A new type of fundraising vehicle created as a partnership between the Hillary Clinton campaign and state Democratic parties, including Alaskaâ€™s, is greatly benefiting Clinton, while leaving little for the state parties.
The Sanders campaign is using a little known party rule to bar 222 of their own supporters from being Alaska delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia later this summer.
Senate Bill 91 goes a long way to remedy these failures. It funds programs and supervision strategies that work to reduce recidivism and shifts away from strategies that donâ€™t. It gives practitioners the best tools to measure risk of re-offending and focus their resources on those who need it most. It adopts strategies that have reduced crime and prison populations in other states, like Georgia, South Dakota, Utah, and Texas. It is by any account, the most significant paradigm shift in our approach to criminal justice since statehood. Killing it with a well-intentioned amendment would be demoralizing and quite frankly heart-breaking.
Palmer Mayor DeLena Johnson has filed a letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission to run for State House. The move allows Johnson to begin raising money for her campaign.
The Alaska State Legislature appears to be exploring new options for office space in Anchorage following Governor Bill Walker threatening to veto funding for a $32.5 million offer to purchase the current Legislative Information Office (LIO) in downtown Anchorage.
; Even the best bloggers and prognosticators get it wrong sometimes and I did last week when I posted the voter registration numbers from before…
If you want to see real progress for civilization, look up north to the last frontier â€“ Alaska. The state senate has just passed a criminal justice reform bill that may be a model for other states to follow. The example doesnâ€™t just end with the law, itâ€™s also a first hand look at what could happen when people across the aisle work together.
In the last few days, two Alaska State House Representatives have attracted primary opponents.
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…