Inside/Outside morning news roundup for 11.19

  • KTUU is reporting that Charlo “f*ck it, I quit” Greene is saying “f*ck it” to a subpoena issued by the Alaska Public Offices Commission over whether the Alaska Cannabis Club was involved in the campaigning and whether, if so, it disclosed its activities to APOC.
  • Note to the technology/car sharing company known as Uber: If, as you say, your battle against the calcified taxicab interests is a political one, then you shouldn’t be so incredibly politically stupid, and one of your chief executives should be fired for saying that he was going to run a smear campaign against journalists who were critical of the company. Read the outrageous story here.
  • Yesterday’s Anchorage Assembly meeting was full of activity. They not only greenlight Uber and other private ride-sharing businesses, but they also gave greater protection to Anchorites from predatory towing practices. Will Uber smear me if I don’t characterize this as a win-win? Shiver me timbers.

  • The Juneau Empire is reporting that a Montana-based research firm says the Forest Service has dropped the ball on transitioning the Tongass National Forest to young-growth timber harvests.
  • Get your justifiable outrage on. The Dispatch is reporting that the feds have indicted Australian-led mining company XS Platinum for dumping mining waste into salmon-spawning waterways in Southwest Alaska. The purchase of a piece of equipment that would have removed some of the waste was, according to the CEO of the company, “nice to have,” but “should be shelved.”
  • The Keystone Pipeline may be down, but the GOP has vowed to ensure it is not out. The AP has the closed doors drama and potential repercussions of yesterday’s vote, while NativeNewsOnline has highlighted Sen. Mark Begich’s “yea” vote on Keystone in unflattering colors.
  • The belle of the media ball yesterday was Keystone, but another major piece of legislation died and fell under the radar: a measure to reform the NSA’s surveillance program on American citizen’s conversations fell 8 votes short. According to The Hill, the measure would have required the NSA to simply request access to specific people’s phone and text records instead of being given bulk data collection. Both Sens. Begich and Murkowski voted to invoke cloture, which would have sent it to the floor for debate. However, they didn’t get to the magic 60 votes.
  • Read all of the latest political gossip that is fit to post.
  • By all accounts, including the Fairbanks News Miner, last night’s Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board meeting was contentious and lively over the issue of offering Karen Gaborik a full-term contract as the school district’s superintendent. Full story short: the motion finally passed and the contract will now proceed to go into negotiations.
  • With the closure of Flint Hills Refinery, North Pole lost its largest property tax payer and with it a large drop in tax revenue for 2015. This $5.5 million hole has city leaders scrambling with creative ideas to fill the gap. The Fairbanks News Miner has the details.
  • The exasperation of the Democratic Party with President Obama has reached a boiling point. Politico reports that many inside the beltway wonks are throwing their hands up and saying, “You broke the party, now fix it.” If I were them, I wouldn’t hold my breath.
  • The Dispatch has the latest and more names on the Unity Ticket’s transition team.
  • The House committee chairmanships are going to be one helluva sausage fest with nary a single woman being giving a literal seat at the table. The Hill reports that the GOP has once again show women their place is not as one in leadership, but on the sidelines.
  • Ketchikan Daily News ponders how the U.S. Senate shakeup will affect their area’s access to proper representation.
  • A Palmer civil jury ruled unanimously that the City of Houston acted properly when they fired their senior police officer, per the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.
  • To put immigration reform into perspective, the Huffington Post put together a timeline of world events that have happened since the last comprehensive immigration legislation passed in 1986. This is perfect timing as the New York Times says that Pres. Obama will be detailing his plan Thursday night, though it looks like a deportation reprieve might not be included for parents of citizens.
  • The times, they are a changin’ and Politico has 10 maps and graphs (!) that breakdown the country’s electorate and put into context what 2016 will look like. With projections like these, I would advise anyone with future political aspirations to be as familiar with the signo de interrogación as an oxford comma.
  • Kodiak can now breathe a sigh of relief, the Kodiak Daily Mirror’s headlines sums everything up quite nicely: “Underwear Bandit caught, admits brief crime spree.”

Correction: An earlier version said that Murkowski and Begich voted to kill the NSA bill. That’s incorrect.

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3 thoughts on “Inside/Outside morning news roundup for 11.19

  1. Straitlaced Radical

    I find it interesting that there may be outrage against non-press folks wanting to smear media members of a particular viewpoint. Consider this: journalists have the freedom to smear public office holders and members of the private sector in the public eye due to an agenda, holding a viewpoint they disagree with, or any other reason. I am not saying that every journalist does that, but some most definitely do, and there is little recourse to be had for the one being smeared, short of legal action in some situations. A member of the public can call for a reporter on a smear campaign to be fired, but it will likely never happen. Turnabout is fair play, no?

  2. Jon K

    DNR just held its annual North Slope lease sale. They brought in $60 millionin bonus bids – which is a very good day.

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