Alaska News Roundup for March 10

  • Sen.Dan Sullivan was on Greta Van Susteren last night to defend his involvement and signature on the now infamous letter to Iran that could jeopardize the delicate nuclear negotiations currently underway. Interestingly, yesterday was also the same day that the Marines removed him from his assignment as a commander; APRN reports that they felt “it’s incompatible with congressional office.” Coincidence?
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*UPDATE:  Sen. Lisa Murkowski chose to not sign the letter.*


  • The latest Kodiak Island Borough Assembly meeting was fraught with tension, or so says one of my little birds, when the Assembly rejected Mayor Jerrol Friend’s appointment of Greg Spalinger to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
  • Ok Alaska’s tourist traps, pull out your extra box of key chains and get ready to shake your moneymakers because Holland America has just announced that they are adding an additional cruise ship to their 2015 “Last Frontier” season! Travel Agent Central reveals that isn’t just a dinky ship either, but the ms. Noordam (i.e. one of Holland America’s “fancier” boats). The economy is roaring back and our humble state coffers will be all the better for it.

  • Tegan Hanlon with the Dispatch has the details of the Anchorage School District’s charge-card program audit. This is lunchtime worthy fun.
  • People are starting to clutch their peals down in Juneau over the increasing hostility between the governor’s administration and the House Majority and the dueling LNG pipeline bills. Rep. Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski) also wants a special session in Anchorage just to focus on this issue. No worries on missing out on the drama, KTVA has you covered on footage and interviews.
  • The New York Times includes Sen. Lisa Murkowski within their piece about how laymen change our minds and politicians evolve with the subject of same sex marriage as an example.
  • The Frontiersman reports that the Mat-Su Borough finds themselves in a pickle in trying to reflect a 0% increase in their FY16 budget.
  • The Juneau Empire has the latest on the state senate version of the pot regulation bill.
  • Jeb Bush might not be such a loveable presidential candidate to Republican Alaskans after they read Politico’s article on his rather dismissive emails written while serving as Florida’s governor about our state’s desire to explore ANWR .
  • Vaping is about to get the official cold shoulder from legislators as Bob Herron’s (D-Bethel) HB40 bill to regulate e-cigarettes gets its first hearing today with the HSS committee.
  • The end of daylight savings in Alaska is makings its way toward reality with the Juneau Empire relaying the message from the state senate that their version will be passed by Friday.
  • Leafly has their Cannabis Legislation Update that includes an overview of the new laws, perfect for our political wonks traveling back and forth from Alaska and D.C., just not for the federally employed workers:  The Hill reports that the leafy green is still a no-no.
  • My little birds told me that both Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott visited some of the amazing sites in Saxman after attending the Ketchikan Inaugural Ball. Unfortunately, neither the governor nor the lt. governor thought to share the experience. This is considered Twitter gold!
  • A picture that could break the internet:  Ridiculously Photogenic Dog.Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 7.48.12 AM



One thought on “Alaska News Roundup for March 10

  1. Garand Fellow

    Senator Sullivan, as a former Asst Secretary of State, should know better than to sign something this daft. Better than most, Sen Dan knows first hand that politics must stop at the waters edge. A rookie mistake.


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