A podcast about Alaska with Matt Buxton and Pat Race. We talk about civics, politics, journalism, history and just about everything having to do with the 49th State. More at https://HelloAlaska.pizza
051 – Redistricting
Redistricting board met with skepticism during first public hearing in Juneau Alaska Redistricting Board approves new maps (that aren’t that terrible) As legal challenges to Alaska’s redistricting plan take shape, past rulings offer key insight Alaska Redistricting Board chooses final Senate map despite gerrymandering allegation Alaska Redistricting Board finishes work to adopt maps; opponents say … Continue reading 051 – Redistricting
050 – Pizza and Positivity
It’s Episode 50! This was recorded around the time the Anchorage assembly was mid swing on their big mask mandate battle. A big thanks to all the folks who called in and lent their voices to this episode! NOTE: Uploaded the wrong audio initially, should all be fixed now. If you’re not hearing Pat’s voice … Continue reading 050 – Pizza and Positivity
049 – Feels Bad
In this one we talk about the Anchorage library flap, the candidates for governor and the third special session. There’s a lot happening and nothing happening all at once. Jeff Landfield Interview w/ Bill Walker & Heidi Drygas Nat Herz Interview w/ Mike Dunleavy Former Anchorage state Rep. Les Gara joins race for Alaska governor … Continue reading 049 – Feels Bad
048 – Board Games
In this episode we crack open the rulebook and get way off into the weeds on the constitutional intent of the effective date. Ruling expected next week in Alaska lawsuit over state budget effective date Court case may decide whether situation that led Alaska to brink of shutdown could happen again Alaska House reaches agreement … Continue reading 048 – Board Games
047 – Tripp
In this episode Matt and Pat get together with Tripp Crouse. Tripp is a journalist who formerly worked at KTOO in Juneau and is now the News Director at KNBA in Anchorage. Tripp covers Alaska Native and indigenous issues and this conversation centers on their work, community reporting, tribal sovereignty, Alaska Native Corporations, systems of oppression, journalism and colonialism.
046 – Ping Pong
In this episode we talk about the big ping pong party, Anchorage elections, and the new senate candidate. Alaska legislators apologize after breaking COVID rules by bringing friends for ping-pong, basketball at Capitol gym Anchorage Elections Marketplace: Black business leaders confront restrictive voting laws
Ping pong and ranked choice!
Thank you for the excellent explanation of the very small town that is Alaskan politics. Do either of you remember when the legislature had an annual soft ball game? Way more ridiculous than a church-camp lock-in at the tiny gym. Can’t wait to rank my choices!
I always come away from these episodes entertained and feeling better informed. I’d recommend it to anyone trying to get a better handle on what’s happening with the Alaska government.
I enjoyed it.