Alaska News Roundup for August 15

  • Campaign contributions just got a whole lot easier thanks to a joint venture between Twitter and Square, per Wired. So, how do 2016 candidates get in on some of this hot 21st century style dialing-for-dollars action? First set-up a Square Cash account, then once you have your all-mighty ‘CONTRIBUTE” BUTTON, tweet away (on an APOC appropriate account…of course).Twitter


  • The Southeast Conference, the mondo economic forum that is held every five years, is starting today in beautiful British Columbia where the highly anticipated Preparing for 2020 development plan will be unveiled. Can’t attend? No worries, they have a newsletter!
  • Get out your credit cards and ready a fruit basket to the new media players in the state as the Fairbanks News Miner reports that Alaska’s #1 news station (KTUU) and assorted Schurz Communication Inc.’s radio stations have been purchased by Gray Television, which is based in Atlanta. The cost of this Alaska market share giant? $442.5 million.
  • The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation board is FINALLY completely filled. The lucky/unlucky person to round out the seven seat board is Eagle River’s own Joey Merrick II. To wit Sen. Cathy Giessel (R-Anchorage) sang Gov. Bill Walker’s praises on his “outstanding” choice.

  • Listen up potential senate contenders, Politico (and the U.Va. Center for Politics) is basically calling the 2016 election for Sen. Lisa Murkowski due to no known high-level challenger…so if you’re going to step-up…the time is now.alaska senate


  • How did the Big Lake Candidate forum go yesterday at the Big Lake Family Restaurant? According to the Frontiersman, pretty well. All the candidates agreed on building the Knik Arm Bridge, capping revenue on property taxes and how they felt about incorporation. Where things differed? Roads vs. expanding public transportation.
  • The Hill has an interesting article on the cleaver new strategy environmental groups are incorporating in their fight for federal reduction (i.e. permits) of fossil fuel extraction.
  • The Kodiak City Council passed a resolution in support of the “Subsistence Access Management Act of 2015”, and named the people in charge of running the polling stations for the October 6th regular election.
  • Rep. Sam Kito (R-Juneau) tweeted about a super fun Dispatch fiscal quiz that slipped Inside Alaska’s radar.

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  • Sen. Dan Sullivan <3 his beer and the small businesses that produce craft spirits so it came as no surprise that he is getting on the bandwagon to champion the Distillery Excise Tax Reform Act, per Mibiz.
  • In the wake of legalized recreational marijuana, the beginnings of the state pot board and municipalities arguing over commercial cannabis zoning…it only seems reasonable that the state has its first cannabis PAC. The Dispatch has the details on ACPAC.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski passionately spoke alongside her oil export co-sponsor Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-SD) on the Senate floor this morning.
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  • Rep. Shelley Hughes (R-Palmer) not only tweeted a shout-out to Dave Cruz on his gubernatorial appointment to the AGDC, but FB it too! Congratulations Dave!
  • The New York Times has an update on the move to defund Planned Parenthood, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski being mentioned.
  • It isn’t just your imagination, Alaska’s winters/summers are in fact warmer than back in the day, which is why Forbes put our state as the defacto “Front Line in Global Warming.”AK weather


  • The Frontiersman interviewed Sen. Dan Sullivan shortly before he left to go back to Washington, D.C.
  • Several environmental groups have petitioned for emergency Endangered Species Act declaration for the Alexander Archipelago wolf with the Department of the Interior ahead of wolf hunting and trapping season, per APRN.



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