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Anchorage Edition: November 7, 2008

By | November 7, 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:

  • Obama elected president, though not in the Alaskan vote; what impact did Palin have on McCain’s collection of votes in the state?
  • Why were voter numbers apparently depressed in Alaska this election? Was it the lack of ballot initiatives? Was it post-corruption disaffection? Was the election decided before Alaskans had a chance to vote?
  • North Pole numbers — McCain beat Obama 4-to-1; but a sizable number of these conservatives broke for Begich and Bird over Stevens
  • How did Palin perform as a VP candidate on the national stage?
  • What awaits Palin as Governor?
  • Is there a future for Palin on the national stage?  What does she have to do to be taken seriously on the national stage, going forward?
  • Stevens / Begich still undecided in a close race to be finalized by some 74,000 ballots yet to be counted
  • Will the Senate move to expel Stevens before the end of the year?
  • State politicians that ethically falter are savaged, but Stevens looks to be reelected despite conviction
  • Do Alaskans care about political corruption?
  • Don Young has apparently been reelected; more votes to be counted, but it looks grim for Berkowitz
  • How or why was the polling in Alaska so far off on key statewide races?
  • Alaska legislative races roundup; House will be strongly Republican; Senate looks to be split pretty evenly between the parties; some races still undecided
  • How is Alaska the same as or different from the rest of the country?

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HOST: Michael Carey, independent journalist


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

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