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.

  • Got to hand it to the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly. When they commit, they commit! The Juneau Empire reports that the assembly just gave the Housing First Collaborative an additional $250,000 for 2016 construction of housing. To date, the assembly has committed $1.5 million to the project.
  • The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly is still unsure how to move forward with a borough wide tax on commercial pot sales, which is why the Fairbanks News Miner believes that the issue is most likely dead…for now.
  • During a CBJ Mayor Merrill Sanford hosted luncheon, mine protesters briefly interrupted the festivities with chanting and waving signs before they were peacefully escorted out of the room. My little bird told me that the message was successfully made and everyone involved (police, security and protesters) behaved respectfully toward one another during the removal-though Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott appeared unamused by the whole affair.
  • Credo Action is calling President Obama hypocritical on his stance v. actions on climate change.obama


  • After hearing about VA healthcare issues across the state, Sen. Dan Sullivan intends to work with VA leaders to correct ongoing problems, per APRN.
  • KTVA was on hand yesterday for the Alaska Supreme Court oral arguments on the setnet ban initiative of Alaska v. AFCA.
  • Want to share your ideas/mega concerns/worries about drone testing and potentially invading your privacy with the state legislative joint task force on drones? Head on over to the Westmark Hotel at 1:00pm on September 3 for UAF’s presentation and the ability to testify.
  • Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott should be commended on his unwavering dedication of diplomatic solutions on the Canada/Alaska trans-boundary mine issues as the Juneau Empire reveals that there is now in place an “understanding” of coordination between British Columbia and Alaska with each stage of the mining permitting process and how concerns will be weighed and addressed.
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is going to have an all-out fight for the three open seats by eight candidates. The Peninsula Clarion has the reasons Kelly Wolf, Robin Davis, David Wartinbee, and Gary Knopp are running to represent Kalifornsky.
  • The Dispatch’s Nathaniel Herz has the details on the first hearing of the lawsuit on Medicaid expansion and the governor’s powers.
  • Sen. Mike Dunleavy (R-Wasilla) has extended an olive branch of sorts to the governor by asking for collaboration on Medicaid expansion.
  • Planned Parenthood of the Northwest made their voices heard at a recent event that Sen. Lisa Murkowski attended.planned parenthood

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