Alaska News Roundup for March 6

  • Mao Tosi has raised some eyebrows within the Anchorage political circles for pulling a Mean Girls by intentionally not inviting eight of the mayoral candidates to his “99 problems…our vote is one” speed-dating style forum. Tosi claims it was due to logistics and has relented to include Anchorage Assembly member Amy Demboski and Dustin Darden.
  • Palmer and Houston want to get some of that the pot action, as in pot regulatory action. How their proposed rules of marijuana conduct differ from Wasilla is outlined in the Frontiersman.
  • While Sen. Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young spent time talking about the weather and throwing a snowball, Sen. Lisa Murkowski was hard at work with a hearing on the Arctic, though she did find some time in to rib her fellow senators and staff about their lack of gusto in the face of a little powder. Her efforts caught the media’s attention.

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  • Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association own board member, Katherine Carscallen, found her letter to the Washington Post’s editor letter published regarding the newspaper’s recent Pebble Mine story.

  • Deputy Attorney General Richard Svobodny told the Senate Finance Committee to take a deep breath and chill about pot laws. The Fairbanks News Miner elaborates on the Deputy AG’s message and the issues that caused the kerfuffle in the first place.
  • Here are the House Minority and the House Majority pressers from this week. Rep. Mike Chenault’s (R-Nikiski) take on the Majority’s relationship with Gov. Bill Walker differed slightly with telling.

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  • Budget cuts are creeping into the oddest of places. The state’s largest patrol vessel is now to be relocated from Unalaska to Kodiak in an effort to save $500,000 a year.
  • The Hill reports that Alaska is one step closer to being the new home of 48 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for the Air Force base in Fairbanks. The Fairbanks News Miner has the backstory and the details on the three public meetings around the Interior regarding this potential move.
  • Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Anchorage) questions the validity of Gov. Bill Walker’s Libertarian Party nominee for the APOC commission. The Dispatch explains her reasoning.
  • The state ferries and timber programs are getting a slight reprieve from the budget cut gallows, per the Juneau Empire.
  • Rep. Don Young’s “artistic” use of hyperbole for suggesting wolves as a solution to Washington D.C.’s homeless problems is making the media rounds. National media, MSNBC, the Washington Times, etc., and now the international press has picked up the story starting with The Daily Mail and having a field day with it. Here’s the actual footage of what the congressman said.
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  • The Fairbanks mayoral races are heating up and already two known quantities have expressed interest in the position with the Fairbanks News Miner.
  • Get your popcorn ready because the results of Gov. Bill Walker’s public suggestions for efficient and effective use of state resources are now available for digestion.




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