The good Mayor of Anchorage Ethan Berkowitz ate his Wheaties this morning. He came out swinging at the state legislature on the Michael Dukes Show ( 6-9 AM on AM 700 KBYR) this morning over their work, or lack there of, on state fiscal issues..
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.
These data, from an April 6-10 Gallup poll, come just three months before both parties’ nominating conventions and as the candidates clamor for the remaining delegates for their respective nomination contests.
Last month both the Alaska Republican Party and Alaska Democratic Party held their presidential caucuses. Both Republicans and Democrats require caucus participants to be registered members of their party. That means large groups of voters who are registered as â€œundeclaredâ€ or â€œnon-partisanâ€ but want to vote for their favorite candidate such as Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, or Bernie Sanders must register with that candidate’s party to vote for them.
Alaska lawmakers have already impacted this fallâ€™s elections simply by doing nothing. Insert joke here.
The Chamber wants to avoid costs to their members in the form of new taxes on business to pay for state government at the expense of state employees.
; The Alaska Support Industry Alliance (The Alliance), normally an organization strongly aligned with both Republican lawmakers and the Republican Party itself, took the unusual…
Alaska’s senior senator showed another strong quarter of fundraising according to numbers released by her campaign Monday. Sen. Lisa Murkowski raised approximately $700,000 during the…
What was supposed to be the least interesting bill heard on what was supposed to be the final day of the legislative session took quite a turn Sunday morning.
That appears to be the major undercurrent of the State Legislature as it enters overtime in the legislative session with historic fiscal issues still to be decided.