To the extent that Alaska has power brokers, many of them were at Rep. Bill Stoltze’s political fundraiser for his state Senate bid at the Aviation Museum in Anchorage on Monday. About 70 in all showed, with a hefty dose of sports fishing enthusiasts in the room lead by Kenai angler Bob Penney. Spotted: Linda Leary from ACS; Bill Eckhardt and Dan McCue from Alaska USA Federal Credit Union; Tom Gimple with Geneva Woods Pharmacy; AOGA’s executive director Kara Moriarty; GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan and his lovely wife Julie Fate; Verne Martell; Mat-Su Borough Assembly members Steve Colligan and Ron Arvin; SCI President Eddie Grasser; awesomely dressed Marie Evans and Michael Hurley from ConocoPhillips; AK Republican Party Vice Chair elect Frank McQueary; Rasmuson Foundation President Diane Kaplan; Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux; Mark Davis from AIDEA; retired Superior Court Judge Karl Johnstone; and Ketchikan state House candidate Agnes Moran. Rumored take at the door was north of $15,000.00.
A private jet with a Miami Dolphin helmet on the tail wing sat on the tarmac at the Juneau airport this past weekend. Nobody seemed to know who flew in on it. Was the team’s owner in town fishing with some of the team’s stars? Did they stop by to kiss the glacier? Or perhaps it was as simple as lobbyist Frank Bickford’s ardent enthusiasm for the team that drew it far North.
I’m not sure why more hasn’t been made of the picture of Rep. Don Young with his fingers in his ears and his tongue sticking out during a House speech about a fallen soldier. Remember how much was made when Rep. Scott Kawasaki mugged for the camera during a state House debate over natural gas? Remember how Republican House members held a press conference to scold him? “Tongue gate,” we all called it then. Is the musically inclined Young challenger, Forrest Dunbar, creating a video about the moment? “Young’s Tongue?”
Evangelist Franklin Graham, President and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, is scheduled to speak this Sunday, June 29th at the Anchorage Baptist Temple. Will he speak about his staunch opposition to Pebble mine in front of a crowd that is probably mostly pro-mining?
Veteran political consultant and pollster Marc Hellenthal and Palmer Mayor and state Senate candidate DeLena Johnson have called it quits. Hellenthal who has been consulting in the Alaska political game for more than a quarter of a century, doesn’t have much patience for candidates who don’t listen.
Lynda Zaugg has filed an ethics complaint against Gov. Sean Parnell. Mayor Dan is responding to an APOC violation that was charged by Vince Beltrami and most surprisingly, former Alaska Republican Party chair Randy Ruedrich has filed a complaint against the Anchorage Republican Women’s Club. Let’s hear it for a long election season.
Judy Eledge is no shrinking violet and has created her share of controversy. Here’s a recent post on her Facebook page that she wrote about the subject: “My sweet mama once told me if you weren’t upsetting someone you must not be doing too much. I am going to have to cut down on my workload!”
Log rolling alert: Here’s a piece about my brother, who’s an artist and who’s making a brilliant sculpture for the Kenai Wellness Center.
Is Erin Micciche, Sen. Peter Micciche’s wife, ever going to have that baby?
Dawn Linton-Warren’s 55th birthday party was on Tuesday night at Blue Hollomon Gallery. Guests were greeted at the door with trays of small bottles of Moet with little straws in them. That went over well. Spotted: George and Brenda Wuerch, Jerry Hood, Frank and Jeanne McQueary, Julie Sullivan and Lynette Sullivan, Paul McGuire and Debbie Reinwand, Rep Lori Reinbolt, Gretchen Cuddy, Amie Haakenson, Rebecca Mahaney, the Oney’s, Art and April Hackney, Vicki and Andrew Halcro and about 20-or so more.
Spotted puttering around at the Anchorage Golf Course: Dan Fagan.
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