Federal lawmakers recently reported their quarterly financial statements to the Federal Elections Commission.
Despite not being up for reelection this cycle, the political action committees aligned with Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski continue to raise and spend money.
Senator Begich’s Great Land PAC has spent more than $90,000 on other campaigns for the U.S. Senate. The PAC has spent money around the country on candidates all over the Democratic Party. It boosted the campaign of Montana Senator Jon Tester with $10,000. Tester is a moderate facing a conservative challenger. The PAC also gave $5,000 to liberal Wisconsin Representative Tammy Baldwin. If she wins, she’ll be the first open lesbian elected to the U.S. Senate.
Senator Murkowski’s Denali Leadership PAC has been spending on moderate candidates like Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts. But she’s also donating across the spectrum.
Like Senator Begich’s PAC, Her political action committee is pumping $10,000 into the Montana Senate race. She’s supporting the challenger, U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg.
- Bans on plastic grocery bags have been cropping up across Alaska’s remote communities. Cordova’s ban went into effect last year. But so far, the larger cities in the state have yet to adopt one.
- Things are not looking good for Haines’ Alaska State Trooper post. Trooper Director Col. James Cockrell intends to reassign Haines’ one trooper position to Bethel. The decision isn’t final yet, but the community conversation about how to handle the loss continued at a Public Safety Commission meeting this week.
- A new study from a Alaskan epidemiologist looks at infants who were exposed to opiates before birth. Unlike previous studies, it goes beyond the sharp rise in cases for a portion of the population to explore what happens next.
- Commercial fisheries in Southeast Alaska have survived two years of state budget cuts but not without some changes. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Commercial Fisheries has cut some positions, ended some monitoring programs, and found some new funding sources.