Update, 7:13 p.m. 11/26/2013: Pat Race says the $8,245 figure on Kickstarter doesn’t include another $225 in “brown bag” contributions from people in politically sensitive positions who gave anonymously.
Alaska lawmakers and politicians will have a few more committed critics to contend with this session, but at least these guys have a sense of humor.
Alaska Robotics’ Kickstarter campaign closed last week after raising more than $8,000. That’s enough to fund six episodes of their satirical Alaska Robotics News video series over the course of 2014 legislative session.
Juneau-based Alaska Robotics is a label that Pat Race, Aaron Suring and Lou Logan use when they put out videos, illustrations, comic strips and other creative media.
The series will be available on the Alaska Robotics YouTube channel. The Legislature gavels in on Jan. 21.
- "Her focus on education, her focus on examining our city budget at a really deep level, not just a broad stroke policy level, but getting into the line items – I think that’s a really valuable for assembly members to go after the budget work," said Deputy Mayor Jesse Kiehl.
- Rep. Les Gara wants to make sure state budget cuts don’t fall too heavily on working-class and low-income people. Instead, he wants a new business tax.
- The Legislative Council is seeking advice from a finance expert on what to do about the controversial lease on the Anchorage Legislative Information Office.
- For the first time, scientists have documented the prevalence of two biotoxins in Alaska’s marine mammal population above the Arctic Circle.