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 arenâ€™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.
; Governor Bill Walker’s office this morning issued a press release calling assertions that the state has added 500 jobs since January “misinformation.” His…
Just before the legislative session began I did a breakdown of which lobbyists would be lobbying for which interests. Some lobbyists, however, donâ€™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.
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 â€œundeclaredâ€ or â€œnon-partisanâ€ 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.
Alaska lawmakers have already impacted this fallâ€™s elections simply by doing nothing. Insert joke here.
The Chamber wants to avoid costs to their members in the form of new taxes on business to pay for state government at the expense of state employees.
; The Alaska Support Industry Alliance (The Alliance), normally an organization strongly aligned with both Republican lawmakers and the Republican Party itself, took the unusual…
What was supposed to be the least interesting bill heard on what was supposed to be the final day of the legislative session took quite a turn Sunday morning.
That appears to be the major undercurrent of the State Legislature as it enters overtime in the legislative session with historic fiscal issues still to be decided.
The Rasmuson Foundation, through its program Plan4Alaska, today released an analysis of state revenue options they say shows new revenue bills offered by finance committees in the State House and State Senate to restructure use of Permanent Fund earnings are insufficient to meet Alaskaâ€™s budgetary needs.