In a video, Sen. Dan Sullivan criticizes House Democrats for the impeachment process and defends the Senate’s decision not to call new witnesses. He also defends the president’s right to pursue investigations in Ukraine.
The most noteworthy item that wasn’t included in the budget was the more than $800 million that Gov. Mike Dunleavy has said Alaskans are owed in permanent fund dividends.
Alaska’s economic development arm, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, hired Clark Penney’s company for a no-bid consulting contract. Penney’s grandfather Bob Penney spent $300,000 supporting Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s election.
Bettye Davis was the first black woman elected to the Alaska House of Representatives, and the first black Alaskan to serve in the state Senate. She died in December 2018.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski casts blame on the House of Representatives for an impeachment process she says was rushed. She also blames senators of both parties, who she says had decided the verdict before the trial even started.
On high-profile votes as partisan as this one, Murkowski is sure to disappoint a lot of her base no matter how she votes.
After thinking about it for a year, Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he’s not opposed to putting budget cuts to a vote of the people.
“Given the partisan nature of this impeachment from the very beginning and throughout, I have come to the conclusion that there will be no fair trial in the Senate,” says Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
The meeting to discuss local issues and priorities with Gov. Mike Dunleavy was originally advertised as a public Juneau Assembly meeting, but city officials changed their minds.
The governor says the state is in a good position on multiple fronts. One is the warming Arctic, which could allow for shipping across the Arctic Ocean. Another is the demand for minerals that are used in electronics.