Candidates for local office in Anchorage are off to a much slower fundraising start in 2017 compared to 2016.
In our February 19 episode, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss what Forrest heard about the new Trump administration during his time in Washington D.C. this week, our take on the latest fantasy state legislature league scores, and what to expect in the upcoming Anchorage municipal elections.
We are also joined by Ian Lang of Alaska’s Future to discuss the where discussions on a comprehensive solution to the state budget crisis stand and where they are likely to go.
The many tales of Eagle River politics and Cathy Giessel’s bad, bad week. It’s Friday in the Sun!!!
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 22 episode, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar are joined by City and Burrough of Juneau Assemblyman Jesse Kiehl and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner political reporter Matt Buxton to discuss happenings from the first week of the 2017 legislative session.
Gabby and Charisse fight, Begich comforts Dems, and Nees steps in and then goes off. It’s Friday in the Sun!
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.