The Senate continued work on the budget, floating a variety of ideas for what to do with the PFD.
Hosts Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar are both out this week so The Midnight Sun’s editor, Matt Buxton, fills in as host this week. He’s joined by Fair Anchorage community organizer Andrea Zekis to talk about Alaska Family Action’s latest effort to roll back anti-discrimination laws in Anchorage. The group and its supporters submitted signatures this week for an initiative that would institute requiring people use the bathroom that matches their birth certificate. We also hear from friend of the podcast Genevieve Mina, who’s out in Washington D.C., with a first-row seat for the latest developments on health care. Finally, we’ll catch up with Fairbanks Rep. Steve Thompson to talk about the historic delay of the capital budget, what it means and why it happened.
The group wants to limit access to bathrooms, locker rooms and other “intimate facilities” to the gender on a person’s birth certificate.
In the April 23 episode of Alaska’s most listened to political podcast, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss the state budget gridlock in Juneau, certification of Jim Minnery’s restroom initiative targeting transgender people in Anchorage, why Real ID matters, and a new poll showing how gubernatorial hopefuls might do in their primary races. We are also joined by State Senator Berta Gardner to talk about everything that is happening — or not happening — in the legislature.
Last night the Anchorage Assembly passed the LGBT rights ordinance, AO-96, by an overwhelming 9-2 margin with Eagle River assembly members Amy Demboski and Bill Starr voting â€œno.â€ Here are 4 things you need to know going forward.
Someone should ask how the Mayor plans to proceed after the lawâ€™s passage. The scope and depth of his plans should be part of the public record so reasonable people can decide for themselves if they support it.