In this special edition of the podcast, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss the fight over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation with attorney and tribal activist Redwolf Pope.
In our January 29 episode, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar are joined by Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz to discuss Pres. Trump’s executive orders on immigration and whether Anchorage is a sanctuary city, the meaning of and next steps for the Women’s Marches that happened across Alaska, what we’ll see on the Muni ballot in April, and snow removal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Aronno of AlaskaCommons.com and The Midnight Sun’s Casey Reynolds shared a robust discussion with starkly different perspectives on Facebook during the event. In order to flesh out some of the issues raised during that discussion, we got together today, along with Assemblyman Forrest Dunbar, to discuss what happened last night and what it means to Alaskans going forward.