- Department of Revenue legislative liaison Alicia Egan is no longer working for Commissioner Angela Rodell. No word on where she went.
- The Tea Party Leadership Fund has reported another $10,000 online media buy to encourage Sarah Palin to run in the upcoming Senate race. The group also spent $10,000 in April on its draft Palin campaign. Washington D.C. lawyer Dan Backer is the treasurer of the group, which as of February has raised $3.8 million this election cycle. Backer is also one of the lawyers behind the most recent Supreme Court decision to strike down a slate of campaign finance restrictions. Earlier this year the group sent out an email blast, claiming that Palin “has a better grasp on world politics, and she knows what it means to cherish and protect our American freedoms far better than THE MAN WHO IS SUPPOSED TO BE LEADING THE FREE WORLD.” What the group didn’t say: “SHE’S HAVING FUN WITH REALITY TV AND HAS A GREAT GIG RAISING MONEY FOR HER PAC WHICH MOSTLY PAYS HER TO RAISE MORE FUNDS FOR HER PAC. RUN FOR SENATE? WHY?”
- May 22: 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Brats, beans, and beer for the Alaska Dems at the home of Allison Mendel and Marge Kaiser, 938 David Place at West. 10th Ave
- May 24: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm. Alaska Republican Assembly Freedom Fair and Convention, Menard Sports Center, Wasilla. Featured speakers include: Arizona’s Sheriff Mack, Senator Ted Cruz’s father Rafael and Nevada’s Sharron Angle. Glen Biegel will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Amanda Coyne will be taking notes.
- May 26: 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Dave Talerico for state House ‘Meet and Greet’ at the Denali park Cafe, Cantwell.
- May 31: 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Summer picnic and pig roast for Gov. Sean Parnell, sponsored by the Capital City Republican Women at the home of Steve and Lisa Messerschmidt, Lena Cove in Juneau.
- June 8: 12:00 – 4:00 pm. Union Solidarity Picnic, Anchorage Park Strip.
- Rep. Mark Nueman aide, Cathy Tilton, is expected to file any day for Rep. Bill Stoltze’s House seat. Word is that Beth Fread, a Palmer realtor and past president of the Valley Republican Womens’ Club, has agreed to be her campaign manager.
- Eagle River native and Nome gold miner Andrew C. Lee has filed a letter of intent to run for lite gov. as a Libertarian. Lee is perhaps best known in reality TV circles for building the gold dredge called “The Edge,” which was featured in season 2 and 3 of Bering Sea Gold.
- Rep. Lynn Gattis’ campaign has contracted with the adorable, smart Dani Bickford, who has the most adorable baby ever, to help coordinate campaign fundraising.
- Palmer Mayor DeLena Johnson has hired Anchorage-based political consultant and pollster Marc Hellenthal to direct her campaign bid for the open Valley Senate seat. She’s running against Rep. Bill Stoltze, who’s hired Hackney & Hackney to work his campaign. Before it’s over, expect some bruises among all involved.
- Matt Fagnani, who is no stranger to Alaska’s business community, has filed a letter of intent to run for Rep. Lindsey Holmes’s seat in West Anchorage. Holmes announced that she’s stepping down to work back in the private sector. I’m told that she endorsed Fagnani, but she hasn’t returned calls to confirm. As of March, Fagnani was the executive director of Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium and previously the vice president of business development at the Pebble Partnership. He’s the “establishment” candidate. Anand Dubey, who is also running in the GOP primary, doesn’t have much establishment support, particularly not that of Randy Ruedrich. However, Dubey has been gathering “grassroots support” which in Republican circles has become code for “tea party support” which has become code for “people who don’t wear ties to work.” One of the two will face Democrat Matt Claman in the general.
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