The Legislative Council subcommittee on furniture for the Anchorage Legislative Office building met on Monday morning. Members included Rep. Bill Stolze, House Speaker Mike Chenault, and Senate President Charlie Huggins. All in all, a pretty esteemed group to be sitting on a subcommittee dealing with furniture, but sit they did and they decided to recommend to the entire committee that they use existing and state surplus furniture where possible. They also authorized no more than $100,000 for new furniture, which seems pretty responsibly meager considering that the full Council authorized a $100,000 payment to developer Mark Pfeffer–the master of no bid contracts–just to advise on the purchase of new furniture.
Congratulations to Peter and Erin Micciche on the birth of their daughter. The baby arrived Sunday morning at 12:37 a.m. and as of Monday evening, Iowa time, suggested names are Mikayla Michele, Denali Aurora. Summer Renea. Recommendations from this blogger: Josephine Ruth, Macauley Margaret, after my nieces who are looking over my shoulder as I write this.
Barbara Propes is expected to be named chief of staff of Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell’s lieutenant governor’s office.
Yesterday, Rev. Jerry Prevo’s Anchorage Baptist Temple celebrated “God and Country Day” with guest speaker Rev. Franklin Graham. Cue the politicians. Gov. Parnell, was out of town, but he provided a video thanking Rev. Graham for his work in Alaska with special praise for his commitment to the Wounded Warrior program. Others looking for the Prevo seal of approval: GOP senatorial candidates Mead Treadwell, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, Independent governor hopeful Bill Walker wasn’t there, but his wife Donna was, as was Craig Fleener and his wife Uliana who are members of the church. House District 16 Republican nominee hopeful Don Hadley also showed.
Former senator Linda Menard and retired lieutenant colonel Michael Post were married on June 21st in a private solstice ceremony near Palmer. Sarah Palin’s father, Chuck Heath, officiated.
The Daily Beast headline read: “Meet the Anti-semites, Truthers, and Alaska Pol at D.C.’s Pro-Putin Soiree.” According to the article, “the occasion was the Russian World Forum, an annual confab of Russian scholars sympathetic to Moscow, businessmen with interests in Russia, and various outcasts on both ends of the American political spectrum.” It was, basically, a pro-Putin rally. The two American government officials who attended were Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. Treadwell is distant in the piece; the only quote he’s given is one about being able to see from his house. After reporters began asking questions about why Treadwell attended the event, he released a statement saying that it was unfortunate that the reporter “ignored my actual remarks criticizing Russia.” If that’s true, and there’s no reason to believe that it isn’t, he was the only one in attendance to speak harshly about the country.
The No on #1 committee, which is fighting the proposed oil tax repeal, has a busy Independence Day scheduled. They’ll be participating in six parades – – Kenai, Seward, Anchorage, Wasilla, North Pole and Juneau.
The bi-weekly Republican Forum at the Mat-Su Family Restaurant met last Thursday at noon and featured Cathy Tilton and her state House bid. Some of the folks that showed for the luncheon: Reps. Bill Stoltze and Lynn Gattis; Pastor Stan Tucker; Tammy Miller; Jeff Logan with the AK Outdoor Council; and, Noel and Jean Woods.
About 50 people drank the Kool-Aid at Rep. Lynn Gattis’ campaign kick-off in Wasilla Thursday evening. Literally. Leave it to trend setting Wasilla to break social norms and be the first Alaska political event in 2014 to actually serve the drink that gives both dietitians and cult watchers the heebeegeebees. Some of the folks attending the event included: Sen. Mike Dunleavy; Rep. Bill Stoltze; Wasilla City Councilwomen Gretchen O’Barr and Colleen Sullivan-Leonard; CPAs Dan and Janet Kennedy; Palmer City Councilwoman Linda Combs; local businesswoman Janet Kincaid; Ted Leonard from AIDEA; and, Mat-Su Borough Assemblymen Steve Colligan and Darcie Salmon.
Wonder why you were getting so many email solicitations this past week? Today is the end of the second quarter; consequently, Federal candidates and campaigns must close out their financials and prepare to file their FEC reports which will disclose their contributions, disbursements, cash and debt balances. Reports are due July 15th.
Matt Felling, Lisa Murkowski’s director of communications, celebrated his birthday this past weekend in Tylerton on Smith Island located in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. Tylerton, separated by water from the rest of Smith Island, boasts a population of 60, accessible only by boat or ferry, a trek that reporters are on the whole too lazy to take, which was likely good news to Felling. The island’s cakes are legendary. The official dessert of Maryland is named after a multi-layered cake covered in chocolate that supposedly originated from the island.
Speaking of desserts, has anyone ever seen Baked Alaska on a menu in the 49th state?
Speaking of birthdays: Jim Lottsfeldt, a lobbyist who runs Sen. Mark Begich’s super-PAC, celebrated his on Sunday at home with friends. On the menu: braised short ribs, halibut, coconut cake and rhubarb pie.
Another one, more important than the others: Happy birthday Mom!
Who knew? Matt Claman and Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux use to be law partners.
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