AM Alaska News Roundup for Jan. 13

  • The Dispatch reports that UAA’s think tank, ICER, recommends that Alaska should cut spending by $500 million to a total of $4.5 billion.
  • Fluctuating global oil prices are the bane and the boom of Alaska’s economy. The Dispatch has an article from the New York Times that pulls back the curtain of the international oil market.
  • Bill Walker has fired the state DOT Commissioner and many other department executives and will have the department’s deputy chief lead in the interim. There are many outfits reporting on the latest government shakeup, but the Juneau Empire, the SFChronicle and APRN.
  • While it is currently unknown whether former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell will be running for mayor of Anchorage, it is now known that he will be running a class at UAA with Matt Larkin of Dittman Research.
  • When federal regulators agreed to put the brakes on the licensing process of the Susitna-Watana dam, it caught the attention of The Republic.
  • The Begich campaign was none too pleased by blogger Amanda Coyne’s new position with Sen. Dan Sullivan’s office and expressed their feeling to KTUU.
  • The Washington Post has the latest about turn from the Democrats regarding taxes, while the New York Times does not mince words with this headline, “Kicking Dodd-Frank in the Teeth.”
  • The Peninsula Clarion has an op-ed by the always elegant Sen. Lisa Murkowski and her hope to promote policies that strengthen Alaska and the potential new opportunities of a GOP controlled Congress.

  • Bob Latta (R-Ohio) has refilled a bill that would prevent the Internet from being regulated like utilities, according to The Hill. The FCC is scheduled to vote on updated rules regarding Internet policies in late February.
  • The NOAA will begin final payment of about $13 million for research and to fishermen that were negatively impacted by the fishery disasters of 2012, per the Juneau Empire.
  • Politico has the latest on the D.C. cool kids’ issue: tax reform. It seems that while the GOP is gung-ho on an overhaul, the tactics haven’t been agreed upon.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner has the main points from the state Department of Health and Social Services report on our state’s health.
  • The Alaska Commons has the pictures and the interesting story of the disaster left behind by Alaska Cannabis Club owner, Charlo ‘F*#k it, I Quit’ Greene following her eviction from the former Kodiak Lounge.
  • APRN has the details about the shifting focus of the permitting process by the Walker Administration with the firing of the state’s Habitat Director.
  • Former Gov. Mitt Romney is promising to “be different” in his third time around the presidential candidacy dance floor. Politico delves into what different could possibly mean for 2016.
  • AIDEA is looking for new natural gas sources for the Interior following a formal end in agreement with private project development firm MWH, per the Fairbanks News Miner.
  • With 2016 on the horizon and a larger Hispanic electorate, The Hill sees immigration as the big test on party unity.
  • The Dispatch has the details about the bill filed by Sen. Johnny Ellis (D-ANC) that would bring industrial hemp to Alaska and making it a potentially new cash crop for the state.
  • APRN covered Rep. Don Young’s swearing in ceremony and what he has in store for his 22nd
  • The Hill knows the next issue that is making the Democrats all warm and fuzzy: mandatory paid leave.
  • The Juneau Empire reports that the Juneau Assembly has passed a moratorium on marijuana businesses until October 19 for the city and borough.

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