The House Finance Committee did one last round of budget amendments before sending the budget to public testimony.
This week it seemed like everyone wants to run for governor, or at least wanted us to believe that they do. Hosts Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar dig into all the gubernatorial race posturing as well as the fall out from the Alaska Supreme Court’s decision on Gov. Walker’s veto of PFD spending, the continued attacks on transgender folks at both the national and local level, and, of course, the Trump administration’s monumental Friday night news dump. Then we talk with former celebrity Alaska weatherman and current Alaska Marijuana Industry Association Executive Director Cary Carrigan about the state of the marijuana industry in Alaska. We may also get his expert take on Hurricane Harvey, and boy does he have a good one.
In our March 19 episode, Casey Reynolds and former Wasilla legislator Lynn Gattis discuss Donald Trump’s latest bout with “alternative facts”, the Alaska state budget, and what the reaction of Alaskans has been to the State Senate passing PFD reform. Casey then interviews Kenai-Soldotna area Senator Peter Micciche to get his take on the state budget and his body’s PFD reform package.
As Goddard points out, support for limited government and free-market capitalism used to be defining characteristics of what it meant to be Republican. For months now I have watched as Republicans and self-described conservatives contorted their minds into logic pretzels in order to justify their anger at not getting all the free money from the government they are owed from the Permanent Fund.
The Midnight Sun has begun actively searching out Alaska bloggers. These are folks who write their thoughts for recreation and their topics tend to vary widely. Their sites arenâ€™t monetized or widely read. They are more of personal outlet than a business model. Many tend to only follow politics from afar and post an opinion only when the mood strikes. Because of that, I believe they often represent the more genuine, unspun voice that politicos need to hear or see.