Rumor has it that local businessman and political activist Barney Gottstein gave the Yes on #1 committee a hefty six-figure contribution. However, a few strings were attached. Word is that the money came with the condition that former political consultant Joe Rothstein be involved in the campaign. Some with long memories might remember that Rothstein was the Daily News’ executive editor under Kay Fanning. Rothstein, Gottstein, fellow grocery store magnate Larry Carr and former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel were all good friends back in the day. In her biography, Fanning unapologetically credits Rothstein for using his role as editor to get Mike Gravel elected to the U.S. Senate in 1968. “Having Carr and Gottstein behind him with Joe Rothstein writing pro-Gravel columns in the Daily News, gave Gravel a lot of momentum as the primary election neared,” she wrote. Some might remember that the town’s other newspaper, the Anchorage Times, always claimed that there was some sort of Democratic cabal going on at the Daily News, all of which brings to mind the adage about paranoia. Shortly after Gravel won the primary, Rothstein left the Daily News to run Gravel’s general election campaign.
Rep. Bill Stoltze celebrated his 54th birthday with a picnic at the Mat-Su River Park in Palmer,and used the event to benefit the Mat-Su Food Bank and the Salvation Army. Over 100 people showed. Spotted: Ron Arvin and Cathy Tilton who are both running for Bill’s house seat, Beth Freed, former Gov. Bill Sheffield, Palmer City Council members Linda Combs and Richard Best, Cheryl Riggs, Paulu Quesnel, Janet Kincaid, former Palin staffer and confidant Kris Perry, one of the Valley’s favorite hockey guys Steve MacSwain, and Mat-Su Assemblyman Steve Colligan.
Remember when the U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s campaign got all self-righteous about not attacking Republican opponents? Well, those were the good old days. Exhibit 1:
But to give the Sullivan campaign some credit here, they’re going after Mead Treadwell for financial interests he has in a company that accepted stimulus money that Treadwell so abhorred.
Speaking of Treadwell: Over the past weeks, I had been hearing all sorts of theories as to why his chief of staff, Michelle Toohey, resigned from the lieutenant governor’s office. Some of those theories didn’t speak well to Treadwell’s management style. So I finally decided to pick up the phone. Turns out Toohey is still supporting Treadwell, so much so that she says she has a sign in her yard. “He’s my candidate,” she said, stressing that she left the office because she wanted to spend time with her family. Truly.
Happy 49th birthday Medicare. And thanks for the reminder from Sen. Johnny Ellis.
With less than three weeks until the primary, here comes the kitchen sink. The pro-Begich super-PAC, Put Alaska First, has recently placed a
$450,000 $439,000 statewide buy, on cable and broadcast against Dan Sullivan, which runs from August 1 -10 with an ad titled “Decisions.” The ad will likely not center around deciding what to eat for breakfast, say, or should I buy those Jimmy Choo shoes. As Anchorage-based political consultant Marc Hellenthal is fond of saying, Begich is going to decide who he want’s to run against in the primary. All this talk about the Treadwell surge? I’ll believe it when we see Begich money used against him.
Senate District G Democratic candidate Jim Arlington will face incumbent Republican Sen. Anna Fairclough in the November general election. Is Arlington using some sort of stealth strategy? His last APOC report showed zero contributions.
Around 100 people showed at a fundraiser for Gov. Sean Parnell Monday evening in the Valley at the home of Dave and Dana Cruz. Some of the attendees included: Margie Brown, Noel Woods, Janet Kincaid, Rep. Wes Keller, Mat-Su Assemblyman Steve Colligan, Sen. Charlie Huggins and his wife Becky, and Rep. Eric Fiege. Three commissioners showed: DNR’s Joe Balash, Labor’s Diane Bloomer and Admin’s Curtis Thayer.
There’s a new chairman at APOC. Actually, he’s not all that new, they just never announced the change. Kenneth Kirk is now the chairman of the commission. He is a Republican.
David Dunsmore has been tapped to be the legislative campaign coordinator for the Interior Democrats.
DHSS Commissioner Bill Streur donated $150 to Sen. Click Bishop’s Democratic opponent. Word is that Bishop and some of his colleagues are grumbling about the contribution. Indeed, it’s strange. It would be comparable to one of Obama’s cabinet secretaries donating to a GOP Senate candidate. But Bishop is on some thin ice here. He has hired the smart, former Democratic staffer Ken Alper, who himself has donated the max to Democratic Senate candidate Harry Crawford, who is running against one of Bishop’s majority members, Sen. Cathy Giessel.
There may be a separation between church and state; but not between church and politics. The Calvary Church on Jewel Lake has a Joe Miller 4 x 8 sign on its property. Last week, the church’s parking lot was said to be a Joe Miller 4 x 8 sign assembly line.
For any of you who have ever feared that Kodiak would go for decorum, here’s a news lead of a lifetime, courtesy of KMXT in Kodiak:
The debate over the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s recently-passed “decorum” ordinance has turned ugly. At least two assembly members have received violent threats in recent days from citizens upset with the ordinance and the denial of a ballot initiative to repeal it.
Naturally, police presence was requested at the last Assembly work session, which according to one Assembly member, is “not unusual for us when we have these highly-controversial subjects,” like for instance, calling for decorum in Kodiak.
U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx will be making his first trip to Alaska in mid-August. While here, he’ll be attending a fundraiser for Sen. Mark Begich at the Anchorage home of Jim Kubitz and Sue Urig. If you’re better connected than I am, you might have already gotten an email from Begich’s COS David Ramseur looking for co-hosts. According to Ramseur, the Senate race in going to be a nail-biter.
This is one way to raise funds, which I still don’t exactly understand: West side Democratic state candidates—Clare Ross, Matt Claman, and Marty McGee–challenged East side Dems–Harry Crawford. Matt Moore, and Laurie Hummel —to a fundraising competition. The West siders had their day on Tuesday. The East siders. will have theirs next week. It all involves growlers and pizza at the Democratic Party headquarters, and lots of selfies. It sounds like a lot of work, and how all this makes money is anybody’s guess, but I’m told that it did on Tuesday at least. They might do well to remember that if the selfie stuff fails, there’s always the Petroleum Club.
Here’s another way to raise funds, which I don’t exactly understand:
— Cean Stevens (@CeanforHouse) July 30, 2014
Stevens might do well to remember that if the bitcoin stuff fails, there’s always the Petroleum Club.
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