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The Alaska Stalker – April 15, 2023

Welcome to this edition of the Alaska Stalker, a lighthearted round up of the best and worst of Alaska’s social media landscape.

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I have always enjoyed seeing the different ways our elected officials celebrate holidays, and how they mark the occasion on social media. I appreciate Sen. Dan Sullivan’s traditional Easter post.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski went with the non-traditional yet iconic Peeps headdress. I can’t believe she didn’t write super eggtraordinary entries. A missed opportunity.

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LOL! Hat tip to the Anchorage People Mover for embracing last year’s epic bussy debacle. Bravo. IYKYK.

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I have to applaud Sen. Forrest Dunbar who always acknowledges every major holiday “to all who celebrate” by sending them virtual well wishes and good tidings.

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If you’re Congresswomen Mary Peltola, you don’t even post about Easter at all. Perhaps she was in vacation mode and forgot. Aloha, Mary! 🍹🌴

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Flights were cancelled late this week due to volcanic ash. Or, maybe it was Sen. Robb Myers getting familiar.

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Down in Juneau, Rep. Jamie Allard has a unique point of view when it comes to working together with her colleagues.

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My goodness, that darn Tea Spill Facebook group is starting to threaten my job. First the insane Service High School principal texts and now this?!

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I’m glad we have creative thinkers like Rep. Jesse Sumner in Juneau. An asshole tax and legalizing gambling on ferries? Make Alaska Great Again!

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Would you rather #AKLEG edition: Would you rather break bread with the Freshman Caucus…

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Or eat several day old meat with Sen. Robb Myers?

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At first I rolled my eyes at “Representative Cliff Groh’s Frequently Called Phone Numbers” list he sent out out to constituents. But then I needed the number to Muni Street Maintenance and Chugach Electric in the same week. Cliff, can I please get one of those? 🙏

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I’m also trying to get my hands on one of these bad boys. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, Sen. James Kaufman has the best swag.

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Not sure I’m convinced on his office décor tho. Looks like the chipmunk is about to, as Jamie would say, find out.

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I am thrilled to see Sen. Dunbar adulting far beyond his usual capacity. Look at him, hanging art on loan from the State Arts Bank as well as actual framed prints from a local artist. Check out that sneaky “only people you mentioned can reply” work around for the comments section. 👀

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I’ve always wondered where Rep. Sarah Vance got her unique style. Wonder no more – she got it from her mama AND her papa. I feel like this photo of her parents is just Sarah and her husband in another couple of decades. Cute!

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Why did Kelly Tshibaka have a giant zoomed in photo of Rep. Laddie Shaw’s face on her stories???? What did I miss?! 🤣🤣🤣

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Paging Sen. Scott Kawaswifty, it might be time to shoot your shot!

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Hit up homeboy Art Chance for some tickets and see what happens. ✨

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Swing Votes OMG! 🎺🎷🔥❤️

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As many of you know, Anchorage had an election last week. It was a Trueblood bath for conservatives. Meet your newly elected (and re-elected) Assembly members! 👏 I will be watching your social media and mantles very closely! 👀

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You’re supposed to give those yard signs back after the election. If you still happen to have yours lying around, be aware they have other uses. I’ve heard of the big signs being used as sleds, part of a chicken coop and, of course, target practice. Campaign lit recycled as a pizza cutter cover was a new one to me!

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Have you updated your iPhone lately? Do it for the moose emoji. Assembly member-elect Anna Brawley knows what’s up. #finally

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Not everyday you see an Assembly member’s proud garage bathroom remodel, complete with a urinal and 🍆 reference. TMI, Kevin! 🙈🙈🙈

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I am thrilled re-elected Assembly member Felix Rivera is embracing his “Spicy Gato” alter ego publicly. 🌶️😼

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Speaking of queens, Anchorage Assembly member Christopher Constant posted this AI generated art of many popular Republicans as drag queens. If I had to bet, I’d say Chris’ favorite is either Mother Pence or Lady Graham Cracker. Maybe Speaker Sparklebottom.

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While Chris was using AI to drag conservatives, Rep. Jesse Sumner used AI to write two bills: one legalizing gambling on Alaska ferries and another that would replace Legislative Legal Services with an AI that would assist legislators in drafting bills. What a legend.

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I am at an utter loss as to how former Representative Les Gara is owning anyone by reposting to his Twitter feed a Bud Light can in the shape of a penis that some rando dude posted. Community note: this is bizarre. 😳

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Wah wah wah wahhhhhhhh. Rep. Zack Fields did it before it was cool.

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Overheard in Juneau: Rep. Sumner calling for a Boner. Mrs. Boner? Then clarifying, “Maybe it’s Bon-er.”

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Overheard at the Capitol: “Rep. David Eastman telling a group of school aged children that Juneau was like Pleasure Town in Pinocchio.

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Overheard in Anchorage: “$10 Meg Zaletel is the only person not smiling again when they update the Anchorage Assembly group photo.”

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Spotted in Juneau: Rep. Prax has been missing a lens in his glasses…. this entire session!

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Speaking of Prax, the Triangle Bar was full of leg workers the other day and started chanting Prax’s name upon entrance. “what a legend’ one fan said.

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Overheard in Juneau: A senior staffer not giving any sympathy for the dozens of staffers and legislators getting kicked out of their housing early in Juneau because of tourism season. “Being new to Juneau isn’t an excuse, they should have known what they were getting into when they signed up in January.” Another staffer responded, “Even Tom Wright can’t find a place to live and he’s been here since the first legislature.” 😮
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Overheard in the Capitol: A House majority staffer mixing up SB99 (financial literacy bill) and HB99 (LGBT Rights. We might need literacy literacy in the capital!

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Spotted in Juneau enjoying Folk Fest (likely because planes weren’t flying out): Rep. Sumner, Rep. Foster, Rep. Coulombe and Rep. Prax.

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Smelled in Juneau: A pervasive aroma of marijuana due to Folk Fest.
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Spotted at the Triangle: Rep. Louise Stutes beating Jeff Landfield’s ass in cribbage.

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Spotted at First Friday at the Captain Cook: Former Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz looking really relaxed.
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The Alaska Stalker was born and raised in Alaska. She lives in South Anchorage with her husband and three young children. She is not Jeff Landfield.

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floridawoman
10 months ago

Whatever happened to the tradition of separating church and state? Perhaps Petola
believes in that tradition?

Jef Landeld
10 months ago

The writer of this grievance fest has such a crush on Forrest

Forrest Musselman
10 months ago
Reply to  Jef Landeld

Last names matter, Jeff.

Cat Owner
10 months ago

Does anyone’s else find it concerning that Cliff Groh’s frequently called numbers list seems to start with emergency services numbers? Maybe he needs a welfare check.

slipstream
10 months ago
Reply to  Cat Owner

And apparently Cliff Groh frequently calls . . . Cliff Groh. I wonder if he answers?

Les
10 months ago

Geez A. You know April 6 was a particularly hateful day towards our LGBTQ+ neighbors. And that I was hitting back, and have been calling for equal rights allies to be allies. Maybe you did better that day calling for fairness, I hope. Wish you’d do better than just look for ways to smack people you don’t personally like. It gets old.