Alaska News Roundup for June 8

  • Sen. Dan Sullivan got slapped with FEC campaign fines of about $3,000 due to omissions of Outside donations. APRN reports that more than $25,000 in campaign contributions from before and after the August 2014 primary went unreported during the notorious 48-hour rule.
  • This week on Capital Hill, the annual defense policy authorization is the focus of the Senate and the House will continue to work through the 2016 spending bills and (fingers crossed) the president’s controversial trade agenda, per The Hill.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration has recently added Craig and Ketchikan to their Tsunami Ready program!

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    Graphic Credit of NOAA

  • CNN/ORC teamed up again for another national poll. This time, the focus was on how Americans trust in how SCOTUS will handle gay marriage and ObamaCare. Of the 1,025 adults contacted, 52% approved of the job SCOTUS is doing. Regarding gay marriage (49%) and healthcare (50%), they got less favorable results.

  • KCAW reports that the 21% overall lowering of halibut by-catch by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council wasn’t enough to quell the growing anger by Bering Sea fishing communities.
  • So far, the state’s budget cuts discussion has been focused on projects and jobs. Peninsula Clarion adds to the mix how this trickle down affect will be shown in school meals.
  • The New York Times reveals that Alaska has had a 6% drop annual abortions from 2010 to 2014. That is one of the highest in the nation.Abortion

 

  • The Frontiersman has a scathing retelling of Sen. Mike Dunleavy’s (R-Wasilla) treatment of a 75-year-old great grandmother’s public testimony on being a sexual abuse survivor as a little girl during a hearing on Erin’s Law.
  • In more bad news, it wasn’t just more than 4 million current and previous federal employees that had their personnel files hacked, but ABC News reports the data breach also extends to their families and friends.
  • The Anchorage Ombudsman reviewed Anchorage’s covered tennis court debacle and Darrel Hess concluded that the city boards and commissions needed to be more transparent and active in alerting the public of their actions and grant availability, per the Dispatch.
  • One of my little birds was surprised to discover Alaska Airlines targeting the LGBT crowd with discounted fares and a marketing campaign. Scandalous or business savvy?Flight

 

  • Last week’s Pebble Mine decision over the Superior Court Judge H Russel Holland’s decision to not completely dismiss Pebble Mine Limited Partnership’s lawsuit against the EPA caught the eye of SummitCountyVoice.
  • Charles Westmoreland with the Peninsula Clarion sat down with Sen. Lisa Murkowski and discussed Arctic issues.
  • The state legislature’s Medicaid expansion blockade might be unconstitutional. Pat Forgey with the Dispatch explains why.
  • Alaska, meet some of Juneau’s wonkiest (potential) political players. The Juneau Empire covered a workshop of roughly 35 people that focused on educating people about the campaign process and insight from previous candidates/office holders.Wonk
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