Merry Christmas to all the Landmine readers! For those of us living in Southcentral, we are all going to have an extra white Christmas with all the snow that has fallen. Because it’s Christmas Eve, this week’s column is a bit shorter than normal. Anchorage Assembly member Kevin Cross announced his resignation from the Assembly this week. Senator Scott Kawasaki (D – Fairbanks) picked up a big challenger. And some true idiocy locked in this week’s Loose Unit.
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A Few Things This Week
Anchorage Assembly member Kevin Cross announced his resignation from the Assembly on Tuesday (12/19/2023) at their last meeting of the year. You can read more about it in this Landmine article. Long story short is Cross said he is tired of the toxic politics in the city and on the Assembly and wants to focus on doing things where he can actually make a difference. He will remain on the Assembly until April so a special election for his seat will be on the April mayoral ballot for voters in Chugiak and Eagle River. This will avoid a costly, separate special election.
Republican Leslie Hajdukovich filed a letter of intent to challenge Democratic Senator Scott Kawasaki. Kawasaki, who has represented Fairbanks in the House and Senate since 2007, has consistently defeated big Republican challengers. He’s going to face another one next year. Hajdukovich comes from the Wien aviation family and married into the well known Hajdukovich family in Fairbanks. She also served two terms on the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board. This is going to be a race to watch, especially because Kawasaki’s district includes Fort Wainwright and next year is a presidential election year. Kawasaki’s two Senate wins happened in 2018 and 2022 – both non-presidential election years.
The pro-Hamas lunatics from the Party of Socialism and Liberation showed up to the Anchorage Assembly meeting again this week. Especially horrible was the main organizer, Michael Patterson, and his wife Cynthia Gachupin. They seem to have perfected two things – coopting not particularly smart young people for their bullshit cause and lying.
A few of these wackos got in my face after the meeting. When I told one rude and aggressive one, Billy Henthorn, that he should read some books and educate himself, he responded by saying he can read better than I can. Then proceeded to call me a coward and insult me. This was after he shouted out “Fuck Chris Constant” after the meeting adjourned. Henthorn was a legislative intern during session for Representative Stanley Wright (R – Anchorage). I highly doubt he will ever be finding work in Juneau.
The lunatics from the Party of Socialism and Liberation showed up to the Anchorage Assembly meeting last night. Ignoring the lies they told about Israel, they don’t seem to grasp the fact the Assembly has business to take care of that doesn’t involve them. Classic Loose Units. pic.twitter.com/8mxuFwNEMT
— The Alaska Landmine (@alaskalandmine) December 20, 2023
This Week’s Loose Unit
This week’s designee was a real no-brainer. This week’s Loose Unit is the Anchorage Assembly, namely Assembly members Karen Bronga, George Martinez, Felix Rivera, Meg Zaletel, and Zac Johnson. During discussion on renaming the Port of Alaska the Don Young Port of Anchorage, several Assembly members went fully loose. Instead of making an easy, slam-dunk political move, they spent a bunch of time bad mouthing and disparaging the late Congressman Don Young. It was maximum loose and shitty behavior. You can watch some of it here:
Last night, several members of the Anchorage Assembly made disparaging and shameful comments about the late Don Young while discussing renaming the Anchorage port after him. A few made positive comments. In the end they voted 8-4 to postpone the matter indefinitely. pic.twitter.com/pO108TQNSo
— The Alaska Landmine (@alaskalandmine) December 21, 2023
Keep in mind, a naming panel recommended the name change and all three members of Alaska’s congressional delegation sent them a letter asking them to rename the port after Young. But they apparently found it more appropriate to insult a dead man who did more for our state than all of them combined will ever do. In the end, these Loose Units voted 8-4 to table to matter indefinitely.
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