Alaska News Roundup for April 22

  • JUST IN:  Valdez City Council just fired their City Manager, John Hozey after ten years in a four to three vote that became effective at close of business yesterday.
  • In not my job news, the Senate Majority basically pleaded with the media to sell their proposed budget cuts to the public.  The Dispatch’s Nathaniel Herz explains their points and includes Sen. Anna MacKinnon (R-Anchorage) complaining of receiving at least 100 emails nightly asking for more money. If twitter is anything to go by, their appeal just created more anger amongst their voters.
  • The Senate Majority has the most important 2:35 minutes from yesterday’s presser…from their standpoint. Sen. Presser


  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s push to remove the crude oil export ban has now included Iran as one of the reasons, per CNBC. Interestingly enough, Seeking Alpha reports that Pioneer Natural Recources’ CEO now gives the odds of lifting the export ban to 50/50 odds of it happening before the end of the year.

  • Fairbanks North Star Borough Assemblyman Lance Roberts wants to curb the mayor’s powers with an ordinance that will be voted on, on Thursday. The Fairbanks News Miner has the details.
  • The battle lines are being drawn in the sand between the competing powers of the majorities and minorities down in Juneau. Becky Bohrer with the AP explains what its over and those leading the charge.
  • ABC Board Director, Cynthia Franklin, has landed on one of the most coveted power broker lists. The Brookings Institution has compiled a 12 key people to watch in marijuana policy. The list also includes Hillary Clinton, Jacob Sullum and Vivek Murthy.Brookings


  • The Hill reports that former Sen. Mark Begich has joined on of the largest lobbying firms in D.C. as a strategic adviser in its government relations department.
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s extended food tax proposal on non-prepared foods from three months to six months a year has been met with resistance. The Peninsula Clarion explains why the assembly is now reconsidering its April 7 decision.
  • The Juneau Empire explains why the Juneau Hydropower facility has had its bonding authorization stripped and what that possibly means for its future.
  • Fairbanks Democrats scrambled to add funding back into the capital budget for UAF’s engineering building, but it ultimately didn’t garner enough votes to override the cut, per the Fairbanks News Miner.
  • The Washington Post provides a decoder ring of sorts to some of Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) most known quotes regarding/alluding to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). The one involving Sen. Dan Sullivan is rather telling.McCain


  • The New York Times explains the evolving role Super PACs’ are playing in the 2016 presidential race. The Alaska SalmonPAC’s innovative financial allocations with former Sen. Mark Begich’s re-election bid was specifically noted as an example of heretofore unknown activity by a Super PAC.
  • In more Super PAC news, Politico got their hands on some AFP secret memos regarding 2016. The level of detail and expansive tactics (a rough budget of $125 million for 2015 alone) is mindboggling.
  • Victoria Herrmann with the Arctic Institute wrote an op-ed in The Hill to urge Secretary of State John Kerry for more help in Alaska to cope with climate change.
  • The lawsuit between North Jersey Media Group and SarahPAC over a photo her PAC’s website use of a photo by one of NJMG’s photographers is hitting road blocks due to confidentiality issues, per the Washington Times.
  • The USDA will be traveling to Kagalaska in the Aleutians in May with the intent to kill. Err…invasive caribou that is.
  • KTUU reports that Gov. Bill Walker has been adopted by the Kaagwaantaan clan and was given the name Gooch Waak, or Wolf Eyes.

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