Today neighbors of mine, and presumably yours too, began receiving the same mailer from the Alaska Republican Party they get before every election. You know, that yellow “Apply for your absentee ballot” mail piece the GOP has been sending out forever. Of interest to me as a watcher of local politics isn’t that the GOP sent the mailer, it’s the direct pitch to its base about why this election is important and what the choices are. That message is telling.
Articles by Casey Reynolds
In our March 12 episode, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar are joined by former Special Counselor to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Leslie Dach to talk with us about what impact the Trumpcare bill would have on Alaska if enacted. Forrest and Casey go on to discuss what themes and issues are rising Anchorage’s municipal races and what is happening in Juneau.
If Trump and the GOP-controlled congress can’t dismantle Obamacare as they have promised to do for years, they could face a combination of that “bloodbath” backlash — or at least a depressed turnout — from their rank-and-file conservative base while simultaneously raising the profile of the issue and handing Gov. Walker a powerful and popular issue to run on.
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) today released a statement on the House’s proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare. While the congressman did say he is committed to moving away from Obamacare, he stopped just short of offering his support for what his chamber’s leadership put forward saying, “I will continue to review the House’s proposal and determine whether it supports the goals of reforming our healthcare system in a manner demanded by the Alaskan people.”