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News Roundup: February 5, 2016


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The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) has proposed to transform the state-run Mt. Edgecumbe boarding school in Sitka into a 3-year accelerated science and engineering school – which came as a surprise to current families and staff, who were not consulted before ANSEP made its pitch to the legislature. [KTOO]

Sunday’s annual Alaska Ski for Women in Anchorage will feature a retrospective of the past decade’s work by the Ultimate Frisbee Friends, a team renowned for its elaborate and colorful costumes. [Alaska Dispatch News]

A blatantly unconstitutional bill that seeks to assert state control over federal lands passed its third committee hearing this week. Because obviously legislators have nothing better to do right now. [Alaska Commons]

No Money, Mo Problems

Although the state legislature’s overall travel spending went down in 2015, Sen. Lesil McGuire spent nearly $40,000 – an increase of $7,000 from the previous year. A good chunk of those funds came from the budget of an obscure committee which never met last year. [Alaska Dispatch News]

Gov. Walker faces ongoing questions about the constitutionality of his proposed Permanent Fund Protection Act – and the questions aren’t likely to go away anytime soon. [Alaska Commons]

A proposed settlement waiting to be approved by the Alaska Public Offices Commission reveals that two independent political groups connected to the Walker campaign illegally obscured the source of $100,000 in donations. If the settlement is approved, the groups will be fined a total of $7,708 for the improperly filed reports. [Alaska Dispatch News]

This Week in Joint Congressional Facepalms

U.S. House Republican leaders met with Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to reiterate that under no circumstances is he to use his committee’s investigative powers to target presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. [POLITICO]

Rick Santorum dropped out of the presidential race this week and endorsed Marco Rubio, but when two MSNBC hosts asked him why, Santorum was unable to name a single accomplishment from Rubio’s four years in the Senate.”The bottom line is there isn’t a whole lot of accomplishments,” said Santorum. [POLITICO]

Everything Else

Kesha, who sued the head of her record label for sexual assault in 2014, scored a minor victory in her ongoing legal battles – two countersuits by the producer were thrown out by a New York judge. A separate lawsuit seeking to break Kesha from her exclusive contract with her producer and Sony has a hearing scheduled for later this month. [Jezebel]

A “professional douchebag” who has made a name for himself building an online community of men who support horrifically misogynistic ideas (like decriminalizing rape in private homes) backtracked on plans for worldwide in-person meetups this weekend after announcements of counter protests, including the Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club showing up in full gear ready to pick a fight. [New York Magazine]

Morocco turned on the first phase of its massive solar power plant at the edge of the Sahara desert, bringing clean electricity to 650,000 people. When the project is complete, it should be able to generate electricity for 1.1 million people, and provide additional energy to export to Europe and the Middle East. [The Guardian]

is an activist, educator, and lifelong Alaskan who makes nonprofit education and advocacy programs work better. Tonei is a four-time Pride Foundation Scholar and received the 2011 Richard L. Schlegel Legion of Honor Award for Emerging LGBT Activist. They have been featured on National Public Radio, and received a 2008 Alaska Press Club award for Best Education Reporting while working with the Alaska Teen Media Institute. Tonei holds an MA in Social Justice and Community Development from Loyola University Chicago and a BA in Political Science and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies from American University.

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