AM Alaska News Roundup for Jan. 22

  • Missed last night’s SOTS address? KTVA’s got you covered. Want to read the media’s take on the governor’s speech? The Dispatch, the Fairbanks News Miner, the Juneau Empire, and APRN all found something interesting to consider. But, the SOTS could be best summed up with this meme:


  • Bill Walker will name the Special Investigator for the Alaska National Guard today.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has expressed serious consideration on having the senate vote on the Keystone XL pipeline this Friday. The Hill explains why a Friday vote has become a rare occurrence in recent years and what to expect when the vote occurs.
  • The House Majority has released their audio response to Gov. Bill Walker’s SOTU. The Senate Majority has the written version of what was said during their response.
  • The U.S./Canada dispute over steel for the $10-20 million Alaska Ferry Terminal project is over. ABC News reports that the state of Alaska has canceled the bid.
  • The latest development with Net Neutrality is covered by the New York Times and The Hill gives an overview of what this year has in store for Internet freedom.
  • The owners of the first Alaska mine, Platinum Creek Mine, ignored a federal summons to appear in court for felony charges for allegedly polluting a salmon stream. The Fairbanks News Miner has the backstory and what is likely to happen now via the judicial system.
  • The New York Times reports that Pres. Obama’s “new middle-class economics” agenda has caused ripple affects with the GOP’s stance on the wealth gap.

  • The Alaska House and Senate leadership have differing ideas on how to solve Alaska’s budget gap. Matt Buxton with the Fairbanks News Miner explains the different strategies and accompanying tactics.
  • Politico explains how the GOP out foxed the Dems with yesterday’s climate change vote.
  • The Juneau Empire has the Juneau delegation’s reactions to Gov. Bill Walker’s SOTS address.
  • The Washington Post has the details on the decision of the GOP to drop the anti-abortion bill and why they might have actually won the war while losing the battle.
  • The Peninsula Clarion covered the overwhelming opposition to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s proposal to block marijuana farming within the borough while Laurel Andrews with the Dispatch explains the timeline of the proposal and who it would affect.
  • The Hill reports on growing animosity between Democrats and the Obama administration over the new trade agenda.
  • The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Finance Committee has voted that the revenue generated from the proposed tax increase on cigarettes should toward social services, but the Juneau Empire reports that how it should be earmarked is in dispute. The full assembly will vote the proposal on Feb. 2.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski praised Pres. Obama’s executive order to coordinate federal action on the Arctic.
  • KTOO has the goods on the goody bags for legislators at the annual Legislative Welcome Reception in Juneau.
  • Former U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton’s (D-NY) fear of leaks and the devastating affect they cause on a campaign is the current focus on her presidential campaign reboot, according to Politico.
  • Pro-Life rallies are occurring throughout the state with one being held in front of the statehouse and another in Anchorage where the Catholic Anchor reports that Gov. Walker will issue a statement.
  • The Washington Post was on hand during a speech in Idaho where the president announced and then it was confirmed by his Press Secretary that he intends to visit all 50 states again before his time in office comes to a close.
  • The Hill reveals that Sen. Dan Sullivan will be chairing the Fisheries, Wildlife and Water subpanel for the Environmental Committee.
  • First Lady Michelle Obama’s SOTU suit caused heads to turn for many reasons. The most important is that it was a suit. What this change in attire might signal is discussed by the Washington Post.

















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