In news that doesn’t surprise anybody, the Juneau Empire reports that Gov. Bill Walker will not put into play tactics to delay commercial marijuana.
Roll Call has a great piece about how although the professional pollsters and prognosticators got North Carolina’s Senate race wrong, the real tea-leaves could be found on twitter.
My take on the best and worst of 2014 Alaska politics here. Make sure to read the comments, many of which are more interesting than what I came up with.
Gov. Bill Walker released a letter that delegates his authority to Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott on any lawsuit he took part in against the state, pointedly mentioning Point Thompson. The new AG Craig Richards, who was Walker’s law partner, also similarly delegated authority earlier this month.
The Business Insider has the postmortem on the oil market’s first casualty. It turns out that it is a Texas LNG terminal plan, but it could have implications for other LNG export projects.
The Peninsula Clarion announced that the Alaska Legislature has a new snazzy website that will do something the older version couldn’t: automatically resize the format to fit the different types of devices that are commonly utilized now.
Hilcorp Energy Company has filed a new development plan for their Liberty prospect, per the Dispatch.
The House Natural Resources Committee is sending signals to political watchers, like the Washington Examiner, that in 2015 the committee is going to get tough on the Obama administration. According to the Examiner, incoming Chairman Rob Bishop, from Utah, is expected to be a “more conservative voice to its Senate counterpart, whose chairman is the more moderate Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.”
Politico points out one of the biggest flaws of ObamaCare: Somebody forgot to hire proper PR handlers to combat the unrelenting opposition. 2015 might not be too late, but the tactics in mind might be too little.
What Politico has distilled form the 2014 midterm elections: Both parties will have challenges moving into 2016.
While only four applications have been received for the Fish and Game Commissioner position, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that that hasn’t stopped the vetting-wheels from moving forward.
The Hill details the biggest energy and environment stories of the year.
AK Inaugural Ball organization has the updated information about their balls throughout the state. Good news! Anchorage’s details are finally available.
Obama’s approval ratings end the year on the upswing. He is now back to 2013 levels of love from the public, so sayeth Gallup.
One of the first ripple effects of the minimum wage raise could be felt by the school districts with their bus drivers. The Peninsula Clarion explains that the law dictates that bus drivers are now to be paid double the minimum wage.