Inside/Outside morning news roundup for 10.21

  • Ebola politics have officially hit Alaska. TribTown reports that U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has called on the president to implement more screens at more international airports while the Fairbanks News-Miner reports that U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has expressed concern, and that the president might consider banning/restricting travel from African countries fighting Ebola. Just in time too because The Hill is breaking with news that Ebola travel restrictions have just now been imposed.
  • A recording of Gov. Sean Parnell talking to the National Guard troops was leaked to the Dispatch. Apparently, Parnell can have a potty mouth when not in church, which is actually a relief to some.  In that same story, the Dispatch reports that three in the Guard brass were fired, two of the officers who were fired before, then rehired, or something.
  • APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports on how the gasline is increasingly becoming the campaign issue in the governor’s race. Nobody is disputing that the project is farther than it’s ever been, and Bill Walker vows not to tear up what’s been done. However, he wants fundamental change, which to some, sounds like he wants to over..

  • Maps! The state is asking the federal government to transfer close to 20k acres near Point Thomson oil field to state ownership so Alaska can offer it for oil and gas leasing. The federal government and the state have intermittently tangoed over this issue over the years, but the Dispatch reports that Gov. Sean Parnell is now using MAPS to strengthen state’s rights over the disputed area. The devil is in the details. If taxes could bring down Capone, maybe maps might be the trick to help fill TAPs.
  • The Alaska Commons has the overview and commentary regarding the freshly released Alaska Family Council (AFC) 2014 “Value Voter Guide” for the November 4th
  • The Juneau Assembly swore in the newly elected Assembly members yesterday. The Juneau Empire reports that “assembly member Karen Crane nominated Mary Becker, who was subsequently appointed by Stanford as the “’new and old deputy mayor.'”  Over in Fairbanks, their newly elected Assembly members were also sworn into the Fairbanks City Council per the Daily News-Miner.
  • Becky Bohrer with the AP has a piece about how the U.S. Senate candidates are planning to use their precious little time before THE BIG DAY to GOTV.
  • Sen.  Joe Manchin III had in interview with the Washington Post and explained how he has done his part to help re-elect moderate Democrats, like Sen. Mark Begich, but also stated that as for President Obama, “ there’s nothing in these states he can do” to help.” The Hill picked up on the interview and connected it to a radio interview the president had with Rev. Al Sharpton. My take on the radio interview here.
  • The DailyCaller has video of Sen. Mark Begich refusing to answer questions/ignoring a campaign tracker regarding whether or not he voted for Obama. It’s a wonder anybody runs for office these days, with all these swarming gnats with cameras.
  • The  News-Miner writes about the legally binding requirements for cleanup and containment methods of the sulfolane leak at the Flint Hills’ North Pole refinery between the state and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and Flint Hills.
  • Politico is reporting that the three biggest conservative super PACs, Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, Joe Ricketts’ Ending Spending Action Fund and the Koch Brothers’ Freedom Partners Action Fund, have raised a combined total of $30.3 million in September while the top progressive super PACS, Harry Reid-linked Senate Majority PAC, Nancy Pelosi-linked House Majority PAC and Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate Action, raised $30.5 million .
  • The Alaska Wilderness League has an online slideshow of Dave Shreffler’s photos of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska after being on display for public viewing on the Hill last month.

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7 thoughts on “Inside/Outside morning news roundup for 10.21

  1. H. Ho

    One thing that has become crystal clear this election cycle, Mark Begich is Obama’s bitch. I hope he is remembered in history books as such. Begich disgraces the fine leaders that have stood up for Alaska like Bartlett, Stevens and yes even his father Nick Begich.
    Mark Begich has left us all down.

  2. Straitlaced Radical

    Well said. I would imagine guard members appreciated having him in the room, with having up until now only what’s out there in the media, what they heard from leadership, and probably lots of internal gossip. All of which can be proven historically to be unreliable.

  3. Anonymous

    Regardless, don’t tease the story as if he cursed or used profane language when he didn’t. This is a solid news blog, not a sensational gossip rag.

    Most importantly, why was that your only take-away? You missed the entire dialogue about how he was working his ass off to hold leadership accountable and protect the National Guard troops from retaliation. How could you miss all that for his use of the word ‘ass’ in an appropriate context? If he says he is working his ass off, he is.

  4. Anonymous

    Really, Amanda? Parnell saying he is working his ass off is a ‘potty mouth?’ How many of your readers/posters really do have potty mouths? And why the attack on his faith and church attendance? Isn’t your mom a Christian? Why are you so bitter toward Christians?

  5. Mike

    I bet the Begich campaign had a simultaneous STFU moment when they heard Obama. I couldn’t help laughing at how tone deaf he was, it is almost as if he wants to lose party control over the Senate. It would make his life easier, no power=more time on the golf course.

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