Barack (aka “Barry”, by Punahou High School friends) Obama, born in Hawaii on this date in 1961, would later be addressed as: Professor, Senator, and Mr. President. Gavin and Wyatt are playing ball, not politics, as they herd the President from the right and left on the south lawn of the White House. You can join the “B-day” Obama birthday celebration by listening to Crosscurrents, 8/4 at 8 a.m.
- The PFD veto of $666 million covered a little more than a fifth of the budget gap.
- The CEO of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority stepped down on Monday. Jeff Jessee served as CEO for 21 years. According to a press release from the organization, he is transitioning to a new role ahead of his planned retirement in three years.
- The Alaska State Commission for Human Rights is the state’s anti-discrimination agency. In 2011, a legislative audit found that the agency wasn’t doing its job. Five years later, the agency is still trying to move forward.