Category Archives: Rep. Wes Keller

Alaska News Roundup for December 22

  • Mat-Su legislators have looked over Gov. Bill Walker’s budget plans and are sharpening their scalpels now that as Rep. Wes Keller (R-Wasilla) put it, “ The easy cuts have already been made.” The Frontiersman has the details on what exactly this power block has in mind for the upcoming legislative season (hint: income taxes aren’t likely).
  • In sad trombone news, APRN broke the news that the Fairbanks News Miner AND the Kodiak Daily Mirror have been sold to a non-profit foundation. Gone will be the razor sharp criticisms that have become part of the News Miner’s charm. Oh, and they won’t be able to endorse candidates, while gleefully explaining why the other candidate isn’t cool…for more “balanced” reporting.
  • The Dispatch confirms the whispers and rumors; O&G jobs are up for a 7th straight month, though Alaska overall unemployment hasn’t changed since September.

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Alaska News Roundup for August 26

  • President Obama will be visiting Seward, Dillingham, Kotzebue, Anchorage, via the Seward City News, Juneau Empire, and historical inference. There may be more places announced in the coming days (fingers crossed!)
  • Alaska might be beside themselves with glee as Mr. President visits next week, but as the Washington Post points out…he isn’t the first. Their article lists the previous presidents that have visited the Last Frontier, where they traveled and for how long. Biggest surprise? FDR fishing in Juneau while wearing a suit and fedora!


    Photo Credit of the FDR Library 

  • The Ketchikan City Council race has one more candidate in Charles “Chuck” Slagle. My little bird is looking forward to his fundraisers as Slagle is known for his smoked fish.

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Alaska News Roundup for March 9

  • The fiscally conservative Club for Growth isn’t showing any love for Alaska’s delegation in their annual scorecard. Considering our state heavily relies on federal money, shouldn’t this be cause for Gold Stars?

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  • This week the Alaska legislature will be focused on many things. The Juneau Empire has whittled it down to the budget, confirmation hearings and religious exemption from unions.
  • Another one bites the dust! Bethel’s prosecutor Chris Carpeneti resigned from the district attorney’s office about two weeks after the surprise firing of Bethel DA June Stein. Mr. Carpeneti’s resignation comes as an additional shock as he was expected to serve as the interim head at the Bethel DA’s office after Ms. Stein’s departure today.
  • Quinnipiac University just released a study that will cause KTVA and KTUU to breath a sigh of relief: the majority of 1,286 polled, registered American voters put their trust in local news. The big winner for Network news was Fox News at 58% with Republicans while Democrats reach for CNN at 32%.
  • Politico has included Sen. Dan Sullivan in their nickname for an exclusive clique of senatorial freshmen: The Fightin’ Frosh.
  • Ready your dip nets and coolers because the Army Corps of Engineers has just made it easier to access the mouth of the Kenai River by permitting south beach road, per the Peninsula Clarion!
  • The Daily Beast dipped their toe into the “pocket full of gold or lifetime of fish” Pebble Mine debate.  Their worst case scenario would be that the process upsets enough people that they support the mine-only to show opposition to the EPA.
  • Big Lake is about to get bigger! The Frontiersman reports that the city is finalizing plans to incorporate all of Road Service Area 21.
  • While Sen. Lisa Murkowski might not be the most popular name with CoP, she is still considered political gold stateside as evidence by this tweeted picture by the Andrew Halcro for Mayor campaign.

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  • The Juneau Empire has a “pot primer” for all things currently legal and soon to be legal with Alaska marijuana.  Alaska’s priests can skip this bullet point as they won’t get to partake.
  • The Dispatch’s editor, Paul Jenkins, took a turn at wordsmithing his support for Gov. Bill Walker’s LNG pipeline plans while he explained the opposition’s reasons.
  • The place to be seen Saturday morning in Wasilla was the WASI where Valley legislators held their legislative town hall. The Frontiersman explains that the focus of constituents was to voice support for Rep. Wes Keller’s (R-Wasilla) U.S. Constitution, Sen. Anna MacKinnon (R-District G) daylight savings bill and preventing Medicaid expansion.
  • Sen. Anna MacKinnon (R-District G) also had an op-ed in the Dispatch where she made her case to end time as we know it.