April 2016

Berkowitz Slaps Legislators In Radio Interview

The good Mayor of Anchorage Ethan Berkowitz ate his Wheaties this morning. He came out swinging at the state legislature on the Michael Dukes Show ( 6-9 AM on AM 700 KBYR) this morning over their work, or lack there of, on state fiscal issues..


Over $17 Million Spent On State Lobbyists This Year

Just before the legislative session began I did a breakdown of which lobbyists would be lobbying for which interests. Some lobbyists, however, don’t report many of their clients until the session gets underway and many acquire clients as the session progresses. So now that the Legislature is going well into overtime, the lobbying picture is much clearer.



Alaska Republicans Edge Democrats In Caucus Membership Spike

Last month both the Alaska Republican Party and Alaska Democratic Party held their presidential caucuses. Both Republicans and Democrats require caucus participants to be registered members of their party. That means large groups of voters who are registered as “undeclared” or “non-partisan” but want to vote for their favorite candidate such as Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, or Bernie Sanders must register with that candidate’s party to vote for them.