Alaska News Roundup for March 30

  • Politico explains why after the Chamber of Commerce has spent millions getting “their” type of candidate into office, GOP office holders just aren’t turning into their lap dogs. Take heart Rachael Petro! Sen. Dan Sullivan’s groveling quote (also trending on Twitter) from a February teleconference is the lead in the story and highlights how the senator remembers where his bread gets buttered.Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 6.47.32 AM


  • It’s getting down to the wire with this legislative session means that there are lots of things to watch on Gavel to Gavel (and who’s working the hallways) the week, but the Juneau Empire thinks that the Senate Operating Budget, School Fundraisers involving food that do not meet federal nutritional standards and the repeal of the “Art in Public Places” state policy are the ones to follow.
  • In celebration of Seward’s Day, put on your history hats because the International Business Times is ready to school us on the “facts, price, history” of the Alaska purchase for $7.2 million.
  • The Juneau Empire explains how Sen. Mike Dunleavy’s (R-Wasilla) zeroed-out funding for public broadcasting will detrimentally impact over 100,000 Alaskans that have no over-air TV service.
  • Last week the new fracking regulations came out and there was quite a kerfuffle within the energy industry about varying additional costs of $11,400-97,000-per-well these new regulations would create. The Washington Post put the numbers through the test and discovered that the claims are so extreme and the issue so complex that they awarded it Two Pinocchios.Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 8.41.07 AM


  • The Great Land Trust and the Frontiersman have joined forces to highlight Mat-Su Valley “King Makers”. Don’t go clutching your pearls. It isn’t à la Richard Neville; think more along the “I Heart King Salmon” lines.
  • Devin Kelly with the Dispatch feels there’s a whiff of the 2014 senatorial race surrounding certain the Anchorage mayoral candidates.
  • The New York Daily News reports on a new video by Charlo “F*#k It, I Quit” Greene where she ponders running for Anchorage mayor as a write in candidate while rocking a look that gives Carmen Dell’Orefice a run for her money. Fierce!
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  • The battle over Net Neutrality is not over by a long shot. The Hill reports on five different things that “could kill” the FCC’s updated Internet rules.
  • APRN reports that budget cuts might not happen to the Anchorage Police Department. In fact, all legislative discussions seem to point in an increase in budget to combat violent crimes.
  • The Seward City News explains the Seward City Council’s decision to approve $8 million expansion of the Providence Seward hospital and up to $1 million toward affordable senior housing.
  • With the change in time as we know it looking more and more likely to become reality, Nate Herz with the Dispatch reports on the formalizing opposition. This tweet alone says so much.Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 9.18.58 AM


  • Now that the $1.5 million “Choose Respect” campaign has gone the way of the Dodo bird, the Juneau Empire explains what Alaska got for its money.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski is quoted by RealEstateRama for her support of the Senate passage of the bipartisan Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015.
  • Reuters/Ipsos conducted an online poll of 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the U.S. 34% of Republicans thought that Pres. Obama was more of a threat than Mr. Putin (25%) or Mr. Assad (23%).Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 8.46.00 AM


  • The TimesUnion uses Alaska’s state hostess, Miss Alaska, as an example of superfluous state symbols.

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