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.”
The main media attention focused on the censure and withdrawal of party support for three Republican legislators who have organized with Democrats in the State House. That may be the sexy headline for mass consumption, but we here at The Midnight Sun prefer to dig deeper into the political ramifications from such a gathering that may go largely undocumented by the mainstream media.
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.
In the wake of an announcement from 22 newly elected state house members, mostly Democrats, that they had come together to form a new majority organization, the Alaska Republican Party released a statement including a threat from Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock to three Republicans who joined the group that the party would actively try to unseat them.
Glass houses, new jobs, and the candidate merry-go-round. It’s Friday in the Sun!!!!
The latest campaign financial disclosure reports bring to light Rep. Gabrielle LeDouxâ€™s strategy of creating her very own political action committee, take lots of money from lobbyists then give it to friends.
We know you are thirsty for donation details, so here are some quick hits on things we noticed:
Here are five quick takeaways the rest of the media missed on candidate filing day
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.