Inside/Outside morning news roundup for 12.1

  • Becky Bohrer with the AP sat down with Gov. Sean Parnell and had an in-depth interview with Alaska’s outgoing governor. His takeaway? Serving Alaska was an honor.
  • Gov.-elect Bill Walker’s first few months in office will not be easy, according to the Juneau Empire.
  • The Mat-Su was well represented among the 250 delegates to Gov.-elect Bill Walker’s transition team. The Frontiersman has the names.
  • For all of Alaska’s political wonks manning the airports going to and from the inauguration hear this: The Washington Post explains the scientifically proven way to quickly get on and off the airplane.
  • To get us all into the Alaska inauguration party mode, HERE are some of our state’s previous gubernatorial inaugural speeches.
  • In another Supreme Court case, arguments will be heard that could change the way federal rules are made, per The Hill.

  • The Dispatch reports that Gov.-elect Bill Walker’s new chief of staff Jim Whitaker claims that he’s not a “loose cannon.” Hmm.
  • Alaska Commons imagines possible political futures for Sen. Mark Begich.
  • Washington’s known political donors are about to start dying off. In comes the new era of sons and daughters with their own political agenda and their inherited money to burn. Politico has the names of the people up for grabs.
  • The Supreme Court will be hearing a case on Wednesday that will determine the fate of job protections for pregnant women. According to the New York Times, the plaintiff, Peggy Young, was a UPS driver and when she became pregnant, her doctor recommended that she avoid heavy lifting. UPS reacted by not treating Young as company policy would with injured workers, but by placing Young on unpaid leave-thus causing her to lose her health benefits, pension and wages for seven months. How this case will be determined will directly affect 47% of the work force as well as their partners
  • CNN/ORC released their findings of their most recent poll of 1,045 adult Americans across the country. They found, among other things, that 50% of Americans view a Republican control of the House and the Senate as bad for the country. The Hill has the bullet points of the poll.
  • Politico explains the hurdles House Republicans face in the 2016: Currently, there are 26 members representing districts that Obama won in 2012 and 47 from districts where Romney won by less than 10%. The big challenge: trying to come off as reasonable and bipartisan in a House that’s anything but.
  • The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will consider future options after the most recent court decision over education funding, according to the Ketchikan Daily News.
  • For the lucky few that meet the criteria of Pres. Obama’s immigration measure, the Washington Post explains why so many are finding it difficult to document their presence.
  • Young voters (18-34) are the hardest demographic to get to the polls and when they do, the Wall Street Journal reports that they are becoming less likely to vote Democratic. Their most recent WSJ/NBC News poll has the details.
  • With passage of Ballot Measure 2, the rise of pot businesses, associations and their respective legal teams are prepping themselves for official status as completely legal in the state of Alaska.
  • Friday saw Gov. Sean Parnell appoint 85 people to 30 different state boards and commissions. KTVA has the dramatic details.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner reports that the Fairbanks City Council will be entering round two of hearings on the operating and capital budgets.
  • The K. Telegraph explains how Saudi Arabia and other key OPEC states are playing a high-stakes game of chicken by letting crude oil prices fall to $66 a barrel and force out the weakest shale producers in the US.
  • Have heart House of Cards fans.  Season 3 is set to premier on Netflix in February 2015.  I have zero tolerance for betrayal.

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6 thoughts on “Inside/Outside morning news roundup for 12.1

  1. Josie

    Mark Begich should run for Mayor. He was the best we’ve had in 20 years. Coffey is a crook and Demboski offers nothing but platitudes. We need Mark Begich again.

  2. Truth Teller

    In response to Panada’s commnet, we all know that Begich will say anything, anytime to advance his personal political agenda. So nice that he’ll no longer represent the Great State of Alaska.

  3. Keith Bradley

    “The U.K. Telegraph explains how Saudi Arabia and other key OPEC states are playing a high-stakes game of chicken by letting crude oil prices fall to $66 a barrel and force out the weakest shale producers in the US.”

    Hmmm. Apparently the world is indeed in danger of burning.

  4. kyle johansen

    It is interesting that several staff members are privy to the confidential gasoline information but not their bosses. How does that exactly work, practically? Mr. Baird points out that the staffers cannot share information with their bosses. Is there a copy of the confidentially agreement language?

  5. The Panda

    In regards to Alaska Common’s post on Begich, given Begich’s strong belief that Alaska needs a Senator with seniority, I can’t see how he can run against Murkowski, Young, or Sullivan. Wait, is it possible he doesn’t really believe that? Was he just saying that to get re-elected?

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