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Brennan: Bomber fly-bys stir memories

By Tom Brennan | This past week’s continuing interceptions of Russian Bear bombers off Alaska’s coastline by F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson brought back a few Cold War memories. Such mid-air meetings went on many times during the years 1947-1991, the Cold War years. The Russians often sent their bombers flying toward Alaska, primarily […]

Brennan: Dusting off crystal ball

By Tom Brennan Since today is, among other things, the 90th day of the current legislative session it’s time to dust off the old crystal ball and predict what is going to happen. First, there won’t be an income tax or statewide sales tax passed this year. There could be a lot more discussion about […]

Brennan: Tillerson filling posts carefully

By Tom Brennan Some national media people are rolling their eyes about the fact that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is taking his time filling key posts in the State Department. But Tillerson is doing exactly what you might expect from the chief executive of a huge multinational corporation like ExxonMobil. Many traditional appointees to […]

Brennan: 90-day limit serves good purpose

By Tom Brennan | The law says the Legislature should wrap up its business in 90 days. It’s easily circumvented, but that’s probably OK. That seems a funny thing to say, I know, but the 90-day limit does serve a purpose. It is a high-profile reminder to both legislators and the public that, after three […]

Brennan: Legislature should dump HB 175

By Tom Brennan Democrats in the Alaska House of Representatives want to do away with the Electoral College because Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton. Now that is a surprise. Actually what they are proposing would just “tinker” with the Electoral College system, but the tinkering would undermine it completely. Their bill, HB175, would sign Alaska […]

Brennan: Stakes higher than ever

By Tom Brennan Trying to guess how the Legislature ultimately will resolve the budget deficit is above my pay grade, but I sure hope they get it right — and make some big decisions this year. I’m actually hopeful they will do both. After all, failure could have consequences such as making Alaska an economic […]

Brennan: Stay focused on budget

By Tom Brennan These are perilous times for Alaska, both in Juneau and Washington, but this state still has tremendous potential — if we don’t blow it. Repsol announced Thursday that its Horseshoe prospect near Nuiqsut, drilled with partner Armstrong Oil and Gas, is proving to be the largest onshore conventional oil discovery in the […]

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