In our February 5 episode, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s decision to vote against the confirmation of Pres. Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos before moving on to a fiery conversation about whether Rep. Dean Westlake’s bill to establish Indigenous People’s Day on the same day as Columbus Day is a good idea. We are also joined by State Senator Mia Costello to discuss the intersection between the state budget and economy, her bill to let Uber-like companies into the Alaska market, and how crime reform passed last year itself needs reform.
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.
In our January 8 episode, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss the shooting in Fort Lauderdale, Alaska’s revolving door between the news media and political jobs, and as many as ten ballot questions that could appear on the ballot in Anchorage’s upcoming election. We are also joined by incoming House Rules Chair Gabrielle LeDoux to discuss how the bipartisan House majority came together and if it will hold, Sen. Pete Kelly’s comments this week that the legislative session will be a fight between capitalism and socialism, and Sen. Kevin Meyer’s attempts to outlaw her PAC.
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 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.
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.
In our December 4th episode, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss this week’s Palin vs. Trump fight, whether any of the Alaskans vying to be the next Secretary of Interior have a real shot at the job, and the taxi industry reform ordinance the Anchorage Assembly will be hearing Tuesday night. In addition, incoming House Minority Leader Rep. Charisse Millett stops by for an in-depth discussion of Alaska’s fiscal policy and the impact of 15 freshmen legislators will have this year.
In our post-Thanksgiving episode, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss Trump exhaustion, a federal redistricting decision out of Wisconsin that may impact Alaska races, and the timing of the Vote-By-Mail and PFD Automatic Voter Registration system implementation. In addition, Senator Bill Wielechowski stops by for an in-depth discussion of oil tax policy, the budget deficit, and his ongoing lawsuit regarding the Permanent Fund Dividend.