Jeff was joined by former Governor Frank Murkowski. This is his second time on the podcast. Jeff ran into him in Anchorage while his daughter, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R - Alaska) was speaking at a Commonwealth North lunch. They discuss Governor Mike Dunleavy's (R - Alaska) budget veteos, how he dealt with major issues with the Legislature when he was governor, the Alaska Marine Highway system, a bizarre feral cow issue on Chirikof he dealt with when he was governor, and an incredible story about getting a totem pole from Alaska to Japan, and back!
Jeff was joined by Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. Berkowitz was elected mayor in 2015 and re-elected in 2018. He previously served ten years in the Alaska Legislature. They discuss the recent budget vetoes by Governor Mike Dunleavy (R - Alaska), the protestors camping on the Park Strip, homelessness in Anchorage, his time in the Legislature, housing in Anchorage, and how it's been being mayor for the last four years.
Jeff was joined by former State Senator Johnny Ellis. Ellis served in the House from 1987-1992 and in the Senate from 1993-2016. They discuss his history in Alaska politics, his history in the Legislature, his time in the bipartisan working group in the Senate, current issues facing Alaska including the Permanent Fund and the budget, as well as many great stories about Alaska politics.
Jeff was joined by Dr. Al Gross. Gross recently filed to challenge incumbent junior Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan (R - Alaska). They discuss his history in Alaska, including his dad serving as Attorney General under former Governor Jay Hammond, his background as a doctor, why he decided to run for U.S. Senate, healthcare policy in the United States, other issues facing Alaska, and his family.
Jeff was joined by Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang. He was appointed Commissioner by newly elected Governor Mike Dunleavy (R - Alaska) last December. They discuss his educational background, his history with Fish and Game, the role of Fish and Game for managing wildlife in Alaska, the infamous "fish wars," the growing issue of bears in Anchorage, and how it's been being Commissioner.
Jeff was joined by Joe Marushack, the President of ConocoPhillips Alaska. They discuss Jeff's accidental Christmas party crash at Joe's house in December of 2016, his career in the oil business with ConocoPhillips, Conoco's recent exploration season, some of their ongoing and future projects, and their involvement in the community. They also discuss the current state of the oil business in Alaska, as well as how the future looks.
Jeff was joined by John-Henry Heckendorn. He came to Alaska in 2012 to work on Andy Josephson's first campaign for State House. He later founded the political consulting firm Ship Creek Group. They discuss how he first came to Alaska, why he started Ship Creek Group, some of the candidates he worked with that ended up resigning from the Legislature, his time with former Governor Bill Walker, and his new job with Airbnb in San Francisco.
Jeff was joined by Ryan Binkley. Binkey is the President of the Binkley family's tourism business, that include the Riverboat Discovery, a gold mining tour, and a partnership with a flight seeing company. He is also president of the Anchorage Daily News. They discuss his family's history in Fairbanks, how the Binkley family came to buy the ADN, and the ADN partnership with the Landmine to host Election Central. Listen to how Ryan put the kibosh on Jeff's idea to have the Great Alaskan Bush Company as a sponsor for Election Central.
Jeff was joined by Scott Eickholt. Scott is the Business Manager for the Laborers Local 942 in Fairbanks. They discuss his time in Fairbanks with the Laborers, who they represent, their training and apprenticeship program, union and labor issues, the work outlook for the Laborers, and the Fairbanks economy.
Jeff was joined by legislative staffer Ken Alper. Alper previously served as the Director of the Tax Division for former Governor Bill Walker. Prior to that he worked as a legislative staffer. They discuss his history working in Juneau, Alaska's recent fiscal history, his background as an urban planner, the costs of living in Juneau during the summer, Juneau as the capital, oil taxes, as well as the Permanent Fund.