Rep. Wool’s Newsletter: Save the Date for Politics and Pizza with Rep. Wool & Sen. Bishop

I am getting ready for the upcoming legislative session in January, and I want to hear your thoughts and ideas about the issues we’ll be facing during that 90 days. There’s a few upcoming opportunities for you to make your voice heard:

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NEWS: House Democrats Comment on Withdrawal of Governor’s Controversial Appointee

JUNEAU – Today, Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks), Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) released the following statements upon hearing Dennis Mandell had withdrawn his name from consideration for the Alaska Assessment Review Board after concerns were raised about his residency, his history of working for the oil industry in disputes against Alaska, and his failure to pay taxes.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Looks Like Winter’s Here To Stay E-News: Will the Guv. Do The Right Thing and Opt Out of NCLB? UAA Oil Debate Monday, and More

I can’t lie. I’d rather be fishing than scraping the ice off my car, and shivering on my mountain bike with studded tires. But the miracle of extended fall seems to be over. Nice miracle while it lasted.

Tuesday I had a huge amount of fun at a great non-profit event: Arctic Entries. You should go sometime. Arctic Entries is a community effort to get seven Alaskans per month to tell stories. I told mine – about bad karma – and the time I had to fly fish with chicken. Not very fly fishing purist of me, but it was on a trip to Peru, and that’s all they had. Or I didn’t know how to say “flies” in Spanish. Anyway – you can find out about upcoming shows at arctic-entries.com. Proceeds go to Anchorage’s domestic violence shelter, AWAIC.

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[BILL] HB14: Executive Ethics: Legal Fees/Family Travel

House Bill 14 sets forth in statute the substance of the Attorney General’s recently-enacted regulations establishing standards for (1) reimbursement of legal fees and costs for any executive branch employees accused of ethical violations, and (2) payment of travel expenses for the families of only the governor and lieutenant governor.

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