From smoking bills to university and from foster care to the wealthy, here’s our winners list for the 2018 legislative session.
Some legislators might not be so thrilled to be on the same ballot as a measure targeting their per diem.
Without the additional funding, public defenders would be working beyond their ethical limit leading to slowdowns, delays and mistakes.
The initiative would ban lobbyists from buying legislators meals, rewrite the rules for conflict of interest and end per diem payments if legislators haven’t passed a budget by the end of the regular session.
The prime component of the proposed initiative would bar legislators from collecting per diem payments ($295 per day) if the operating budget is not passed by the end of the regular session.
A proposed voter initiative for 2018 would cut off legislators’ per diem payments if they don’t pass a budget by the end of the regular…
There’s more gossip on the Grenn recall effort, speculation about 2018’s elections and word of a bump-in at the movies.
The petition already been rejected, The Midnight Sun has learned. The problem? The group filed the paperwork with the Municipality of Anchorage and not the state.
On our May 28 episode of Alaska’s most listened-to political podcast, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss Trump’s new budget and more White House scandals, Sen. Dan Sullivan’s town hall, and the legislature’s voting down Drew Phoenix’s nomination to the Human Rights Commission because he’s transgender. Casey and Forrest also talk with Rep. Jason Grenn about his first legislative session and Matt Buxton about taking over the helm of The Midnight Sun.
The 2017 Anchorage election isn’t entirely in the books. There’are a School Board race and several ballot propositions still in doubt, but for the most part, we now know how things turned out.
With that in mind, here are my thoughts on last night’s winners and losers.