Sunday Minefields

The Sunday Minefield – May 15, 2022 (Special Loose Unit Edition)

Jeff Landfield   May 15, 2022

There is just three days left until the constitutional session limit, and a budget deal is still not in place. In fact, the conference...

The Sunday Minefield – May 8, 2022

Jeff Landfield   May 8, 2022

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! The constitutional session limit is just ten days away, and significant uncertainty remains with the…

The Sunday Minefield – May 1, 2022

Jeff Landfield   May 1, 2022

Hard to believe it’s already May. Only 17 days remain until the constitutional session limit, and still only the House has passed its version…

The Sunday Minefield – April 24, 2022

Jeff Landfield   April 24, 2022

Spring is in the air all over Alaska! There’s just over three weeks left until the constitutional session limit and the Senate has not…

The Sunday Minefield – April 17, 2022

Jeff Landfield   April 17, 2022

I hope everyone had a good Easter Sunday. I am finally back in Juneau after a bit of a break. Several legislators went home…

The Sunday Minefield – April 10, 2022

Jeff Landfield   April 10, 2022

Spring is definitely in the air! The snow is melting and there’s been plenty of sunshine in Southcentral. The House passed the operating budget…

The Sunday Minefield – April 3, 2022

Jeff Landfield   April 3, 2022

What a week. The field for the special primary election to replace Don Young ballooned to 51 on Friday, the last day to file….

The Sunday Minefield – March 27, 2022

Jeff Landfield   March 27, 2022

I am writing this week’s column from Narva, Estonia – the third largest city in the small Baltic country of 1.3 million. Narva is…

The Sunday Minefield – March 20, 2022

Jeff Landfield   March 20, 2022

The big and sad news this week was the passing of Congressman Don Young (R – Alaska), who was Alaska’s sole representative for the…

The Sunday Minefield – March 13, 2022

Jeff Landfield   March 13, 2022

Unfortunately, it’s daylight savings time once again. We are already more than 50 days into the “90-day” legislative session. The operating budget is making…

The Sunday Minefield – March 6, 2022

Jeff Landfield   March 7, 2022

Things remain relatively quiet in Juneau. The House Finance subcommittees finished their closeouts for the operating budget, paving the way for the House Finance…

The Sunday Minefield – February 27, 2022

Jeff Landfield   February 27, 2022

The halfway point of the “90-day” session is fast approaching, but by all accounts it will go the constitutional 121-day limit – which is…

The Sunday Minefield – February 20, 2022

Jeff Landfield   February 20, 2022

We are more than a month into the “90-day” legislative session. Things have been relatively quiet in Juneau other than the occasional weird committee…

The Sunday Minefield – February 13, 2022

Jeff Landfield   February 14, 2022

I hope everyone enjoyed the Super Bowl! This week’s column is a day late, my apologies. We are almost a month into the “90-day”…

The Sunday Minefield – February 6, 2022

Jeff Landfield   February 6, 2022

It's been a weird week in the Capitol. The House Majority unsuccessfully attempted to remove Representative David Eastman (R - Wasilla) from committees, only...

The Sunday Minefield – January 30, 2022

Jeff Landfield   January 30, 2022

We are already two weeks into the legislative session. Governor Mike Dunleavy (R – Alaska) gave his fourth annual State of the State address…

The Sunday Minefield – January 23, 2022

Jeff Landfield   January 23, 2022

The first week of session has come and gone. While things were more or less cordial, it’s clear that the divisions we have seen…

The Sunday Minefield – January 16, 2022

Jeff Landfield   January 16, 2022

The legislative session starts in two days! But there is a Legislative Budget & Audit Committee (LB&A) meeting tomorrow afternoon on Angela Rodell's firing....

The Sunday Minefield – January 9, 2022

Jeff Landfield   January 9, 2022

The start of session is just over one week away. Legislators and staffers are already heading to Juneau. Look for legislators that have filed…

The Sunday Minefield – January 2, 2022

Jeff Landfield   January 2, 2022

Happy New Year! Like 2020, 2021 was an unusual year, especially for Alaska politics. In addition to a new Legislature, Anchorage elected a new…
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