This past week the earthquakes reminded me of the strength of our spirits and the volatility of our politics. Actually, that’s not really true. But I aspire to be the kind of person who has such thoughts. So there’s that. Anyway, this one’s a short one. I’m working on a longer project for another publication and haven’t gotten out much. But hopefully I and Loose Lips will be back in full force later this week. Until then, here’s at least some of what’s gone on the past few days:
Jared Kosin is the new Deputy Commissioner at the AK Department of Revenue. Kosin is an attorney with an M.B.A., and has spent his career in public policy. Most recently, he worked at the AK Department of Health and Social Services. Prior to moving to Alaska, Kosin was the Policy Director and Legislative Director for the Colorado Speaker of the House, and a policy advisor in the Michigan Senate Majority Policy Office.
Thursday was Colleen Starring’s last day as president of ENSTAR Natural Gas Company. She was the first female president of ENSTAR and served in that capacity for seven years. She’s headed to Vancouver, B.C. where she will continue her career at ENSTAR’s parent company, AltaGas.
The Unity ticket, featuring gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker and running mate Byron Mallott had a fundraiser Thursday evening at Robert Gottstein’s Park Strip home. According to reports, more than 200 guests crowded the house.
Juneau Rep. Sam Kito III’s campaign manager, Elizabeth Bolling, doesn’t have a tough race on her hands. Therefore, it’s perplexed some that she would be calling Rep. Cathy Munoz, the other Juneau-based district, a “do nothing career politician.” It’s likely not going to create a good working relationship between Munoz, who is likely to win, and Kito, come January:
David Rubenstein of the Carlyle Group, and husband of Alaska Dispatch publisher Alice Rogoff, was spotted in Juneau last week dining with some folks from the Permanent Fund.
Parnell COS Mike Nizich took a couple days off earlier this week to go moose hunting. He got a big one:
Friday was the last day of work in the old KTUU-Channel 2 building that they’ve called home for the past 18 years. When the KTUU – Ch 2 team goes to work this week, it’ll be in their new Northern Lights Media Center. Expect the war for television dominance to heat up even more.
With the limited availability of television time available for purchase by state candidates, I was under the impression that websites and social media were becoming increasingly important. Yet, in what some describe as “one of the hottest state Senate races this year,” both the Democratic nominee Harry Crawford and the incumbent Republican nominee Cathy Giessel seem to be slacking when it comes to their web and Facebook pages. On Crawford’s site, the last event date posted is June 14th and Giessel’s site isn’t much better with her last event posted as July 16th.
As many know, Brad Keithley’s condo caught fire last week. Thankfully, he’s fine. Here’s wishing him well.
What does Jim Lottsfeldt, political consultant and head of the super Begich super-PAC , do to relax? He decorates. Who would have thought it?
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