Alaska News Roundup for Feb. 24

  •  Joe Miller posted an article by the Daily Caller that gave Sen. Lisa Murkowski the “prize” for being Runner-up in biggest “Porker” in the U.S. Senate. Is that such a bad thing considering the points Jeremy Hsieh with Gavel Alaska made on Twitter:

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  • Anchorage Mayoral candidate Lance Ahern has launched his campaign website. Probably the only one in the race to use the term Curriculum Vitae. Fancy.
  • The votes on HCR2, the school choice week house resolution, went mostly along party lines with all the members of the House Minority and Rep. Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak) of the House Majority opposing the motion. HCR2 passed 21 to 14.
  • KYUK reported the surprising news that Gov. Bill Walker’s administration fired Bethel’s DA June Stein without comment.

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  • Gov. Bill Walker filed a bill to establish a Marijuana Control Board. It has been given three committees: Labor and Commerce, Judiciary and Finance.
  • Meet the lobbyist most likely to create a national ripple affect for legalized pot: Dan Riffle.
  • Today is not just reserved for legalized toking; it is also marks the first day of the new minimum wage increase from $7.75 to $8.75 an hour. Becky Bohrer with the AP explains how this is expected to benefit our state.

  • Yesterday was a memorable day for Alaska military support in the face of potential DoD military cuts. APRN covered the Anchorage event at the Dena’ina Center that was attended by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, Mayor Dan Sullivan, Sen. Dan Sullivan and Sen. Lisa Murkowski video conferenced into the event. Gov. Bill Walker was in D.C. as evidence in this CSPAN photo:

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  • Sen. Dan Sullivan was in Sitka yesterday where one of my little birds told me that he worked the Sitka Chamber of Commerce room like a pro. KCAW explains his nuanced speech of nonsupport/support of Sen. Lisa Murkowski and the importance of Alaska energy.
  • Net Neutrality appears to have been an unexpected goose with its proverbial golden egg for K Street. Politico delves into the morass of lobbyists walking the halls for the different sides of this important and complex issue.
  • Keystone XL pipeline bill is now firmly on Pres. Obama’s desk where The Hill expects a swift veto. It doesn’t hurt that celebrities like Robert Redford, Julianne Moore and Willie Nelson joined a letter by 350.org to urge the president to not only veto the bill, but also the pipeline’s pending permit. Things are never certain until they are, which is why Politico explains the five different ways Keystone could end.
  • The Frontiersman examines the potential impact closing Sutton prison could have on the Mat-Su economy.
  • Think Progress reports that Sen. Lisa Murkowski is flexing the muscles gained from all that gavel bangin’ as Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and an Appropriations subcommittee by threatening to defund park ranger and natural resource management jobs across the country.

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