Inside/Outside morning news roundup for 10.14

  • Politico’s Morning Score got the scoop on the latest and greatest of the ads coming to a TV near you. The DSCC has released a new ad called “The Pledge” focusing on Sullivan’s pledge to give employer’s control over birth control coverage while leading the camera down a scenic road in Alaska and winding around a medical office’s corridors and finally ending in a doctor’s office. Meanwhile American Crossroads has released their ad attacking Sen. Mark Begich on Anchorage’s fiscal situation when he became senator.  Cheryl Frasca makes an appearance wearing a stunning purple blouse.
  • Sean Parnell’s decision to appeal the federal court ruling allowing for gay marriage within Alaska has not gone unnoticed by Towelroad. While the issue of gay marriage might not add voters to Parnell’s column on November 4, could his decision add angry voters to Walkers’ side of the ballot results? Perhaps, if Walker spoke out forcefully against the appeal, that is, which he hasn’t.
  • The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman is opening its wedding and engagement page to same-sex couples. From the editorial: “While the state of Alaska says it will appeal this ruling, so long as same-sex weddings are legal in Alaska, their announcements are welcome in the Frontiersman — because we are for everyone….This is about treating everyone with dignity and respect. It’s about treating other people as we want to be treated ourselves.
  • The Wall Street Journal has an article about how Native Americans could become the key to ensuring Democratic control of the U.S. Senate with turnout drive in both South Dakota and Alaska.

  • Tonight the Alaska Department of Transportation is holding a public hearing in Juneau regarding “The Road.” (The fight over which, come to think of it, could be the plot for a Cormac McCarthy sequel.) The Juneau Empire has the details. Also happening today will be another gubernatorial debate, this time being hosted by the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of lCommerce, per the Fairbanks News Miner.
  • The Right Scoop has Jason Mattera, author of Crapitalism, on video when he ambushed U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and Mark Begich regarding Obamacare.
  • Labor unions’ old-school ground game has caught the attention of Mother Jones. Erika Eichelberger wonders if this could be the Senate race where Big Labor stares down the Koch brothers.
  • Wonder what a two-page list of APD SWAT call-outs is going to run you? According to JimRomenesko, it would be $400 for $40 an hour for 9 hours of APD time.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner reports that along with donor gifts of her book, SarahPAC has also given $45,000.00 to candidates between July and September, including a chunk of change to Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas.
  • The Washington Free Beacon is reporting that Sen. Mark Begich is now adding environmental attacks to his arsenal in his bid for re-election. It appears that Sen. Begich is now attacking the Koch brothers’ company clean-up efforts with Flint Hills refinery.
  • Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Corey ruled yesterday that while Uber may continue operating in Anchorage, it has to do so for free through October 23. According to the Dispatch, Judge Corey also sent the case and its surrounding issue back to the Anchorage Assembly.
  • The New York Times is reporting on something that was once thought of as impossible: There are no more spots left on the internet for political advertisements.
  • The Dispatch has an article regarding Alaska’s resources. The first is about the LNG project’s status. The second reports that North Slope production is up 25 percent in September when compared to August.
  • Politco and has looked at both Sen. Mark Begich’s and Dan Sullivan’s ads and found them both guilty of twisting facts.
  • Alexandra Gutierrez with APRN tweeted this interesting sign combo picture of the Parnell/Sullivan ticket or is it the Sullivan/Parnell ticket?



4 thoughts on “Inside/Outside morning news roundup for 10.14

  1. Lynn Willis

    I do understand the pro-Parnell forces desperation for any good news. An honest interpretation of data does not use two data points to extrapolate a trend nor does an objective observer use that minimal information to report a “25% increase”. For example oil production being higher in one month than the previous month. What about any two other months since SB21 passed? Alaska North Slope crude production dropped from 550,281bbls on June 2, 2014 to 438,943 on July 2, 2014 – a decline of 20%.

  2. Phil

    Of course the Taxi Cab Association doesn’t want Uber serving Alaskans. Uber is very professional, reliable, clean, the drivers speak English and, well, they’re everything you wish the taxi community was. I hope that Anchorage is progressive and open-minded enough to allow for some meaningful competition. It won’t put the taxis out of business, it’ll simply make them compete. You know, they might mmake the drivers shower once a week, clean their cabs occasionally and learn where A and C Streets are. Best wishes and good luck to Uber.

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