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The Midnight Sun Podcast for June 18, 2017

As the state financial crisis brings Alaska within two weeks of a state government shutdown, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar get a blow-by-blow account of the legislature’s budget battle from the Alaska Dispatch News’ on-the-ground reporter, Nat Herz.  Before getting to Nat, Casey and Forrest talk about the shooting at in Washington D.C, the resurrection of the AHCA in the U.S. Senate, and the Alaska GOP’s stunning failure to eject any of the three Homer city council members they were targeting for recall this week.





Ophthalmologists Warn of Opioid Danger

JUNEAU, AK – Amid Alaska’s spiraling opioid epidemic, the Alaska Senate passed legislation today that puts patient safety at risk by allowing as many as 125 of optometrists—who are not medical doctors or trained surgeons—to prescribe highly addictive narcotics and perform surgery on the eyes of Alaska patients.



Don Young Gets Smacked

The folks that think the Republican Affordable Care Act repeal effort in the House of Representatives was a bad idea aren’t ready to move on to the US Senate quite yet. They have bought 1000 points of broadcast TV reminding Alaskans that Don Young voted the wrong way. A thousand points of TV means the targetted demo graphic will see this ad 10 times this week. In politics–that’s a lot.