Alaska News Roundup for April 17

  • First there was Rep. Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) tweet alluding to a special session, now the Peninsula Clarion is reporting that Gov. Bill Walker is adding to the buzz of this possibility due to inaction on Medicaid expansion.
  • The Anchorage Mayoral runoff might still be going strong, but that hasn’t stopped my little birds from telling me about brewing interest in the soon-to-be open District 3 Assembly Seat with the departure of termed-out Ernie Hall. It turns out that School Board member Eric Croft and political mover/shaker Nic Moe have both been mentioned as possible replacements. Nic Moe ran a strong write-in campaign against Hall in 2013 and brought in 48.08% of the votes. Eric Croft has been in the political jungle for decades and knows where the money can be found. This will be an interesting development.
  • Ivan Moore has conducted a Medicaid expansion poll that showed that even in the most conservative areas of the state, people favor doing this 2-1! The Dispatch explains the poll well, but does not include details like the total number polled, percentage of error, method of contact or even a link to the poll itself. Ivanmooreresearch.com is currently under construction.Under Construction

  • CSPAN has coverage of the U.S. Arctic Council meeting including the policy report on the Arctic, panelists discussions and Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s remarks on future Arctic offshore exploration.
  • In a nose thumbing exercise, the legislature will indeed be hosting a joint session-just on Sunday instead of today, per the Juneau Empire.
  • UAF’s Chancellor Brian Rogers has announced his retirement after steering our state’s university system for twenty years. To which, Gov. Bill Walker tweeted his appreciation of Rodger’s dedication to Alaska.Walker Shout Out

 

  • KUCB reports that the Coast Guard has set up a designated protest area for individuals that have so far been peacefully protesting the presence of Shell’s oilrigs at Seattle, WA’s The area is 1,500 feet away from the vessels while they are moving and 300 feet away when not.
  • The Fairbanks North Star Borough was quite the model of industrious public officials at their last meeting. The Fairbanks News Miner explains that the education budget gap was discussed in length, but no financial pledges beyond the already approved $963,000 were forthcoming. Assembly members did however approve the municipal workers’ labor agreements.
  • Meet the Frontiersman’s next (no intended reference to Richard Neville) King Maker, Catherine Inman, in their salmon community series.King Maker

 

  • More than a 150 Anchorage High School students blue passed it out of their classrooms to the downtown LIO in protest of the $47.5 million in proposed education budget cuts. APRN captured the energy and enthusiasm of the crowd as they chanted and held hand-painted signs about HB278. My little birds tell me it was all organized through social media within about 48 hours and WOM.
  • The Gold Star Award goes to the person who can name the most people in this picture that Fairbanks News Miner’s Matt Buxton tweeted.Juneau Press

 

  • APRN has the details of Juneau’s Medicaid rally and subsequent Happy Birthday song for the governor.
  • Those interested in commenting on the offshore drilling of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas still have more time as the Washington Post announced that the deadline for public comments has been extended to end on May 27.
  • Former Sen. Mark Begich showed his love for his people with the disbursements of $2,000 to the AK Democratic Party and $5,000 to the Great Land PAC.Begich Money

 

  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been making it rain in her fundraising activities per the Times Union report on her $690K haul during the first quarter alone.
  • In Not Cool News, the Daily Mail (amongst other outlets) has discovered that the first image of a woman when the term “CEO” is entered into Google Images is of Barbie. In a mini skirt. As the 96th result.CEO Barbie
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