State Politics

Anchorage Mayor Slams Legislators “They Don’t Know What They’re Doing”

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz is taking strong objection to work being done in Juneau by state legislators. In the wake of several proposals by lawmakers to cut the state budget including shifting public employee retirement costs to local governments and ending municipal revenue sharing the normally affable Mayor has appeared on several tv and radio outlets to offer harsh criticism of their work.



What Are Lawmakers Trying To Achieve With The State Budget?

To help boil things down, here are two short floor speech clips that pretty well encapsulate the budget positions of the State Senate Majority and Minority. Don’t worry, they are short and largely free of numbers and acronyms. They don’t and aren’t intended to give you the depth of detail of the budget, but rather the values each side is basing their positions upon.


Why Legislators Can’t Solve The LIO Mess

After re-watching all of the Legislative Council meetings since December in an attempt to fully understand the situation, one thing stands out: Legislative Affairs Agency (LAA) Executive Director Pam Varni is the problem.





The One Decision That Could Sway Alaska Elections This Fall

The Alaska Democratic Party (ADP) is very aware of this very human tendency. Their move this week to sue the state so they can change their party rules and let those who aren’t registered members of their party run on their primary ballot is a blatant attempt to use this fact to manipulate the system and make their candidates more electable.


Democrats Nominate Candidates to Fill Gruenberg’s Vacancy

The Alaska Democratic Party today announced the three names they are giving Gov. Bill Walker to replace former Rep. Max Gruenberg. Governor Walker will have 30 days from the date of the vacancy to make his appointment. He does not have to choose one of the three candidates nominated by the Democratic Party. His choice will have to be approved by the House Democrats.