The Midnight Sun’s Casey Reynolds is joined by Assemblyman and former Alaska congressional candidate Forrest Dunbar to discuss Governor Bill Walker replacing his Chief of Staff, former Senator Johhny Ellis coming out as a gay man, Alaska Republicans and Alaska Democrats both shaking up their staffs, and we interview Representative-elect Jennifer Johnston.
Johnston ain’t reppin the Muni no more, everyone getting new gigs, and Stevens minimizes $57 million. It’s Friday in the Sun!!!
It has been a week and a half since the 2016 general elections. Most of us have begun moving past them or in many Democrats cases continued to pretend Trump was never elected. For a few poor candidates, however, their races are still too close to call so all they can do is wait nervously for the Division of Elections (DOE) to count the last few ballots in their race and settle things once and for all.
Longtime Alaska Democratic Party (ADP) Executive Director Kay Brown announced late today she will be retiring in January. ADP Communications Director Jake Hamburg, who himself leaving the party at the end of this week, said this afternoon the Party will be accepting applications to fill the ED position through December 2. After that, per the APD’s party plan, a seven-member committee that includes Party Chairwoman Casey Steinau will be formed to evaluate applicants and make a hire.
Both of Alaska’s senators have had their issues with President-elect Donald Trump over the course of this election cycle. A big question facing Alaskans is now that the votes have been counted and heated campaign rhetoric is over, would they be willing to set aside any differences and work with Trump?
Today, Gov. Bill Walker moved his Chief of Staff Jim Whitaker to an advisor role and hired Scott Kendall to replace him.
It has been only a week since the 2016 general election and The Alaska Republican Party is already making major changes. The party has a new office and a new top staffer to run it.
The Alaska Division of Elections (DOE) counted a batch of early vote and questioned ballots in two close state House races this morning.
The sticky issues surrounding natural resource development and tribal sovereignty wrapped up in the national flap over the Dakota Access Pipeline are coming to Alaska. At least they will if one group has its way.
With several state legislative races still too close to definitively call a winner and vote totals that haven’t moved since election night, plenty of candidates and voters alike want to know when we will know more.