AM Alaska News Roundup for Jan. 19

  • Martin Luther King Day has been a federal holiday since 1983. The Washington Post reviews the 26 members of Congress that voted on the landmark piece of legislation and that are still in office, how they voted and how Congress has changed since the early 80’s (with graphs!).
  • SF Gate has an idea of the topics the Alaska Legislature will scrutinize in 2015: budget, marijuana and Medicaid. Pretty safe bet that hits the mark.
  • Business Insider Australia has the CEO of Lukoil, Russia’s largest private O&G Company, on record saying that Brent crude oil could go as low as $25USD a barrel.
  • Dan Sullivan sat down with BreitBart to discuss why he believes keeping the option of sending U.S. ground troops to fight against ISIS on the negotiating table is a good idea.
  • Alexandra Gutierrez with APRN explains why the focus on budgetary issues might cause social legislation tot gather dust.
  • Huffington Post reported that the GOP has cut out the largest Spanish language network, Univision, from the Republican 2016 debates. The reason is unclear as this is the same demographic all the post 2012 presidential GOP funded studies indicated were instrumental in the re-election of Pres. Obama and is anticipated to have an even more important electorate power in 2016.
  • Paperwork is being filed regarding Buccaneer’s bankruptcy and the future of their former rigs, according to the Homer Tribune.
  • The FCC commissioner posted a Call-to-Action on his official blog for more transparency due to numerous objections to publicly release the text of items when they are being circulated internally, according to The Hill.

  • Kevin Powell with the Dispatch has a great article detailing Alaska’s fiscal perfect storm with graphs (!).
  • Politico has distilled Pres. Obama’s proposed Robin Hood tax down into five important elements.
  • The Juneau Empire reports that the state is expecting to expand Medicaid in July.
  • The Hill reports that Congress will be focusing on three topics this week: Abortion, Keystone and the SOTU address.
  • One of the cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this season will involve judicial solicitations for judicial elections. The New York Times has the case, background and how the justices are likely going to vote.
  • Katie Moritz with the Juneau Empire explains the state’s decision to suspend their same-sex marriage appeal since the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing similar cases this spring.
  • Larry J. Sabato of Sabato’s Crystal Ball fame, explained to Politico the need for just The Right political slogan in today’s political sound bite-centric landscape.
  • Bipartisanship seems to be catching in the AK legislature with both parties filing bills to tackle student loan interest rates, per the Alaska Commons.
  • The Hill delves into the “myth of the Asian vote”.
  • Ted Cruz (R-TX) threw tremendous shade on GOP presidential nominee, former Gov. Mitt Romney, while speaking at a Tea Party function.
  • Fortune explains the downside of former Gov. Mitt Romney’s blind perseverance.
  • The New York Times has discovered that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is considering a run for the GOP presidential nomination.
  • The Peninsula Clarion reports that the Kenai Peninsula Borough is considering a potential ban on commercial marijuana cultivation within the borough.
  • The Washington Post crunched the numbers and explains why the tune of Happy Days are Here Again should be wafting through the DNC regarding 2016’s senatorial races.
  • The Frontiersman has their take on how last Thursday’s marijuana public meeting went.
  • Jeremy Hsieh, Gavel Alaska Producer, has the first of many YouTube videos regarding the AK legislative session.







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