Inside/Outside morning news roundup for 11.3

  • The Fairbanks News Miner and the Juneau Empire have come out with their own Handy Dandy 2014 election guides. This should help if you’re still undecided about who’s getting your vote whether it is local, state, federal.
  • The U.S. Senate race is on like Donkey Kong, and it only seems fair that local journalists get to help the nation understand why. Read Alexandra Gutierrez’s spanking piece in The New Yorker about how the alleged war on women is playing in this race.

  • Worried about the fate of the natural gas pipeline under a Walker administration? So am I.
  • Worried about people who associate with people who are spreading false rumors about Bill Walker? So am I.
  • To the disappointment of many Fairbanks North Star Borough students, this year’s Kids Vote program will be bereft of Ballot Measure 2, the legalization of marijuana, in some schools. The Fairbanks News Miner reports that unlike in previous years where K-3 ballots only had candidates and 4-12 had a mixture of measures and candidates, this year the school district gave the individual schools the option to determine what was going to be on the ballot. It seems that the North Start Borough School District took a page from the Alaska Democratic Party’s Labor Day maneuver to remove undesirable ballot items for tomorrow.  Democracy in Action.
  • Care about Pebble Mine and still undecided how to vote? The Denver Post has an in-depth piece regarding where U.S. Senator Mark Begich and Dan Sullivan stand on the issue and their individual histories with the proposed open pit mine.
  • Nikiski had over 115 people present at the Alaska LNG project open house, according to the Fairbanks News Miner. Most of the talk was about pipe placement since the original plan would have gone through a few houses; try selling that to prospective homebuyers?  “Over here is the living room and notice how this 42” pipe along the ceiling really brings out the authentic Alaskan rustic charm of the house.”
  • The New York Times has an article about last minute mystery money. In it are details regarding how eighteen SuperPAC groups that didn’t exist in September have collectively sunk $9 million into elections in October alone.
  • To anyone that believes that voting doesn’t matter. Case in point: the Anchorage School Board is having to consider dramatic moves to cover the school district $75 million budget gap over the next three years. The Dispatch reports that one of the options being mulled over would be to close and consolidate schools.
  • “Energy Wins” is the title of a piece from The Hill about how Keystone XL pipeline has become a great electable issue for many candidates and those in favor have reaped the benefit of handsome donations to their campaigns.
  • The AlaskaCommons covered the final debate for Ballot Measure 2 with Jeff Jessee representing No on 2 and Bruce Schulte for Yes on 2.
  • Last minute door knocking was in the air for some! U.S. Senator Mark Begich was out with his massive forces while Gov. Sean Parnell was out with his beloved wife (where are their gloves?) and Dan Sullivan went along with Becky Bohrer. The Alaska Democratic Party supposedly caught Sullivan’s Outside staff complaining on an anonymous chat board about the cold and canceled door knocking after saying Alaskan women are “hardy, or on meth.” The Sullivan campaign denies emphatically that it came from them. However, the RNC has some decidedly non-hardy boys up here fresh out of the frat house. Then again, it could just be some mischievous Dem, acting like a Republican, which isn’t out of the question either. It’ll likely remain one of the world’s great mysteries.
  • Rock The Vote came out with a memorble video to encourage the 18-29 demographic to vote this midterm election. Problem is that the Washington Post has uncovered that while the stars in the PSA were registered to vote, five of them (Lena Dunham included) didn’t even vote during the 2010 midterm election and six others’ voting records couldn’t even be located.

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2 thoughts on “Inside/Outside morning news roundup for 11.3

  1. Turnagain Ted

    The Rally in the Valley for Sullivan was a tremendous success. You could feel the energy and enthusiasm in the room. I was surprised to see Mudflats blogger Jeanie Devon there. Poor woman must have been traumatized by the Republican enthusiasm. Mudflats hates the oil industry, companies that serve the oil industry, Republicans and all things not embraced or supported by Obama and his left wing allies. Anyhow, it got me thinking and thinking about her friend Shannon Moore. Herre’s what I find perplexing: why are the “so-called” journalists that are felons, Shannon Moore and Tom Anderson, both openly supporting and endorsing Senator Begich? Seems odd to me. What part of Begich’s agenda attracts felons? If you think about it, it kind of gives a person the creeps.

  2. John Q. Public

    You may have missed something fun going on in District 36 House race. The Alaska Republican Party sent out attack mailer on behalf of their candidate. Apparently the reaction was swift and negative, so the R candidate herself took out ads saying that she was “disappointed” in her own party’s hit piece done on her behalf.

    And then, to boot, a local photographer/videographer whose work for the independent candidate was misappropriated in the Republican hit piece responded:

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