The 2016 legislative session starts in less than a week and the calendar is already getting thick with organizations trying to make sure they get their crack at bending legislative ears.
It was a tense night for Republicans as President Obama, in his final State of the Union address, directly challenged the central narratives most Republican presidential candidates have been laying out in their campaigns. Most notably the line that America has become weaker and our enemies stronger under his administration. The president called such assertions â€œfictionâ€ and â€œpolitical hot air.â€
Is it possible that this kind of â€œto hell with party labels!â€ campaign will become more the norm in American and Alaska politics as we go forward? New numbers from Gallup suggest that might be the case.
It looks like a voter initiative that would automatically register thousands of Alaskans to vote thinks they have the signatures needed to go on the ballot this year.
Speaking on the Rick Rydell radio program Friday morning, Johnstonâ€™s fellow Anchorage Assembly member Amy Demboski bemoaned the â€œhigh school dramaâ€ she thinks some would like to cause on the Assembly and then immediately attacks fellow Assembly member Johnston for being â€œnot that conservativeâ€ and says because of it she will â€œhave issues with South Anchorageâ€ in her run for state legislature.
Today, the Alaska Democratic Party announced Caucus locations throughout the state where Alaska Democrats will meet on March 26th to help select their partyâ€™s nominee for President of the United States.
Jennifer Johnston is running, Governor Walker bans travel…mostly, and political events get geared up.
The election year is upon us, and Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway describes the nationâ€™s mood heading into it this way: â€˜Sour and dour. Nervous, on edge, a feeling of vulnerability and a lack of control.
This morning, radio station KFQD Program Director Joe Campbell issued a statement announcing former KFQD morning radio show host Mark Colavecchio would be the long term replacement to the recently dropped Bernadette WIlson in the stationâ€™s 8:30-11AM time slot.
Standard and Poorâ€™s has dropped Alaskaâ€™s credit rating from AAA to AA+.
Here is roundup of the statements about the downgrade from elected officials, business groups, and other pertinent entities.