This weekend a robocall saying it was paid for by the Alaska Republican Party encouraged voters who had requested an absentee ballot application for the April 5th municipal election to vote for a host of candidates depending on where they lived. Among those who the Party did not include in their list of endorsed candidates were registered Republican candidates Assemblywoman Amy Demboski and school board candidate David Nees
The latest round of campaign finance disclosures are out, and they matter. A lot. Candidates, parties, and flacks are all full oâ€™ bluster and spin about their campaigns and their performance, but pesky statutorily-required campaign finance reports give citizens an unspun window into exactly where things stand. No one can hide from the numbers. They are cold, precise, and ultimately unflinching. To paraphrase the great football coach Bill Parcells, you are what your fundraising numbers say you are.
Speaking on the Rick Rydell radio program Friday morning, Johnstonâ€™s fellow Anchorage Assembly member Amy Demboski bemoaned the â€œhigh school dramaâ€ she thinks some would like to cause on the Assembly and then immediately attacks fellow Assembly member Johnston for being â€œnot that conservativeâ€ and says because of it she will â€œhave issues with South Anchorageâ€ in her run for state legislature.