Jeff was joined by Chief Justice Daniel Winfree. They discuss how he grew up in Fairbanks, his time working on the pipeline when he was in college, why he decided to become a lawyer, how he came to be appointed to the Alaska Supreme Court by former Governor Sarah Palin, how the Supreme Court works, the role of the chief justice, how COVID-19 has impacted the court system, the increasing politicization of the judicial branch, and how hard work can pay off.  

August 9, 2021

Ben Sheehan - Episode 212

Jeff was joined via Zoom by author Ben Sheehan. They discuss his recent book, "OMG WTF Does the Constitution Actually Say?: A Non-Boring Guide to How Our Democracy is Supposed to Work," why civics education has declined in the United States, some history of the Constitution, statehood for Puerto Rico and Washington D.C., why history forgot about James Madison, and some interesting constitutional trivia. 

August 5, 2021

Robin Brena - Episode 211

Jeff was joined by Anchorage attorney Robin Brena. They discuss a recent decision by the Ninth Circuit that ruled Alaska's candidate campaign contribution limits unconstitutional. Brena was one of the attorneys that sued over the limits. They discuss how the case came about, the history of candidate campaign contribution limits in Alaska, how this decision relates to Citizens United, money in politics, and what the Legislature could do to reestablish candidate contribution limits in Alaska.  

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