This week on Capital Hill, Congress is going to be scrambling to avoid another government shutdown (and increase the ire of their constituents) while tackling the highway funding and even throwing in some energy debate for good measure, per The Hill.
Southeast is sure to be doing a happy dance with the news that AKDOT is going to be pumping $30+ million into improvements of the Ferry System. The projects includes small ones like a new terminal building complete with functioning sanitation (!) for Kake and for Angoon; replace mooring dolphins (sorry, not what you think) and increase passenger bridge safety in Ketchikan; to Haines’ mondo project that will completely replace the current end dock for ferries.
Unalaska’s City Council was hard at work grappling with the ramifications of the Pot Board’s recent decisions and though not all issues ended with a decision, it’s part of an ongoing community discussion. Not so on the issue of too many taxicabs as that number has officially been lowered to 18, per KUCB.
The State Pot Board’s inclination to allow cannabis cafes has given the state its first potential location in Fairbanks. The Fairbanks North Star Assemblydiscussed the possibility at their last meeting and while many members were not amused with the prospect, Fairbanks seems to at least be rational about the good vs. bad.
The proverbial sh*t has hit the fan.CSO Online broke the story about Hacking Team’s (the technology company dictators and oppressive regimes hire to hunt and suppress detractors) 400 GB of internal documents, source code and emails being publically published. Sad to say that the FBI, DEA and the DoD are among the client list that includes Sudan, Russia, Azerbaijan, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Ethiopia (the last one has an email thanking the company for its help in getting a “high value target” shortly after the assassination of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister). Trials, prison sentences and international fleeing/hiding will be coming in the coming months/years as this story unfolds.
This week on The Hill, No Child Left Behind’s reauthorization, finalization of the Department of Interior’s FY16 fiscal budget in the House, and possibly a floor vote on the trade enforcement bill.
Another round of Dueling Pens! This time it is by Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and AKGOP’s Com. Director Suzanne Downing take on the state budget. Rep. Gara makes his case for Medicaid expansion while Ms. Downing explains why she thinks there is a pattern of “incoherent leadership” at the heart of Alaska’s budget crisis.
Gov. Bill Walker received both props and a slap in the face by the New York Times in the same article! After including Walker’s decision to change the name of Wade Hampton Census District as an example of where Confederacy dedications are being removed, they then rename our governor to Walter. It has since been changed.