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Anchorage Edition: February 20, 2009

By | February 20, 2009

mcarey-100thumbnailEach week, host Michael Carey gathers commentators for a review of the week’s news, politics and public affairs in Anchorage and Alaska. Topics this week include:

  • U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski addressed the Alaska Legislature this week, pressing for natural gas development and more
  • One of the ideas Murkowski presented was directional drilling from just outside ANWR to under ANWR lands
  • Palin proposes more budget cuts amidst oil revenue crash
  • Ted Stevens’ corruption case continues to make headlines as federal prosecutors are embarrassed and an inexperienced FBI agent is being accused of overreaching in his accusations against prosecutors; what could possibly happen next?
  • Ted Stevens developed a close relationship with Alaska Natives over his many decades in office; are Senators Murkowski and Begich following that path, too?
  • Palin and Begich have had back tax troubles like so many other politicians; Begich paid his, Palin is being asked to pay hers (on her per diem)
  • 15 candidates are running for the wide-open Anchorage Mayor’s seat; why so many? Can they all raise money? And how can news organizations cover everyone?
  • Alaska Legislature is debating changes in pollution regulations covering the cruise ship industry

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HOST: Michael Carey, freelance editorial writer for the Anchorage Daily News


  • Paul Jenkins, conservative commentator
  • Edgar Blatchford, History Professor, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Steve MacDonald, KTUU Channel 2 News

KSKA (FM) BROADCAST: Friday, February 20, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.

KAKM (TV) BROADCAST: Friday, February 20, 2009 at 10:30 p.m.; repeats Saturday, February 21 at 5:00 p.m.


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