Yesterday we went negative to close out 2016, but today we go positive. Here are the best things we saw in Alaska politics this year.
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To start things off we’re going to resurrect the Soapy Smith Awards, once given by our delightful forerunner The Alaska Ear in the old days of the Anchorage Daily News. As the Ear would describe it, “Soapy Smith Award — a citation for dubious achievement, named in honor of Skagway’s Gold Rush con man and all-around scoundrel.”
In our December 24h episode, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss Gov. Walker’s proposed budget, the pay cut he’s asked for, and Obama’s action restricting development in large offshore areas of Alaska. We are also joined by outgoing Alaska Democratic Party (ADP) Executive Director Kay Brown to discuss her accomplishments, the controversy surrounding the hiring of her successor, Jay Parmely, and the future her party.
The main media attention focused on the censure and withdrawal of party support for three Republican legislators who have organized with Democrats in the State House. That may be the sexy headline for mass consumption, but we here at The Midnight Sun prefer to dig deeper into the political ramifications from such a gathering that may go largely undocumented by the mainstream media.
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.
Just moments ago the Alaska Republican Party (ARP) moved to formally begin the process of defeating three Republican legislators (Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, Rep. Louise Stutes, Rep. Paul Seaton) who have joined with Democrats to form a bipartisan majority in the State House.
A federal court decision striking down gerrymandered legislative districts in Wisconsin could have major impacts in Alaska over the next 15 years.
The Midnight Sun’s Casey Reynolds is joined by Assemblyman and former Alaska congressional candidate Forrest Dunbar to discuss Governor Bill Walker replacing his Chief of Staff, former Senator Johhny Ellis coming out as a gay man, Alaska Republicans and Alaska Democrats both shaking up their staffs, and we interview Representative-elect Jennifer Johnston.
It has been only a week since the 2016 general election and The Alaska Republican Party is already making major changes. The party has a new office and a new top staffer to run it.
What DOE doesn’t know, Lyman in trouble, and the AKGOP welcomes Millerites back.