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??? Breaking: The President of the United States of America used the word “loose” today. ???
This is proof either we are living in a simulation, or The Donald reads The Landmine. Not sure which. Watch it below @ 1:07.
Pres. Trump says he feels Iran downing U.S. drone may have been “a mistake."
— ABC News (@ABC) June 20, 2019
In honor of Father’s Day, Senator Lisa Murkowski did a sweet post about her dad, former Governor Frank Murkowski. Not sure “nurturing” is the first word I’d use to describe Frank the Bank.
— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) June 16, 2019
Sure, salmon are great, but who’s that adorable Golden next to Senator Sullivan? Dan, I didn’t know you had a dog. Does he (or she) have a name? I hope to see that lovable face again in your next campaign commercial. ??
Former congressional candidate, Carol Hafner, has abandon her dreams of representing Alaska and has since moved on to Wyoming. Carol got a
respectable horrifying 15% in the 2018 Alaska Democratic primary despite never having set foot in our State.
There’s only one small problem… Her website still says she’s running in Alaska!
Dang, those folks in Ketchikan know how to PAR-TAYYY. ??? Hands folded neatly on their laps and everything.
Maybe next time they need to invite State Director for Americans for Prosperity, Ryan “party animal” McKee. Here’s some video he took at the Trump 2020 Watch Party at Trump International in DC. Very high level, Ryan!
Posted by Ryan McKee on Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, Jason Brune, wished golfers in the US Open at Pebble good luck in a very clever and Alaskan way.
Speaking of Pebble, check out these posts from some pro-Pebble folks on the stock website “Stocktwits.” Not sure why they’re paying Suzanne to do something she’s probably already doing for free, but okay.
It doesn’t seem like the Pebble Mine folks are sending their best and brightest these days. I mean, Bill Nye isn’t even a scientist. ?
— Pat Race (@alaskarobotics) June 16, 2019
Now we know why Governor Mike Dunleavy was so set on appointing John Francis to his team. Instead of getting out the Ouija board, maybe Mike should look in the mirror and ask the ghost of big budgets past why he voted in favor of all of them. ?
This week Governor Dunleavy held a press conference about the upcoming special session at Wasilla Middle School. The Wasilla Middle School’s motto is “A Step Into the Future.” We’re torn. This could be prophetic! But many seem to think we’re about to take a big step back. Either way, the legislature’s about to step in something. That mascot tho….
Hey Andrew, are there still logo sponsorships available for your Angry Mob Fun Run t-shirts? Sure seems like the Carpenters Local 1281 would be an easy sell for a DIMOND sponsorship. If you’re exploring all options, including physical violence, Wasilla does have a Dairy Queen.
This is my favorite photo from the press conference. You could say Governor Dunleavy is all about that forced perspective. #loyaltypledge
Speaking of Representative David Eastman, he spoke after the Governor. David said, Wasilla beats out Juneau to hold the next special session because, and I quote, “Juneau has fewer fast food options.” Okay, who’s going to tell Representative Eastman that fast food kills even more than porn.
You can imagine how well that went over on Alaska Twitter. KTOO’s Ryan Cunningham generously came to David’s defense. ?
Look what appeared in my Twitter feed moments after concluding my exhaustive research for this bit. The algorithm’s working overtime.
A shout out to Senator Shelley Hughes for consistently doing one of the best jobs communicating on social media to her constituents and other Alaskans. Her engagement is always high, and lots of people tune into her Facebook Lives. Recently Shelley posted an article about the three PFD trains:
1. The Libertarian Express (that Hammond extension tho)
2. The Liberal Line
3. The Tax Bypass
Honestly, we’re still upset the Jerry Mackie Plan left the station in the 90s. We were on-board. ??? #MackieBucks
Speaking of trains, have you seen the Alaska Railroad’s new whimsical ad series?
Last week we gave kudos to Senator Mike Shower for his well attended Facebook Live. Only thing is he ripped off his #timetotalk graphic from Time to Change, a Mental Health Awareness campaign from the UK. Mike, is it time for an apology?
What is it about leggies not updating their tags on time? LAWBREAKERS!
Meanwhile in Wasilla, Senator David Wilson found some buried treasure while doing home improvements. Now THAT’S a spork. Hey David, it might come in quite handy while dining on fast food at the Wasilla Middle School cafeteria.
Senator Bill Wielechowski, along with Representatives Lance Pruitt and Ivy Spohnholz, came together to serve over 1000 hot dogs and hamburgers at this year’s Spirit of Muldoon Picnic. They look thrilled to be together…
Ivy even helped pick up trash at Russian Jack Springs Park, along with helpful pup Klaus. Hopefully this was *after* she served all that food. ?
Something looks different about Representative Josh Revak. Is it his hair?
I may have stumbled upon Ron Gillham’s campaign slogan for 2020. ???
Some legislators take appropriate sized chunks of PFDs for their government, and then there’s Harriet… (We couldn’t resist!)
Stalker favorite, Representative Zack Fields, wrote a great piece in the Anchorage Press about hiking in and around Anchorage with babies and toddlers. Zack, I have both a baby and a toddler – call me up before you hit the trails next time. Our toddlers can complain together!
The people’s mayor!
Guess the politician! Think you know? Click here for the reveal.
Take a look at official Anchorage Assembly Minstrel Pete Peterson on the guitar (and on your side). He’s pretty good!
Posted by Forrest Dunbar on Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Last time I checked the Anchorage Assembly has 11 members. Is Assemblymember Fred Dyson okay? Did he Eaglexit?!
Check out Rev. Matt Schultz’s 8 stanza (with audience participation) dice blessing before Anchorage Assemblymember John Weddleton’s roll-playing day at Boscos. He went all out. ????
Ahhhh the Anchorage Parks & Rec L St. flower bed — a sure sign it’s summer in Anchorage. Our guess for this year’s design? What could represent our parks better than a hypodermic needle… ???
$15K a month is the new $15.00 an hour. #letthemeatcake #tonedeaf
Wait, there’s a cat in the fridge?! Not sure that’s such a good use of the Kenai dip, Annie. Someone call animal control ASAP!
Andy Holleman: a cross between Dr. Drew and Jeff Lowenfels. Jeff and Sabrena, you need to have Andy on Landmine Love.
Started at the bottom now we here.
OMG what is the Morning Edition Mystery? Did KTUU hire Jeff Landfield?! We will definitely be tuning in tomorrow morning for a #highenergy update.
Spotted at Sub Zero: Representative Adam Wool and Ken Alper
Spotted at Burger Fi: Stalker Fav, Assemblymember Austin Quinn-Davidson, sporting a new purple cast
Spotted at the Moose Pass Summer Solstice Festival: Representative Andy Josephson
Spotted at Toddler Soccer in South Anchorage: Laddie, that you?
Spotted at Costco: Otter pops for adults. Will it live up to the hype? Stay tuned.
No overheards hit my inbox this week. Funny, because I’m sure seeing that phrase pop up a lot on social media these days. ? Amy, my email is [email protected]