AM Alaska News Roundup for Jan. 21

  • KTVA and KTUU have the always-elegant Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan’s reactions to Pres. Obama’s SOTU address.
  • Get ready for some gavel bangin’ because the Alaska State Legislature is in session! Gavel Alaska, Greenwich Time, APRN, and the Fairbanks News Miner has an overview of the day full of yellow rose bedecked lapels. Even Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott got into the spirit of the event and tweeted a picture of the signing the Oath of Office-while mentioning a drought of cookies.

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  • The Walker administration continued with their bag of surprises with the appointments (and removals) of several more commissioners and appointees. Nathaniel Herz with the Dispatch explains all. There has yet to be an announcement of the commissioners for Military & Veterans Affairs and Transportation.
  • The official GOP response to the SOTU address came from Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and The Hill reviewed it as folksy. Whereas they decried Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) flubbed response.
  • Becky Bohrer with the AP reports that the Alaska Senate Finance committee is considering whether to hire two former commissioners as consultants for the legislative session.
  • The New York Times captured the excitement of freshman members of Congress as they experienced their rite of passage: their first State of the Union address.
  • The Dispatch has an overview of most of the 17 transition reports the Walker administration released yesterday stemming from the November 22-23, 2014 work session.
  • E&E Publishing has the professional background of Pebble Mine CEO, Thomas Collier.
  • APRN reports on the newest state commissioner and the two acting commissioners.
  • An internal review by the C.I.A. found that its own agency had overstated for years the value of the intelligence gained from the torture of some of its detainees. The New York Times details the ramifications.
  • The Sitka Sentinel reports on how Sitka feels toward local marijuana regulations.
  • Lisa Murkowski defended her ANWR record to the Dispatch in the face to criticism from Democrats and other Alaskans that she is not doing enough to open the federally protected, potentially oil-rich area.
  • Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) slow revenge rollout toward the Tea Party participants that took part in the failed take-over coup is detailed by The Hill.
  • Seward City News has the skinny on the Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ comment period involving land conveyances around Moose Pass and the transfer of parts of the peninsula to the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
  • Some political pundits feel that speaking fees reveal much about the popularity of political powerhouses. The Washington Post reports on the differences in former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) and former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) peaking gigs.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner was on hand to cover the first hearing on the proposed air quality regulations.
  • The Hill knows what the Democratic Leadership wants for 2015: Unity.
  • The Kodiak Daily Mirror was on hand when the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly discussed the potential land sale of borough-owned land.
  • The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly approved to increase their sludge fee. This is not to be mistaken as an increase in coffee rates within Ketchikan. This is a special type of sludge.
  • Nathaniel Herz had some interesting commentary regarding the widely circulated picture of F&G Commissioner Sam Cotton’s Swearing in Ceremony.

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