AM Alaska News Roundup for Jan. 27

  • Obama has just announced that he would be designating “9.8 million acres of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas as off-limits to consideration for future O&G leasing”, per the White House Blog.
  • Yesterday the Alaska Delegation held a press conference about Pres. Obama’s proposed ANWR “Wilderness” classification. Politico covered the event and the delegation’s terse words for this unexpected move. Interestingly, the White House only seemed nonplus about what the only female member of the Alaska delegation had to say. Bloomberg and Politico has White House counselor John Podesta on the record as saying, “…we don’t think that the reaction that particularly [of] Senator Murkowski had to this announcement was warranted.”
  • While Pres. Obama is planning to close down parts of the Arctic to drilling, the reverse seems to be true for the Atlantic. The Hill and the Wall Street Journal explain where (Virginia and the Carolinas).
  • The Fairbanks News Miner has condensed the President’s ANWR proposal down to five bullet points.
  • PBS News Hour has the transcript and the segment of their debate being moderated by Judy Woodruff between Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell regarding ANWR.
  • President Obama’s approval rating is back to 50%, per the Washington Post.

  • Gov. Bill Walker told the Juneau Empire that he has no interest in revisiting SB21.
  • The Hill reveals some explosive information about the NSA using a program called, “BADASS” to suck up data on Americans across multiple platforms by piggybacking on mobile analytics and advertising traffic. In short, NSA is following you through your apps.
  • The New York Times details two rulings of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that show NSA was wiretapping without judicial approval.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner has the details of the State Revenue department explanation of the tax credits that have been a source of contention with Gov. Bill Walker.
  • PublicIntegrity has given Alaska a D+ on its accountability. It’s better than many states, but the article points to interesting items that account for our less than stellar grade.
  • Becky Bohrer with the AP reports on the provisions the state wants to put into place to safeguard it before expanding Medicaid.
  • After a drone was discovered on the South Lawn of the White House, President Obama has decided that the U.S. needs to create a “regulatory structure” for drone use stateside, according to The Hill.
  • Superior Court Judge William Carey issued his final decision that the required local contribution to education is unconstitutional. The lawsuit was originally brought by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, though will have statewide implications.
  • The Koch brothers are planning on spending $889 million in 2016 elections. Politico puts that into perspective with the other political parties spending/savings and the implications.
  • Austin Baird with KTUU asked the Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Corrections how many people did Gov. Sean Parnell pardon. Answer: Zero.
  • The Washington Post’s annual 2015 best state political reporters are here. The winners for Alaska are Becky Bohrer, AP; Max Buxton, Fairbanks New Miner; Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN; Nathaniel Hertz with the Alaska Dispatch. Congratulations!
  • Anchorage’s first marijuana dispensary is set to open on legislation day, February 24. The Dispatch interviewed Charlo “F^c# It, I Quit” Greene and what the interested public can expect when the dispensary’s doors open.
  • The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that the Kodiak City Council has amended its contract with Horizon Lines.
  • APRN has the information of the four new members of the Alaska University Board of Regents.
  • Freshen up your resumes because the Frontiersman announced that the Mat-Su Borough assembly is looking for 17 dedicated people to join a newly formed board to focus on marijuana regulations.
  • The Alaska Senate Majority has a poll for the public titled: “Let us know what you think…”






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