Endorsements: The Nick Begich for Congress campaign announced on Wednesday that Amy Demboski, a former political rival, endorsed his candidacy for Congress. Demboski is a former Anchorage Assemblywoman who ran for mayor in 2015 and is now the municipal manager of Anchorage. Begich ran against her for Assembly once — his first foray into election politics — and he lost to her. Her endorsement is important, as she is considered a solid conservative leader.
Fundraiser: The Dunleavy-Dahlstrom for Governor fundraiser on Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 6-8 pm promises great weather, good friends, and a strong message from the governor for his vision of Alaska’s future. If you want to talk to Suzanne Downing from Must Read Alaska, she’ll see you there.
Walker says he knows better on dividend: Gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker says a big dividend means the state will have to enact massive taxes and end the Permanent Fund dividend program in the future. “It’s that simple,” he said. So simple!
“It takes political courage to be honest with Alaskans about budget troubles and work to find solutions that both ensure economic stability and guarantee dividends for future generations. Buying votes with false promises of huge dividends is fiscally irresponsible and downright dishonest. Alaskans deserve better,” Walker said. His plan “doesn’t depend on the rise and fall of oil prices, and we will always be honest with Alaskans.”
Knocking for Nick: Americans for Prosperity Alaska has knocked on more than 11,000 doors and talked with 6,000 Alaskans about the congressional campaign.
Tshibaka at Rotary: Kelly Tshibaka, who is challenging Sen. Lisa Murkowski, discussed rank choice voting at a Rotary Club meeting in Wasilla, which was also dinner to honor the most recent Medal of Honor recipient, Earl Plumlee, who received the medal on Dec. 16, 2021 for going above and beyond the call of duty during his service in Afghanistan.
RNC Convention news: Nashville’s city council has votes down a contract with the Republican National Committee for the 2024 GOP convention, which probably means Milwaukee is going to be the host city. Milwaukee hasn’t had any significant riots since 2020 but the year is young.
Palin at CPAC: A week and a half before the Aug. 16 primary-general election, congressional candidate Sarah Palin will be in Texas for the Conservative Political Action Conference — CPAC, which is having its summer conference Aug. 4-7 in Dallas. Palin is one of the speakers, along with Donald Trump and other luminaries; the line-up of high-powered speakers is here. Key for her opponents is that Palin won’t be in Alaska talking to voters for the better part of two days during the crucial few days leading up to the special election for Congress.