Just moments ago the Alaska Republican Party (ARP) moved to formally begin the process of defeating three Republican legislators (Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, Rep. Louise Stutes, Rep. Paul Seaton) who have joined with Democrats to form a bipartisan majority in the State House.
Bye Bye Jeff, Leg staff on the move, and Steele back in the game. It’s Friday in the Sun!!!!
State Senator-elect Natasha Von Imhof faces up to $17K in fines after an Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) staff investigation found she failed to report some business interests in Public Official Finance Disclosures (POFD).
It looks like dreams of Alaskans to be represented by one of their own atop the Interior Department, and the individual dreams of Alaskans Mead Treadwell and Bob Gillam to be that person, aren’t going to be realized.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the highest-ranking woman in the House Republican leadership, will be announced as Donald Trump’s secretary of the interior, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Wednesday afternoon the Alaska Democratic Party waded into the controversy surrounding Anchorage Assemblywoman Amy Demboski’s posting to Facebook of a questionable Fox Business report showing a map of armed Islamic compounds in the U.S., including one in Alaska. In Demboski’s post, she also linked that report to Greg Jones, a Democratic candidate for State House in the Mat-Su, who is Muslim.
John Aronno of AlaskaCommons.com and The Midnight Sun’s Casey Reynolds shared a robust discussion with starkly different perspectives on Facebook during the event. In order to flesh out some of the issues raised during that discussion, we got together today, along with Assemblyman Forrest Dunbar, to discuss what happened last night and what it means to Alaskans going forward.
So what will have the room so riled up? The national conversation on the validity of “fake news” and the nationwide fear of Muslim immigration in the wake of a string of terrorist attacks in the U.S. motivated by extremist Islamic groups have converged and landed squarely in the Municipality of Anchorage.
In our December 4th episode, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss this week’s Palin vs. Trump fight, whether any of the Alaskans vying to be the next Secretary of Interior have a real shot at the job, and the taxi industry reform ordinance the Anchorage Assembly will be hearing Tuesday night. In addition, incoming House Minority Leader Rep. Charisse Millett stops by for an in-depth discussion of Alaska’s fiscal policy and the impact of 15 freshmen legislators will have this year.
This evening, incoming Senate President Sen. Pete Kelly issued a statement following up on comments made Thursday by one of Governor Bill Walker’s top fiscal policy advisors, Director of the Alaska Department of Revenue’s Tax Division Ken Alper, about the state’s over $4 Billion budget deficit. In those comments, Alper said lawmakers need to focus on new revenues to close the state’s over $4 Billion budget deficit , including a restructuring of the Permanent Fund to use some of the fund’s revenues for other state functions.
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!!!!