The Weekly Top 3 (7.9.2018)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of July 9, 2018.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular segment on The Michael Dukes Show. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 9:15-10am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 9-11am.

This week our Top 3 issues are these: (1) Alaska Public Media swallows #AKGov Walker’s campaign theme hook, line & sinker (at 2:10); (2) why we need to revamp the state gov’ts approach to budgeting (20:55), and (3) what we are looking for during this week’s hearings on #AKLNG (40:18).

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available on our Soundcloud page here. For this and other complete podcasts of The Michael Dukes Show, go to the Show’s Soundcloud page here.

For those interested, our YouTube home page contains all of our recent radio appearancesonline and radio ads and other presentations. For a collection of our past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.

Our Mission Statement for the 2018 Election Cycle

AK4SB Endorsements 2018 Election Cycle (as of 1.14.2018)

We have been working on a number of pieces of our Independent Expenditure effort as we prepare for the coming election cycle. For those interested, here is the current draft of our mission statement.

Alaska is in a recession.

The ISER analysis of the state’s current fiscal situation has been crystal clear throughout that cutting the PFD adds to that.  According to that analysis, cutting the PFD has the “largest adverse impact on the economy” (both on jobs and income) and is “by far the costliest measure for Alaska families” of all the various “new revenue” options. 

Those are the direct quotes:  “largest” and “costliest.” 

There are no contrary analyses; none. There hasn’t even been a substantive rebuttal of the point.

Yet, despite the fact that the state is already in a recession, that is the fiscal policy that, to varying degrees, the Governor, Senate and House all have pursued.

There are some beneficiaries of that policy.  Some parts of the economy tied closely to government spending levels have been maintained, and the Top 20% of Alaskans by income have dodged paying a significant share of the resulting costs.

But those have come at the disproportionate expense of the Remaining 80% of Alaskans and, even more importantly, at the cost of imposing a larger adverse impact on the overall economy and Alaska families.

Put simply, the Governor, Senate & House have prioritized the government sector over the overall economy, and the Top 20% of Alaskans over the Remaining 80%.

They have made the overall Alaska economy and the economic position of most Alaskans worse.

In our view that creates a need for significant change this coming election. We intend to play a role in bringing that about.

The Weekly Top 3 (7.2.2018)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of July 2, 2018.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular segment on The Michael Dukes Show. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 9:15-10am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 9-11am.

This week our Top 3 issues are these: (1) this year’s overriding #akelect issue at both state & fed levels (at 2:35); (2) is the #OilCredit bond bailout (HB 331) justified, as some claim, because it “creates jobs” (16:50); and (3) do we need (or more importantly, can we afford) another federal corp tax cut (41:20)? Michael also asks a bonus round question related to a dispute over numbers between Sen. John Coghill and columnist Dermot Cole (50:50).

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available on our Soundcloud page here. For this and other complete podcasts of The Michael Dukes Show, go to the Show’s Soundcloud page here.

For those interested, our YouTube home page contains all of our recent radio appearancesonline and radio ads and other presentations. For a collection of our past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.

The Weekly Top 3 (6.25.2018)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of June 25, 2018.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular segment on The Michael Dukes Show. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 9:15-10am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 9-11am.

This week we turn our focus to the issues we believe will be important in this year’s election cycle. We start with these three: (1) why we think the PFD is an important issue in individual #akleg races (at 3:05), (2) why we think the federal deficit is a real issue in Don Young’s race (20:55), and (3) the reason we think #OilCredits will continue to be an issue in this year’s state races (37:45).

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available on our Soundcloud page here. For this and other complete podcasts of The Michael Dukes Show, go to the Show’s Soundcloud page here.

For those interested, our YouTube home page contains all of our recent radio appearancesonline and radio ads and other presentations. For a collection of our past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.

The Weekly Top 3 (6.18.2018)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of June 18, 2018.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular segment on The Michael Dukes Show. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 9:15-10am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 9-11am.

This week we focus on (1) What is a “shadow deficit” and why we should be concerned about it (2:45), (2) why George Orwell’s book, “1984,” is relevant to this year’s Alaska election (20:10), and (3) what the employment numbers are telling us about the #AKecon (38:00).

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available on our Soundcloud page here. For this and other complete podcasts of The Michael Dukes Show, go to the Show’s Soundcloud page here.

For those interested, our YouTube home page contains all of our recent radio appearancesonline and radio ads and other presentations. For a collection of our past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.

The Weekly Top 3 (6.11.2018)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 — our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week — for the week of June 11, 2018.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular segment on The Michael Dukes Show. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 9:15-10am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 9-11am.

