacement. They are also reporting that as that resistance grows, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Maine Sen. Susan Collins may be the votes that decide the success and ultimate shape of that effort.



AK Legislature Releases 52 Prefiled Bills for 2017 Legislative Session

The first list of prefiled bills for the upcoming legislative session was released this morning.

As you might expect the list ranges from the banal (HB 7 by Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins to ban ballot selfies and HB 28 by Rep. Tarr increasing disclosure requirements for cosmetics) to hot button socials issues (HJR 1 by Rep. Josephson to repeal the Alaska Constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage).



The Midnight Sun Podcast (January 8)

In our January 8 episode, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss the shooting in Fort Lauderdale, Alaska’s revolving door between the news media and political jobs, and as many as ten ballot questions that could appear on the ballot in Anchorage’s upcoming election. We are also joined by incoming House Rules Chair Gabrielle LeDoux to discuss how the bipartisan House majority came together and if it will hold, Sen. Pete Kelly’s comments this week that the legislative session will be a fight between capitalism and socialism, and Sen. Kevin Meyer’s attempts to outlaw her PAC.





Alaska Congressional Delegation Movin On Up

Call it George Jefferson Day for Alaska’s congressional delegation. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Sen. Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young all moved up in significant ways as the 115th Congress was sworn in yesterday.