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Trump rally, Murkowski question and Young communications chief move forward | Policy

Donald Trump touts the crowds and enthusiasm at the Alaska political rally. Senator Lisa Murkowski asks why the former president is so worried after his repeated remarks about her. And Rep. Don Young’s former director of communications, who died last March, is leaving his post at the Alaska House at-Large office.

There’s more news in “Five Things to Know.”

Alaska’s enthusiasm for Trump

Former President Donald Trump is calling the response from supporters at last week’s political rally in Alaska “more love than I’ve ever had before.”

In an interview with New York Magazine, Trump said the enthusiasm of crowds in Alaska, Arizona and Nevada, where he made personal appearances, is convincing him to make a decision soon about another run for president of the United States. United States.

“Have you seen Alaska and have you seen Las Vegas? I’ll tell you, the enthusiasm and the crowds are bigger than they’ve ever been,” Trump asked the interviewer.

“The enthusiasm is greater than it’s ever been,” Trump said again, citing the excitement of the standing crowd at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

Trump said the turnout and passion of his base demonstrate better than the polls that voters want him back in political office. Although the Alaskan event supported gubernatorial candidates Mike Dunleavy, Kelly Tshibaka and Sarah Palin, it was Trump’s stardom that drew supporters to the arena at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.

Senator Murkowski to Trump

US Senator Lisa Murkowski said Donald Trump “seems to worry about me,” according to an interview the Alaskan senator gave to the Independent newspaper.

Murkowski told the Independent she was “extremely confident” she would be re-elected. His campaign raised $1.7 million in the last quarter. Tshibaka’s campaign did not respond to a request from the News-Miner about how much it has raised in donations. Contributions are often a strong sign of a candidate’s popularity with voters.

Murkowski has been at the center of an attack by Trump, who was in Alaska last week to rally around Tshibaka.

The former president criticized Murkowski for voting to impeach him and form a committee to investigate the insurrection at the US Capitol. While the Senate vote failed to create the committee, the House voted for the bipartisan panel currently investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 violence.

Senator Sullivan’s resolution on Biden’s environmental rules

Senator Dan Sullivan’s resolution to roll back President Joe Biden’s environmental permit reform has the support of all 50 Republicans in the US Senate.

The joint resolution of disapproval seeks to overturn a new Biden administration rule under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The new rule requires federal agencies to review the climate impacts of major infrastructure projects.

In 2020, the Trump administration sought to roll back NEPA, saying it hindered business growth.

In 2022, Republican opposition to Biden’s emphasis on tougher environmental rules is expected to gain traction if the party wins a large victory in the midterm elections and takes control of both houses of Congress.

Sullivan’s office said the senator’s joint resolution of disapproval is to prevent the Biden administration from escalating an “already onerous” permitting process for development projects.

But the resolution must be passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the president to be implemented.

Environmental Innovations at Alaska Air

Alaska Airlines is working with a high-tech startup to advance carbon capture technology in jet fuel manufacturing.

Alaska Air Group works with Twelve and Microsoft Corp. on fuels derived from sequestered carbon emissions and renewable energy sources. A commercial demonstration flight is planned to power an aircraft with E-Jet, the commercial name for the fuel.

In a joint statement, the companies said they were working on “a low-carbon jet fuel produced by a liquid-feed process” that takes advantage of carbon transformation technology.

“By producing our E-Jet® fuel from captured CO2, we can quickly and efficiently close the carbon cycle and enable companies to sustainably use emissions to fuel their own business travel,” said Nicholas Flanders, co-founder and CEO of Douze.

Rep. Young’s spokesperson moves on

Zack Brown, who connected the press to Rep. Don Young and his job at the US House, said a formal goodbye as he wrapped up his final week on Capitol Hill.

“The day has arrived and is as bittersweet as I expected. As a millennial who started college in the middle of the Great Recession and experienced the terrible reality of the bank foreclosure of our family home, I never thought that in a million years I could serve in the United States Congress, let alone for its most legendary member: Congressman Don Young,” Brown said in his farewell statement.

Brown has worked at the Alaska At-Large Office since Young’s unexpected death in March 2021. Young, 88, had represented the state for nearly half a century.

“Alaskans are truly built differently, and I want to thank our constituents for always being a pleasure to work with and opening their homes and lives to me during my visits to the state. Alaskans care about their communities and are never afraid to share their ideas and frustrations. It was an honor to be their partner in Congress,” Brown said.

“Although I am leaving this great institution for very sad reasons, I leave damn proud of all that Congressman Don Young’s office has accomplished,” Brown said.

Brown will continue to manage communications in Washington, DC, but will now work in the private sector.

Brown said he will take with him the skills and knowledge he developed working with Young and his team. He concluded his statement by noting Young’s contributions to Congress.

“I hope his legacy of good governance and the epitome of wisdom of Don Young will help guide this institution in the years to come,” Brown said.

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