Jeff was joined by newly elected Representative Bart LeBon (R - Fairbanks). LeBon ran for the open seat that Scott Kawasaki vacated to run for the Senate. He won the extremely close general election by one vote - 2663-2662! They discuss how he came to Fairbanks to play college basketball, his career in Fairbanks as a banker, why he decided to run for the Legislature, the story about his very close election and how it was not officially decided by the Alaska Supreme Court until early January, as well as the budget and his position on the House Finance Committee.
Jeff was joined by newly elected Representative Zack Fields (D - Anchorage). Fields was elected to represent Downtown Anchorage last year after former Representative Les Gara decided to retire. They discuss his recent election, his background working on labor issues, his job with the Laborers Local 341 in Anchorage, his co-chairing of the House State Affairs Committee, including some of the high profile confirmation hearings, as well as the budget and other issues facing Alaska.
Jeff was joined by Ed Page, Executive Director of the Marine Exchange of Alaska. Page graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1972 and retired as a captain after serving 29 years. They discuss his maritime background, how he ended up in Alaska, what the Marine Exchange of Alaska is and how it came about, as well as the what their function is. The Marine Exchange uses software to track commercial vessels around a 1.5 million square mile area in the Gulf of Alaska and Pacific Ocean. It's quite the operation. Ed is very high energy!
Jeff was joined by Revenue Commissioner Bruce Tangeman. Tangeman has had a career in the private sector as well as the public sector. He previously served as Deputy Commissioner of Revenue, worked at AHFC, and also worked for former Senator Pete Kelly. They discuss his upbringing in Indiana, how he ended up in Alaska, his career in Alaska, revenue issues currently facing Alaska, oil taxes, and the recent budget roadshow with Governor Dunleavy.
Jeff was joined by Representative Matt Claman (D - Anchorage). Claman was elected to the State House in 2014. Prior to that he served on the Anchorage Assembly and as acting Anchorage Mayor for six months. They discuss his background in Alaska, his time at law school and clerking in the federal court in El Paso, his legal career in Alaska, why he decided to run for office, his time in the Legislature, including chairing the House Judiciary Committee, crime issues and SB 91, and the proposed constitutional amendments by the Governor.
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Jeff was joined by Representative Andy Josephson (D - Anchorage). Josephson was elected to the State House in 2012. They discuss his career as a teacher and lawyer before being in the legislature, his dad, former Senator Joe Josephson, who served in the State House and State Senate, his time in the Legislature, his current seat on the House Finance Committee, the budget, and Alaska's fiscal situation. He also tells the story of how he brought John Henry Heckendorn to Alaska to run his first campaign.
Jeff was joined by former Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti. Before serving on the Supreme Court he worked as a public defender and then in private practice. He was appointed to the Superior Court in 1981 by Governor Hammond. In 1998, he was appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor Knowles. They discuss his early legal career in San Francisco, why he came to Alaska, why he decided to become a judge, and what it was like being a judge on the Superior Court and the Supreme Court. He also talks about a group, Justice Not Politics Alaska, he has been involved with since retiring.
Jeff was joined by Senator John Coghill (R - North Pole). He currently serves as the Senate Rules Chairman. Coghill was first elected to the State House in 1998. He was appointed to the State Senate by former Governor Sean Parnell in 2009 to fill a vacancy, and has been in the Senate since. They discuss his family history in Nenana, including his recently deceased father, Jack Coghill, his time in the military, some struggles he had as a young man and how he became a Christian, why he first decided to enter politics, his time in the legislature, and some of the issues facing Alaska today.
Jeff was joined by Representative Chris Tuck (D - Anchorage). Chris was elected to the State House in 2008. He served as Majority Leader in the House for the last legislature. They discuss his history of running for office, including Jeff Landfield running against him in 2012 before switching to run for the Senate, his time in the legislature, the environment of the Capitol, as well as different proposed capital projects in Alaska.