Spotted in May with his thumb out: Brad Snowden, who few know but who is running for governor, on the Park’s Highway, making his way from Wasilla to Anchorage after the tea party Freedom Festival. Spotted recently: lite gov. candidate Hollis French with his thumb out in Juneau, going from the ferry terminal headed downtown. Really, where else?
Valley folks are talking about how Arni Thomson, a big commercial fishing advocate, is increasing his opposition to sitting Valley legislators who are more inclined to support sports fishing than commercial fishing. First he went after Sen, Mike Dunleavy in a letter earlier this year to the Board of Fish, where he called a letter from Dunleavy “disingenuous,” “outlandish” and “lacking leadership.” Now Thomson appears to be supporting DeLena Johnson’s Senate bid against Rep. Bill Stoltze. Street talk is he also intends to support the “Three Amigos” next. Para el pescado?
Brad Keithley is also supporting Johnson over Stoltze. “I am contributing to DeLena Johnson’s run for State Senate because I think her opponent, Bill Stoltze, while probably well intentioned, is seriously undermining Alaska’s next twenty-five and fifty, not to mention its next 10,000 years.”
The Mat-Su Business Alliance held a candidate’s forum on Friday featuring state House District 12 candidates Ron Arvin and Cathy Tilton. Straw poll results: Arvin 30 votes and Tilton 21. It also featured candidates for Senate District F Bill Stoltze and DeLena Johnson. Straw poll results: Stoltze 39 votes and Johnson 12.
Speaking of Valley legislators: This straight from the last constituent newsletter sent by Rep. Eric Feige, heretofore known as “The Charmer:” “I try to make sure the government stays out of what it has not business doing. Telling folks how to live their lives is not the government’s job. Providing public safety to protect citizens from crime, fire, and their own stupidity is a legitimate function.” Writing about how stupid voters are is apparently a legitimate government function, too, according to “The Charmer.”
More on the second quarter FEC filings: The Republican Governor’s Association reported raising $24 million. The Democratic Governor’s Association raised $13.8 million. This is really good news for Gov. Sean Parnell. The
NGA RGA is no stranger to Alaska, nor to Parnell’s campaign. Just ask Ethan Berkowitz. It’s also bad news for Byron Mallott and really bad news for Bill Walker, who has no party support.
FEC reports require occupations to be listed for contributions $250 and higher. There were some interesting occupations listed on Dan Sullivan’s FEC report, including: 43rd President of the United States (George W.); former first lady (Laura Bush); former Republican presidential nominee (Bob Dole); and, NFL Hall of Fame Coach (Don Shula).
Speaking of second quarter reports: Word is that we might not see ones from Mead Treadwell or Joe Miller for weeks yet. Apparently, they used the mail system instead of filing them electronically. Both would have probably used a carrier pigeon service if they could have, to delay the bad news for as long as possible.
Voter registration deadline: Sunday, July 20 is the deadline to register to vote or update your registration for the August 19th primary. Follow this link to register to vote.
The Red Dog Mine celebrated its 25th anniversary last Monday. Willie Hensley, John Schaeffer, John Shively and former Gov. Bill Sheffield were recognized for their vision, leadership and hard work making the mine a reality. The events’ hosts were Cominco and NANA. To date, the mine has generated in excess of $1 billion in profits which all the Regional Native corporations have benefited from due to the sharing provisions under ANSCA section 7 (I).
Reports from the gutter: A few people have told me that they’re getting calls from a pollster, presumably testing negative themes about GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan. Questions like: “did you know…child molester,” and “$1.2 million home,” and “not active service as Marine.”
I missed what sounded like one of the more fun and innovative political fundraisers of the year for senate candidate Mia Costello at SuzyQ Shoes. Was it a success? Probably not in terms of raising cash. One, women, who presumably were in the majority, don’t tend to be big givers. Secondly, there were all those shoes to buy.
Speaking of a different type of political fundraising event: Rep. Shelley Hughes’ Drone Expo and BBQ political fundraiser was a first in the 49th state. The event was held in Palmer and about 75 people showed up to a busy evening of drone demonstrations and good eating, including: Mat-Su Assemblyman Steve Colligan; Beth Fread; Rep. Bill Stoltze; Edna DeVries; Fred Teller; Ron Arvin; Mike Coons; and Wasilla Councilwoman Gretchen O’Barr.
On Wednesday evening, former Gov. Bill Sheffield hosted current Gov. Sean Parnell at his west Turnagain home. About 60 supporters showed. Spotted: Carl Brady Jr; Colleen Starring from ENSTAR; architect Larry Cash; both Dan Sullivans; Dick Stallone; Bob Stinson from Con Am Construction; ARRC President Bill O’Leary; Dan Coffey and Father Norman Elliott.
Nobody can accuse Republican West Anchorage House candidate Anand Dubey of being subtle. Behold: