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.
The 60 people we elected to represent OUR values in the legislature and the groups formed to help recruit and elect them spend this day in pursuit of a donation to their own self-interests.
With election season over and the legislature set to reconvene next Tuesday, Rep. Tammie Wilson is renewing her criticism of the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) and the Office of Children Services (OCS) because of what she views as overzealous actions in separating children from families.
As Goddard points out, support for limited government and free-market capitalism used to be defining characteristics of what it meant to be Republican. For months now I have watched as Republicans and self-described conservatives contorted their minds into logic pretzels in order to justify their anger at not getting all the free money from the government they are owed from the Permanent Fund.
That LeDoux can apparently now do both has raised concern with some legislators because she now occupies the powerful post of House Rules Committee Chair. In that position, she can control which bills get to the floor of the House for a vote and which die without ever being considered by the full body.
Governor Bill Walker today announced the hiring of highly successfully local political consultant John-Henry Heckendorn to serve as a Special Assistant to the Governor.