He came to Alaska in 1991 to cover state politics for APRN and has logged an impressive 22 legislative sessions. He arrived in Juneau from North Carolina, thinking he would only stay one year. But like many Alaskans, he fell in love with the state and its capital city almost instantly.
Donaldson turned off his tape deck Thursday for retirement. In this interview with APRN’s Lori Townsend, he says he had a great first impression of the legislature and state lawmakers:
- The Republican-led Senate majority is more focused on cutting spending to close the state’s budget deficit than the new mostly Democratic House majority or independent Gov. Bill Walker.
- Alaska Native carvers and weavers say they're worried about the future of yellow cedar.
- Mark Anthony De Simone is accused of shooting 34-year-old Duilio Antonio “Tony” Rosales twice in the back of the head in May 2016.
- The Alaska Marine Highway has seen deep funding and service cuts as the state deals with a massive budget deficit. With the money running low, what are the system’s prospects during this year’s legislative session?