This week, Byron Mallott’s campaign issued a series of fundraising emails related to the opening of their Fairbanks office. One asked for a contribution to pay the rent, another to keep the lights on. Gimmick? Those of us who are hoping for a vital governor’s race with good representatives from both parties hope so.
Speaking of the governor’s race: As most readers of this blog have probably heard, there’s a push among some to get Mallott out of the governor’s race, so that independent candidate Bill Walker might stand a chance against Gov. Sean Parnell. It’s unlikely however.
First, Mallott is said to be proud and stubborn. Secondly, if Mark Begich has anything to say about it, and it’s said that he does, he won’t let that happen. He needs the voter turnout, particularly in the Alaska Native community. It will be especially important now that the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. has endorsed Dan Sullivan.
More on endorsements: There’s ASRC for Sullivan. The United Fishermen of Alaska endorsed Begich and the Conservative Patriots Group for Joe Miller.
There is no doubt that Bill Walker is gaining steam. You can feel it. He’s traveling, pressing the flesh and signs are everywhere. And mostly, Parnell’s campaign is beginning to notice, as evidenced by their slaps against Walker. News flash to the incumbent: the more you pay attention, the more the public pays attention. One of Walker’s needs is name recognition. Parnell’s helping.
Me gusta mucho: The Three Amigos who are running as a trio in the Valley are embracing the moniker. Behold:
The hombres even marched in the Wasilla 4th of July parade together. Be careful all, they’re having fun, which can be infectious and can cause dolor en la cabeza for certain incumbents.
Speaking of fun: Look what’s being plastered around the state?
Clare Ross, who’s running for the seat that Sen. Hollis French is vacating, is everywhere. Rep. Mia Costello, who’s also running for that seat, is not.
A 25th anniversary is silver. Some smart Alaskan might think of proclaiming it to be zinc in Alaska. On July 14, NANA will be celebrating its 25th anniversary of the Red Dog Mine.
Mother-daughter trip, Valley style: Senate President Charlie Huggins’ wife, Becky and their daughter Hallie, are off to South Africa to go hunting.
Remember when U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R – WY) traveled to Alaska in 2012 and got caught in the throes of the state GOP meltdown? Back then he and Lisa Murkowski got booed off the stage at the Republican Party convention by a very scary group of Ron Paul and Joe Miller supporters. Many of them were tattooed and pierced. They talked Agenda 21 like some talk hairstyles. It was freaky. Barrasso got a very different reception last week when he came to help Dan Sullivan’s senatorial bid. The crowd at the fundraiser was so big that they had to spread out onto the deck of General Joe and Dede Ralston’s home. Not one tattooed, pierced, Agenda 21-spouting sprite among them.
On July 3, a suspicious item was found by a staff member near the back door of Wasilla Veterans Affairs clinic. According to troopers, the item was described as a duffle bag with wires sticking out of it. The building, as you might guess, was evacuated, a perimeter set up and a section of the Seward Meridian was shut down. Nearly all divisions of emergency services got involved. The joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) provided guidance. On closer inspection, the duffle bag showed the item to be some sort of sound equipment, the kind of equipment that broadcast news stations use, like, KTVA used the night before when Lisa Murkowski had a town hall at the meeting at the clinic.
July 4th parades were everywhere and every politician worth half their spit was in one or more of them. Spotted: dozens, if not more, of Begich people swarming the state, clip boards with voter-registration forms in hand. Not spotted: Republican equivalents swarming the state, clipboards in hand.
Rumor has it that Cathy Tilton’s first batch of signs came back “Kathy” instead of “Cathy.” If that’s true, it wouldn’t be the first time this has happened to a candidate. Anyway, it’s been corrected and her signs are starting to sprout around the district. Because of the problem, her opponent, Ron Arvin, had gotten a lead in the sign war.
Federal candidates’ FEC reports for the 2nd quarter are due July 15. Word is that GOP candidate Dan Sullivan is expected to report his third consecutive quarter of having raised seven figures.
Rumors abound over Sherry Jackson’s residency in District 22 in West Anchorage, where she’s running in a contested Republican primary against Liz Vasquez for state House. Will it end up in the courts?
Begich gets his gun: It was only a matter of time that one of the Senate candidates would go there. Word is that Sen. Begich filmed a spot on July 1st showing him shooting something, which will likely be on TV sets soon. Begich comes by this one honestly. He was one of a few Democrats to buck his party by voting against an effort to extend background checks to gun shows and online purchases.
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