Donald Bullock Jr. is retiring from state service. Most recently, he was a lawyer for Legislative Legal. Like many good state workers who are actually doing their jobs, you might not have heard much about him. Yet he was a key to making the Legislature work. He basically wrote the legislative changes to the most recent oil tax and gas pipeline bills. Here’s wishing him a relaxing retirement.
KFQD talk show host Bernadette Wilson spoke into the mic with breathy excitement on Tuesday, claiming that at long last, she finally had the piece of information that was going to bring down Dan Sullivan. Cue a personal email that her guy, Mead Treadwell, received in 2009 from Sullivan when Sullivan was in D.C. eyeing the job for Alaska’s attorney general, where Sullivan talks about having “Outsider” status, who is “not part of the current Alaska political system:”
The real lesson? Don’t send Mead Treadwell a personal email in good faith if you don’t want it to be distorted and used for personal gain against you, say nothing of him disseminating your personal email address across the internet. Secondly, and most importantly, if you’re going to play that game, you should be sure that an email that you yourself sent won’t come back at you. For instance, an email like this one, which I didn’t get from Sullivan and which Treadwell sent to a whole slew of people in 2004:
From: Mead Treadwell (Deleted)
Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2004 5:00 PM
Subject: Breakfast with White House/NSC Director of International Economic Affairs Dan Sullivan Monday February 9
Dan Sullivan, Director of International Economic Affairs at the National Security Council and the National Economic Council, the White House, will speak at a breakfast sponsored by the Alaska World Affairs Council Monday February 9 at 7:30 a.m., at the Quarterdeck, the Hotel Captain Cook. Dan is an Alaskan, who left his practice of law at the Anchorage office of Perkins, Coie to become a White House Fellow in 2002…
From: Mead Treadwell (Deleted)
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2004 17:18:11 -0900
Subject: FW: Breakfast with White House/NSC Director of International Economic Affairs Dan Sullivan Monday February 9
I hope you can make it. Dan is a good guy. MT
If you see a blue-hulled yacht later this week in the waters between Wrangel and Ketchikan, chances are it’s Frank and Nancy Murkowski’s boat the “First Lady.” And if you have a pair of binoculars lying around and don’t mind being a little creepy and using them, chances are you’ll see BP president John Minge and ConocoPhillips Alaska president Trond‐Erik Johansen on board. Ahoy! Last year both companies gave $10,000 each at the Murkowski family’s Ketchikan annual charity auction to raise money for breast cancer awareness. Part of the deal is that they would ride to this year’s auction on the boat. The auction, this Friday, is said to be a big deal in the community, so is the rest of the weekend, where dozens head to Ketchikan’s Waterfall Resort for fishing and relaxing.
Former Palin DOT commissioner Leo von Scheben hosted a fundraiser for GOP senate candidate Dan Sullivan at his home on Horseshoe Lake just outside Wasilla. About 35 – 40 supporters attended including: Thor Stacey, Sam Fejes, Dave Roberts, Micheaela Duplesse and lobbyist Kris Knauss.
The biggest political event of the season wasn’t held at the Petroleum Club, nor a sprawling Hillside estate, or hosted by corporate titans. It was a meet and greet for Gov. Sean Parnell held at Anchorage’s newest sports bar—Crossbar–aptly named for the hockey fans. It was hosted by UAA Seawolf and NHLer and Alaska hockey community “enforcer” Justin Johnson, aka “JJ.” The place was packed with about 200 members of the hockey community. The free beer was a draw. So was the chance for many of them to shake a governor’s hand. And shake his hand with a fair amount of vim and vigor they did. In addition to JJ, other NHLers in the room included Scotty Gomez, Tim Wallace and Brian Swanson. Also spotted: UAA hockey coach Matt Thomas and athletic director Keith Hackett; youth hockey coach and Continental Auto Group owner Martin Martenson; Jeff Cooper who has two sons skating at the collegiate level, one at the U. of Nebraska – Omaha and the other at D3 powerhouse St. Norberts; hockey mom and CIRI CEO Sophie Minich; former UAA assistant coaches Jack Kovall, Keith Morris and his better half Tracey; Joe and Nancy Schierhorn who has a son skating at Dartmouth and another tending net in the USHL; Carlos and Dahlia Gomez; AK State Hockey Association president and lawyer Daryl Thompson; lobbyist Ashley Reed whose son will be skating at Providence College this year (and who’s a friend of mine and the reason I know so much about the hockey community, including about this fundraiser); Gomez Foundation treasurer Mike O’Connor; Calgary Flames draft pick and now-youth hockey coach Steve MacSwain; Subway and ACES owner Steve Adams; UAA hockey fan and Thursday night skater Wes Roberts; hockey booster Harry McDonald; hockey dad and attorney general Michael Geraghty who I’m told still occasionally laces up his own skates and hits the ice; Matt Shasby, Pete McEnaney, Chris King, Mike Scott and a bunch more Seawolf alumni too numerous to mention.
The buzz in Gov. Sean Parnell’s office this week was about a phone call that Gov. Sean Parnell’s newly appointed fisheries adviser and now-highly derided Ben Mohr received from Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott. Mohr is a former Pebble Mine outreach coordinator and was GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s campaign manager for a short time. Word is that Mallott apologized to Mohr for being part of the derision campaign. Shortly before the call, Mallott sent out a release, calling the appointment “questionable.” Which it kind of is, mostly because he has no fisheries experience and fisheries is the probably the most complex, politically charged issue in the state.
The Embassy Suites Hotel was busy Tuesday evening with the hustle and bustle of the tourist season. Unfortunately for some, the hustle and bustle had little to do with the House Majority’s fundraiser that was held there. In fact, word is that there were more legislators and staff present than contributors. Would it be too cruel to point out that there weren’t a lot of legislators or staff there either? Perhaps absolute power breeds complacency, absolutely?
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