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Tammie’s back with Dems

After less than 24 hours of rumors and uncertainty, Rep. Tammie Wilson has struck a truce and is back with the Democrat-led majority in the House.

As of last night, she had quit that caucus, but hadn’t found a landing place. This morning things were smoothed over, and any rancor was undetectable.

The dust-up is due to the soft-on-crime legislative maneuvers of Rep. Matt Claman. He’s been gutting the governor’s rollback of SB 91, and Wilson is a proponent of the governor’s legislation. SB 91 is blamed for a major crime wave across the 49th State.

Wilson convened the House Finance Committee today and was present in the House floor session, and there were no signs of the breakdown that occurred last night in the majority.

If she had quit the caucus, Rep. Jennifer Johnston would have become co-chair of Finance, and also on the conference committee that will negotiate a final budget with the Senate.

From the Administration’s perspective, the Dunleavy camp would likely prefer Wilson to remain on Finance, since she is considered more fiscally conservative than Johnston. Wilson on the conference committee would be more likely to strike a more conservative budget deal with the Senate.

Eight Republicans have joined the caucus led by Rep. Bryce Edgmon, and they have the numbers even without Rep. Wilson. The majority has 25 members, and the Republican minority has 15.

[Read original story: Tammie Wilson walks out on Democrat caucus]

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • I’m sick of republicans who claim they are conservatives and legislate the exact opposite. (shout out to Knopp, Kopp, and all the rest of the misrepresentatives.) How can they sleep at night? Because they all live in a swamp bubble…

  • Seems to be the DEMS are with Tammie. Tammie is a leader not a follower.

    • How’s that?

  • When these turncoats come back home, make them feel the steely indignation they deserve.

  • Did the Republicans not want to take her back?

  • REPEAL SB 91 already you’re killing us out here. Today in Juneau it’s a guy with a large knife at a PLAYGROUND. I can finally understand why you folks need your own chef.

    • Kathy, what was this? I haven’t been able to find what you’re talking about on the news. Me and my small child frequent Juneau’s playgrounds and I want to know if I should start carrying there.

  • I talked to real Republican on Finance. Tammie is no longer trusted, period!

  • The damage is done. This is not the time to quit. She is needed on conference committee. She forgot when one sleeps with dogs they get fleas. Fleas can’t be trusted. So now, go back with a flea collar and do what you can.

  • The 2019 House session is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. I don’t want to stare but I just can’t help myself.

  • I think Tammy will have a tough row to hoe in the North Pole area next election. It’ll be a leap to support her after this betrayal with the Dems and I do vote.

  • Republicans always eat their own kind, been happening for years. Nothing new to see here, same old same old. No surprise really.

    • Everyone eats their own once they turn. Doesn’t matter the party.

  • There is one thing for sure Tammie has lost my vote! A true conservative would never betray their values!

  • Wilson couldn’t win any kind of popularity contest in any party in any region of the state. She’s an odd duck through and through. Her recent behavior is, sadly, spelling out some increasing mental distress.

    • Seems to me that this is the same type of allegations lobbed at both John Coghill and Jim Whitaker in fairly recent years past. I don’t vote for a political party, ever.

  • What a fake, a phony and a fraud. How does she sleep at night?

    • Probably snores loudly….

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