On Monday evening, the Parnell-Sullivan campaign showed host Mead Treadwell how to pack a house for a fundraiser. With more than 150 guests coming through the doors, the caterers were quick to run out of food. Some faces spotted in the crowd: Dick and Mary Stallone; Dana Pruhs; Rep. Bill Stoltze; Deantha Crocket from the Miners’ Association; Greg Chapados and Tina Pidgeon from GCI; John and Amy Oney; Mary Dodge from Inlet Drilling; Dr. Mike McNamara; Northrim Bank’s Joe Beedle; Jim Brady; Stan Foo with Donlin Creek; Dr. Leon Chandler; Joe Mathis of NANA; Dan Coffey; Tim Worthen of Premier AK Tours; Judy Eledge; Dr. Matt and Stacey Heilala; Liz and Hugh Ashlock; real estate developers Terrie and Ed Zehrung; former Mayor George and Brenda Wuerch; Mike Nizich; Mark Hylen; Architect Marvin Ungerecht. Lots of money in the room. Lots of worry in the room.
Will the National Guard scandal die down before the election? My prediction? No. Will six-minute Parnell videos trying to explain why he didn’t take immediate action released the same day that a detailed story breaks about raping and plundering National Guard recruiters help at all? My prediction: No.
Republican state House candidate Anand Dubey also had a fundraiser Monday evening at the Petroleum Club. What was most surprising was that pro-labor lefty Nick Moe, was not only present, but actually co-hosted the event. (As Elstun Lauesen put it: “Matt Claman seems to inspire progressives to go nuts when he runs for office.” Why this is the case is a mystery, and nobody seems interested in explaining it to me. It seems to have to do with making Shelia Selkregg cry, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten.) Among other interesting mix of attendees spotted: Speaker Mike Chenault; Craig Fleener; Kokayi Nosakhere; state House candidate Liz Vazquez; Chris Birch; radio personality Glen Beagle; and former Republican party chair, for at least 15 minutes or more, Russ Millette.
Democratic congressional candidate Forrest Dunbar may be short on campaign cash, but, not on enthusiasm. He’s now on radio in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau. If you haven’t heard the ad yet, listen here.
Former senatorial candidate Joe Miller has endorsed House District 9 Constitutional Party candidate Pam Goode, of Delta Junction, in her bid against Republican nominee Jim Colver, of Palmer, who won in a 3 – way primary race against two conservative candidates with the help of organized labor. Word is that many people question Colver’s legitimacy as a Republican candidate because of his previous long-term Democratic registration and history. The Democratic nominee in this district is Mabel Wimmer, of Glennallen, sometimes called “Naked Mabel,” who many, particularly in Juneau, are rooting for.
North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower, who was just reelected. is requesting letters of resignation from her own appointees.
Government workers can be slackers. But many of them, I’d say most of them, aren’t. Most of them are working quietly and diligently for the betterment of the state. And they don’t get nearly enough recognition. One of the many good guys in government is legislative aide to Juneau Rep. Cathy Munoz, Christopher Clark, who is leaving his position on Friday. He says that he needs a break, but will be back. Because, you know, living politics in Alaska is like living the Hotel California song. His wit and institutional knowledge will be missed while he’s gone.
Four years ago, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker responded enthusiastically to the Alaska Family Council questionnaire which focuses on abortion, gay marriage, school choice and judicial reform. This year, with a new set of friends and supporters, he chose not to. Enough said?
Speaking of Walker, while driving through the Valley, you can see more political signs than you can shoot bullets at, almost every version, everywhere, with one exception. While there are a fair share of Walker for governor signs on the shoulders of the Valley’s roads, there doesn’t appear to be as many, if any, Walker – Mallott signs as in other places. Coincidence or strategy? You decide.
On Wednesday morning, Sen. Mark Begich was reportedly at Lake Hood with a film crew, probably shooting their final, or at least one of their final, tv ad(s) of the election. Afterwards, Begich joined some staffers and supporters for lunch at the Bear Tooth restaurant.
The campaign for Anchorage mayor is heating up, thanks to Uber car service, or technology company, or whatever they’re calling themselves in order to get around the city’s onerous and frustrating taxicab regulations. Andrew Halcro doesn’t have patience for the old-school way of doing things, which I guess means following the rules. And he seemed to imply the problem rested with Dan Coffey, who has represented the taxicab association. Coffey, never one to shy from a fight, jumped in to defend himself on Facebook. Get a primer for something that we’re going to get really sick of in the coming months here.
The flamboyant pollster Ivan Moore — who says the most outrageous things and always gets away with it, probably because he’s a Brit — threw a fundraiser for the Walker/Mallott ticket on Wednesday night. At least 50 people jammed into the small house, and the smell of gin, which was being served by the bucket-full, floated through the air. Spotted: columnist Mike Dingman; the NEA’s Andy Holleman; Bob Poe; former union boss Mike Kenny; Malcom and Cindy Roberts; fiction writer Lee Goodman; Hal and Barb Gazaway; Carlos Gomez; Stephen McAlpine; Ralph Kibby from Chatham Electric; Bob Lohr, and lots of others who I didn’t know, but who were rosy-cheeked and happy.
If anybody is going to save Batman from breast cancer, it would be Click Bishop:
About this time of the year with campaigns and tempers heating up, we start to hear a lot of grumbling about APOC complaints, some valid and others not so much so. The grumbling seems to be growing in House District 27 where some politicos are alleging possible illegal coordination between an independent expenditure committee and a certain House candidate. Whether it’s just grumbling or a valid APOC complaint remains to be seen.
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