Hosts Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar are both back after a short summer break and boy do they have a lot to cover. There is, of course, the failure of the Trumpcare and its impact on how Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s is viewed by Americans and her own constituents here in Alaska. We also delve into the Legislature’s many, many special sessions, how the Governor and Lt. Governor primaries are already shaping up, and the unfortunate events in Chancellorsville, Virginia over the weekend. And don’t worry, Anthony Scaramucci (The MOOOOCH!) even gets some time on this week’s podcast.
The president accused Murkowksi of letting down Republicans and the country, but not of letting down Alaska.
It has been an odd week in Alaska politics. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg came to the Last Frontier, learned our savage ways, and decided to educate the world about them (only to get a few details wrong). Then, with our endless legislative special session now set to focus on oil industry tax policy (HB 111), the Republican State Senate Majority, including Sen. Pete Kelly and Sen. Cathy Giessel, seemingly held a press conference to rail against cushy cash subsidies state government gives to oil companies. Wait, it was Republicans complaining about what a sweet, sweet deal the resource industry gets in Alaska? Democrats in the House Majority responded by holding a press conference of their own to point out some fine print in the GOP theater that makes the Senate plan much more oil friendly than they let on. Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar sort through all of those political shenanigans, talk some healthcare and weed policy, and even bring in Alaska Tax Division Director Ken Alper to explain the fine points of oil tax policy at play in the HB 111 fight.
The Senate’s health care bill continues to put Alaska’s Senior Senator, Lisa Murkowski, in the national spotlight as one the bill’s must-have votes. Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss the politics of the situation and then we invite in Becky Hultberg from the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association to tell us how the policies in the bill will affect Alaskans. We also delve into the state legislature’s remaining work to be done on oil and gas tax credits and recent polling being done in Anchorage that may illuminate April’s mayoral election.
With the Senate’s new health care bill and the Legislature’s budget deal dominating Alaskan politics, that is right where Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar dive in. First, we talk with Rep. Ivy Spohnholz about how the state operating budget deal came together and what made it in. Then Disability Law Center of Alaska Legal Director Mark Regan joins us for a detailed discussion what the new health care bill looks like and whether Alaska’s Senior Senator Lisa Murkowski will be able to find enough to like for it to get her vote.
The driving tenant of the Midnight Sun is to keep Alaskans from being in the dark about local, state, and national issues. But it’s hard to hold up our end of the bargain when it comes to the healthcare issue because most of the bill crafting for healthcare repeal is going on behind closed doors. We simply get vague snippets from those involved and conjecture from those who aren’t.
The U.S. House of Representatives looks likely to hold another vote tomorrow to repeal Obamacare, and the margins for a successful repeal appear to be…
In our March 26 episode, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar invite Alaska’s former U.S. Senator Mark Begich back to discuss the failure of the GOP’s healthcare bill in Congress and what it means for Alaska and our congressional delegation, the Alaska state budget, Begich’s effort to increase the number of red state Democrats in his party, and we even get into Anchorage local politics a little bit.
This afternoon, Rep. Don Young released a statement with his thoughts on the Obamacare repeal and replacement bill known as the American Health Care Act (ACHA). Republican leaders have said the bill will be voted on in the House on Thursday.
Republican leaders in Congress are moving to put their bill to repeal and replace Obamacare to a vote of the House on Thursday, but Alaska’s only member of that body says he may not yet be prepared to vote for the bill