July 17 is the deadline for registering to vote for the Aug. 16 primary. Register or change your address on your registration at this link. If you want to vote an absentee ballot, you’ll need to request one at this link. The target date for the first mailing of absentee by-mail ballots to civilian voters is July 22. In-person, special needs, and electronic transmission voting begins Aug. 1.
Save America notes: The Save America rally on Saturday was about 100% Donald Trump support, 100% Kelly Tshibaka support, and a still strong, but not unanimous support for Sarah Palin, although she received a warm welcome.
Outtakes from the event showed that some of the greatest applause of the evening came when Trump introduced Mayor Dave Bronson of Anchorage, and the crowd jumped to their feet to applaud and cheer Bronson, while Palin sat and did not cheer, nor clap for the Anchorage mayor who is the conservative standard-bearer for Alaska’s largest city. She looked around as if she was wondering what the cheering was for. Bronson has not endorsed her or her opponent Nick Begich. Even Mike Lindell was applauding wildly for Bronson. Roll the tape:
Endorsements: UA Local 367 Plumbers & Steamfitters endorsed Bill Walker for governor. Santa Claus, the radical Santa who has the legal name of the real Santa, has endorsed Bill Walker for governor. Planned Parenthood has endorsed Les Gara for governor.
Al Gross funds: The group Northern Leadership PAC, supporting Al Gross for Congress, has asked the Federal Elections Commission if it may donate the remaining portion of its funds to the Al Gross for Congress campaign so that Gross may pay off bills, wind down his campaign, and save the funds for future political endeavors. The letter explaining the request is here. The public comment period ended Sunday.
It appears the group has about $200,000 left of the over $400,000 it had raised, almost entirely from East Coast donors. Gross withdrew from the race quite suddenly, even though he placed third and was on his way to becoming a formidable candidate for the special general election for the vacant congressional seat. Northern Leadership PAC was Gross’ largest donor before he prematurely pulled out in June, contributing $15,000.
Palin funds: To date, the political action committee run by Rep. Elise Stefanik has been the largest contributor to Sarah Palin’s campaign, donating $10,000 by the May 22 reporting period.
Deadline: The quarterly reports for the Federal Elections Commission are due July 15. This applies to candidates in the federal races only.
Events: Charlie Pierce and Edie Grunwald are featured speakers at the Greater Anchorage Chapter of AMAC, the conservative group of mainly retirees. The meeting is at 7 pm, today — July 12 — on the Wellspring Campus, 2511 Sentry Drive, Anchorage. Use the silver doors in the lower level parking lot. Pierce and Grunwald are candidates for governor/lieutenant governor.
Mat-Su Special Election: The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has a special election today, with polls now open until 8 p.m. There are four ballot propositions.
The first proposition is to approve the reapportionment plan for Assembly seats. The second and third propositions create lifetime limits on Assembly seats and the mayor’s seat. The fourth involves increasing the property tax exemption for veterans, seniors, and disabled. All the information is at this link.