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Pot law

If ever there was an argument against initiatives and ballot measures dealing with incredibly complicated topics, Alaska’s new pot law certainly provides a good one. Using the myriad weaknesses in the pot taxation and regulatory law passed by voters in the November election, Charlo Greene of the new Alaska Cannabis Club, is going ahead with […]

Obama and ANWR

It did not take President Barack Obama long following Mark Begich’s failed re-election bid to show his true colors about his feelings for Alaska. He says he plans to ask Congress for a declaration designating much of the 19 million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness – including its 1.5 million-acre coastal plain, an area set […]

Speaking his mind

We always have been fans of elected sheriffs and Milwaukee County (Wisc.) Sheriff David Clarke only reinforces that support. Clarke apparently is a man who speaks his mind, and he did not pull any punches the other day in his assessment of the Rev. Al Sharpton, who vowed to keep fighting for justice for slain […]

It’s either Denali or Stinkhole Lake

It seems silly and a little unseemly that the fight over whether to call Denali by its rightful name – one endorsed by Alaskans – or continue to call it Mount McKinley, after the nation’s 25th president, a guy who never set foot in Alaska, continues to rage. To us, it is the same as […]

State of the Budget … cut, cut, cut

Because of sinking oil prices and dwindling state revenues, Gov. Bill Walker told Alaskans and lawmakers in his State of the Budget speech that a discussion about taxes may be necessary next year, but for the time being he plans to trim the state’s operating budget by about 5 percent and cut wherever he can. […]

State of the State

As far as speeches go, Gov. Bill Walker’s first State of the State was not a barn-burner. It was, instead, an uninspiring, workman-like call for cooperation and an attempt to put a positive spin on Alaska’s current fiscal predicament. There was not much new in the speech. It was 40 minutes of more of the […]

State of Obama

As if Americans needed more proof their president has lost all touch with reality, there was his sixth State of the Union address last night, one that left many, including, Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan thinking him nearly “delusional.” “The shadow of crisis has passed,” Obama said, “and the State of the Union is strong.” In […]

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