Alaska News Roundup for May 20

  • Rep. Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski) admitted that the House Majority is planning on raiding the Permanent Fund to KTVA in a move to fund the state budget without having to work with the House Minority on current sticking points.
  • Energy & Capital explain the reasons Sen. Lisa Murkowski is pushing for the oil export ban now with graphs and charts!

    Graph

    This is just ONE of their graphs!

  • Rep. Sam Kito (D-Juneau) showed his mischievous side Tuesday when he tried to block adjournment of the expected gavel bangin’ technicality that was the official legislative floor session. Things quickly became heated and the Dispatch captured the whole episode in detail.

  • The Fairbanks North Star Borough’s air quality program is in its final stage of completion, but the Fairbanks News Miner reports that the months of work by the borough might be in vain if the effort to prevent the program from going into effect makes it way onto the ballot and wins. Rep. Tammie Wilson (R-North Pole) is leading the initiative.
  • KTUU reports that Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz has named the first three leaders of his transition team: Andrew Halcro, Alaska AFL-CIO’s Director Joelle Hall, and CIRI’s Ethan Schutt.
  • The ongoing Exchange of Words between Mayor Dan Sullivan and political commentator Mike Dingman continues with another Dispatch op-ed by Dingman.
  • Gov. Bill Walker isn’t going to force the Legislature back to Juneau for Special Session, though made it clear to the Peninsula Clarion that Juneau was still the state’s capital and that he wasn’t happy with the arrangement.
  • Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage) has an op-ed in the Dispatch where he lays out his case that the majorities are ignoring smart spending cuts in the state budget.
  • The New York Times reports that after six years of diplomatic work, Russia, the US and other Arctic Circle bordering countries will be signing an Arctic fishing accord to prevent the deplenish of fish stocks near the North Pole.
  • The Juneau Empire has a pair of articles surrounding the escalating Seattle protest over mooring Shell’s Arctic drill rig. The first reveals that Shell’s prep work in Alaska is continuing, but that the rising media coverage of the protests has begun to affect major political events like Secretary of State John Kerry’s decision to move his major trade speech from Seattle to “elsewhere”.
  • The current state of encryption flaws is widespread and The Wall Street Journal discovered that the potential fixes to the “FREAK” and “Logjam” bug would make about 20K websites inaccessible, but safer once they were back online. The Hill further explains the Journal’s findings.
  • Meet Martin O’Malley. He’s the latest candidate for the Democratic Party’s 2016 Vice President ticket and Politico has O’Malley’s resume and official announcement details.

    Politician

    Photo Credit of NBC News

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