Alaska News Roundup for March 5

  • Political Pipeline might have inadvertenly created a new drinking game with the word “unsolicited” while talking with Anchorage’s Mayor Dan Sullivan about his proposal to privatization of trash collection proposal.
  • The Medicaid Expansion Lunch and Learn event was more of a Taking off the Gloves ensemble as it evolved into an old school Lincoln Douglas debate with representatives from the Foundation for Government Accountability on one side and select members of the audience on the other. So much action to be had that reporters were seen running back and forth in the hallways just to hear rebuttals. Here’s the video:

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  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski was the lone wolf in the Senate chambers as the only Republican to vote against the bill to revoke rules that made it easier for union elections to be held, per The Hill.
  • The Cold War might be dead, but memories from that period aren’t as evidence in KTVA’s segment regarding Russia’s recent revamp of their Arctic military presence.
  • KCAW covered the budget report from Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins while he spoke with the Sitka Chamber of Commerce. His takeaway is that while the problems are big, both sides of the aisle are working together to figure out solutions.
  • Meet Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor’s personal O&G advisor, Larry Persily. The Peninsula Clarion has his credientials and the backstory of this unexpected mayoral staff addition.

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  • Rep. Don Young joined 239 members of Congress in a strongly worded letter to the ATF regarding their ban on AR-15 bullets and its possible infringement on 2nd amendment rights.
  • In more War Games news, Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced that she is helping to launch an Arctic Caucus. The Hill has the details.
  • The Washington Post reports, with graphs (!) that Alaska’s 2014 unemployment rate dropped the least of any other state in the Union (0.1%) from 2013 in part because Alaska was one of the least affected by the Great Recession.

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  • Fairbanks was heavily represented during testimony yesterday in the House Finance Committee. The Fairbanks News Miner explains the who’s and what’s of the hearing.
  • Americans for Prosperity liked Alaska’s airwaves during the past election cycle so much that the Dispatch reports that they’ve come back just in time for the Anchorage mayoral race. This time their focus is on another “B” candidate, as in Ethan Berkowitz. Here’s one of their internet ads:

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