KTVA Channel 11 put up Mayor Dan Sullivan’s picture on their website when they announced the Club for Growth endorsement. The endorsement actually went to the real Senate candidate, former Commissioner Dan Sullivan. This begs the question: if the media is confused, it certainly excuses others who are like-wise confused, particularly as Sullivan hasn’t yet exactly barraged the public with ads.
The Alaska House has sense? The Alaska state House on Monday voted unanimously to pass a “sense of the House”– basically a version of a resolution—condemning EPA chief Gina McCarthy’s comments about gifts she received while visiting Alaska. Specifically, she told a Wall Street Journal reporter that a gift of moose given to her by an Alaska Native girl “could gag a maggot,” Also, after she was given a pin by the mayor of North Pole, she “threw the f…ing thing away.”
The resolution doesn’t go far enough for some. Rep. Bob Lynn, who isn’t retiring, ever, wants her fired. For his part, Gov. Sean Parnell’s campaign posted a picture of him and his COS Mike Nizich, dressed in camouflage, lording over a hopefully-recently shot moose.
House Finance Co-chair, Alan Austerman’s daughter, Carol Austerman, made it official today: She’ll be running for the seat her father will be vacating.“Growing up in a family involved in state and local government, I have been raised to know the importance of public service and providing leadership – it is part of my heritage,” she said in a release.
Why is the former executive director of the Democratic Party, Deborah Williams, involved in trying to kill pot legalization? She was seen at the UAA debate on the upcoming initiative, manning the table for the national anti-legalization group, Project SAM, short for “Smart Approaches to Marijuana.”
SAM might have some pretty good arguments to keep underground one of the most available, and relatively harmless drugs out there. However, if the battle revolves solely on names, my money’s on the pro-pot group: The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, or TCTRMLA, for short. After all pith, like the War on Drugs, is so 1990s.
Gov. Sean Parnell continues to raise money, holding several events last week, ending the week with an event on Friday at the Embassy Suites in Anchorage and a Sunday brunch in Girdwood. Those in the know say both events had respectable crowds.
From the annals of once-a-state-worker-always-a-state-worker: Former Alaska state Sen. John Torgerson is the new acting director of the Alaska Vocational Technical Center in Seward.
Some Anchorage Assembly candidates will go to great lengths to get voters’ attention. Perched in the snow on Saturday in the median strip on Minnesota at the Northern Lights intersection sat Phil Isley waving his political signs.
Early voting has begun for the muni election.
Former Gov. Bill Sheffield is having a fundraiser for Dan Coffey on Tuesday, who’s running for Anchorage mayor in the 2015 election.
The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission was hoping to get a $750,000 budget increase even though the agency had $660,000 unspent from the previous year. Surprisingly, the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, which tends not to have big love for regulators, or big spending, wrote a letter in support of the increase.
Don Habeger is now the new deputy commissioner of the Department of Administration. Habeger come from Commerce, where he was the former director of Corporations, Business and Professional Licenses.
Lite gov. candidate Bob Williams has a web video up. With yeasty props, even.
It’s odd, isn’t it, that once you announce that you might take a run against an incumbent governor, then some people begin to give you wide berth. Even those who used to embrace you. Enter Brad Keithley, who hasn’t been to Juneau once to testify this session on oil and gas issues. For the last few years, he was practically a fixture there. It’s a shame, because he has an interesting power point on the gas line just in case. Legislators might learn a few things from it. Late addition: Keithley is scheduled to speak that the MatSu Business Alliance on Friday.
An announcement from Senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s campaign:
Tomorrow afternoon, (Tuesday) Alaska veterans will speak out against the shameless attacks on Dan Sullivan leveled by Senator Mark Begich’s SuperPAC.
Earlier this week, a SuperPAC affiliated with Senator Begich’s reelection efforts launched their latest attack ad against Dan Sullivan. During the period of time that is referenced in the ad, Dan Sullivan was working in the service of his country. The new ad “Fishy” follows the same trail as “Home” to attack Sullivan’s time in the US Marine Corps, the White House and U.S. State Department.
WHAT: Veterans speak out against latest Begich SuperPAC ad attacking Dan Sullivan
WHERE: Anchorage Veterans’ Memorial – Delaney Park, Anchorage, AK
WHEN: 1:00pm AKDT (Tuesday)
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