Today neighbors of mine, and presumably yours too, began receiving the same mailer from the Alaska Republican Party they get before every election. You know, that yellow “Apply for your absentee ballot” mail piece the GOP has been sending out forever. Of interest to me as a watcher of local politics isn’t that the GOP sent the mailer, it’s the direct pitch to its base about why this election is important and what the choices are. That message is telling.
If Trump and the GOP-controlled congress can’t dismantle Obamacare as they have promised to do for years, they could face a combination of that “bloodbath” backlash — or at least a depressed turnout — from their rank-and-file conservative base while simultaneously raising the profile of the issue and handing Gov. Walker a powerful and popular issue to run on.
We’ve been hearing for weeks that anyone meeting with Alaska’s congressional delegation or their staff is being told that even their GOP colleagues in D.C. aren’t eager to move the President’s agenda. Now, multiple reports are detailing the specifics of that dysfunction.
All three members of Alaska’s congressional delegation released written statements and recorded video critiques after President Trump’s speech before congress last night.
We have compiled each of their statements and videos below so you can more easily review and consider the thoughts of our representatives in Washington D.C.
Today at 5 PM was the deadline for candidates filed to run for local office to drop out and have their names taken off the ballot.
In the wake of a national uproar over Pres. Donald Trump’s executive actions on immigration and refugees, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and Anchorage School District Superintendant Deena Bishop jointly released the following statement Friday afternoon clarifying the school district’s policy towards checking the immigration status of children in Anchorage schools.
This morning the Anchorage event was single out for its impressive turnout by co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics Mark Halperin on MSNBC’s morning show Morning Joe:
The Alaska State Senate Majority held their first press conference today. If you don’t have a half-hour of free time to watch the whole thing, here are our CliffsNotes version of what was said.
Klain knows the rules of politics, well at least the pre-Trump rules. In this fascinating Politico piece, he outlines the old rules Trump has rewritten. You know, things like get your facts straight, never explain and always apologize.
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.