02/18/16 - 9:24pm
JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska lawmakers gather each week in the state capital ready to rumble, but it’s not to continue their already tense and rocky negotiations over the $3.5 billion budget deficit.
Or some other partisan issue.
Republicans and Democrats alike assemble, inside a bowling alley, to talk strikes, spares and gutter balls. There’s even room for lobbyists, legislative staff and, for the first time in 30 years, a seated governor.
This year, Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, is on the same team as the Republican House speaker, Mike Chenault.