Fairbanks state Sen. Click Bishop’s campaign has been full throttle even though his Republican opponent dropped out of the race long ago. Fundraisers. Media attention. As Click would say, “Click is clicking.” What’s afoot here? Just being a good Republican? Fighting the freedom cause? There’s probably some of that. But remember, we’re talking about a politician, one who is beginning to make it known that he has his eyes set on the governor’s chair in four years.
Speaking of real gubernatorial candidates, Independent candidate Bill Walker and his wife, Donna, celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.
Jeremy Price has been named the Alaska Director for Americans for Prosperity. Prior to this position, he worked at the American Petroleum Institute and has worked in the offices of both Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young. The AFP, a Koch brothers funded group, is said to be serious about organizing in Alaska even after the elections are over.
Rep. Mark Neuman has been the vice chair of the House Finance Committee for the past four years and has made no secret as to his quest to be one of the committee’s co-chairs in the House’s next organization. People who pay attention to this kind of stuff and profess to have a legislative organization Ouija board say that Neuman’s chances improved on primary election night considerably due to the losses of Eric Feige and Doug Isaacson, both of whom seemed to have aligned themselves more with the Anchorage leadership group than with the Valley boosters. And it doesn’t hurt that Neuman’s former staffer, Cathy Tilton, won her House race.
A reader took note of the following Facebook post from one of the Mead Treadwell’s campaign staffer. Notice the use of the word “positive,” which was also used throughout the campaign. This proves it: I do not think that word means what they think it means:
Some Republicans know what the word means. This from Judy Eledge, the chair of the Anchorage Republican Women’s Club, who’s known far and wide for her positive disposition:
On primary night, Dan Sullivan’s campaign was so completely frazzled that they apparently either didn’t know, or didn’t care, how it would look when they banned the media from Sullivan’s “victory” speech, which wasn’t really a victory speech because although they had comfortably won the race, no “reputable” Outside media source had called the election. It was the first time that anybody in Alaska could ever remember a campaign waiting for a “reputable” Outside source to call anything. This is how it played:
— KTVA 11 News (@ktva) August 20, 2014
If I was banned, I didn’t know it. I joined the throng that had gathered on the sidewalk, walked right in and found a table up close. By the time Dan Sullivan spotted me, lobbyist Jerry Mackie was already trying to silence the crowd. Sullivan told me in a croaking voice that his speech was off the record. I said, “No it’s not.” Nothing much was said anyway. Sullivan’s voice was gone and his wife had to speak for him. However, the eagle-eyed Begich campaign, never ones to miss a conspiracy(!), noted my presence inside and I was told were “concerned”…with a blogger worming her way into a party. Because, you know, there isn’t enough for the Begich campaign to to be concerned about.
I asked Sen. Lisa Murkowski on primary night if it bothered her that Dan Sullivan didn’t vote for her four years ago. After a long pause, she said, “Everyone has to do what they have to do.” Take that for what it’s worth.
Former North Slope Borough mayor George Ahmaogak, Sr. has filed to run for his old office against incumbent mayor Charlotte Brower. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, October 7th.
Political gadfly Ray Metcalfe was seen at Election Central on primary night, carrying around a clipboard collecting signatures for an initiative making it a felony for legislators to vote on issues where there are clear conflicts of interests. Surely he had in mind those legislators who work in oil, fishing, the unions, construction, and ones who have mining claims. I’ve heard that there’s plenty of three squares and cots open at the fancy new prison in the Mat-Su. And they wouldn’t even have to give up their free healthcare!
A prominent reporter was overheard on election night telling someone that the No on #1 forces were winning because the Native corporations were telling their shareholders how to vote. Which for some reason seemed to this person more nefarious than legislators using their state accounts telling people how to vote.
The ADN’s Rich Mauer put to print the whispering about how the unions are trying to get either Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallot or independent Bill Walker to merge their campaigns or drop out of the race to make room for the other. The AFL-CIO is having their convention this week and both candidates are scheduled to speak. Union boss Vince Beltrami said that AFL-CIO wouldn’t endorse unless there was a viable candidate. Word from the convention is that the efforts, so far, have fallen on deaf ears.
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