Welcome to this week’s edition of the Alaska Stalker, a lighthearted roundup of the best and worst of Alaska’s social media landscape and political gossip.
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Assemblymember Forrest Dunbar be sliding into summer like:
As the temperature starts to heat up, so are the 2020 races. It’s going to be a long year-and-a-half. Let’s check in on the candidates to be. Looks like Dr. Al Gross has moved from the “exploration phase” to the “writing lots of op-eds phase” of his run for U.S. Senate.
My readers are too good to me. Check out this photo of Alyse Galvin’s RV. You know, the one with her face on it. Even when literal signs are telling her not to go too far left, she still can’t help it. I cannot wait for this rematch.
Spotted on Facebook Marketplace. Geez. How many times has Lt. Governor Kevin Meyer lost the seal already? HE HAS ONE JOB. Is it, dare I say it, time to #firemeyer?
??? ALL POINTS BULLETIN ??? If anyone has footage of Representative Drummond, Senator (then Representative) Reinbold, former Senator Gardner, and Representative Tarr rapping from 2013, hit us up. Are those gang signs?! Clearly this is pre-SB91.
Ahhhhh please enjoy a special two part installment of Deep Tweets by DeLena.
As long as you can still Tweet, DeLena, you’re doing just fine.
A concerned reader sent us this post from Nextdoor. Wait a second… What’s going on over in South Addition? Do Magpies eat other birds?! I need to know! Can any bird enthusiasts weigh in (looking at you Joe Vigil). Clearly the neighborhood has gone to the birds since Representative Zack Fields took over from Les Gara.
Lots of Alaskan lovebirds are celebrating milestones this week. A warm Stalker shout out to Rick “babyface” Whitbeck and his wife Debra for celebrating 27 years of marriage. Check out that throw back photo tho! He looks like he’s 13!!!
And happy anniversary to Kimberly Hays and her husband Adam who celebrated like totally normal people at an “end of a 10 year boycott dinner” at the Sheraton. Wait, did they spend the night??!! ?
Conservative talk radio host, Dave Stieren, might also deserve a night with his wife at the Sheraton after this gem. They don’t call him the silver tongued, silver fox for nothin’! ????
This week was also a good one for elite runner and Alaskan, Allie Ostrander. Congratulations on becoming the first woman to win a 3rd straight NCAA Division I steeplechase title. Her Twitter feed is ???
We also can’t stop laughing at her interview on the local Boise news (Allie goes to college at Boise State). As someone who’s been pregnant most of the last 3 years, I simply cannot relate.
How did @allie_ostrander celebrate her 3rd straight steeplechase national title!? More tonight with the Champ on Sunday Sports Extra! #NoDairyQueenthisyear #CantgowrongwithPandathough pic.twitter.com/QiDX6tkW29
— Will Hall (@WillHallKTVB) June 10, 2019
Speaking of fast women, last week was the annual Alaska Run for Women. Check out this porta-potty decorated spoopendously by Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot. You could say it’s… out of this world.
Maybe Senator Natasha von Imhof should reach out. ?
More Stalker congratulations are in order this week. This time to Adam Walker for receiving a commendation from the San Francisco Police Commission for being a total bad ass and helping stop a kidnapper. If you haven’t read the story, click here.
Normally when someone does something nice, folks smile, recognize it, and move on with their lives. But when it’s Governor Michael J. Dunleavy we have to discuss it for days, blow the whole thing out of proportion, and make memes. Natch. For those of you who didn’t see the original photo, Governor Dunleavy helped a stranded motorist by pushing their car out of the road.
That other political blog can’t stop writing about it.
Then the memes started…
Obviously this one was our favorite. ⬇️
We also received this message. As much as we’d like to claim this joke for ourselves, the Stalker gives credit where credit is due. 10/10!
It even went national!
And to wrap things up, apparently Vince Beltrami is VERY concerned about the Governor’s car pushing form. This is an actual post Vince took the time to compose, add an emoji to, and post on the internet.
Senator Mike Shower hosted a Facebook Live with “no time limit” on Wednesday night. We weren’t able to make it due to a very
important adorable engagement known as toddler soccer. Mike was joined by Senators Peter Micciche and Shelley Hughes, and Representative Sarah Vance. Those technical difficulties tho.
Did anyone ask about this strange poll Mike posted the other day? Too bad he didn’t offer a third option: No, except if you’re talking about Michael Chambers. I suspect that might solve his issue.
Have you heard about “Eaglexit,” a movement to detach Eagle River/Chugiak from Anchorage? Is Representative Ivy Spohnholz a fan? Probably not. But she does get way loose with those Twitter likes. I think she’s liked almost every post the Landmine’s ever tweeted. Thanks for all the engagement, Ivy!
What’s in Valley water that makes it so special? Do I need to call up Dustin Darden? ?
Apparently the folks at Gavel to Gavel are drinking Valley water on the job.
If you need a last minute Father’s Day gift, look no further than this suggestion from proud father, Representative Ben Carpenter. If you’re a size 34, 38, or “plus sized” then you’re out of luck. Or you can pull a Representative Zack Fields and size up when you’re clearly a sub 30.
Just a reminder: Floyd Hall is a LEGEND!
I heard Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz placed an emergency order of these limited edition bumper stickers to go on all Muni vehicles effective immediately.
Is Anchorage Assemblymember Christopher Constant becoming “red pilled?!” First he gives Paul Jenkins a friendly shout out re: Paul’s recent op-ed on homelessness.
And then he publicly called out the Muni’s Solid Waste Services for a misleading post about glass recycling. Daaaang Chris. You okay bro?
I checked Chris’ Facebook: two anti-Trump posts and this gem. Whewwww. He’s going to be okay.
Anchorage Assemblymember Austin Quinn-Davidson is not okay. She broke her arm running FROM A BEAR!!! OMG! Her wife Stephanie wrote this post about what happened.
Glad everyone–dogs and people–made it out okay. Austin, the Stalker would be honored to sign your cast. Call me, maybe?
Update: apparently Austin’s got connections. Check out her cast of art by Matt Schultz. While Matt is not a big Stalker fan, we won’t hold that against him. Great work!
Up in Palmer, City Councilwoman Sabrena Combs has a broken finger. Thank goodness it’s not one finger over; we hear she uses that one a lot.
But at least she can control the weather. Sabrena – please send some of that sun down to Anchorage! ?
Meanwhile in Juneau, Assemblymember Carole Triem really needs to put the binder down once in a while.
Can someone please buy Ross Bieling’s house already? What is Alignable? And how the hell did I get on his mailing list?
Do you follow the Stalker on Facebook? The comments are ? Thanks for reading, Shareen. Next time take her up on the private jet. ?
Spotted in: This week people only emailed me photos of Jeff Landfield in strange places. You can do better, people. ?
Overheard at a bar: “So the Senate is terrible for pushing a $1,600 PFD, but the Governor is paying his Comms Director 5 PFD’s a month???”
Overheard on the airwaves:
Jeff Landfield describing the “Rally in the Valley” and how the crowd kept shouting “Show me the money!”
Dave Stieren: Oh, was Cuba Gooding Jr. at the rally?
?Can someone lend Jerry McGuire to Jeff ASAP, please?