Category Archives: Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott

Alaska News Roundup for December 29 & 30

  • Along with Hair of the Dog this Friday to boost your…er…morale is the knowledge that some 12,000 Alaskans will be receiving a minimum wage increase to $9.75. Cheers!
  • CNN/ORC conducted a poll that is chocked full of interesting data concerning how the American voting public feel toward their elected officials. In general…it’s not a rosy picture. That’s what getting the most attention. Hidden toward the end of the poll is a slow and steady shift toward stronger gun control (pg. 14).Gun Control

 

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Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays from Alaska’s Elected Officials Pt. 1

From Inside Alaska’s keyboard to yours, have yourselves a wicked awesome Christmas full of joy!

…but wait! That’s not all.  From around social media, lots of politicos expressed their own sentiments during this season of lights.

Starting off with a fantastic haiku is Alaska’s own political poet Cindy Smith:Cindy Smith

 

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Alaska News Roundup for November 26

  • Happy Thanksgiving! When things just aren’t coming out the way it looks in the cookbook, Some Life has compiled baking fails to remind you that you’re not alone.food

 

  • Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (the federal court’s who’s job it is to ensure that the NSA works within the law) has just gotten five new lawyers to serve as special standing advisers. To whit privacy advocates and the American public responded with:CheeringCrowd

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Alaska News Roundup for October 30

  • Anchorage parks are taking a page from the Handmaid’s Tale and plan to use pictographs instead of words on trails and maps, per the Dispatch. Really, this is actually happening. pictures

 

  • The City and Borough of Sitka’s recent assembly meeting was very busy indeed between the reappointment of Dan Jones to the Gary Paxton Industrial Board, Eric Skousen to the Port and Harbors Commission and Tami Parker Song to the Planning Commission; the finalization of the raw water contract for $1,000,000; and Mayor McConnell signing a coalition letter to Pres. Obama in support of continued climate action.
  • Juneau’s City Manager Kim Kiefer’s planned retirement for December 2015 has been extended to April 30, 2016 because of the 33 applicants for her soon-to-be-vacant job…not one was determined worthy of her mantle. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly will begin anew in January with the hopes of finding someone by the end of February.

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Alaska News Roundup for October 16

  • OH YEAH! The AFN is happening right now in Anchorage and yesterday’s opening ceremony saw lots of amazing moments, but one of my little birds was really, really excited about AFN President Julie Kitka’s (!) speech because her little girl “now wants to be president too instead of Elsa.”TShirt

 

  • Kenai’s Prop 1, the ability for candidates to run for designated seats, officially failed by SIX votes and the faces on the Kenai City Council will remain the same, per the Peninsula Clarion.
  • The Ketchikan City Council held a hearing where the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the city and the Ketchikan Professional Firefighters Association and to award a contract with Cal Worthington Ford Lincoln for a Ford F-450 XL truck.

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Alaska News Roundup for September 18

  • It’s here! The latest in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly news by the one and only Sue McClure!
  • Rep. Don Young will be among many high-level guests attending the Wolf Trap Ball this Saturday where the basic (i.e. the paupers’) ticket price begins at $750 all the way up to $50K for table sponsorship. This year’s theme tips their hat to ancient Rome in honor of the host: Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero. And yes…there will be a conga line.Conga Line

 

  • Governor Bill Walker might not officially announce our PFD amount till Monday, but the New York Times kind of beat him to the punch with the announcement of record payments of more than $2,000 per recipient.
  • Former Sen. Mark Begich is moving on up to Hilltop Public Solutions as their new advisor in cultivating strategic partnerships within Alaska power networks and increase their
  • Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott’s might have been tirelessly working on getting federal-level assistance with the transboundary mine conflict, but as KCAW reports, the International Joint Commission will not be taking up the issue. This comes shortly after Secretary of State John Kerry declined a meeting with Mallott while he was visiting Alaska.
  • Despite the White House coming out against the 40+ year-old ban on oil exports, The Washington Post thinks the odds are looking more and more promising for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s pet project by explaining what the average American needs to know how this would impact our economy.

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Alaska News Roundup for August 31

  • WELCOME MR. PRESIDENT!!!

 

  • Sunday might have been a day of rest for many, but not for Alaska’s political wonks! The Peninsula Clarion was on hand to capture giddy preparations going into effect for Anchorage’s big day (today) for when the president makes his grand appearance. Former Rep. Beth Kerttula (D-Juneau) and former Juneau Mayor Fran Ulmer were interviewed.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner has the skinny on Gov. Bill Walker flying on Air Force One with the president to Alaska. THE BIG QUESTION is whether the governor might snag a box of presidential M&M’s for one humble political blogger (hint, hint).

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    Yummy & Spiffy @ the same time!

