announcement a week ago by Senate President Lyda Green that she will
not seek re-election, there has been talk that Kodiak’s Gary Stevens might
become the new leader of the Senate Majority.
during a break in the AGIA hearings in Anchorage, he says he has considered the
advantageous, I think, in lots of ways.”)
says Green resigned because it looks like the state will grant Trans-Canada the
gas line contract:
with her district, I think, at that point.”)
became the senate president by pulling together a coalition of moderate
Republicans and all the senate Democrats, leaving a half-dozen more
conservative Republicans in the minority. Stevens says the majority
organization accomplished a lot in the past two years:
it was a very successful legislature.”)
year’s general election a new legislature will be seated in January, and the
senators will have to form a new majority. Whether it’s drawn along party lines
or once again a coalition is up in the air.
meantime, the legislature is spending much of the summer in special session
over the gas line, holding a series of meetings around the state, including
taking testimony from Big Oil representatives.
once we get to Juneau in July.”)
predicted the gas line will be built by Trans-Canada and financed by banks
based on the economic might of the big oil companies who participate. He also
said he is not interested in allowing the Russian petroleum company Gazprom
(Gas-prom) to participate in a project so important to Alaska.