Morning Headlamp — High stakes election season to come

Governor Bill Walker has appointed Craig Fleener as his administration’s Artic policy advisor in Washington, DC. Fleener had been Walker’s running mate in 2014 before Walker and Democrat Byron Mallott joined forces for their successful run. Headlamp applauds Walker’s recognition of the importance of the Arctic and the discussion happening in DC that needs a constant Alaskan voice.

Legislative fireworks to come? According to APRN, Republican primary challengers in some races for seats in the Alaska House of Representatives fear that Republican control is threatened by members of their own party. There are two groups talking about the possibility of a bipartisan coalition: Primary challengers who don’t want it to happen and Democrats who do. The one group that isn’t raising the idea is the so-called Musk Ox Caucus. It’s a group of six Republicans and Democrats who opposed using Permanent Fund earnings to pay for the budget last year, and advocated for cutting oil and gas tax credits this year.


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