Those who purchased tickets for yesterday’s NRC debate between U.S. Senator Mark Begich and his challenger Dan Sullivan, saw some sparks flying over Begich’s record regarding resource development, particularly on his refusal to answer how he voted on SB 21’s repeal. But much of the debate was centered around U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Don’t take my word for it; Nathaniel Herz and Austin Baird also made the same connection.
Note to self, if you own a bar that is directly across the street from where a huge annual convention takes place, maybe it’s best not have a Mondo sign advertising beer specials using said convention’s logo, as was the case with McGinley’s, the bar that Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan owns a slice of. AFN, who noted the unpleasant history with the product being sold, complained. McGinley’s took it down. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez has the story.
KTVA has some explaining to do. First, they “accidentally” played U.S. Senator Mark Begich’s original Hortonesque Jerry Active ad earlier than planned over Labor Day weekend, and then yesterday the highly dissed Active commercial “accidently” was played again 12 days before the election. Maybe in a post-Citizens United election year, when they’re raking it in by the barrel-full, they could make sure to try to get these things right.
Didn’t know anything about First Lady Sandy Parnell? Neither did I. Read about her here.
The Hill runs with an alliteratively titled piece, “Daring to Dethrone Democratic Dynasties.” Sen. Mark Begich is among those mentioned.
DNR Commissioner Joe Balash rips into Bill Walker’s supposed pipeline plans in the ADN. Whatever you think about the piece, one things for sure: Balash isn’t playing it safe here, which is refreshing.
The state has once again shown voters that while public comments on proposals are encouraged, the final decision is made without their weighted consideration. The Fairbanks News Miner has a piece about how such comments aren’t, in DOT-speak, “weighted and they are not a vote to determine the final outcome of a project.” At issue were changes to College Road.
Twitter is all a flutter in anticipation over whether EPA’s U.S. Administrator, Gina McCarthy’s keynote at today’s food policy conference in D.C. will include Pebble Mine.
The Juneau Empire covered Sen. Dennis Egan’s speech at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce where he declared, “I personally am a big proponent of The Road and I agree with Alternative 2B.” DOT Alternative 2B is more commonly known as the controversial “Juneau Access project” that would utilize a new 50 mile road to connect Juneau to a yet-to-be built ferry station that would then provide a jump off point to Haines and Skagway.
InfluenceExplorer revealed that the League of Conservation Voters have given Alaska SalmonPAC $150,000 in support of U.S. Senator Mark Begich’s re-election campaign.
Last night’s debate between Rep; Scott Kawasaki and his challenger Greg Bringhurst was more like a meeting of a mutual admiration society than competitors to a state House seat. The Fairbanks News Miner reports that they both agreed on a wide variety of issues, with Rep. Kawasaki going so far as to say, “It’s the bold ideas that Greg’s talking about [regarding support for young professionals tackling student loans and Internet connectivity] that if we can have those bold ideas, then the next generation won’t have those slow Internet prices.”
The Huffington Post has an interview with the student that asked Rep. Don Young about marriage equality. Also, Lisa Murkowski called on Young to apologize for his insensitive remarks.
The Juneau Empire reports that night the Juneau Assembly heard public comments on changes to the city’s senior tax exemption polices. The main consensus by the very people this tax change would affect? Eliminate both the senior sales tax for 65 and older and the new broad sweeping tax exemption for residents of all ages. Surprise.
Just how red is Alaska? DSC’s chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said that Alaska was purple, but The Hill has released a chart that ranks all of the fifty states from deepest purple to bloodiest red. According to them, Alaska is only a shade less red than Alabama. That puts it at second-rubiest.
Sen. Mark Begich’s new ad, Works for Alaska, is great. He says straight into the camera, “I’m fighting like hell” though not in the same impassioned voice of Howard Beale. Nobody can beat Howard Beale, but this is one of Begich’s best.