AM Alaska News Roundup for Jan. 28

  • The confirmation hearing of Loretta Lynch to be the next Attorney General kicks off today, which the Washington Post promises will be soap opera worthy drama. The Hill itemizes five things to look for during her very public interview, though the New York Times claims that the goal for Lynch will be to cast herself as a breath of fresh air and not as an Eric Holder 2.0.
  • It seems that marijuana is on every local Alaskan government’s mind. The Juneau Empire reports that the Juneau City and Borough Assembly discussed fines, regulations and the definition of ‘public use’. The Dispatch reports that the Anchorage Assembly has just made it illegal to publically consume marijuana while the Ketchikan Daily News reports that their fair city is gearing up for this issue. Over in the state capital, the Ex. Director of the ABC Board gave her presentation on possible statewide regulations including edibles, advertising, and extraction methods, per the Fairbanks News Miner.
  • CSPAN captured the moment Sen. Dan Sullivan gave his first speech on the U.S. Senate floor yesterday.
  • The second Keystone Pipeline marathon beings today in the Senate. The Hill outlines the 18 amendments scheduled to be voted on.
  • Nathaniel Herz with the Dispatch followed the proceedings of a bill by Rep. Mike Hawker (R-ANC) that would move the Watergate era legislator’s annual disclosure requirement to the end of the legislative session.Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 9.08.42 AM
  • Forbes chastises the President over ANWR proposal, uses a state size comparison map (!) that always makes Texans cringe.

  • Our Alaskan delegation’s fiery response to the ANWR announcement caught the attention of Al Jazeera News.
  • Alex DeMarban and Yereth Rosen with the Dispatch co-wrote a great piece comparing Arctic and Atlantic drilling.
  • Politico reveals that Homeland Security has a funding problem.
  • APRN reports that the City of Anchorage is working to prevent major cutbacks to the two military bases near the city. It might not take much as The Hill explains a new bill by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) to authorize limited military force against ISIS.
  • Not everything coming out of city council meetings result in cuts or stagnation in funding. The Seward City News reports that the Seward City Council unanimously approved to increase the salary of their city manager.
  • The Washington Post explains why the fed’s inability to accurately predict inflation might hurt the Democratic Party more than the Republicans.
  • APRN explains why the odds may ever be in Medicaid Expansion’s favor.
  • Next month the Supreme Court is schedule to hear arguments regarding ObamaCare/ACA and Canada News explains why their decision might not matter.
  • The Hill reports on undesirable position the GOP leadership has found themselves in regarding Immigration.
  • The Tongass Advisory Committee will be heading Juneau’s way for their big meeting in February instead of to Wrangell and Petersburg, per the Juneau Empire.
  • Democrats took an ax to a knife fight and killed Pres. Obama’s 529 college savings plans. Politico explains the motives behind the mayhem.
  • Many of the beloved bars aboard the state ferry will be closing their doors due to cost cutting measures within the state DOT. KTUU has their eulogy.
  • While style mavens are going crazy over the beautiful ensemble First Lady Michelle Obama wore during her visit to Saudi Arabia, the Washington Post lays out their case that her outfit wasn’t just an outfit: it was a bold political statement.
  • Here’s further proof that Gov. Bill Walker (or at least the people around him) have a sense of humor.Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 6.37.07 AM
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