To start things off we’re going to resurrect the Soapy Smith Awards, once given by our delightful forerunner The Alaska Ear in the old days of the Anchorage Daily News. As the Ear would describe it, “Soapy Smith Award — a citation for dubious achievement, named in honor of Skagway’s Gold Rush con man and all-around scoundrel.”
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.
Wednesday afternoon the Alaska Democratic Party waded into the controversy surrounding Anchorage Assemblywoman Amy Demboski’s posting to Facebook of a questionable Fox Business report showing a map of armed Islamic compounds in the U.S., including one in Alaska. In Demboski’s post, she also linked that report to Greg Jones, a Democratic candidate for State House in the Mat-Su, who is Muslim.
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.
So what will have the room so riled up? The national conversation on the validity of “fake news” and the nationwide fear of Muslim immigration in the wake of a string of terrorist attacks in the U.S. motivated by extremist Islamic groups have converged and landed squarely in the Municipality of Anchorage.
This afternoon on her daily radio show on 1020 FM KVNT Anchorage Assemblywoman Amy Demboski said Alaska Republican Party Vice-Chairman Rick Whitbeck called her last night and threatened her over her voicing support for Alaska Libertarian Party senatorial candidate Joe Miller over the Alaska Republican Party’s candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski.