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.
Campaign season is in full swing which means lots of potential material for the Stalker. Have you sent in a tip yet? It takes a village. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and, as always, thanks for reading!
Representative George Rauscher stars in “Rock Solid: a BDSM Free Zone” **straight to DVD**
Yes, this is his actual candidate page Facebook profile pic.
ACK! Swimmer’s itch was reported over in Jewel Lake. Assemblyperson Felix Rivera happened to be at Jewel Lake taking a dip when KTVA was filming the story, and agreed to be interviewed. Must be nice to be able to go swimming in a lake across town on a Friday morning. Most of us have, you know, real jobs.
Does anyone know who the Sand Lake Community Council President is? Someone should let her know of this community health hazard ASAP.
Ummm I don’t think we’re allowed to have island themed anything anymore. Someone might want to tell candidate for Senate, Elvi Gray-Jackson, to cancel the hula ASAP. #triggered Also, future Senator, on second thought you probably don’t need this fundraiser anyway. Or any more fundraisers. Ever. You’re good. 💰💰💰
A warm Alaska Stalker congratulations to Representative David Eastman for the birth of his newest daughter! That t-shirt tho. As our tipster put it, “Only David Eastman would welcome his daughter into the world in a “PORN KILLS” shirt. Indeed.
Representative Gabrielle LeDoux’s reelection is almost certainly a sure thing. But juuuust in case – always good to have a backup plan.
Races are heating up and folks are starting to throw some shade. Here’s our shade report:
Lt. Governor Byron Mallott throwing some serious shade at his friend turned rival, candidate for Governor, Mark Begich.
Candidate for House, Joe Riggs, threw down some shade when he all but accused rival house candidate (and new dad to twins!) Albert Fogel of wasting what precious sleep he gets to go out “cruising” and destroying Joe’s signs.
I think this is called winning. Albert looks very well rested IMO.
And Marcus in the House took a slight jab at his opponent, Representative Andy Josephson. Later that day Marcus posted photos of some of his vandalized signs. YIKES!
We call this “campaign season in a small town problems.”
National Emoji Day has come and gone, and Senator Lisa Murkowski has yet to act. We want our Alaska emoji and we want it now! Not sure about the moose or salmon. How about an oil rig? Seems more authentic. Can someone ask Senator Sullivan what he’s working on for Ohio?
And, before he clicked submit, Matt Buxton tenderly changed “Never” to “Daily.”
Like many of you we also spent our Monday perusing APOC reports. Here’s Senator Tom Begich sending out some not so subtle smoke signals on Elias Rojas’ report.
Holy hell! The wait time for the DMV off Benson is over 6 years!!! Clearly they shouldn’t have gotten rid of the downtown branch.
Introducing the Shower Speedster! It’s not a F-22 but it gets him where he’s going.
YOU GUYS YOU GUYS YOU GUYS: THE MINI HORSE IS WEARING A TINY WALKER/MALLOTT HAT!!! I don’t see it getting better than this folks.
Spotted in Anchorage:
An eclectic group of politicos attending a Commonwealth North lunch featuring Walter “Robby” Robinson, Editor At Large at The Boston Globe. We spotted Senator Berta Gardner, Representative Jennifer Johnston, interim West Anchorage assemblymember Ira Perman, campaign treasurer to anyone right of center, Cheryl Frasca, and personal hometown political hero to the Stalker, Theresa Obermeyer.
Some idiot at Moose Run Golf Course parked a golf cart without the brake on. It rolled over a huge ledge and fell onto the 18th hole in front of multiple spectators. Cart was totaled. Our witness says alcohol was likely a factor. Ya think?
Overheard in Anchorage
“I cannot wait for the APOCalypse!”
And then there’s this… Candidate for West Anchorage Assembly, Nikki Rose, “hearting” a joke about not only a fellow candidate’s appearance, but how some people unfortunately view the homeless. And she serves on the city’s Committee on Homelessness. So nice. Should she apologize? Or step down?
On that note, we kinda need to talk about Nikki. I have gotten a flood of tips about her after we voiced our concern about her campaign drone video potentially violating several laws. We try to keep things lighthearted over in our little corner of the internet. In this case I don’t know what to do besides just list the tips I could verify.
Running for Assembly? True!
Implied endorsement (with paid for by at bottom) of Senator Dan Sullivan per her campaign Facebook page? Senator Sullivan has not endorsed Nikki.
Implied endorsement (with paid for by at bottom) of Senator Lisa Murkowski per her campaign Facebook page? Senator Murkowski has not endorsed Nikki.
Endorsed by Representative Chris Birch per her campaign Facebook page? False. He is not publicly endorsing any candidate. She removed this endorsement.
Endorsed by Federation of Community Councils Chair, Matt Burkholder per her campaign Facebook page? False. She removed this endorsement.
Claiming to be a product of the Anchorage School District during a radio interview? Nikki went to high school at Grace Christian. Not sure that’s what you’d call a public education.
Claiming to be associated with AWAIC in her most recent radio ad? We spoke with them: she did some light volunteer work (briefly) in 2015. But not since.
Campaigning on the Sand Lake Community Council’s Facebook page and getting called out on it? True. Some posts have been deleted and this one has been edited to remove obvious campaigning. Check out the comments tho. Until she deletes those, too.
I would like to add that if Jeff Landfield would have posted a photo on his campaign Facebook page of him posing with Senator Murkowski during his 2016 senate run, with “Paid for by Jeff Landfield for Senate” at the bottom it would have been on the news. Maybe even during the A block! When races aren’t covered, troubling inconsistencies like this get a pass, and that’s concerning. I know some folks who voted for Nikki based on endorsements she made up. That is not fair to the voters of West Anchorage. They deserve more.
Speaking of a lack of coverage on local races, the Alaska Landmine is trying to fix that. Please watch our District 20 Profile – Democratic Primary.
About a month ago, the Landmine noticed a clear lack of coverage when it came to legislative races. In order to fix that, the small staff here at the Landmine picked two primary races to profile where the incumbent isn’t running for re-election. One district very Democratic – the other very Republican. In both of these races, it’s very likely that the winner of the primary will end up being the next legislator for that district. This is the first of the two profiles that we are producing this cycle.
About a month ago, the Landmine noticed a clear lack of coverage when it came to legislative races. In order to fix that, the small staff here at the Landmine picked two primary races to profile where the incumbent isn’t running for re-election. One district very Democratic – the other very Republican. In both of these races, it’s very likely that the winner of the primary will end up being the next legislator for that district. This is the first of the two profiles that we are producing this cycle. A big thanks to our sponsors!
Posted by The Alaska Landmine on Wednesday, July 25, 2018