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Anchorage Edition: January 9, 2009

By | January 9, 2009

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:

  • Vern McCorkle, publisher of Alaska Business Monthly and all-around good man, has passed away.
  • Change comes to politics in Washington and Alaska with Bush/Obama and Stevens/Begich as an economic meltdown continues
  • Obama calls for major federal spending actions to prop up the collapsing economy, including major new infrastructure projects. Is it time to take rural Alaska infrastructure requests to the federal government?
  • New Senator Mark Begich calls for a wish list of projects to take to the new President
  • Matt Claman ascends to the post of acting Mayor of Anchorage, leaving the Assembly with 5 conservatives and 5 liberals; what can they get done before the April elections?
  • Along with other investments, the PFD has taken a huge hit and rumors are flying that there may be no payout in late 2009. Plus there are predictions of slowdowns across the Alaska economy, including tourism.
  • Congressman Don Young has exchanged barbs with Massachusetts’ Ed Markey over ANWR development.
  • Sarah Palin takes to the national airwaves again, claiming coverage bias and saying the media ruined her VP chances.

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HOST: Nellie Moore, independent journalist (sitting in for Michael Carey)

GUESTS:

  • Paul Jenkins, conservative commentator
  • Edgar Blatchford, journalism professor at UAA
  • Steve MacDonald, KTUU Channel 2

KSKA (FM) BROADCAST: Friday, January 9, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.

KAKM (TV) BROADCAST: Friday, January 9, 2009 at 9:00 p.m.; repeats Saturday, January 10 at 5:00 p.m.

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