bill walker



The 2016 Soapy Smith Awards For Dubious Achievement In Alaska Politics

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.”







The Midnight Sun Podcast (December 24)

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 I know, I Think: The Governor’s Pay Cut

Is the Governor really going to announce a $4.3 Billion budget that includes something for everyone to hate (PFD cut, increases in taxes and fees, elimination of state services and projects, and still a $892 million deficit with a call for a broad-based tax on us all to eliminate it) and think he can distract us from that boatload of pain simply by pointing to a cut in his own pay? As football player Cris Carter would say “C’mon, man!”







My Call From The Governor’s Office

I have been writing for months that the Governor’s relationship with state legislators has deteriorated to the point that for him to have any hope of having his vision reflected in passed legislation, he needed to make some changes. Big changes. Staff changes.







The Midnight Sun Podcast (December 18)

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.







Governor’s Office Releases List of Budget Cuts

This afternoon Governor Walker’s office released a list of what they say are budget cuts and service closures in the Governor’s proposed FY 2018 Budget.

You can look at the list and judge it for yourself.

We will only point out that several of the items look like fee and rate increases rather that budget or service cuts.








Governor’s Statement on 2018 Budget

Governor Bill Walker’s fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) budget reduces state spending while supporting vital services and protecting the permanent fund dividend. The proposed $4.2 billion unrestricted general fund (UGF) operating budget is 23 percent lower than when Governor Walker took office two years ago. To lead by example, Governor Walker will take a one-third pay cut.