All us media gadflies covered the moment when Alaska’s junior senator was officially welcomed into Congress. KTUU and KTVA have battling video coverage. Becky Bohrer with the AP, and APRN I opted for style over substance here.
Nothing says official in the 21st century like an updated Wikipedia page Read Sen. Dan Sullivan’s here.
Nothing like a McHugh Pierre hiring to make McScandal headlines. The Dispatch writes about the hire
Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner isn’t expecting a boost in education funding this session, according to the Juneau Empire. In fact, she’ll consider it a win if education doesn’t take a cut. She also said that the minority is going to continue to push for Medicaid expansion.
The Juneau Access Road might be part of Gov. Bill Walker’s spending freeze, but that hasn’t stopped forward movement on parts that have already been paid for. KTOO has the details.
The Keystone Pipeline might have been the first piece of legislation for the GOP run congress, but don’t get your hopes up on another pipeline building boom. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the White House intends to veto the bill if it makes it on the president’s desk.
It might have been all Sen. Sullivan all the time with Alaska media, but for political wonks, yesterday was known as Biden Time! Did he deliver or what?
In a move that made more than a few eyebrows raise, APRN and this site report that Gov. Bill Walker fired half of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation board of directors AND instructed two other members to not sign a confidentiality agreement. To sum up what some on my site are saying in the comments: “The LNG line is dead. Long live the LNG line.”
Dan Sullivan’s treasurer has some work to do on his FEC filings.
CNBC drew the short straw and had the misfortune to report that Brent crude oil dropped below $50 for the first time since 2009.
The ongoing political battle over the requirement for U.S. steel to be used on building Alaska’s newest ferry continues in coverage from the Dispatch.
The Tea Party’s power grab revolt might be smoldering into ashes, but Politico reports that that hasn’t stopped House Speaker Boehner from seeking his revenge.
Juneau Empire reports that an Aleut Corp subsidiary settled the 2010 Adak oil spill for $700,000.
Politico explains why this congressional session is the one that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand might have success in pushing for changes in military command structure regarding sexual assault cases.
The House GOP wants to use dynamic scoring in making tax policies. It might be a complex matter, but the National Journal sheds light on this murky subject and lays out their case as to why these changes matter.
House Democrats are filing legislation to create a statewide, voluntary pre-kindergarten program.
The Hill discovered that Gov. Chris Christie is quickly putting the finishing touches on his formal 2016 presidential announcement by moving it up by a month or two in order to prevent former Gov. Jeb Bush from getting unstoppable momentum.
The New York Times explains why Gov. Chris Christie is going to need to do a lot more than hug Jerry Jones if he wants Texas to join his presidential cheerleading squad.
Rick Perry, the governor with a head of hair that would make a Ken Doll weep, is heading back to New Hampshire in February as part of a 2016 early primary state tour, according to The Hill.
APRN reports that Rep. Cathy Munoz will be reintroducing a bill this legislative session to add sexual orientation to the state’s anti-discrimination law.
Net Neutrality might have wider influence than once thought. The Hill has an extraordinary piece that gives hope to those concerned with this issue.
The Congressional Office of Compliance gave an advanced copy of their report about parity gaps in the laws protecting private sector and other federal employees, but not legislative workers, to the Washington Post.