This week we focus on (1) whether the #AKGov candidates are talking about the right issues (at 5:10), (2) the 3% carve out from ANWR revenues proposed by the AK Congressional delegation for Alaska’s regional native corporations (at 25:20), and (3) in a federal fiscal moment, why Social Security & Medicare funding are becoming issues (at 39:45).

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available on our Soundcloud page here. For this and other complete podcasts of The Michael Dukes Show, go to the Show’s Soundcloud page here.

For those interested, our YouTube home page contains all of our recent radio appearancesonline and radio ads and other presentations. For a collection of our past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.

The Weekly Top 3 (6.4.2018)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 for the week of June 4, 2018, our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular segment on The Michael Dukes Show. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 9:15-10am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 9-11am.

This week we focus on (1) our first take on the candidates in this coming #akelect cycle (at 2:40), (2) a deeper look at one of the “winners” and the resulting losers this past #akleg session (at 24:00), and (3) what did we learn about the #AKLNG project from the #AKGov Walker’s China trip (at 41:45).

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available on our Soundcloud page here. For this and other complete podcasts of The Michael Dukes Show, go to the Show’s Soundcloud page here.

For those interested, our YouTube home page contains all of our recent radio appearancesonline and radio ads and other presentations. For a collection of our past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.

The Weekly Top 3 (5.28.2018)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 for the week of May 28, 2018, our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular segment on The Michael Dukes Show. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 9-11am. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 9:15-10am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week we focus on (1) Why we need to take #AKLNG seriously (at 3:10), (2) the effort by some to apply revisionist history to the #PFD (at 19:46), and (3) our thoughts on Rep. Tammie Wilson’s comments on the Show last week on HB 331 (and why it is and will continue to be an issue for us in the upcoming election cycle) (at 36:37). At the end, Michael also raises a fourth subject: is the federal government headed for yet another fiscal cliff in October (at 48:24).

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available on our Soundcloud page here. For this and other complete podcasts of The Michael Dukes Show, go to the Show’s Soundcloud page here.

For those interested, our YouTube home page contains all of our recent radio appearancesonline and radio ads and other presentations. For a collection of our past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.

The Weekly Top 3 (5.21.2018)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 for the week of May 21, 2018, our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular segment on The Michael Dukes Show. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 9-11am. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 9:15-10am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week we focus on (1) what drove the $1+B increase–yes, increase–in state spending this session (at 3:08), (2) the fiscal story the #AKSen keeps telling itself (in hopes that others buy it) (at 23:00), and (3) what already may be the best campaign ad we will see this entire season (at 38:28).

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available on our Soundcloud page here. For this and other complete podcasts of The Michael Dukes Show, go to the Show’s Soundcloud page here.

For those interested, our YouTube home page contains all of our recent radio appearancesonline and radio ads and other presentations. For a collection of our past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.

The Weekly Top 3 (5.14.2018)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 for the week of May 14, 2018, our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular segment on The Michael Dukes Show. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 9-11am. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 9:15-10am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

Typically we devote these segments to the top 3 things on our mind as we make the turn from the prior week to the one head. This week, however, we take time out to focus on “The Five Most Fiscally Irresponsible Votes This Past #AKLeg Session.” We start with No. 1 on the list, HB 331, the Oil Credit Bond bill, or as we put it, the Oil Credit Bailout bill, and work our way on down the list.

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available on our Soundcloud page here. For this and other complete podcasts of The Michael Dukes Show, go to the Show’s Soundcloud page here.

For those interested, our YouTube home page contains all of our recent radio appearancesonline and radio ads and other presentations. For a collection of our past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.

The Weekly Top 3 (5.7.2018)

Welcome to The Weekly Top 3 for the week of May 7, 2018, our look at the top 3 things on our mind this week.

The Weekly Top 3 is a regular segment on The Michael Dukes Show. The Show broadcasts on FacebookLive and via streaming audio from the Show’s website weekdays from 9-11am. I join Michael on the Show each Tuesday from 9:15-10am for a discussion between the two of us about the three issues.

This week we focus on (1)the HB 331 shell game. Seems good for current Alaskans, but very bad for future Alaskans (at 3:40); (2)the SB 26 conference committee proposal. In our view, if passed the conference committee proposal effectively spells the end of the PFD (at 26:15); and (3)BP signs a gas sales deal with AGDC. A small ray of sunshine for Alaska in an otherwise bleak week (at 38:49).

The segment is at the YouTube clip above. For those that prefer the audio version, it is available on our Soundcloud page here. For this and other complete podcasts of The Michael Dukes Show, go to the Show’s Soundcloud page here.

For those interested, our YouTube home page contains all of our recent radio appearancesonline and radio ads and other presentations. For a collection of our past episodes on Soundcloud, go here.