In our January 29 episode, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar are joined by Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz to discuss Pres. Trump’s executive orders on immigration and whether Anchorage is a sanctuary city, the meaning of and next steps for the Women’s Marches that happened across Alaska, what we’ll see on the Muni ballot in April, and snow removal.
The eye wars return, Nees finds APOC’s weakness, and people get snow stupid. It is Friday in the Sun!
Newly elected Rep. Dean Westlake has introduced a bill to create a new state holiday named Indigenous Peoples Day and co-locate it on the second Monday in October along with Columbus Day.
Since this is the first day back at work for many of you, I thought we’d kick off 2017 with some New Year’s resolutions we imagine some elected officials, institutions, and politicos might — or should — have considered.
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.
Delays in implementing two important changes to election procedures will impact not only Anchorageâ€™s spring 2017 Assembly races, but will now reverberate into the larger race for Mayor in the spring of 2018.
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.
US Senator Lisa Murkowski today released a slew of endorsements by several Mayors of communities from across Alaska.