A nonpartisan group, formed in 1999 to fight a huge oil merger in Alaska, is speaking in support of the Senate’s bipartisan coalition.
Leaders of Backbone plan to hold a news conference next week in Anchorage to support the coalition, which Backbone says has a record of “putting Alaska first.”
This comes after some Republicans, including the governor, expressed a desire to break up the current coalition.
Malcolm Roberts is with Backbone. He says Alaska is at risk of becoming the “owned state,” rather than an owner-state. He says the coalition has shown courage and reflected the spirit of Alaska, which he says isn’t partisan.
Roberts says Backbone doesn’t plan to register as an independent expenditure group, and he’s not sure yet what role it might play in the elections.
- The law establishes Alaska as the second state in the nation to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday of October, replacing Columbus Day.
- U.S. Senate leaders postponed a vote on their health care reform bill, but Alaskans opposed to the bill aren’t letting up. One Alaskan, a three-time cancer survivor, went to Washington to make his pitch directly.
- Oprah Winfrey and some of her friends will be cruising through Alaska next month. Forbes reports that the seven-day Holland America cruise "Share the Adventure" departs from Seattle on July 15 on July 15. The 2,104-passenger ship will visit Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau, Sitka and other Alaskan sites.