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The Alaska Stalker – January 23, 2019

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

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It’s here, it’s here! The second session of the 31st Legislature has officially begun! This is the high level content we have all been waiting for. In the days leading up to session, each legislator had a different way of marking the occasion. Sen. Tom Begich posted a photo of his office (lucky number 11) with an official count down to open office hours.

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Rep. Andi Story chose a family movie date to see Star Wars, The Rise of Skywalker. I agree with Andi, there’s nothing better than a feel good action movie with a positive message. But I would add, always beware of senators.

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Before the “Mr. Speakers” and NEastmans began in earnest, Rep. David Eastman elected to have one-on-one time with his daughter, and a side of fries. Good call.

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Christine Hill

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Sen. Shelley Hughes did what Sen. Shelley Hughes does – posted a Facebook Live marking the occasion. I tuned into this one because a very special guest made her debut at the 14 minute mark. ??

On the night before session…

Posted by Senator Shelley Hughes on Monday, January 20, 2020

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Some even wore their Sunday’s best! ?

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For those of us who claim politics as our sport of choice, the word of the week was surely pettifogging. But, former Anchorage Assemblymember Amy Demboski has another timely contribution.

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The Sara/h caucus is looking strong this year!

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Happy birthday to Sen. Josh Revak. It’s not every day your staff surprises you with a new pet. Welcome to the Capitol building, Bandit! I sure hope Warden isn’t too jealous of the little guy.

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Can we please start calling Rep. Kelly Merrick DJ REP from now on? Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N’ Roses is the obvious choice for the beginning of session, but Maxine Nightingale’s Right Back Where We Started From works, too.

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Rep. Sara Hannan (sans the rest of her namesake caucus) is embracing the cold Juneau weather with this fashionable yet practical look: local Kodiak Coats coat, handmade trapper hat, and handmade river otter and lynx scarf! ?

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Not to be outdone, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and her sister, Carol, happened to run into each other twinning in stylish and warm fur trimmed parkys. ?

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The sweater is back! Is candidate for U.S. Senate, Dr. Al Gross, going the route of fellow Independent Alyse Galvin and adopting an early campaign uniform? Fingers crossed he wears this bad boy to the first debate.

Dr. Al Gross for U.S. Senate | Public Education

Unlike Mike Dunleavy, Dan Sullivan, and Mitch McConnell who kowtow to Betsy DeVos and special interests, I'll put students, teachers, and parents first. I'll fight for public education. Watch the video:

Posted by Dr. Al Gross for US Senate on Friday, January 17, 2020

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For those who missed it, Saturday’s Storm Campbell Lake event had a great turn out! Over 100 people braved negative temperatures to enjoy burgers, beverages, and camaraderie on the peaceful and public Campbell Lake. Hat tip to ADN for describing the event as “loosely organized.” Good one.

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A loosely organized event Saturday brought over 100 people to the frozen lake. It follows reporting and a campaign led by The Alaska Landmine.

Posted by Anchorage Daily News on Saturday, January 18, 2020

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The high energy event was even attended by two Anchorage Assemblymembers: John Weddleton and Christopher Constant. <—- You’re gonna want to click that.

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Candidate for Anchorage Mayor, Eric Croft, also stopped by. You know, this guy.

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Tsk tsk tsk Assemblymember Austin Quinn-Davidson. I think you mean it was a *ruff* game for you. ? Good to see Cleo and Dexter are treating sweet Rosie like one of the team.

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I’m a bit worried about the state of our Assembly when I see Assemblymember Christopher Constant proudly proclaiming how he’s “literally” spending his Friday nights thinking about “how to breathe.” ?

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While Assemblymember Forrest Dunbar’s tweet is discussing GoT, I have to wonder if he’s subconsciously referencing his own political arc. Your pacing is admirable, Forrest. I wonder which will happen first: Winds of Winter or Congressman Dunbar?

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Eagle-eyed former staffer and #akleg Twitter fanatic, Nona Dimond, busted Americans For Prosperity on Twitter using footage of Ketchikan instead of Juneau in their recent ad.

Good catch, Nona. Couldn’t help but see this at the end of your screen recording. I gotta know, is the Israel Keyes Generation Why Podcast any good?

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And last but not least, it’s always important to check in on old friends. Oh. ?

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Overheard at Covenant House Fire & Ice Ball: “The only member of my codel I like better than Lisa Murkowski is Lisa Murkowscoot.”

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Overheard in the lobby of the Capitol, the morning after a tense first day in the Senate: Sen. Lora Reinbold giving an almost too cheery “Good morning!” to Sen. President Cathy Giessel.

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As seen in the Juneau Empire: “At least he (new OMB Director Steininger) has some familiarity with state government,” (Sen. Tom) Begich said. “He’s not Donna Arduin, which is another plus.” ?

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Overheard on NPR’s Fresh Air: Andrea Bernstein, author of American Oligarchs, mistakenly placing Friedrich Trump’s “restaurant” business in Alaska instead of Canada. Twice. For the record, Terry Gross didn’t make the same mistake.

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The Alaska Stalker was born and raised in Alaska, and lives in South Anchorage with her husband, daughter, and son. She is not Jeff Landfield.

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