  • Seward had not one, but TWO presidential helicopters tackling the finicky winds of Resurrection Bay and testing approaches in preparation of Pres. Obama arriving in Seward Tuesday.
  • One of my little birds made a rather blue joke about seeing lots of legislators packing meat over the weekend in the valley. Turns out that the truth was rather banal. 20+ state legislators and a few commissioners toured one of the state’s biggest slaughterhouses, Mt. McKinley (maybe time to rethink the name) Meat and Sausage, in an attempt to wrangle state funding going into FY17. There were more than a few visitors that looked rather queasy during the tour.

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Alaska News Roundup for August 27

  • Get those champagne glasses ready because APRN has cheer worthy news! The Alaska wage gap between genders is on its way out with YWCA anticipating equal pay for equal work by 2025!giphy-4

 

  • Secretary of State John Kerry will be touching down on Alaska soil on August 30th, per the Seward City News!
  • Rep. Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) and Rep. Charisse Millett (R-Anchorage) both gave a Twitter shout-out to the awesomeness that is strong women with the right to vote (both in the ballot box and on the legislative floor) to commemorate the 19th Amendment.exportmillett

 

  • Sen. Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage) is going to have heavy competition going into the 2016 election season. Just with the August primary she will once again face Jeff “I’ve never met a speedo I didn’t rock” Landfield but also former Anchorage School Board member Natasha Von Imhof! Whoever wins the GOP primary for District L; they will face the Democratic force that is Forrest McDonald.

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Alaska News Roundup for August 24

  • In wicked awesome news: AFN is handing out FREE (yep, that’s right FREE) tickets to attend Rising Together; Welcome President Obama to Alaska at the Alaska Airlines Center next Monday. The president and senior staff have been invited, but confirmation of their attendance hasn’t been made public. Want to get your hands on some this awesomeness? You still can, but you have to pick up the remaining tickets between 1:00-4:00pm today only (you’ll get a flag too!). AFN Offices/1577 C Street/Suite 301/Anchorage, AK.Obama Visit

 

  • Today in 1912, Congress passed a measure that created the Alaska Territory and began the process toward statehood with establishing the Parcel Post delivery by the USPS the following year.
  • The Nome Common Council will vote today on whether to make their six member panel the de facto local commercial pot regulatory authority, per the Nome Nugget.
  • The Homer Tribune has the details on the candidates vying for Mako Haggerty’s open seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. Fritz Creek’s Willy Dunne and Dawson Slaughter will be going toe-to-toe in this race. My little bird tells me that the seat is Dunne’s to lose, but Slaughter is known for his charisma and could prove to be a fierce adversary.

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Alaska News Roundup for August 17

  • North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower’s husband exchanged some choice words with the NSB assembly over the brewing scandal of his wife’s alleged misappropriations of funds. The Arctic Sounder has the details; you provide the popcorn.
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins is worried for good reasons. The rough draft of state DOT future projects showed that not only were there fewer projects on tap, but several important transportation projects in the region have been placed in the dreaded “limbo” category. The Fairbanks News Miner has the details.

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    Photo Credit to the Dispatch. Captions, all Inside Alaska Politics baby!

  • Sen Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage) wrote an op-ed in The Hill bestowing platitudes onto Donald Trump and his performance during last week’s Fox News 2016 GOP presidential debate.
  • Last week the PEW Charitable Trust released their 2015 review of each state’s “checkbook” and found Alaska lacking at such a degree that it was awarded an “F” for the second year in a row for lack of government transparency and feasibility in deciphering the state’s “checkbook”. To which Sen. Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) responded with a public letter to the governor asking for the MUCH needed improvements.

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Alaska News Roundup for August 12

  •  There are THREE new candidates for the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly races!! Mayor Merrill Sanford has filed for another term, while both Robert Percival AND Jason Puckett are running against incumbent Assemblyman Jerry Nankervis for the District 2 seat.
  • In ewww, but totally awesome news: Wired gives an update on the human poo àdrinking water and electricity machine that was designed as part of The Gates Foundation Reinvent the Toilet Challenge. Turns out that with the two school bus size machines work to produce water that is indistinguishable from traditional tap water. Might be something of interest for our Honey Bucket/off the electric grid villages in Alaska to investigate since it is already in use in Senegal to great success.
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  • The pot tax percentage is quickly becoming a hot topic with the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly as the question of whether it should be 5% or 8% is now being given its own special meeting set for August 20, per the Fairbank News Miner.
  • Oil prices are now at their lowest level in more than 6 years with $43.08 a barrel, per CNBC.oil

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Alaska News Roundup for August 10

  • TransCanada might be using NAFTA to sue the US Government over their expected decision to nix the Keystone XL Pipeline, per The Hill.
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins understands the importance of a properly protected cyber infrastructure in this age of daily black hat hacking and is asking the Borough Assembly for $50,000 to audit the systems for vulnerabilities. Hooray to a forward thinking, proactive mayor!
  • The backlash over Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s vote on Planned Parenthood continues with an impassioned op-ed by City and Borough of Juneau Assemblyperson Kate Troll in the Juneau Empire.
  • Buccaneer Energy’s loss is Aurora Gas’ gain in their acquisition of West Eagle’s drilling lease for $69,760, per the Homer Tribune.
  • Congrats to City Clerk Tom Moran on being selected by the Nome Common Council to be their city’s new City Manager.

