A section of Anchorage Municipal Code that only a few months ago neither you, nor I, nor many Assembly members, nor (according to some) the Berkowitz administration even knew existed, may end up being the defining issue on the Anchorage ballot come April 4.
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.
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.
Despite the inability of the Alaska State Legislature to adopt a comprehensive solution to the State’s fiscal crisis and the huge uncertainty that creates for both the private sector and local governments, at least one bond rating agency is looking more favorably upon the Municipality of Anchorage’s credit worthiness.
Today, East Anchorage incumbent Rep. Ivy Spohnholz released a radio ad that sounds almost straight out of a Donald Trump stump speech on inner cities.
“Itâ€™s been a deadly week in Anchorage” the ad begins and then proceeds to go through a litany of scary news clips highlighting the growing crime problems facing Anchorage. Spohnholz begins a voiceover saying â€œWe all know we have a public safety crisis in Anchorage. The question is what are we going to do about it?â€