Last month The Midnight Sun told you how Alaska legislators and both major political parties spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day pressing lobbyists for cash. MLK Day just happens to fall on the eve of the legislative session, just hours before legal barriers to in-session fundraising by legislators begin.
Friday night was an interesting exercise in what my old political science professors would call “interest articulation.” That’s fancy academic talk for how those in a society tell their leaders what they want to see happen.
The election to be the next governor of Alaska is still 21 months away, but the dynamics that will determine who wins the race are being established now.
The 2017 legislative session is only two weeks old and the calendar is already getting thick with organizations trying to make sure they get their crack at face time with legislators.
One thing is apparent, there are literally thousands of folks in Alaska ready to do something to stop Donald Trump. The decisions made over the next few months by both local and national progressive leaders will determine if they are successful.
Newly elected Rep. Dean Westlake has introduced a bill to create a new state holiday named Indigenous Peoples Day and co-locate it on the second Monday in October along with Columbus Day.
In mid-November Governor Bill Walker announced he was shaking things up in his office by replacing Jim Whitaker with Scott Kendall as Chief of Staff. I told you at the time there was a lot of buzz among political insiders that the move was just the beginning of a larger makeover of the Governor’s office.
Gov. Bill Walker may be having a hard time convincing Alaskans and state legislators he is on the right track, but national political journalists appear to be sold.
The Alaska State House Majority held their first press conference of the legislative session earlier today. Since you likely don’t have a half-hour to watch and take it all in, here is a quick look at the major messages we heard.
Today is the first day of the legislative session and it is becoming an annual tradition at The Midnight Sun to offer you a fun breakdown of the latest lobbyist registration reports on kickoff day.