Alaska News Roundup for March 4

  • August 10 might have a new special meaning if Bryce Edgmon’s (D-Dillingham) bill to designate it as Alaska Wild Salmon Day makes its way into law.
  • Yesterday’s House Finance chambers were filled to the brim. Katie Moritz with the Juneau Empire has the details on what made more than 80 Juneauites pack the seats. The Fairbanks News Miner explains the pocketbook motives for state employees and their representatives. Rep. Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) shared the view from his seat.

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  • In a move that is sure to make ALF-CIO President Vince Beltrami quite cross, the U.S. Senate is expected to pass legislation to undo the NLRB rule that makes worker held union elections easier. The Hill predicts it will be quickly added to Pres. Obama’s veto pile.
  • Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan is mulling over the idea of outsourcing Anchorage’s trash collection, per the Dispatch.

  • Today is the day for the Supreme Court to rule on ObamaCare health insurance subsidies that will affect 7 million Americans. Politico and The Hill have their own take on the possible implications. The Washington Post holds to their stance that despite how the ruling goes, public opinion will stay the same and backs up their argument with graphs (!) from the Pew Research Center.

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  • It’s Official! Ketchikan Island now has their very own Marijuana Advisory Committee! They will be responsible for two things: establish uniform pot regulations and inform the state of Ketchikan’s views on future pot legislation.
  • Matt Buxton with the Fairbanks News Miner explains the somewhat baffling alignment of certain conservative senators with the federal government. The issue? Marijuana legislation.
  • Robert Ruffner from the Kenai Peninsula has tossed his hat into the Board of Fisheries applicant ring. Mr. Ruffner was the founder and executive director of the Soldotna’s Kenai Watershed Forum.

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  • The Washington Times reports on the DoD’s urging for increased FY16 funding by $38 billion and to end sequestration. Sen. Dan Sullivan worried about credibility during the hearing.
  • Politico examines what would happen if former Hillary Clinton (D-NY) chose not to run, you know, after the panic subsided.
  • The Juneau Empire discovered that the state “shed” 765 in 2014 from 2013.
  • State and federal regulators agreed that there was to be no legal harvesting of hooligans within the Ketchikan waters for 2015, per the Fairbanks News Miner.
  • APRN has a piece about the ongoing drumbeat for continued military presence in the Arctic.
  • The quest to end time as we know it continues.
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