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Alaska Stalker - the best and worst of this week’s political social media and gossip

  • Author: Allison Hovanec
    | Opinion
  • Updated: November 22, 2019
  • Published November 22, 2019

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Alaska Stalker, a lighthearted round up of the best and worst of Alaska’s social media landscape.

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After weeks of anticipation, Southcentral was finally blanketed under several inches of snow. Rep. Ivy Spohnholz posted the required "It's snowing!!!" observation as soon as flakes started to fall.

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It must be an east side thing because Rep. Geran Tarr also made a point to post about Anchorage's new winter look.

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And candidate for House District 27 (also on the east side), Liz Snyder, posted this adorable photo of her dog frolicking in the white stuff.

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Then it all melted and we're back to where we started: green grass and 45 degrees in Alaska in November. 😩 Time to repost a photo of your yard, former Sen. Berta Gardner. Climate change indeed.

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Honestly, the worst part of this new normal is having to go through break up multiple times a year.

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If you need a pick-me-up, check out this adorable video of Sen. Dan Sullivan feeding Pilot the stellar sea lion. (Sound on and watch til the end!)

Pilot, one of the colossal stellar sealions being cared for at the Alaska SeaLife Center, was gracious enough to show off his vocal range (and personality) during my recent visit to Seward. I’m sure the fish in my hand had nothing to do with his greeting. Listen to that bark!

Posted by Senator Dan Sullivan on Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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Former Gov. Sarah Palin is a grandma again! Willow Palin and her husband welcomed twins, Banks and Blaise, into the world this week. Good to see Todd and Sarah back together, even if it’s “just for the 'gram.”

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This screen cap of a text poll about Gov. Mike Dunleavy, the Legislature, the Alaska Education Policy Initiative, and other issues was sent to my inbox. Check out those answers! This person isn’t political at all, but felt compelled to show support for the governor and no one else. Something to think about for those of us inside the bubble.

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In case you missed it, Gov. Dunleavy made an appearance on the Washington Examiner's Examining Politics Podcast in late October.

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After a four month hiatus, Sen. John Coghill returned to Facebook with a #highlevel cover photo update boasting Alaska's full congressional delegation.

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Rep. Harriet Drummond also changed her cover photo, letting us know once and for all where she stands. As if signing the recall petition twice wasn't enough. 🤣

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I think Sen. Jesse Kiehl is confused. You're supposed to lay the hammer down, not hang it on the wall.

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TIL Rep. Geran Tarr is a knowledgeable bird enthusiast. Geran, can you educate me on the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

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Former candidate for lieutenant governor Debra Call announced she would be challenging newly confirmed Sen. Josh Revak for Senate District M. I agree with Amber Lee, “Let’s sack Revak” is already a contender for the best local political slogan of 2020. 😱

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This actually makes a lot of sense. When your personal brand is “burn it all down,” you can never own too many fire extinguishers.

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I can't get enough of Sen. Elvi Gray-Jackson dropping by the Facebook page of inspirational quote enthusiast, Rep. Sharon Jackson, to show some love. Fingers crossed for a photo next session of Elvi and Sharon together in their matching blue kuspuks!

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Speaking of matchy-matchy, I had to do a double take — Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and Assemblymember John Weddleton are #twinning. 👯

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I knew the Anchorage Assembly's meeting schedule was rigorous, but this does seem a bit extreme. 📅🎅🎁

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Assemblymember Christopher Constant has found a way to make the StairMaster even more tortuous: read hundreds of pages of policy while climbing. I sure hope those “buns of steel” translate into some steel pilings for the Port of Alaska someday. 🙃

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Let’s end it on a high note. If this photo doesn’t make you smile, you need to reexamine your life. Looks like Assemblymember Meg Zaletel is a cool mom — kicksleds are quickly becoming the hot new trend in town. Fingers crossed we get more snow soon. ❄️❄️❄️

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Stalker Scoop: Sen. Cathy Giessel won the grand prize raffle of two round trip Alaska Airlines tickets at the annual Resource Development Council Conference.

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Spotted at Alaska Municipal League: Sen. Josh Revak and Rep. Laddie Shaw chatting away at the One Alaska Booth. #stillfriends

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Spotted in the "hot date" edition:

Spotted at Spenard Roadhouse: Austin Baird and his wife Iuliia.

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Rep. Ivy Spohnholz and her husband Troy spotted at Spenard Roadhouse on a Friday, and Pangea on a Saturday!

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Also spotted at Pangea: former Gov. Bill Walker and family.

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Local politico Judy Jessen and her boyfriend, Jed, on a different kind of hot date at the Anchorage Assembly's budget meeting. LOL!

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The Alaska Stalker was born and raised in Alaska, and lives in South Anchorage with her husband, daughter, and son. Send tips to akstalker@alaskastalker.com

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