As the state financial crisis brings Alaska within two weeks of a state government shutdown, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar get a blow-by-blow account of the legislature’s budget battle from the Alaska Dispatch News’ on-the-ground reporter, Nat Herz. Before getting to Nat, Casey and Forrest talk about the shooting at in Washington D.C, the resurrection of the AHCA in the U.S. Senate, and the Alaska GOP’s stunning failure to eject any of the three Homer city council members they were targeting for recall this week.
Today neighbors of mine, and presumably yours too, began receiving the same mailer from the Alaska Republican Party they get before every election. You know, that yellow “Apply for your absentee ballot” mail piece the GOP has been sending out forever. Of interest to me as a watcher of local politics isn’t that the GOP sent the mailer, it’s the direct pitch to its base about why this election is important and what the choices are. That message is telling.
In our December 11th episode, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss the controversy over questionable information posted to Facebook by Assemblywoman Amy Demboski, the censure of three Republican legislators by the Alaska Republican Party, the effects our state’s now official recession will have on our politics, and Sen. Dan Sullivan’s lack of reaction to several senators promising to investigate Russian interference in American government and elections. In addition, new Alaska Republican Party Executive Director Josh Walton stops by to discuss his new role and several Republican Party issues.
In the wake of an announcement from 22 newly elected state house members, mostly Democrats, that they had come together to form a new majority organization, the Alaska Republican Party released a statement including a threat from Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock to three Republicans who joined the group that the party would actively try to unseat them.