Did Obama’s endorsement matter? Democrats take the lead in key races. Republicans get serious about a write-in. And other takeaways from the 30-day reports.
The final rundown of legislative race previews in this week’s series.
The Senate Rules Committee rejected an amendment to call loss of Alaska Native languages an “emergency” after changing it to “urgent need.”
Senate President Pete Kelly, the sponsor of the contraceptive study bill, faced tough questioning by the House Finance Committee.
The study would look at the effectiveness of providing long-term contraceptives to women suffering from substance abuse.
Senate Democrats wanted to tell the feds to respect Alaska’s marijuana vote. Republicans gave them a watered down resolution that sides with the feds.
Kelly’s said “no” to taxes, but his political opponents say his stance will eventually mean no PFD, either.
The political squabble over the education budget hasn’t done anything to help fund schools early.
Senate Republicans said they were disappointed by the process, but said they’d give Mat-Su Assemblyman Randall Kowalke a consideration.
Alaska campaigns are getting started early. This week hosts Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar dig into Gov. Walker’s first fundraiser, all the entrants into the GOP Lt. Gov. primary, and how that can impact the Anchorage mayoral race. Then our man in Fairbanks, Matt Buxton sits down with Rep. Scott Kawasaki about his run for state senate.