Democratic presidential candidates take to Twitter to weigh in on Alaska politics

Democratic presidential hopefuls Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden have weighed in on Alaska politics on social media over the past few days. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
The leading Democratic contenders for the White House are weighing in on Alaska politics and the ferry strike — at least, on social media.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted her thoughts on the state’s ongoing political feud on Tuesday. Warren linked to an Alaska Public Media story about Anchorage declaring a civil emergency, and called Governor Mike Dunleavy’s budget cuts “extreme.”

On Monday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders chimed in on the ferry labor dispute, tweeting “I stand with the IBU” and urging Dunleavy to “bargain in good faith” with the striking ferry workers.

And late last week, former Vice President Joe Biden also tweeted his support for the ferry workers on strike, calling the funding cuts to the Alaska Marine Highway System “draconian.”

The top-polling Democratic candidate for President then called on Governor Dunleavy to “restore full funding immediately.”

Current Republican President and frequent tweeter Donald Trump has not yet weighed in on Governor Dunleavy’s recent policy choices. But in the past, Dunleavy has received Trump’s enthusiastic support — both in person, and on social media.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Conservative Party leader travels to Yukon, outlines vision for Northern Canada, CBC News

Finland: Finland’s new gov breezes through no-confidence vote over its agenda, Yle News

Sweden: Swedish Centre Party promises tax break for rural northerners, Radio Sweden

United States: Alaska Legislature passes capital budget funding, $1,600 permanent fund dividends, veto reversals, Alaska Public Media

Elizabeth Harball, Alaska Public Media

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