AM Alaska News Roundup for Feb. 3

  • Yereth Rosen with the Dispatch explains the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission’s final report that advocates for Alaska to seize Arctic opportunities. The Fairbanks News Miner focuses on how the commission’s recommendations were received by the Legislature.
  • Obama’s FY16 budget was broken down to the 10 new proposed taxes and their impact by by Politico.
  • President Obama’s proposed budget might have included $1 million for the federal coordinator pipeline office, but the Fairbanks News Miner reports that the office is still on the state’s cutting board.
  • The New York Times examines the reasons behind the conundrum of having more women in Congress than ever before, but they generally have less power. There is also an interesting quote from Sen. Lisa Murkowski that highlights the continuing problem of female politicians simply not registering with leadership’s minds.
  • The new federal Arctic-specific standards for offshore drilling won’t be ready in time to guide Shell’s anticipated 2015 drilling season, per APRN.
  • The Washington Post article that explains why former Sen. Mark Begich should run again for U.S. Senate is making the rounds on Twitter, FB and email inboxes.
  • A federal safety regulation deadline for the Alaska railroad is looming, but the state’s budget issues might mean the upgrades won’t happen in time. The Dispatch has the details on what this could mean.
  • Here is the video of the CNBC interview where Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) shushes a female reporter during a live on air interview. It occurs around the 3:17 mark.
  • APRN reports that the Legislature is anticipating a special session in October so it can focus on natural gas. It’s anybody’s guess why October, though Nathaniel Herz with the Dispatch tweeted the messenger of said news.

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  • The Hill reports that our spying agencies are seeking $3 billion more for FY16 on top of their current budgets to fund their spying programs. This goes along with rather modest; some would say insufficient, regulations to restrict NSA’s collection of people’s personal data.

  • Ever wanted to know what it was like to be squeezed in next to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in the coach section of an airplane and be scolded by flight attendants together? The Hill did just that while interviewing him at 23,000 feet and walked away with an impression that Rand is a “regular guy”.
  • Did Sen. Rand Paul bomb with the Koch Brothers for all the right reasons? Politico seems to think so.
  • The Dispatch has a new regular feature called “Highly Informed” that will focus on legal cannabis in Alaska.
  • Don’t get your hopes up on being able to watch the Supreme Court from the comfort of your couch anytime soon because the Washington Post reveals that Justices Kagan and Sotomayor have reversed their earlier stance on cameras and are now firmly in the, “Nah, we’re good,” column.
  • The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly passed the excise tax on e-cigarette products and have added a $3.00 a pack tax on top of the state’s $2.00 tax and the ongoing 5% city sales tax, according to the Juneau Empire.
  • The GOP has made it clear that they are in it to win it in 2016 and that this election cycle will not be the cavalcade of characters of years past, according to Politico.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner reports that North Pole’s Mayor Bryce Ward is interested in restricting cannabis use to private residences only.
  • Attention AK federal workers: the Washington Post reports on six possible ways Pres. Obama’s proposed budget could affect you (i.e. your paycheck).
  • The Washington Post explains that while Democrats like Vice Pres. Joe Biden, they don’t like-like Uncle Joe in that “special, serious presidential contender way”.
  • KTVA interviewed Charlo “F*#k it, I Quit” Greene and it was fabulous.

One thought on “AM Alaska News Roundup for Feb. 3

  1. SAnchorage Carpool Driver

    This Begich article sounds more like the real reason for the Wash DC job…. close to donors preparing for a 2016 campaign seems plausible. The ADN article saying it was so the 7th grade son could finish middle school …. seems less than likely and only a tiny piece of the whole story. Many parents want their children settled in to a school or school district before high school starts…. better time to change in middle school than later.
    Anyone else think it is ironic that Begich son remains at school near DC and Sullivan daughters are in Anchorage?… and what about the two Begich residences after all that campaign gibberish about fishing licenses and living in Maryland while calling yourself Alaskan?
    I don’t pretend I am unbiased.


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