AM Alaska News Roundup for Jan. 12

  • The Hill reports that Pres. Obama and Congress are gearing up for a veto battle royale that seems to have more to do with party branding than the legislative issues themselves.
  • The Dispatch reports that while O&G prices continue falling into a deep dark hole of despair, Alaska LNG projects haven’t stopped or slowed down due in part to the size, projected timelines and partnerships with some of the world’s largest companies.
  • The Washington Post shows the U.S.’s economic recovery illustrated in five maps and charts (!). We’ve come a long way baby.
  • Find out which Anchorage mayoral candidate’s dad gave their political opponent a campaign contribution and more in the latest Loose Lips.
  • The New York Times read a newly declassified report that reveals the FBI is broadening their surveillance role on Americans.
  • AGDC board is a key player to advance the natural gas pipeline project, but the Juneau Empire explains that they are unsure how they can operate if some members do not sign the confidentiality agreements while others do and thus asking the corporation’s attorney and the state attorney general for clarification.

  • The Hill breaks down what to expect legislatively in Congress this week. In a nutshell it’s all about Keystone and immigration.
  • The consolidation of four regional gas pipelines into a single system is hitting its first bump in the proverbial road with concerns by some of the key players about the proposal’s specifics and its potential affects on other projects, according to the Dispatch.
  • The National Law Review reports that Alaska tribes are moving closer to parity with other federally acknowledged tribes.
  • The state Department of Corrections reveals that Alaska’s female prison population has reached a record level of incarcerations. The Fairbanks News Miner reports on the potential budgetary affects and the reasons behind the high number of inmates.
  • It appears that the big message for the 2016 campaign season will be economic mobility. The Washington Post points out how the different candidates are handling their messaging on this issue.
  • James Brooks with the Juneau Empire explains why ending the Knik Arm Crossing could cause the state to pay millions in penalties.
  • Bloomberg bullet points the main initiatives of Pres. Obama’s State of the Union address involving cybersecurity. While Politico focuses on his call to action to create stronger privacy protections on students.
  • The newly remodeled Anchorage legislative office is being reported by the Dispatch as ready to be moved in and utilized as a legislative hub by constituents during this upcoming legislative session.
  • GOP Governors are facing a test in the shifting priorities of their states as economic pressure places more importance on pragmatism than ideology, per the New York Times.
  • Politico details the way political campaigns are data mining today’s miners that will reach their majority in time for the 2016 elections as potential supporters.
  • Soldotna’s planning and zoning department are looking into permitting food trucks, per the Peninsula Clarion. Yummy!
  • Grab your box of crayons because there’s a new coloring book on the market for the anti-Hillary contingent of our electorate. The Washington Post and the Chicago Sun-Times have both written about it and Amazon is full of fun customer reviews.
  • Saturday in Juneau was full of glitz and glamour at the inaugural ball. The Juneau Empire has all the details of the shindig.
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