Karl Rove’s super PAC, American Crossroads, had a film crew in Anchorage this week filming. But then again, who didn’t?
Aki, whose real name is the awesomely unpronounceable Vasilios Gialopsos, has accepted a position with the AK Department of Revenue to serve as the commissioner’s special assistant / legislative liaison. Previously, he served as a legislative staffer to Rep. Charisse Millett. Aki’s family owns the Little Italy restaurant in Anchorage.
On Tuesday evening, Sens. Kevin Meyer, Mike Dunleavy and Pete Kelly held a joint fundraiser at the Petroleum Club. During the short campaign speeches, it was proudly pointed out to the pro-development crowd attending, that all three of the senators received an “F” rating from the Alaska Conservation voters. About 40 people were there, including: Eddie Grasser; Pebble Partnership’s John Shively; Steve Nerland; John and Jan Ellsworth; GCI’s Tina Pidgeon; Rebecca Logan; sports fishing enthusiast Bob Penney and his grandson Curtis from Northwest Strategies; Sen. Cathy Geisel; Steve Colligan; Judy Eledge; Kara Moriarty; Miles Baker; soon to be elected senator Bill Stoltze and Anchorage mayoral hopeful Dan Coffey.
Concurrently, the Marijuana Initiative hearing was taking place at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage and former KTVA reporter, “Ms. F##ck it,” Charlo Greene, testified, to no one’s surprise, on behalf of legalization. Greene, whose real name is Charlene Ebg, brought her potty mouth and her gang of hecklers with her, all of which seemed to make staid Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell uncomfortable.
The Anchorage courthouse on Friday is the place to be. Oral arguments for the Walker/Mallott ballot challenge begin at 9 a.m., and at 10 a.m., just when you really need to stretch your legs and do some rubbernecking, you can go down the hall and peak into Charlo Greene’s hearing on a restraining order filed against her. Greene’s neighbor took out the restraining order more than two weeks ago after she allegedly told him to “watch his back” after he complained that the plume of pot smoke wafting from her apartment was making his four-year-old sick.
Back to Tuesday: Meantime, on the South side of town, about 70 people gathered for a Bill Walker/Byron Mallott fundraiser. The chatter was all nonpartisan, unity, recent polls and winning. They think they can smell a win, and it showed. Walker’s more constant, but Mallott’s energy has seemed to ebb since he announced for governor in the summer. Before the merger, he seemed down. Now it’s not. Now he’s funny. Lively. Witty and most of all, he seems relieved and happy. ”We’re going to win!” he told the crowd, to loud applause. Spotted in the group: Craig Fleener; Malcom and Cindy Roberts; former AGs Bruce Botelho and John Havelock; lawyer Scott Kendall; Ralph Kibby from Juneau’s Chatham Electric; lawyer Rob Johnson and his wife Sue; and former Gov. Bill Sheffield and Lt. Gov. Steve McAlpine, who prefers to be called Stephen.
But maybe not so fast: Last week, some polls were showing the Walker – Mallott ticket with a slight lead in the polls over Parnell – Sullivan. Some are chalking it up to the equivalent of a “convention bounce.” Adding some credibility to that theory is a poll that was just completed by Basswood Research. The poll was paid for by the Parnell-Sullivan campaign, and showed Parnell with a 5 point lead at 46 percent with Bill Walker at 41 percent. Libertarian Care Clift at 3 percent, and Constitution Party candidate JR Myers coming in at less than 1 percent. About 8 percent were undecided. The poll had a margin of error rate of +/-4 percent.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will make an announcement regarding the Sullivan for U.S. Senate campaign tomorrow (Thursday) in Anchorage. Smart money says it’ll be an endorsement.
I was told by someone who knows these things that charges likely won’t be filed against Sarah Palin or her kin related to the sprawling brawl that took place a few Saturdays ago. You remember, the one where Bristol, unprovoked, supposedly punched someone in the face repeatedly. I guess that’s just the way we roll up here, folks. Hit ‘em hard on Saturday and then we’ll see you in church on Sunday. And don’t forget to work hard the rest of the week so that you can give some money to Sarah Palin’s PAC so that she can travel across the country, giving speeches espousing family values, which she is paid handsomely for, and uses those earnings to rent stretch limo Hummers and for shoes like the ones below, which she was seen wearing at the Anchorage International Airport this week, on her way to D.C., to give a speech at the Family Values Summit, whose agenda does not include anything about what to do when your daughter punches someone in the face at a party:
Speaking of the Wasilla crowd, or Wasillabillie’s as some have taken to call them, a group of them gathered next to Wasilla Lake–a soulful lake next to a soulless highway—on Wednesday. They were there for a Republican Rally in the Valley. (Get it!). And if you wanted to make a movie about a Wasilla political rally, it couldn’t have been better. The guy who sees Muslim terrorist everywhere? Check. The woman who dreams in prophesy? Check. The mayoral candidate who talks obsessively about guns? Check. The hunters just in from a moose-kill? They were there in droves. But then again, real life, even the strange real life that’s Wasilla, rarely lives up to stereotypes. One of the moose hunters was a beautiful woman with gleaming hair and teeth. Another one was Senate President Charlie Huggins, who’s college degreed-up and who is one of the most decorated vets in the state. Rep. Bill Stoltze was there. He’s a walking encyclopedia on Alaska history, and can also likely tell you the name of every single sitting congressman in the country, and who they beat to get there. The very tall Sen. Mike Dunleavy, who rides mules, shotgun at the ready, and has a master’s degree in education, towered over the crowd. Reps. Shelley Hughes, Lynn Gattis, Mark Neuman, Wes Keller and House candidate Cathy Tilton were all there, all of them defying the Wasilla stereotype in their own way, when it suits them. (But don’t let them fool you: one minute they’ll be talking English lit to a reporter, the next God and guns to a constituent). Senate candidate Dan Sullivan riled up the crowd with a speech about taking back the country. Gov. Sean Parnell, who knows that this place is the battleground, was energized, which isn’t something that the public often sees. After Anchorage Mayor and lt. gov. candidate Dan Sullivan spoke, he walked through the crowd, shaking hands. “Wasilla has energy,” he said. A reporter added, “It has zing.” ‘Yes it does,” he said. Others spotted among the crowd of over 100: Loren Means, Berkley Tilton, Noel Wood, Gretchen Barr, Brandon Wall, Mike Coons, John Harris, Richard Heller, Larry DeVilbiss, Rex Shattuck, Tom Wright, DeLana Johnson, Mike and Linda Leary, Otto Feather, and Heather Brakes,
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