Tuesday’s primary election was pretty low-key in Southeast Alaska. The real battle for state House and Senate candidates will come during the general election. But a few trends emerged.
Voter turnout for the primary election was low yesterday (08-17-16), as Sitkans chose their party candidates for the U.S. Senate, House, and Alaska state legislature.
Southeast Alaska's four House and two Senate districts have no primary contests this year. Two have no contests at all.
After years of government inertia, the Girls Scouts of Troop 4140 in Sitka have spearheaded the installation of flashing crosswalk signs along some of the busiest state road in town.
There will be a race for the House District 35 seat in the legislature, but not until fall. Republican Sheila Finkenbinder will challenge 2-term Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tompkins to represent Sitka-Petersburg-Hoonah and SE villages.
The Alaska legislature gaveled in Tuesday (01-19-16), in what will be the fourth session for Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins of House District 35. In sharing his goals for the session, Kreiss-Tomkins has a few policy ideas up his sleeve.
Governor Bill Walker will unveil his FY17 budget tomorrow (12-09-15). And the backdrop isn’t pretty. To simulate the $3.1 billion gap between revenue and spending, state budget director Pat Pitney brought her talking points - and a wooden scale - to Sitka on Thursday (12-03-15).
With 15 months to go until the 2016 presidential election, campaigns are revving up. And a young Sitkan is fired up about one of the oldest candidates in the race.
When all is said and done, Alaska’s budget for the coming year is a “fair deal.” That’s the verdict from State Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins . KCAW spoke with the lawmaker, who is eager for action on Medicaid expansion and “wonking out,” on a proposed natural gas pipeline.
State and local officials, including Gov. Bill Walker, gathered in Sitka on Friday (5-8-15) to formally dedicate the Blue Lake dam. The largest public works project in city history, it’s projected to meet the city’s electricity needs for the next thirty years.