AM Alaska News Roundup for Feb. 6

  • Gov. Bill Walker released his new budget yesterday. There are many eye-opening cuts in the proposal. KTVA and KTUU each have their own take. KTOO and APRN focused on the 300 state jobs that will be getting the ax. The Fairbanks News Miner explains the distribution of cut state jobs across the departments.   While the Dispatch expounds on the budget’s impact on our elderly and local jails.  Adam Pinsker with KTUU tweeted the following:

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  • The Peninsula Clarion shares Gov. Bill Walker’s idea of developing a separate board to manage cannabis issues instead of keeping it under the ABC board umbrella.
  • Rep. Wes Keller (R-Wasilla) is leading the charge in the Alaska legislature of a nationwide trend to require high school students to learn American constitutionalism in order to graduate, per the Denver Post.
  • DSCC chairman Jon Tester (MT) has big plans to regain control of the U.S. Senate in 2016 and according to The Hill part of his strategy is to bring back Mark Begich.
  • The Alaska House Democratic Caucus has quietly changed its name to Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition with their latest press release.

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  • The audio of the House Majority Caucus’ weekly presser is available.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski reintroduced a bill to permanently block discharge regulations for 79’ or smaller commercial vessels, per APRN. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Sen. Dan Sullivan are co-sponsors of the bill.

  • The Washington Post has an op-ed from the Downtown Association of Fairbanks David van den Berg where he lays out his argument that ANWR’s wilderness designation is a good thing.
  • National Geographic expounds on how ANWR’s new designation as wilderness and further drilling bans will affect Alaska.
  • The Juneau Empire explains the independent report on British Columbia’s Mt. Polley’s dam failure and how it could be used to bolster the opposition’s argument against Pebble Mine.
  • Sen. Dan Sullivan joined the bipartisan effort yesterday being lead by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to urge the White House for further Ukrainian support, per The Hill.
  • The Washington Post has five maps that illustrate the demographic shift that will be playing a large role in future elections, especially as over 55 heavy white districts transition into heavy young Hispanic ones. Alaska is one of those states.
  • Good news Anchorage! The Dispatch reports that the city’s 2015 economic forecast looks “flat”.
  • The Hill reports on the latest fight within Congress over Net Neutrality.
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart poked fun at former Sen. Hillary Clinton’s (D-NY) scary reputation with other potential Democratic presidential primary contenders and Gov. Chris Christi’s relationship with Jordanian royalty which was thoroughly enjoyed by the Washington Post.
  • The Dispatch examines the whys and who’s behind the state-owned executive pay that makes Gov. Walker’s and department commissioners’ salaries look small in comparison.
  • The Week examines how the GOP’s 2016 field might boast the youngest field of presidential contenders in a while, but could the biggest hurdle to luring in the elusive 18-35 voters be to prove it is hip to be square?

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