This Loose Lips is coming to you from Iowa, where all the nieces and nephews are good looking, and the siblings are above average, and where their U.S. senators might castrate pigs, but as far as I know, do not do things like jump into frozen waters, wearing a skirt. By now, many have seen and some have commented on the rather unflattering image that the Dispatch chose to use of Sen. Lisa Murkowski preparing to jump into those freezing Goose Lake waters last Monday to raise awareness of the Special Olympics. But the good news: she got more flattering coverage of the event on NBC’s Today Show Monday morning. And, according to TVEyes Media Monitoring, the local market viewership was 78,283 which amounted to a local publicity value of $4,516.75 for the thirty second spot.
Walker Administration buzz: Word is that former ACS executive Sheldon Fisher will be tapped to be commissioner of Administration. The appointment is expected to be announced on Monday. Fisher ran to the right of Rep. Don Young in 2010, in large part running on a family values platform. He got 24 percent of the primary vote. (Watch him at his home then here.) Most recently Fisher’s been a COO at Bob Gillam’s money firm McKinley Capital Management. In 2010, he and Gov. Bill Walker hosted a fundraiser at Walker’s home to raise funds in support of Alaska Family Council’s Parental Rights Initiative. Currently former DMV director Amy Erickson is acting commissioner.
People are also saying that Bill Popp, the CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, has been interviewed for Commerce commissioner.
If Popp and Fisher make the cut, that’ll make a gaggle of men and only two female commissioners. Not that we’re counting or anything, but Gov. Sean Parnell at one time appointed five female commissioners.
Perhaps Fisher can help Walker’s COS Jim Whitaker set up his voicemail on his new cellphone so commissioners and the like can leave him a message. And perhaps Popp, who’s had some experience in the private sector, can give Whitaker a lecture on the importance of returning people’s phone calls after the voice mail is set up.
Former Gov. Steve Cowper, AKA the “High Planes Drifter,” is said to be drifting around these parts again, rustling up a spot in Fairbanks. If Cowper runs into Whitaker, perhaps he can tell him about how he fired his first COS Pete Jeans for not returning phone calls.
U.S. congressional candidate Forrest Dunbar has joined the law firm of Stoel Rives in Anchorage.
Word is that Andrew Halcro really is going to file to run for mayor after his contract expires with the Anchorage Chamber on Thursday. In the meantime, mayoral candidate Dan Coffey, who’s been at it for a while, will have raised $200,000 by year’s end. Unless Halcro self funds, the only person who could conceivably catch up to him in the fundraising department is Mark Begich, who has been uncharacteristically quiet about his intentions.
The Board of Marine Pilots has elected Tylan Schrock as the Chairman of the Board, replacing the vacancy created by the resignation of Curtis Thayer.
Bethany Markum, a former staffer to Sen. Mike Dunleavy, will be returning to Juneau this session to work for her old boss.
Former staffer to Sen. Fred Dyson and former City of Kenai Police Chief Chuck Kopp is said to be joining Sen. Peter Micciche’s office.
Lauren Rasmussen will be joining Sen. Lesil McGuire’s staff this session.
Katie Bruggeman, the development director for the Alaska Democratic Party, will be leaving her job to work for Sen. Berta Gardner.
Former Fairbanks state legislator Glenn Hackney celebrated his 90th birthday this past week on December 22.
Former Rep. Bill Thomas is likely to be seen spending more time in the state capital this year. Word is that he’s going to be lobbying again and that his hometown of Haines is one of his new clients.
Sounds like about 200 Alaskans are heading to D.C. to witness the swearing in of the 114th Congress. Since new senators are allocated only 18 gallery passes for the swearing in, it can create a dilemma as to who gets tickets, especially when you have a huge family like Sen.-elect Dan Sullivan. My intel is that the only non-family members invited to the gallery are Gov. Bill Walker, Sen. Click Bishop and Sen.-elect Bill Stoltze.
How much is Sarah Palin worth these days? Apparently not enough to help her brother put together a coffee-table book about Alaska. Chuck Health Jr. has resorted to asking the public for help on Kickstarter, and they’re being none to generous either. As of Sunday night, he’s only raised $1,835 of the $30,000 he says he needs to complete the project.
Judy Eledge’s new twin grandbabies are so cute, they have to be liberal Democrats:
This should be fun: From the Alaska Democratic Party: “Please join us for our ADP 2015 Kickoff Party, featuring live music from Tom Begich and Chris Tuck! Tom will be on the guitar and bongos, with Chris on the sax and recorder.” Where: IBEW 1547 Hall, 3333 Denali Street, Anchorage. When: Saturday, January 3 at 7pm.
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