ADN to co-host oil tax and Senate candidate debates

Alaska Dispatch News

Starting Sunday, Alaska Dispatch News will co-host three debates in advance of Alaska's primary election Aug 19. 

On Sunday, three Republican U.S. Senate candidates will get the chance to make their case for being the best choice to take on incumbent Mark Begich, a Democrat.

Then, in separate events Monday and Tuesday, defenders and opponents of the state's current oil tax structure will weigh the pros and cons of two different approaches for both increasing oil production and capturing Alaska's fair share of oil revenue to fund state government.

GOP U.S. Senate Candidates Debate
Sunday, Aug. 10, 7 to 9 p.m.
Hosts: KTVA and ADN
Where: Wendy Williamson Auditorium (free)
Moderator: Joe Vigil, KTVA
Journalists: Nat Herz, Dermot Cole, Rhonda McBride
Broadcast: 7 to 8 p.m. on KTVA
Web streaming: 7 to 9  p.m. on and

A Frank Conversation About SB 21 
Monday, Aug. 11, 7 to 9 p.m.
Hosts: KTVA and ADN
Where: Wendy Williamson Auditorium (free)
Moderator: Joe Vigil, KTVA
Vote Yes panelists: Jane Angvik w/ YES campaign; Chancy Croft, former state senator; and state Sen. Bill Wielechowski
Vote No panelists:  Kara Moriarty, AOGA president and CEO; Andrew Halcro., president of Anchorage Chamber of Commerce; and Sen. Lesil McGuire
Journalists: Richard Mauer, Alex DeMarban, Rhonda McBride

Broadcast: 7 to 8 p.m. on KTVA

Web streaming: 7 to 9  p.m. on and

A Public Debate on Alaska Ballot Measure 1: “Alaskans should vote to repeal SB 21”
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Hosts: ADN and UAA Seawolf Debate Program  
Where: Bear Tooth Theatrepub ($15 with proceeds from the event supporting the Seawolf Debate Program.)
Moderator: UAA debate coach Stephen Johnson
Supporting the motion: Chancy Croft, former state senator and gubernatorial candidate; and state Sen. Bill Wielechowski
Opposing the motion: Mark Hamilton, president emeritus of the University of Alaska; and Doug Smith, CEO of Little Red Services

Web streaming: 5:30 to 7 p.m. at