Inside/Outside morning news roundup for 12.19

  • Medicaid released data today that showed that enrollment jumped even in states (including Alaska) that didn’t expand their programs. The New York Times drills down the data into readable bites.
  • Many communities are scrambling to figure out the best policies to govern marijuana possession and sales within their communities. It doesn’t help that Gov. Bill Walker is now talking about imposing some sort of delay. As the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner wrote: “(J)ust what mechanism Walker can use to delay the regulations is unclear” and would likely lead to a court challenge if he tried.
  • NovaCopper admits that they have ‘substantial doubt’ regarding the financial health of Ambler road without financial assistance from the state.
  • The LA Times Editorial Board wrote an extensive op-ed about Pebble Mine. Shocker alert: LA thinks Pebble is a bad idea.

  • The Washington Post’s Fact Checker gave Jonathan Gruber, an architect of ObamaCare, two Pinocchios for testimony that he gave to the House Oversight Committee on Dec. 9 regarding ObamaCare and federal subsidies and statements that he made about those subsidies in a 2012 speech. Those 2012 statements, which he tried to explain away to the House committee, are a large part of a legal case against ObamaCare that is in front of the Supreme Court. It doesn’t help that at that same 2012 speech, he said that the only reason the act passed was that Americans were “stupid.”
  • Rain Coast Data owner Meilani Schijvens spoke to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce and presented updated numbers regarding the many slices that makeup Southeast Alaska’s Economic Pie, per the Juneau Empire. It doesn’t look great for Juneau: Mining is down, the timber industry will never fully recover and the government sector is grim. Bright spots: Tourism and health care.
  • The Washington Times had the misfortune of telling Alaskans that as of May 1, 2015, ferry rates will increase by 4.5%.
  • While giving the commencement speech at Texas A&M, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) continued stroking speculation that he was still considering another run for president. The Hill has his exact words and how they were received.
  • The Ketchikan Daily News reports that the Ketchikan City Council discussed raising tobacco taxes to bolster its budget.
  • With tighter budgets, Kodiak Island Borough and Kodiak City Council will be sitting down next Tuesday with DOT to discuss project priorities, according to the Kodiak Daily Mirror.
  • The Sitka Sentinel announced that the Gary Paxton Industrial Park Board voted Wednesday to approve the land sale.
  • Everyone should find some light in their lives at Elderberry Park, along Anchorage’s Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, tomorrow where the Light Brigade will displaying lots of it.

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3 thoughts on “Inside/Outside morning news roundup for 12.19

  1. Crude is Rude, Gas is Groovy

    Andy, I dunno if you been around AK long enough to remember the old hospital in Fairbanks..
    That decrepit old facility had an amazing ability to sort out the hypochondriacs from the truly sick & injured..
    ..if you didn’t get up and run out of there in 15 minutes, then you really did need medical care.

  2. Andy

    Wow……what a scary report . I had no idea of the number of folks that are getting this health handout, and the numbers are rising. This does not include all the illegals that will jump on the gravy train when King Barry waves his wand of bankrupt benevolence over the amber waves of grain. An extra dose of executive order fairy dust should do the trick.

    I think Tiny Tim really asked ” can I have another entitlement sir” …. I wish we would change HO HO HO to NO NO NO…..

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