It’s rare that Republicans and Democrats see eye-to-eye on healthcare reform. And yet, in early September, Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) each suggested that Americans be allowed to import prescription drugs from abroad to save money.
The 2018 race for governor is getting interesting.
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.
The evidence has been there for a while, but its clear now. Lisa Murkowski has become ascendant in American politics.
FAIRBANKS–Political journalist Matt Buxton will join The Midnight Sun as its editor and principal content contributor on June 5.
Senator Murkowski posted the following statement on her Facebook page today.
JUNEAU, AK – Amid Alaska’s spiraling opioid epidemic, the Alaska Senate passed legislation today that puts patient safety at risk by allowing as many as 125 of optometrists—who are not medical doctors or trained surgeons—to prescribe highly addictive narcotics and perform surgery on the eyes of Alaska patients.
Over the past five years, teams representing the Department of Justice and the Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations have prosecuted multiple cases against unlicensed wholesalers selling large quantities of non-FDA-approved medications to U.S. doctors.
The folks that think the Republican Affordable Care Act repeal effort in the House of Representatives was a bad idea aren’t ready to move on to the US Senate quite yet. They have bought 1000 points of broadcast TV reminding Alaskans that Don Young voted the wrong way. A thousand points of TV means the targetted demo graphic will see this ad 10 times this week. In politics–that’s a lot.
By Cean Stevens
While contemplating whether or not to write this article, I decided to google sexual harassment of senate candidates. The search results were always the same.