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Anchorage Edition: October 17, 2008

By | October 17, 2008

Each week, host Michael Carey gathers journalists and commentators for a review of the week’s news, politics and public affairs in Anchorage and Alaska. Topics this week include:

  • Ted Stevens takes the stand in his own defense this week as the trial appears to be winding down
  • Catherine Stevens testifies in the trial as well, professing ignorance of how several home renovations happened at their home in Girdwood
  • Will the Stevens trial impact the Stevens campaign for re-election to the U.S. Senate?
  • The Mark Begich campaign is doing fairly well, but is it doing well enough to beat Stevens after 40 years in DC?
  • Election ads are up and running — but not so much from the Stevens camp
  • What ever happened to Vic Vickers, former U.S. Senate candidate on the Republican ticket?
  • “Joe the Plumber” in Ohio was actually a Wasilla, Alaska resident in the past — how much more convoluted can the campaign get?
  • McCain will take Alask’s 3 Electoral votes handily in the Presidential campaign… right?
  • Palin’s criticism of Obama has been strident — will it harm an Obama presidency?
  • What is the source of Palin’s popularity on the national stage?
  • State-level legislative candidates are suffocating for campaign cash as the national and statewide races are sucking up all the money and attention
  • Undecided voters… So what’s so hard for them to figure out?
  • Oil prices continue to sag — what are the implications for Alaska’s state budget?
  • Will the issue of the Constitutional Budget Reserve pop back up this year?
  • Will depressed oil prices threaten a natural gas pipeline project?
  • Will Sarah Palin boost Alaska tourism? Do VP candidates drive visitor numbers?
  • Sarah Palin will be on Saturday Night Live this weekend

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HOST: Michael Carey, independent journalist


KSKA (FM) BROADCAST: Friday, October 17, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.

KAKM (TV) BROADCAST: Friday, October 17, 2008 at 9:00 p.m. / Repeats Saturday, October 18 at 5:00 p.m.


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