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.
â€œI made the decision over the long holiday weekend not to continue my candidacy for re-election to the State Senateâ€ Senator Johnny Ellis told me in an interview this morning. And with that it would appear one of the longest legislative careers in Alaska history is officially coming to an end.
Craig Johnson’s caucus fail, new entry to replace Ellis, and Berkowitz gets a new staffer. 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.
The only state offices the Downtown Anchorage dwelling Flynn is eligible to run for this year are Rep. Les Gara’s State House seat or Sen. Johnny Ellis’s spot in the State Senate.
Flynn and Hall say if you really want to see more money in your pocket you should vote against Prop 8.
Dems pulling together to elect their guy, Republicans ignoring their girl, and union fraud finally on trial. Its Friday in the Sun!!!
Last night the Anchorage Assembly passed the LGBT rights ordinance, AO-96, by an overwhelming 9-2 margin with Eagle River assembly members Amy Demboski and Bill Starr voting â€œno.â€ Here are 4 things you need to know going forward.
Someone should ask how the Mayor plans to proceed after the lawâ€™s passage. The scope and depth of his plans should be part of the public record so reasonable people can decide for themselves if they support it.