It has been an odd week in Alaska politics. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg came to the Last Frontier, learned our savage ways, and decided to educate the world about them (only to get a few details wrong). Then, with our endless legislative special session now set to focus on oil industry tax policy (HB 111), the Republican State Senate Majority, including Sen. Pete Kelly and Sen. Cathy Giessel, seemingly held a press conference to rail against cushy cash subsidies state government gives to oil companies. Wait, it was Republicans complaining about what a sweet, sweet deal the resource industry gets in Alaska? Democrats in the House Majority responded by holding a press conference of their own to point out some fine print in the GOP theater that makes the Senate plan much more oil friendly than they let on. Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar sort through all of those political shenanigans, talk some healthcare and weed policy, and even bring in Alaska Tax Division Director Ken Alper to explain the fine points of oil tax policy at play in the HB 111 fight.
Assembly races shake out, Demboski goes after Giessel, and Tarr just looses it, It’s Friday in the Sun!!!
The deadline for candidates to file for office isnâ€™t until June 1, but here are some of the State races that are already drawing our attention.
It looks like the race to replace Senator Johnny Ellis has gone from â€œnonexistentâ€ to â€œfully heatedâ€ in less than 12 hours…and without Ellis even saying he will need to be replaced.