These are individuals, groups or feuds that came out not looking so hot by the time the Legislature gavelled out (though some might have found a bit of redemption before the final day).
A long-await bill is scheduled for the floor, the capital budget is growing and multiple bills passed, including one that would bump an initiative off the general election ballot.
We’re a matter of tens of hours away from the end of the session, bringing a merciful end to a thoroughly underwhelming two years. While…
He says porn is contributing to “the hyper-sexualization of teens and prepubescent children in communities in the state.”
After a three-day marathon floor session, dozens of amendments and one threat of retaliation on social media, the House has passed Senate Bill 54, legislation…
On our May 14 episode of Alaska’s most listened-to political podcast, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss the hot political issues of the day– James Comey’s dismissal, the state budget, the legislative session as it careens towards overtime, the Real ID bill, and the censure of Rep. David Eastman. Casey and Forrest are also joined by a surprise guest this week. Former legislative staffer and UAA student Genevieve Mina tells us about her experience as a young person in Juneau during the legislative session. We greatly appreciate Genevieve being available on short notice, after an extended House floor session on Saturday prevented our previously-scheduled guest from making it on the program.
It’s a big show this week. On our May 7 episode of Alaska’s most listened to political podcast, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar are joined by Rep. Chuck Kopp to discuss some issues he is working on involving Alaska Railroad right of ways and restitution funds for crime victims. It is a pretty great conversation, and any other week it would be our headliner interview. This week, however, we are also joined by Gov. Bill Walker, his Chief of Staff Scott Kendall, and Revenue Commissioner Randy “Wild Bill” Hoffbeck to discuss the latest developments in what Forrest has termed “The budget standoff presented by Pete Kelly.”
The main media attention focused on the censure and withdrawal of party support for three Republican legislators who have organized with Democrats in the State House. That may be the sexy headline for mass consumption, but we here at The Midnight Sun prefer to dig deeper into the political ramifications from such a gathering that may go largely undocumented by the mainstream media.
This day also marks the zenith of October Surprise season. In case you havenâ€™t noticed it, campaigns, independent expenditure groups, and political parties over the last few days have begun airing their opposition research files and have unleashed scathing attacks on their opponents.
The Alaska Democratic Party (ADP) this morning accused Republican Mat-Su State House candidate David Eastman of lying in his submission to the state’s Official Election Pamphlet (OEP)…