FreedomWorks may be coming, Uber may not, and Stieren and Pruitt a couple no more. It’s Friday in the Sun!!!!
To start things off we’re going to resurrect the Soapy Smith Awards, once given by our delightful forerunner The Alaska Ear in the old days of the Anchorage Daily News. As the Ear would describe it, “Soapy Smith Award — a citation for dubious achievement, named in honor of Skagway’s Gold Rush con man and all-around scoundrel.”
No one is buying Gillam, leg staff on the move , and a battle’s a brewing in the Assembly chambers. It’s Friday in the Sun!!!!
Late this afternoon the House Republican Caucus, who will be in the minority in the next legislature, released their organization and leadership positions.
It has been a week and a half since the 2016 general elections. Most of us have begun moving past them or in many Democrats cases continued to pretend Trump was never elected. For a few poor candidates, however, their races are still too close to call so all they can do is wait nervously for the Division of Elections (DOE) to count the last few ballots in their race and settle things once and for all.
The Alaska Division of Elections (DOE) counted a batch of early vote and questioned ballots in two close state House races this morning.
With several state legislative races still too close to definitively call a winner and vote totals that haven’t moved since election night, plenty of candidates and voters alike want to know when we will know more.
Make no mistake, election day on Tuesday will decide control of Alaskaâ€™s state house.
In part 2 we discuss the state of individual state house and state senate races.
The Midnight Sun’s Casey Reynolds is joined by Ivan Moore of Alaska Survey Research and Matt Larkin of Dittman Research to discuss some of Alaska’s most interesting legislative races and the issues at play in them.