With election season over and the legislature set to reconvene next Tuesday, Rep. Tammie Wilson is renewing her criticism of the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) and the Office of Children Services (OCS) because of what she views as overzealous actions in separating children from families.
As Goddard points out, support for limited government and free-market capitalism used to be defining characteristics of what it meant to be Republican. For months now I have watched as Republicans and self-described conservatives contorted their minds into logic pretzels in order to justify their anger at not getting all the free money from the government they are owed from the Permanent Fund.
That LeDoux can apparently now do both has raised concern with some legislators because she now occupies the powerful post of House Rules Committee Chair. In that position, she can control which bills get to the floor of the House for a vote and which die without ever being considered by the full body.
Governor Bill Walker today announced the hiring of highly successfully local political consultant John-Henry Heckendorn to serve as a Special Assistant to the Governor.
The Alaska State Senate Majority today released their full list of committee assignments. The only noteworthy assignment I see is freshman Sen-elect Natasha Von Imhof got a seat on Finance, but that has been known for some time. Everything else looks pretty status quo.
The first list of prefiled bills for the upcoming legislative session was released this morning.
As you might expect the list ranges from the banal (HB 7 by Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins to ban ballot selfies and HB 28 by Rep. Tarr increasing disclosure requirements for cosmetics) to hot button socials issues (HJR 1 by Rep. Josephson to repeal the Alaska Constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage).
Gov. Bill Walker is preparing to propose a bill that would freeze the pay of nonunion employees at the University of Alaska, Alaska Court System, Alaska Legislature and the executive branch.
This morning, incoming Senate President Pete Kelly and incoming House Majority Leader Chris Tuck offered starkly different visions of Alaska’s budget problems and the upcoming legislative session at a joint breakfast appearance before the Resource Development Council.
The Alaska Republican Party has openly declared war on three Republican state house members — Gabby LeDoux, Paul Seaton and Louise Stutes — who crossed party lines to form a bi-partisan House majority. Now Democrats are raising money on the premise those funds will be used to defend the three.
Late last week Governor Bill Walker’s office sent an email to legislators announcing staffing changes to both his own Legislative Office and to the coterie of legislative liaisons at state agencies.