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Alaska Senate candidate hopes to ride Democratic wave

Al Gross commands a fishing boat as a narrator describes him prospecting for gold and killing a grizzly bear in self-defense in an ad meant to underscore a central theme of Gross’ U.S. Senate campaign as an independent: that he knows Alaska.

“Out here,” he says as the boat rocks on the water, “if you can’t think for yourself, you won’t survive.”

Gross, a doctor running with Democratic support, is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan in a state that has long been a GOP stronghold, outraising Sullivan and putting Republicans on the defensive. Across the country, Republicans are nervous about Senate seats like Sullivan’s they once thought safe as Democrats hoping to retake the chamber try to tap into the party’s enthusiasm for ousting President Donald Trump.

Sullivan has sought to paint Gross, who said he would caucus with Democrats, as a liberal and someone who would empower an “anti-Alaska agenda.” Sullivan said that includes limiting access to federal lands for development, cutting military spending and eliminating the potential for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — an issue state political leaders have long supported but one that has become a flashpoint in the national climate change debate between Republicans and Democrats.

Read more: https://www.juneauempire.com/news/alaska-senate-candidate-hopes-to-ride-democratic-wave/

US monitoring massive sea life die-off on far side of Bering Sea

Water pollution and massive death of marine animals have been recorded on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, across the Bering Sea from Alaska’s shores.

Russian scientists and Greenpeace personnel are investigating....

(Fairbanks Newsminer)

The article was written by a Fairbanks Newsminer reporter so I doubt it will be available elsewhere.

Fourth staffer in Dunleavy's office tests positive for COVID-19

A fourth staff member at Gov. Mike Dunleavy's Anchorage office has tested positive for COVID-19.

The staff member's test results were confirmed Saturday, according to Dunleavy spokesman Jeff Turner.

Three other staff members have tested positive earlier this month. All four are self-isolating and are "doing well," Turner said in an email to the Daily News-Miner.

The governor is routinely tested, Turner noted. The last test administered to the governor came back negative, he said, but would not clarify when that test was administered.

Read more: http://www.newsminer.com/alerts/fourth-staffer-in-dunleavys-office-tests-positive-for-covid-19/article_032960e2-13db-11eb-bc3f-0b5420cccb4e.html
(Fairbanks Newsminer)

How to Vote -- Alaska

Above: Alaska, it’s time to vote. Here are three ways you can vote on or before Nov. 3, 2020: early voting, absentee voting, or in-person voting. Find out more by checking out our Election Coverage Page.


Last day to request an absentee ballot is October 24.

Emails sent to Alaskans on Tuesday warned them to "vote for Trump or else"

Alaskans across the state received emails Tuesday morning warning them to “vote for Trump or else,” in an incident that’s drawn the attention of the FBI and the state Division of Elections.

In emails and social media posts, more than a dozen Alaskans reported that messages were sent to people in Anchorage, Eagle River, Soldotna, Kenai, Homer, Juneau, Sitka, Petersburg, Ketchikan, Bristol Bay, Denali Park, Palmer and the Fairbanks area.

News reports from Florida indicated that the same messages were sent to at least 183 voters there.

In a copy of the email shared by Anchorage resident Kane Stanton, the sender told Stanton that “we are in possession of all your information (email, address, telephone).”

Read more: https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/10/21/alaskans-report-emails-warning-to-vote-for-trump-or-else/

Impounded campaign signs highlight new interpretation of Alaska's old billboard law

Earlier this month, Ricky Deising of Juneau noticed that two big campaign signs in front of his house had disappeared.

He posted before-and-after photos on Facebook, thinking brazen thieves were responsible. They had to pull the stakes and unscrew them from planter boxes in broad daylight along a state road.

Hundreds of people reacted and commented — including the culprits.

Deising and his landlord who put up the signs declined interview requests.

But within an hour and a half of Deising’s post, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities took responsibility. A spokesman wrote that the agency was enforcing a state law that forbids posting most signs in its right of way along state roads.

