Mike Wenstrup announced he will be stepping down to make way for his successor, Casey Steinau of the Mat-Su, as Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party ahead of the 2016 election cycle.
The AG is clampin down, Parnell is gettin paid, and Gov Walker’s crib sheet fail. Its Friday in the Sun!!!!!!
Senate President Kevin Meyer and House Speaker Mike Chenault spoke at a Resource Development Council breakfast this morning about the upcoming legislative session and the state’s budgetary problems.
Yesterday, former Republican state house candidate Don Hadley filed a letter of intent (LOI) with the Alaska Public Offices Commission(APOC) to run for the same seat. No candidate can file with the Municipality of Anchorage to officially run until late January, but filing of the LOI with APOC allows Hadley to begin soliciting and raising campaign money.
In the cold, calculating, bean counter rationale youâ€™d expect from a business trade journal like the Alaska Journal of Commerce, theyâ€™re stepping up to say â€œNot so fast.â€ In a pair of postings yesterday AJOC warns a decision by the Legislature to pull out of the lease early would have serious repercussions.
Yesterday on Kenai radio station KSRM’s Tall, Dark and Handsome Show hosted by Duane Bannock Governor Bill Walker called in to discuss his administration’s recently released budget. In the interview the Governor seemed to admit that spending cuts he has touted as part of the budget do not actually exist.
The war surrounding local television stations KTUU and KTVA is going to the next level, now spilling over into the Attorney Generalâ€™s office with accusations of political favors.
Online comments following an Alaska Dispatch News story about the Muni’s handling of Anchorage’s Centennial prompted both former Mayor Sullivan and former Mayor/US Senator Mark Begich to respond with defenses of their administrations.
Sources with knowledge of the situation have confirmed that 2014 Democratic congressional candidate Forrest Dunbar will file a letter of intent to run for the East Anchorage Assembly seat within 48-hours.
With the rather large exception of the White House, these are dark days for the Democratic Party. The 2014 election left the party with 188 seats in the House of Representatives, its lowest count since the Truman administration.