Alaska News Roundup for April 1

  • Things just got nasty in the Anchorage mayoral race with Amy Demoboski’s latest campaign mailer that throws considerable amounts of shade on her opponents. It also helps that gone is her sweeter than honey headshot and in its stead is a serious picture that screams, “I have a sock full of pennies and I know how to use them.”
    Amy Dembowski Headshot

    Photo credit of muni.org

    Dembowski Hit Piece

 

  • U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland has ruled that the Pebble Limited Partnership’s lawyers will be allowed to serve the subpoena against Alaska Communications to prevent hypothetical deletion of emails on ACS’ servers from a former EPA employee and an attorney that is representing the anti-Pebble fighters, per Peninsula Clarion.
  • The Kodiak Launch Complex is rounding third base and is expected to be fully operational before the end of 2015.
  • Yesterday’s House HHS committee hearing on Medicaid expansion was more dramatic than an episode of La Mentira. The Seward City News has who from their neck of the woods testified while APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez’s and Matt Buxton with the Fairbanks News Miner’s Twitter feeds captured the moment-to-moment action (including some serious side-eye by Rep. Liz Vazquez (R-Anchorage)).Rep. Vasquez

 

  • The Dispatch has the latest on the Hyder, Alaska/Stewart, British Columbia nighttime border closure fiasco.
  • Battle lines have long been drawn in the preverbial sand over the LNG pipeline between Bill Walker and the House Majority. The Juneau Empire and APRN explain where things currently rest with this escalating issue. Cindy Smith summed it up with a witty poem.Cindy Smith poem

 

  • Fox News reports that Sen. Dan Sullivan has signed yet another letter. This time, it is along with certain members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to the managing director of CEQ to urge the withdraw of the draft proposal regarding NEPA.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner explains how Rep. Steve Thompson’s (R-Fairbanks) HB140 would allow the Alaska Railroad Corp. to issue up to $37 million in bonds for federally required safety technology because the state’s budget no longer can appropriate the money directly to the ARC as in previous years.
  • TSA’s pat-downs have long been called invasive, creepy, borderline sexual abuse, demeaning, security theatre; but now the procedure is coming underfire for being racially discriminatory. The Hill reports that TSA officials reached ‘an informal agreement with the ACLU to enhance officer training.”
  • Sen. Bill Wilechowski (D-Anchorage) and Rep. Les “lavender=swagger power” Gara (D-Anchorage) held a joint press conference where APRN reports on their “emergency fix” for the oil tax system.

 

  • Jim Gottstein has filed a lawsuit contending the Anchorage LIO is illegal, per the Dispatch.
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