Imaginary Candidates

I mentioned a couple of days ago that the Democrats had heard from another potential candidate in their primary race to go against Republican Lisa Murkowski in November.   That expectation got circulated among Republicans, and some of them have been creating candidates. Continue reading

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Calling Canadians

I guess I should have learned the last time I tried to talk to someone at TransCanada.   There’s a maze you’re supposed to follow until you run into a blank wall.   Continue reading

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Fresh for the D’s: A Candidate?

Democrats believe they have someone who will put up a good fight against Lisa Murkowski in this year’s U-S Senate race.  Continue reading

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I Might Ought to Apologize

I could offer a full apology for my profession as I have done frequently in the past couple of years.  This time, I’m not certain who is responsible, however.  Continue reading

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House D’s to Vote on Neal Foster

House Democrats will meet Sunday afternoon to decide whether to accept Governor Parnell’s appointment of Neal Foster to fill the seat vacated when Foster’s father, Richard, died last month.  Richard Foster represented Western Alaska for 21 years in Juneau.

Minority Leader Beth Kerttula, of Juneau,  says Foster will appear before all seventeen Democrats to answer any questions relating to the appointment.  She described the event as “low drama” – not at all like the Senate appointment last Spring where then-Governor Sarah Palin refused to honor the request of Juneau Democrats who nominated Kerttula to fill the Senate vacancy left open by the resignation of Kim Elton.

Kerttula says that Foster has indicated he will caucus with the fourteen minority Democrats, although his father met with the Republicans most of his legislative career.

Foster’s addition to the Minority will change the balance of power in the House just enough to require a change to the make-up of the Finance Committee – from three Minority Democrats to four.  Kerttula says that Foster has not asked for his father’s old Finance seat – or any other position in the House Committee structure.  She said, “To his credit, there have been no demands, no threats – not a word from him.”

Kerttula says the caucus meeting reorganizing their positions on the committee might be delayed until an event already scheduled for December, although they might decide to continue the session on Sunday.

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Poe Takes Strong Action – Others Delay

It took Bob Poe only a week to catch up with Hollis French’s early lead in next year’s gubernatorial race.  He’s done more than expected by adding a picture to his campaign website of himself with two really good looking dogs.

A week ago,  French was the only candidate with his essential dog pictures online.  One showed a dog running alongside while French took a bicycle  ride.   The other was an old picture of a young French with another dog.

My advice to all the candidates was that the only thing Alaskans agree on is dogs — real dogs, not those little dust-mop things.   This morning’s scan of the candidates’ websites found a terrific new picture of Poe – with dogs.  Although they aren’t doing anything in the picture, it looks like they could do anything they want to do — and don’t get in their way.

Although Poe is definitely now in the running  for free rent in Juneau next year, the other candidates have time to catch up.

Without dogs,  they lose.

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What a Candidate Needs to Know

I just took a look at the websites for all the people running for governor.   I only found one candidate who meets one of the most basic requirements to be elected in Alaska.   Unless someone else offers a very strong challenge in the coming months,  Hollis French will win the race.

The issue?   Dogs.

To identify on a personal level with voters in Alaska,  a candidate must have at least one picture with a dog.  French has two such pictures — although one of them looks like it was taken a long time ago.

This doesn’t include any little, silly foo-foo fur ball.  The public needs to see a real dog.  Preferably one actually doing something.

I know one legislative candidate who told me he borrowed a dog once for his campaign photo.  It was enough;  he won.

There is a lot of time before the election, and I expect to see a lot of changes in the campaigns and the web sites.

And I definitely expect to see a lot more dogs.  The people will demand it.

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