Legislative round-up: Eastman update, issue resolved with Gillham’s heart attack, and who is Kurka’s running mate?


Items from around Alaska’s Capitol over the past few days:

  • Eastgate: The House Committee on Committees will meet on Tuesday and vote for a second time on whether to remove Rep. David Eastman from all House committees due to his lifetime membership in the organization known as the Oath Keepers, a para-militia group of Americans defending the Constitution of the United States and encouraging people to disobey unconstitutional orders. The committee will return its report to the House for a vote on Wednesday. Likely on Tuesday is that Eastman’s position on the Ethics Committee as an alternate will be separated out from the other committees the Democrats are trying to strip him from (with help from Republicans like Rep. Kelly Merrick of Eagle River). Background on this story is here.
  • Gillham heart attack: Rep. Ron Gillham, Republican from District 30 on the Kenai, had a heart attack last Wednesday and was medevaced from Juneau to Anchorage, where a stent was put in on Thursday. He was released from Providence Medical Center on Saturday, attended caucus meetings via teleconference on Monday, and will be back in Juneau on Tuesday.
Paul Hueper is running mate for governor candidate Chris Kurka.
  • Kurka running mate: Rep. Chris Kurka announced in Wasilla that in his run for governor, he has chosen Homer resident Paul Hueper to be his running mate. His announcement was broadcast on Facebook. Hueper and his wife Marilyn Hueper had their home raided by the FBI and Capitol Police in search of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop. The federal authorities were convinced Marilyn had stolen it on Jan. 6. She and Paul had not been inside the U.S. Capitol, but their lives were upended by federal agents. Background on their situation is here.
  • House Minority onboarded press team: Republicans have welcomed Forrest Musselsman of Wasilla to the press team, as deputy communications director, web management, social media, design, audio visual. Trey Watson will be joining the Minority caucus as communication director on Monday, Feb. 7.


  1. Administrators are not Doctors. That was a very unfair statement about Bartlett Hospital care . Bartlett has some very good doctors and nurses that don’t deserve those sort of insults. You owe them an apology.

    • What statement? Unless something has changed in the last few weeks Bartlett does not have cardiac care and Juneau doesn’t have a cardiologist.
      All CBJ heart patients are med evacs to Anchorage.

  2. I fail to understand why the Alaska Legislature would feel threatened about a person in that body who has demonstrated his pledge to abide by his solemn oath to support and defend the constitutions of the United States and the State of Alaska? Could there be some in that legislative body who do not understand what an Oath Keeper is, or share the same commitment toward their sworn responsibility as Representative Eastman? I wish my representatives shared his respect for the founding laws of the land!

    • I’m curious what Paul Hueper’s advice is on Eastman. The RINO’s always hold Republicans to a higher standard than Leftists.

    • Tim, the organization sponsors domestic terrorism and has members facing charges of sedition currently over its attempt to overthrow the government last January. It’s pretty clear.

      • So, John, supporting one’s oath to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” constitutes ‘domestic terrorism’ in your (blinkered and ideologically poisoned) mind?
        If so, count me as a proud Domestic Terrorism.
        PS: Our Founding Fathers were probably ‘terrorist’ in your eyes as well. How utterly contemptible and ignorant you are, of history, of the concept of liberty, of decency and honesty, of pretty much everything.

        • Jeff, the founding fathers did not support mob rule, which is what you support. The idea that you can attack your government because you believed some lie fed to you day in and day out in order to milk of your hard earned money is simply foreign in America. It’s certainly not a founding fathers intent. The founding fathers explicitly opposed the violent overthrow of the government by mob rule, like you guys attempted last January. It’s simply a fact. You might be happier in the Middle East. The Taliban might be your kind of people.

        • What law are you referring to?

          “The body of people … do not possess the discernment and stability necessary for systematic government. To deny that they are frequently led into the grossest errors by misinformation and passion, would be a flattery which their
          own good sense must despise.” –Alexander Hamilton.

          Alexander is talking about you, Jefferson. He is explicitly talking about the average person who is led to believe nonsense. And you do. You have yet to provide a single piece of evidence of voter fraud, which the oath keepers predicated their entire attack upon. So you can see why the founders did not agree with you, and that they would never have supported a mob attacking the center of American democracy.

          Please don’t tarnish the founding fathers’ good reputation with your opinion that they would have supported your lawlessness.

  3. So who’s going to head up the House Un-Alaskan Activities Committee. “Are you now, or have you ever been a member of The Oath Keepers?” The Great Red State Scare.

  4. This is an issue for his voters, not the legislature. Somehow I doubt they’d care if he was BLM in good standing.
    But to the left, THIS is what democracy looks like. Narrow ideological lines and punishing people who are outside them.

  5. I can’t believe they are getting away with what they are doing to Mr. Eastman. Good grief! If that’s the case, let’s go after all the antifa and blm’ers too!

  6. I noticed you’ve failed to mention that numerous Oath Keepers have been charged with sedition for their roles in the Jan. 6 events. Any reason you left that detail out of your reporting?

  7. It’s fake news that the Oath Keepers sponsor terrorism or attempted to overthrow the government. That’s what folks are led to believe when watching fake news and don’t think and research for themself. The fake news is told to tow the line… or else. There’s bad folks in every organization. Heck, just look at both political parties, crooks, criminals and traitors throughout. The most obvious is the current pResident, or are you blind to that? Being charged is different than being found guilty. But that’s what the fake news and it’s followers do… imply guilt without a trial. So sad.

    • Where do you get your news? Because your claim is false. So you should probably switch to a better news source.

  8. The Alaska house is a mess because is couple of RINO’s. The republican party is weak except for in the valley. The democrats are completely unhinged from reality.

  9. I see a lot of irony in today’s politics. The difference between Democrats and Republicans is merely how they describe themselves. Democrats espouse socialist, communist, fascist and totalitarian ideals; then, when elected, they tend to embrace these reprehensible ideologies. On the other hand, Republicans continue to espouse limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and constitutionalism; then, when elected, they tend to fail to adhere to such conservative American ideals. As a conservative, I must admit Democrats seem honorable in keeping their promises (to degrade our republic). On the other hand, Republicans seem to be a disgrace as regards keeping promises. The unjustified persecution of Mr. Eastman is a clear example of what I describe in this comment.

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