It’s already December! Christmas is three weeks away. The New Year is four weeks away. And the start of the next legislative session is just over six weeks away. The Select Committee on Legislative Ethics dismissed a complaint against Representative David Eastman (R – Wasilla) and former Representative Christopher Kurka. Some politicos are on the move. And Alaska Airlines announced today that they are buying Hawaiian Airlines.
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Dumb Complaint Dismissed
The Select Committee on Legislative Ethics dismissed a complaint against Representative David Eastman and former Representative Christopher Kurka. The complaint, which dates back to May of 2022, alleged that Eastman and Kurka let Pat Martin with Alaska Right to Life use their offices when he was in Juneau. The stupid and frivolous complaint actually used the word “apparently” when describing what happened.
On 4/14/22 and 4/15/22, Mr. Pat Martin, an unregistered lobbyist for Alaska Right Life [sic], visited the Alaska State Capitol with the stated intent to distribute signed petitions to the legislature. He and his assistant apparently used the offices of two different legislators as his “base of operations” spending more than half a day in Representative’s ….. office, and almost a full day and part of the evening in Representative Estman’s office. During that time, he was visiting other offices to lobby legislators and intimidate staffers. No other lobbyist would be allowed to do this and certainly no activist such as Martin. Both Kurka and … and their staffs were present at the time, and it is unknown if he was allowed to use computers or telephones. Allowing an aggressive activist and lobbyist to use your office as his base of operating in the Capitol building is a misuse of State resources IAW AS 24.06.030(a)(2) [sic].
You can see Eastman’s dismissal here and Kurka’s dismissal here. And here is the press release on the dismissals. The committee met four times over the course of a year and a half on the matter, and staff spent time investigating the complaints. Talk about a giant fucking waste of time. Eastman and Kurka both waived confidentiality, but the coward who filed the complaint did not. So we have no idea who it was. But my guess is it was either a Democratic legislative staffer or some woke activist.
Update: It was not a Democratic staffer or woke activist who made the complaint. It was Representative Kevin McCabe (R – Big Lake)! The Alaska Watchman got ahold of the unredacted complaint, which shows McCabe was the one who made the complaint. Very loose!
Miles Baker, a former staffer who held numerous positions in the legislative and executive branches for the last 20 years, will be getting into the lobbying game in January. He will be working with longtime lobbyist Frank Bickford, and signing up his own clients. Baker most recently served as Governor Mike Dunleavy’s (R – Alaska) infrastructure point person. He spent man years working for Senator Bert Stedman (R – Sitka). And he also served as Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R – Alaska) state director. Baker is well liked and respected and will do well as a lobbyist.
Drew Cason, who worked as a legislative staffer and who recently worked at the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, is the new chief operating officer of Kaladi Brothers. Congrats, Drew!
The Seattle based lobbying Strategies 360, who has an office in Anchorage, filed for bankruptcy amid a bizarre legal fight between the current CEO and his former business partner. You can read more about it here.
It looks like Gretchen Guess, the new CEO of the Rasmuson Foundation, is making some moves.
Sources confirm the @rasmuson Foundation has halted grants for six months, citing some kind of realignment in how they award and who they give money too. According to their website, they gave out $35 million in 2022.
— The Alaska Landmine (@alaskalandmine) December 1, 2023
If you are looking for a place to live in Juneau for session, a friend of mine recently bought a two-bedroom house. It’s close to the Capitol, fully furnished, and she’s flexible on dates if session goes long. It’s $2,900 a month with all utilities included. And I am renting the unit below so you can be my neighbor.
For some context, the now horribly managed Driftwood was charging around $1,500 a month last session, but then, without warning, tried jacking up the rates four times for legislative guests in May. That won’t happen with this place. Actually, staying in a tent in a Juneau park would be better than staying in the Driftwood, but I digress.
A friend of mine has a nice 2 bedroom house for rent in Juneau for session. It’s furnished and a 3 minute walk to the Capitol. $2,900 a month with utilities included. She’s also flexible if session goes long. And I’m renting the unit below so you can be my neighbor! #akleg pic.twitter.com/sOFZ5Ti026
— Jeff Landfield (@JeffLandfield) December 4, 2023
Damn. Former Anchorage Mayor Rick Mystrom was cut up in the 1980s! His new wife is nearly half his age.
This Week’s Loose Unit
This week’s designee, from the Golden Heart City, was a no brainer. This week’s Loose Unit is the Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition. To be honest, I had not heard about them before I saw this loose and idiotic Facebook post they made this week.
But I’m glad I looked into them. If you go to the “Meet the Staff” section of their website, it lists 11 people, all with varying pronouns. There is some really loose stuff on there. Four of the 11 go by some form of they. If Arleigh Hitchcock (they/them), who is an organizer, spent a day in Gaza or Ramallah, they might change their mind about “SHUT IT DOWN FOR PALESTINE.”
Several of them also list how they were raised on indigenous lands in their bios. Kenzley Defler (she/her), the energy justice organizer, “grew up in Louisville, Kentucky on the unceded lands of the Shawnee, Osage, and Eastern Band Cherokee.” Emma Sulczynski (she/her), the policy and politics organizer, “was born and raised on Denai’ina lands in Homer, Alaska.” Nels Christensen (he/they), the regenerative economies organizer, “was born on Kumeyaay Lands in San Diego, CA.”
Someone needs to tell these Loose Units the Jews were on the lands of modern day Israel long before anyone else. But they clearly have no intellectual consistency, just dumb woke ideologies. Several of them list bachelor and advanced degrees in their bios, which highlights the level of decay of universities in our country. All classic Loose Units.
If you have a nomination for this week’s Loose Unit, or if you have any political news, stories or gossip (or any old pics of politicians or public officials) please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.