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Where’s your Super Bowl party? For Alaska Democrats, in the Speaker’s Office


Alaskans, like many Americans, are taking the day off to watch the game between the Patriots and the Rams.

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In Juneau, now enduring the 20th day of the House of Representatives shutdown, House Democrats are gathered in the Speaker’s Chambers and suites, which is still occupied by last year’s House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, since the votes are not there to come up with a replacement.

Voices can be heard outside the rooms from the halls of the second floor, with an estimated dozen legislators and aides gathered behind the closed doors to watch the game, possibly enjoy beverages and a buffet, and kick back on a Sunday after a long week of work.

Speaker Pro Tem Neal Foster, a Nome Democrat, doesn’t occupy that office, although he is gaveling the sessions in and out as required, while nothing gets done. There is no Speaker, no Rules chair, no Majority or Minority caucus, although rumors abound that there may be a 50-50 power split in the works for this coming week, with Republicans, who have 23 seats, giving over power to the Democrats, who have 17 (plus three Republicans who went with them).

Meanwhile, Edgmon is enjoying the view from his spacious C-suite, and it doesn’t look like he plans to give it up.

The Legislature is now one quarter of the way through its 90-day session.

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Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
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.


  1. Please tell us that is #FAKENEWS.

    If the Republicans do a 50/50 split, we’re hosed. Why, oh WHY can’t we do a better job of vetting these “Republicans” that run in our elections?

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