While there’s good news for legislators who narrowly trailed on election night, the window is fast closing for others.
These are individuals, groups or feuds that came out not looking so hot by the time the Legislature gavelled out (though some might have found a bit of redemption before the final day).
Senators gripe about Medicaid spending and wonder if education budgeting can be done better.
Alaska campaigns are getting started early. This week hosts Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar dig into Gov. Walker’s first fundraiser, all the entrants into the GOP Lt. Gov. primary, and how that can impact the Anchorage mayoral race. Then our man in Fairbanks, Matt Buxton sits down with Rep. Scott Kawasaki about his run for state senate.
What is Alaska politics without a special session to talk about? This week hosts Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar dig into Gov. Walker’s announcement that he will call legislators back into yet another special session in late October. What will the call include and will legislators actually pass anything? Casey and Forrest will tell you. Then the discussion turns to campaign season as several state senate races appear to be shaping up and Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz officially filed his campaign finance paperwork this week, so we know he is running. Who will run against him and what are their chances? You have to listen to find out. We also talk with newly announced candidate for Lt. Governor, former Rep. Lynn Gattis about her campaign and whether she thinks legislators will get anything done in October.
Former committee chair Sen. Gary Stevens automatically lost the spot when he filed for statewide office.
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.
Gabby and Charisse fight, Begich comforts Dems, and Nees steps in and then goes off. It’s Friday in the Sun!
Libertarians, Bahnke, and Vazquez reel, Millett’s irony, and Alaska’s un-Trumps….It’s Friday in the Sun!!!!!!
This morning developer Mark Pfeffer officially filed a $37 million claim with the Legislative Affairs Agency (LAA) over the Legislatureâ€™s decision to move the Anchorage Legislative Information Office out of the recently renovated 716 W. Fourth Avenue building.