The halls of congress are teeming with those armed with the task to whip votes to overrule the president’s anticipated Keystone Pipeline veto. Which blue party members are considering holding hands with reds is detailed in Politico.
Another fight over oil taxes? It looks like Gov. Bill Walker is laying the groundwork for another battle, per his column in the Juneau Empire. He says that the state will be paying more in production taxes this year than we’re taking in. Remember, that’s just production taxes. There are others. Too, it’s unclear if he’s including the huge tax credits that the state is still paying from ACES.
Tim Bradner, with the Alaska Journal of Commerce, reports that although production is down, employment is up on the North Slope.
Bill Walker goes on the defensive over his Alaska Gasline Development Corp. dismissals, while Becky Bohrer with the AP (and me) report that the state GOP sees red.
The Globe and Mail explains a report from the Journal Nature that was just released which outlines the importance of leaving oil sands alone in order to meet climate target.
KTOO and KTUU have the details about Sen.-elect Bill Stoltze’s legislative plan to move legislative sessions to Anchorage in the new Taj McHawker while keeping the state capital in Juneau.
The New York Times reports that the Democrats are adjusting to the new lay of the land on the Hill by going back to what they do best; throw proverbial sand into the gears. According to the Times, they might not have the votes, but they do know their parliamentary procedures like the back of their left hands.
Bill Walker plans to visit King Cove regarding the road following his meeting with Secretary Sally Jewel while he was in Washington, D.C. for Sen. Dan Sullivan’s swearing in ceremony. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner has the details.
The Senate GOP wants to switch the minimum workweek from 30 hours to 40 hours to be classified as full-time. What this means in the larger scheme of things is explained by Politico.
Good news for anyone flying near Saw Ridge (roughly 20 miles from Ketchikan). The Ketchikan Daily News reports that the FAA is going to upgrade the area, thus improving communications.
Speaker Boehner’s thirst for revenge hasn’t been sated. The Hill (any all of the nation’s political wonks) wonders who’s next on his hit list. What is known is that failed coup leader’s, Rep. Daniel Webster (R-OH) 2016 re-election bid is looking less supported by the establishment.
APRN reports that the Mat Su Ferry might not be the wallflower of the state’s ferries much longer. It turns out that a European-based company has intimated interest to the Mat Su Borough’s Assembly in purchasing the ferry pending the boat’s abilities following a set of sea trials.
The Peninsula Clarion reports that the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will start its new legislative mandate to discuss ways to improve efficiency and rising health care costs. The Soldotna City Council will be focusing on handling its financial uncertainties and the unknowns that are to be 2015’s legislative session.
The Washington Post explains the importance of presidential primaries as it ponders where 2016 candidates would fall on the Brownback-to-Clinton vote getting scale.
The GOP is facing a divide within its ranks of ideology and age, according to the New York Times.
The Kodiak City Council spoke with the Kodiak area legislative officials about budget issues affecting the city. While Sen. Gary Stevens presumably put the news in his gentlemanly manner, the news itself was not good.
Now that the GOP is in charge of Congress, there isn’t a consensus on how to tackle or fix “the problems”, per The Hill.
Popist wonders why are there so few women on Sunday morning talk shows.
The Wall Street Journal points the finger at particular GOP Senators that are most likely to give Sen. Mitch McConnell grief (Sen. Dan Sullivan is presumed to be placed in party soldier column).
Now that recreational marijuana is legal in the state, KTVA reveals that the Alaska Cannabis Growers’ Association aims to support growers for commercial, non-commercial, medical and recreational supply.
Alaska Commons has the latest on the court case of evicting the Alaska Cannabis Club from the old Kodiak Lounge building.