Alaska News Roundup for April 20

  • The Dispatch’s Nathaniel Herz teamed up with Marc Lester to create an amazing time capsule of yesterday’s grueling Legislationorama. My little birds tell me that the general mood of the legislature this morning is the following:Leg's Feelings


  • Congratulations to Rep. Chris Tuck and Bernadette Wilson with the birth of their baby girl over the weekend! My little birds tell me that baby and mom are doing well and once they were settled, dad flew back to Juneau to help ensure Alaska would give his baby girl the future she deserved.
  • During yesterday’s Legislationorama, all 89 of Gov. Bill Walker’s political appointees were voted on, but only 84 were approved. The Fairbanks News Miner explains that amongst the five that did not was former State Sen. Joe Paskvan (D-Fairbanks) and possible reasons behind the “Ney” votes.

  • Gov. Bill Walker’s 8:00pm Sunday presser capped off the day’s emotional rollercoaster with gracious thanks to the press corp and the legislature for their hard work that day and over the session in general.Gov. Presser


  • This week in congress, prepare for Loretta Lynch’s Attorney General nominee vote, Iran grandstanding and CYBERSECURITY.  The Hill explains the daily rollout.
  • As the legislature is winding down, the Juneau Empire has compiled to-do lists from legislators and the House Minority caucus. Though Matt Buxton with the Fairbanks News Miner explains the complexity with finalizing the unresolved issues facing the legislature is not a simple Honey-Do list.
  • APRN explains the battle over the state’s budget will continue today and possibly even further into the week.
  • KTOO is covering the Arctic Council, of which Sen. Lisa Murkowski is chair, and has already spotted growing tensions reminiscent of 1980’s thriller films: Russia. To add to the mix, Russia’s foreign minister has declined to attend the next meeting in Canada.
  • It has been five years since the massive BP Spill that captured the world’s attention. ABC News covers what has and hasn’t changed with U.S. offshore drilling especially since Obama has recently pushed for expanded drilling along previously no-go areas of our country’s coastline.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner reports that a mother is petitioning the Fairbanks North Star Borough to reevaluate the age limit of children in opposite sex locker rooms from four to five. The issue boils down to which is more important to the community: “a woman’s modesty or a child’s innocence?”
  • Alaska is going to become the future home of 24 attack helicopters as the military begins its modern restructuring of storing more military hardware on U.S. soil and less at foreign bases. Defense News explains that this will happen gradually over the next two years and they will either be stationed at Elmendorf or Eielson.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s congratulations of the BLM’s six legacy wells cleanup in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska was noted in World Oil.
  • Another one bites the dust! The Peninsula Clarion explains that the Board of Fisheries’ confirmation of Robert Ruffner did not garner enough votes. Is the BoF going to be harder to accepted to than Harvard?
  • Politico reports that the EPA has asked a federal judge to toss one of the Pebble Mine FOIA lawsuits brought by the Pebble Partnership attorneys because the EPA believes it has already fulfilled its FOIA request, which is the heart of that particular lawsuit.
  • Pres. Obama’s former law professor, Dr. Laurence Tribe, is quickly becoming a darling of the GOP as a critique of the administration’s proposed climate change regulations. The Hill specifically mentions that Sen. Dan Sullivan has cited Tribe’s work.
  • The Frontiersman has the details of the roughly eighty people that attended the Mat-Su Medicaid expansion rally.








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