She described it “as the most magical day of her life.” Cook Inlet Tribal Council CEO Gloria O’Neill and Roger Phillips stood on the Kachemak Bay’s McDonald Spit last Friday and said, ‘I do” and that they would, forever and ever. For eternity. Congratulations and best wishes for a wonderful marriage.
APOC has “accepted” Randy Ruedrich’s complaint against the Anchorage Women’s Republican Club, for what he says is funky bookkeeping.
Long time state worker Jerry Burnett who recently retired from the Department of Revenue where he served as the Administrative Services Director is now working at the Department of Administration under contract. He’s acting as the department’s liaison to try to bring online a more efficient, cost effective IT system. If he’s successful, perhaps the Department of Health and Social Services can put him to work on the bungled Xerox Medicaid management system, the one that the state paid millions for and that’s still having a hard time processing payments.
Mike Porcaro’s advertising agency is making a bundle this year placing the No on #1 ads. Word is that they’re also placing media for the Treadwell for Senate campaign.
There’s something different about fundraisers for candidates running in Rural Alaska. There’s more hugging, and guitar playing. Over all, less…political. About 70 showed on Wednesday at Dan and Elaine Fauske’s Anchorage home for a joint fundraiser for North Slope Mayor Charlotte Brower and Rep. Ben Nageak. Oilies showed en masse. So did lobbyists. So did second cousins and aunties once removed. Some of the people I noticed or was able to talk to included: Cindy Baily, Dawn Patience and Amber Rochan from BP; Cam Toohey and Doris Hugo with Shell; Trish Baker from Repsol; GOP senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s wife Julie Fate; lobbyist Kim Hutchinson; North Slope businessman T.J. Bourden; Jimmy Stotts from the Inuit Circumpolar Council; investment bankers John and Jeff Urbina from Key Bank Capital; Sen. Kevin Meyer; John Boyles; DJ and Gretchen Fauske; Miles Baker with the AK Gas Development Corporation; Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux; Greg Rochan from AHFC; port consultant Paul Fuhs; Doug Chapados with Petro Star Refinery; Roseanne Leman; and, Flossie Chrestman to name a few. Mayor Brower’s haul for the evening was around $13,000. Rep. Nageak’s take was slightly less because he wasn’t able to accept credit cards. Lobbyists John Bitney and Paul Fuhs strummed on guitars and sang soulfully.
Pink boxer shorts, white supremacy, international ministries and more will likely be topics in this year’s Kenai Peninsula Borough’s mayor’s race. If you don’t believe me, read this story and many others about former Arizona sheriff wannabe turned minister Tom Bearup, who has recently announced his candidacy to challenge incumbent mayor Mike Navarre.
Dan Fagan’s new talk radio show hasn’t even started and he’s mixing it up already. He’s accusing Treadwell supporters of running a negative and unsubstantiated whisper campaign against GOP senate front runner Dan Sullivan, claiming that he’s got all this dirt in his background that will ruin his chances of beating Mark Begich if he’s the Republican pick. I’ve seen some of that oppo research. His support for Brazilian waxes, I mean biofuels, when he was an assistant secretary of state figures prominently. Scandalous!
Speaking of whisper campaigns: Lots of people are still talking about why two workers, one of whom was his chief of staff, would leave Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell’s state office five months before the state elects a new lieutenant governor. Those are good jobs, and neither the COS Michelle Toohey nor the communications director Colleen Cox appear to have anything great waiting in the wings other than “other opportunities.”
Days until the election: 129.
A sharp eyed reader caught perhaps the most interesting tidbit in the hundreds of pages that were released by the House Ethics Committee on the long, and tangled investigation into Rep. Don Young. It’s the investigation that had its roots in the “big” public corruption investigation that resulted in a few years of prison time for a few small-time state legislators and ruined the career of Ted Stevens, before the feds said, “Oops! We changed our minds. You’re not guilty after all! Our bad.” Anyway, it appeared that in 2006, Young spent at least one weekend at a luxury wildlife preserve in New York with Karl Rove’s then estranged girlfriend Karen Johnson, who is now Rove’s wife, and her lover the cattle rancher Rhett Hard, whose name I can’t imagine Young could repeat with a straight face.
Talk about an engaged constituency: Over 200 of them turned out Tuesday evening for the annual constituent BBQ sponsored by Sen. Kevin Meyer, Reps. Charisse Millett and Bob Lynn. The district includes Abbott Loop, Independence Park, Huffman and O’Malley. Teachers, PTA members, public safety folks, and community activists showed, some of whom no doubt stared wistfully at Millett, many of whom chowed on BBQ cooked up by Joe Law. Spotted: Mid-Hillside/Hillside East Community Council President Lance Powell; Mark Staples from the Midnight Sun Brewing Company; Andy Holleman, AEA President; Janet Densmore; Abbott Loop Community Council President Al Tamagni; Todd and Janice Heverling; Parnell’s campaign manager Jerry Gallagher; Warren Olson; and, Dan McCue, and his family, from AK USA Federal Credit Union. Not spotted: Any public inebriates or hungry, poor people.
Alaska lost two great public servants this week: Walt Parker of Anchorage and Fred Brown of Fairbanks. May our hearts and prayers go out to their families and friends. May their memory serve as inspiration to others.
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