Alaska News Roundup for June 12

  • One of my little birds sent this to me for a laugh. Who knew that Alaska shared Sen. Dan Sullivan with Arkansas?AR

 

  • Paging RepCraig Johnson (R-Anchorage) to the white curtsey phone. Kodiak has discovered another invasive species in the form of a crayfish, per the Kodiak Daily Mirror.
  • Becky Bohrer with the AP has her take on the legislative Winners (state workers, House Minority, the Ferry System), Losers (Medicaid & Gov. Walker) and the “Eh” (education).

  • The Kenai City Council it taking the bull by the horns and will begin the regulatory process of commercial pot. The Peninsula Clarion reports that the first work session is scheduled for April June 16.
  • The state budget deal voted along pre assumed lines, but not Rep. Lora Reinbold!  APRN’s Zachariah Hughes’ tweeted this yesterdayHughes to which Alaska responded with:

 

  • Sen. Charlie Huggins’ (R-Wasilla) legislative staffer, Deborah Grundmann, is the subject of a piece in the Frontiersman over whether or not she is still on the payroll despite a 2014 assault conviction AND several months of Outside inpatient treatment.
  • Sen. Dan Sullivan is getting major ink over his veiled threat to hold up the 3 EPA admin nominees over recent water regulations.
  • That chill in the air could be due to a resurgence of 21st century style Cold War posturing between the US and Russia. What’s the modern twist? Politico explains that the verbosity is being waged over social media and not submarines loaded nuclear warheads. Progress?
  • Wasilla City Council was not having what the planning commission was dishing out with their current downtown overlay district and sent the proposal back for more work.   The Frontiersman has the details.
  • Gov. Bill Walker is beginning his sales pitch for the state to purchase TransCanada Corporation’s 25% share of the Alaska LNG Project and for Alaska to proceed going solo, per the Juneau Empire.
  • AIDEA gave the green light for Alaska to purchase FNG and Pentex with up to $54 million in state funds. The Fairbanks New Miner has the backstory and the details.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski and a gaggle of her fellow senators want Pres. Obama to use more of his executive power. Yep. The Washington Post reports that it is in the name of “freedom from Russia” to allow the US to export crude to India and Poland.
  • Here’s a hat tip for Gov. Bill Walker’s anticipated state budget passage celebration: skip the carrots and go straight for the Filipino cuisine.  The Washington Post has discovered that it is the most disproportionately popular of all cuisines in the state.Map
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