Just before the legislative session began I did a breakdown of which lobbyists would be lobbying for which interests. Some lobbyists, however, donâ€™t report many of their clients until the session gets underway and many acquire clients as the session progresses. So now that the Legislature is going well into overtime, the lobbying picture is much clearer.
Speaking in Bethel at a Rasmuson Foundation sponsored community gathering on the stateâ€™s fiscal crisis Lt. Governor Byron Mallott made it clear Governor Bill Walker has no intention of letting state legislators adjourn session and leave town without finding a comprehensive solution to the $4 Billion state budget shortfall.
Recently, longtime Alaska pollster Ivan Moore of Alaska Survey Research released five years of polling numbers on U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Congressman Don Young, former Governor Sean Parnell, and Governor Bill Walker.
Your Saturday Funny In Alaska Politics
Governor Bill Walker and Lt. Governor Byron Mallott today mourned the passing of Representative Max Gruenberg.
â€œThis is a significant loss for all of Alaska,â€ Governor Walker said. â€œMax has been a steady and respected voice in the legislature. Donna and I are covering his loved ones with prayer during this very difficult time.â€
Rep. Gruenberg is survived by his wife, Kayla Epstein, his sons and daughter-in-law.
Governor Walker ordered flags to be lowered concurrently for Rep. Gruenberg and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
â€œIf this feels slightly familiar, it might be because Detroit did its own $1.4 billion pension bond deal in 2005. Ultimately, the bet was a disaster.”
Who is Mark Schimscheimer, where is Tony Hopfinger, when will we see LGBT rights repealers, and how will legislators find a way out of voting for new revenues? Its Friday in the Sun!!!!!
Is it possible that this kind of â€œto hell with party labels!â€ campaign will become more the norm in American and Alaska politics as we go forward? New numbers from Gallup suggest that might be the case.
Jennifer Johnston is running, Governor Walker bans travel…mostly, and political events get geared up.
Standard and Poorâ€™s has dropped Alaskaâ€™s credit rating from AAA to AA+.
Here is roundup of the statements about the downgrade from elected officials, business groups, and other pertinent entities.