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    Photo Credit of Knom

  • The Mat-Su Borough got their knuckles wrapped by the Alaska DEC for sloppy paperwork on the Talkeetna wastewater treatment plant. The Frontiersman explain that there was not only unfiled but MISSING paperwork following a less than satisfactory inspection last May.
  • Sen. Bert Stedman (R-Sitka) confirmed to the Ketchikan Daily News, many Alaskans’ fears: Special Session 3.0 is highly likely.
  • Sen. Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage) utilized a rare legislative power to subpoena the video of an inmate’s last few days while in an Anchorage solitary confinement cell before his suspicious death of what some consider prisoner abuse. The Dispatch reports that Sen. Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage) rescinded the subpoena after initially first approving it.
  • The New York Times reports that the US Treasury will be selling Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority power revenue refinancing bonds for $66 million and the Anchorage Convention Center revenue refinancing bonds for $90 million this week.
  • The Dispatch’s Dermot Cole continues the steady drumbeat for civility and against political grandstanding when Pres. Obama returns to Alaska.
  • The Juneau Empire reveals its sadness in the lack of new political faces in the two City and Borough of Juneau Assembly races. Only incumbents Loren Jones and Jerry Nankervis have filed so far for the seats.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan came out against Russia’s North Pole land grab during an interview with Fox News.
  • Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott explained to KCAW that in order for the federal government to intervene with the growing transboundary mining problem, individual voices needed to come unite into unified action.
  • Alaskan Vets, meet the new (interim) head of AK VA Health Care System: Linda Boyle. The Dispatch has her credentials.

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    Photo Credit of the Dispatch

  • APRN recounts another example of state budget cuts’ real affect on Alaska with a story on the potential closure of Petersburg Borough’s regional D.A. office.
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Alaska News Roundup for August 7

 

  • The SEC has charged Miller Energy Resources, its former, and current executives for filing fraudulent financial reports where Miller allegedly inflated the value of Alaska O&G leases in 2009 by more than $400 million.
  • The Fairbanks North Star Borough is exploring the unexpected cost that will come with the proposed 5% pot tax, since the revenue will be coming from cash-based businesses. Specifically: the borough will need to purchase armored cars, expand security and a purchase a vault for the borough’s treasury office.
  • Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott vowed to Southeast Native leaders that tribes WOULD have a voice in transboundary mining work. KCAW reports that it wasn’t enough to please Tlingit-Haifa Central Council President Richard Peterson who is quoted as saying, “…I challenge you to do a better job.” Ouchie!

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Alaska News Roundup for August 5

  • Russia’s arctic land grab just became official with their submission to the UN for an expanded 2 million square kilometers of land and sea. This includes the North Pole, which the New York Times reports now has a titanium Russian flag that was planted on the seabed floor via a miniature submarine. If the UN grants Russia this right, they will control fishing and O&G drilling in this area.

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    Photo Credit of military.com

  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski could very well become the deciding vote on the Iran Nuclear Accord, per Politico.
  • How the future pot tax should be treated is the big decision before the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly where the Fairbanks News Miner reports that they deliberating over whether the borough electorate should decide on the issue or if they should just institute the tax cap to reduce property taxes.

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Alaska News Roundup for July 27

  • Capital Hill this week will be all Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s mondo package of energy bills all the time! But that’s not all. The Hill also points out that highway funding, VA reform and regulations will also be fighting for some of that prized floor action air.
  • Reuters’s makes the case (with the help of some choice quotes by KFQD’s Dave Stieren) that in Alaska politics, Americans for Prosperity just isn’t relevant. To which AFP was all like, “Nuh-uh!!”
  • Rep. Don Young celebrated Ted Steven’s Day with a YouTube video where he urges Alaskans to get out and explore Alaska. It’s an eerily similar message to FLOTUSLet’s Move from February.Don Young

 

  • Those concerned about British Columbia’s trans boundary mine environmental issues are not about to feel any love from International Joint Commission for US-Canada water conflicts as APRN relay’s Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott’s news that the committee views this as a very local issue.

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