State Politics

Voices From The Alaska Blogosphere: Pete’s Take On Legislators and His PFD

The Midnight Sun has begun actively searching out Alaska bloggers. These are folks who write their thoughts for recreation and their topics tend to vary widely. Their sites aren’t monetized or widely read. They are more of personal outlet than a business model. Many tend to only follow politics from afar and post an opinion only when the mood strikes. Because of that, I believe they often represent the more genuine, unspun voice that politicos need to hear or see.



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.