October 2016



Judge Overturns Results In District 40

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Andrew Guidi on Thursday overturned the results of the Democratic primary in Alaska’s northernmost House district, declaring incumbent Rep. Ben Nageak the winner by two votes instead of challenger Dean Westlake.




What Local Elections Say About The November Elections

Heading into yesterday’s local elections across Alaska, the general feeling among most of the 49th state’s politicos was that we should expect a pretty low turnout in the November elections. The idea is that the massive unpopularity of both major presidential candidates, the negativity of their campaigns, and depressing state budget and economic news would lead a lot of people to just not participate in state elections.


New Spohnholz Ad Could Backfire Against Berkowitz

Today, East Anchorage incumbent Rep. Ivy Spohnholz released a radio ad that sounds almost straight out of a Donald Trump stump speech on inner cities.

“It’s been a deadly week in Anchorage” the ad begins and then proceeds to go through a litany of scary news clips highlighting the growing crime problems facing Anchorage. Spohnholz begins a voiceover saying “We all know we have a public safety crisis in Anchorage. The question is what are we going to do about it?”


Don’t Hate Me TV Ad Game Begins

According to an email from Vince Beltrami’s campaign this afternoon, his campaign has released their first TV spot. It is a typical political ad of the humanize/inoculate variety intended to make the candidate a warm personality rather than a distant political character.