Anchorage Edition: November 14, 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:
- Mark Begich rallying a come-from-behind vote counting drama for the U.S. Senate seat. (Begich ahead by 814 at taping, 1,061 at posting, latest results here); voting continues into next week
- Recount process getting scrutiny in the press, seems to be going to plan
- Some close legislative races still in play in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
- Looks like the legislature will lead from an informal coalition due to shifting party power math.
- Bill Weimer — former leader of the private prison movement in Alaska — had his trial come to an end this week with a conviction on corruption charges. Panelists remember the arc of Weimer’s activities in Alaska.
- Price of oil continues to head down; how long before the Alaska budget craters?
- American economy is slowing down in a big way. What happens in Alaska? Will major construction projects be stalled or canceled?
- Sarah Palin remains in the national spotlight, appearing on TV and at the Republic Governor’s meeting in Miami. Is she running for President? Senate?
- Will Palin have to “stir the pot” in 2009 to keep the gas line project moving?
- Palin, as Governor, not candidate, will have to focus on governing, with a budget in peril and a stated desire to deal with some healthcare issues.
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HOST: Michael Carey, independent journalist
- Paul Jenkins, conservative commentator
- Tim Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce
- Frank Gerjevic, Anchorage Daily News
- Steve MacDonald, KTUU Channel 2
KSKA (FM) BROADCAST: Friday, November 14, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
KAKM (TV) BROADCAST: Friday, November 14, 2008 at 9:00 p.m. / Repeats Saturday, November 15 at 5:00 p.m.
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