Read more: https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/10/21/impounded-campaign-signs-highlight-new-interpretation-of-alaskas-old-billboard-law/

'We are horrified': Anchorage teachers, parents blast plan to return younger students to classrooms

Anchorage School District teacher and parent Michelle Foss told school board members Tuesday night that she strongly opposes the plan to bring younger and high-needs students back into classrooms next month.

“With the number of COVID-19 cases in the Anchorage municipality placing us firmly in the high-risk red level, we can’t comprehend how you are even contemplating bringing anyone back to face-to-face learning,” Foss told the Anchorage School Board. “We are horrified that you are even considering this.”

Foss joined dozens of others Tuesday who spoke to the board directly, or sent in written comments, decrying the school district’s plan to bring thousands of kids back into buildings in November.

The number of coronavirus infections is surging in the city and across the state. Some of the testifiers said they are mad about the plan to return students to classrooms, while others said they are scared.

Read more: https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/10/21/we-are-horrified-anchorage-teachers-parents-blast-plan-to-return-younger-students-to-classrooms/

Save Anchorage, Must Read Alaska and the plot to overthrow the mayor

For most Anchorage residents, the scandal that ultimately took down the city’s mayor began a week ago last Friday when local TV anchor Maria Athens posted a bizarre Facebook promo for an expose on that night’s broadcast that promised to prove Mayor Ethan Berkowitz had been posting nude photos of himself on a website meant for underaged girls.

A curious many surely tuned in to KTBY Channel 4 that night to watch this salacious enterprise piece, but were treated to no such thing, as in the hours between the promo and the broadcast, the story was spiked by station management, and Athens was arrested after allegedly assaulting the same station manager — who also happened to be her fiance — as well as a police officer. Also in that time, the FBI and Anchorage Police Department announced there was no validity whatsoever to Athens’ claims of crimes against a minor.

Before she was hauled away to jail and then the Alaska Psychiatric Institute over that weekend, Athens tweeted out a photo of what appeared to be the bare ass of Berkowitz taken in his own bathroom.

The following Monday, Berkowitz admitted to an ‘inappropriate texting relationship’ with Athens, was shortly thereafter rebuked by the Anchorage Assembly for his admitted behavior and prior to the start of Tuesday’s regular Assembly meeting, the mayor’s chief of staff read a short letter announcing the mayor would be resigning his office 10 days hence.

Read more: https://www.anchoragepress.com/news/save-anchorage-must-read-alaska-and-the-plot-to-overthrow-the-mayor/article_b6b8777c-12e3-11eb-af13-1bfe8505d1b5.html

Sullivan routinely voted for policies that benefited his family's chemical company

Once voted against asbestos regulation after family company paid out $800M cancer settlement

Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, who faces an unexpectedly tight challenge from Democratic-backed independent Al Gross, has repeatedly cast votes in favor of policies that benefit the financial interests of his family’s multinational industrial manufacturing company.

Sullivan, first elected in 2014, has come under scrutiny in recent weeks as Democratic-aligned groups pour money into the Alaska race in a surprising effort to expand the electoral map. A recent investigation by Popular Investigation detailed connections between Sullivan and corporate donors pushing to develop Pebble Mine, a sprawling project in a part of Alaska home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery and a number of federally sanctioned tribal governments.

The Republican incumbent’s committee appointments and voting record reviewed by Salon appear to show links to another industrial interest with a record of environmental negligence: Republic Powdered Metals International (RPM), a sealant and coating manufacturer founded by his grandfather in 1947. Sullivan’s older brother, Frank, is the current CEO.

Senate records show that Sullivan holds between $1 million and $5 million in RPM stock. He has reported earning up to $300,000 in dividends and capital gains since filing his first financial disclosure in 2014. He has augmented that income with eight stock sales since 2018, bringing in a total of $495,000, the disclosures show.

Read more: https://www.anchoragepress.com/sullivan-routinely-voted-for-policies-that-benefited-his-family-s-chemical-company/article_51c0048a-133c-11eb-a506-9707e9c9afad.html

Once again, this video appears to be appropriate.

The Specials were prescient.
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