Gawker has the latest on the House Minority Whip’s speaking gig at a David Duke organized conference in 2002 on behalf of EURO, an organization which has been identified as anti-Semitic by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti Defamation League. How he’ll play the ‘I didn’t know I was speaking to a bunch of racists’ card will be interesting in the days to come.
In actual Alaskan news, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that AIDEA is considering giving MWH a three months extension on their deadline to get the LNG trucking project in order, if there is order to be found, which is seeming increasingly unlikely. Don’t blame AIDEA, however. The LNG trucking program was the brainchild of the Legislature, not of the agency. And things tend to go bad for AIDEA projects when politics gets involved.
The State Supreme Court invalidated the emergency bison hunt on Kodiak Island by declaring that Bison that roam off of their owner’s land are not feral and cannot be hunted, according to the Kodiak Daily Mirror.
Politico reports that AZ’s Sen. John McCain is being really smart about the state’s tea party, which censured him last year and hopes to replace him in 2016. His political team is “engaging in an aggressive and systematic campaign to reshape the state GOP apparatus by ridding it of conservative firebrands and replacing them with steadfast allies.” A certain senator might take note.
The New York Times wonders how 2015 will take the country into the Big Economic Unknowns.
The Hill has compiled the top ten juiciest political stories of 2014.
The Alaska House’s Sustainable Education Task Force met yesterday. Instead of making progress, the Dispatch’s report on the meeting seems more like 2013, but with a rinse and a repeat.
Alaska’s top 2014 Google searches revealed that Alaskan’s were way more interested in actual news than our southern brethren. Our top searches included Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, how to DIY, 4chan, legalize marijuana and domestic violence.
Politico looked into their crystal ball and put together 15 open political questions for 2015. Question #1 is Can Hillary change?
Huffington Post has their best graphics (!) from 2014. I particularly enjoyed their section on politics and world.
For those that have been yearning for more authentic Alaskakana license plates than the snowy mountains or the standard yellow, then hold onto your hats because starting in spring-wait for it-you’ll be able to purchase grizzly plates for your car!! This latest development came in part due to Rep. Peggy Wilson’s understanding that the current choices just weren’t enough to satisfy Alaskan’s discriminating tastes.
Not only can your credit cards, computer and emails (cough, Sony, cough) can be stolen by hackers, but The Hill now reports that our very own fingerprints can be stolen by having a picture taken of them from a standard photo camera, even several feet from your hand. I guess gloves are going to be back in vogue for 2015.
In 2014 we lost many of the movers and shakers that formed modern politics, as we know it. Politico has assembled a list of articles about the top 20 political wonks that departed and why they are important to remember.