The biggest change in the Alaska Legislature happened two months ago, when Democrats gained control of the House for the first time in nearly 25 years. They won enough seats to form a bipartisan coalition. But is it enough to solve the persistent issue of balancing the state budget? Southeast lawmakers hope so.
Two of Sitka’s political leaders are putting down new roots. Last Wednesday (11-16-16), the Planning Commission approved a marijuana retail permit for Assembly member Aaron Bean. But they postponed a decision on request by Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins to build an ADU on a marshy lot on Shennett Street.
Sheila Finkenbinder thinks Sitka, Petersburg, and other communities in House District 35 would be better served by someone with life experience, who’s willing to work to solve Alaska’s problems without distraction.