With Casey Reynolds out this week and Congress and the Alaska State Legislature mired in equally sluggish progress on their agendas, Forrest Dunbar is joined by guest host Judy Jessen to discuss the BCRA, oil industry tax policy in HB 111, and they even delve into Trump’s deepening scandal involving his campaign’s (and family’s) collusion with Russia. Then pollster Ivan Moore stops by to unveil results of his latest polling on Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, Don Young, Bill Walker, and, in a surprise, tells us who Alaskans would vote for in a head-to-head match-up between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.
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.
Alaska won’t bring home all $182 billion of the money, but the state wouldn’t have any competition for it.
This week featured plenty of talk that a deal was coming together to end the spendy cashable oil tax credit program. A deal could be…
Gov. Bill Walker announced today that health insurance rates for people on the individual marketplace could drop by as much as 20 percent thanks to…
Rep. Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, lost to Dave Reaves with Reaves defeating Tuck with 68 percent to 32 percent of the vote, according to sources.
The federal commission told states to not submit any voter information while a lawsuit in the Lower 48 is pending.
The House Majority overlooks key benefits to proposed change to Alaska’s payments to oil companies.
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.