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Another sign

Another sign that Alaska’s future is intricately tied to the fortunes of the oil industry and that the state is vulnerable to the vagaries of the oil markets is the Moody’s Investors Service decision to lower Alaska’s credit outlook because of plummeting oil prices. Moody’s says the precipitous oil price drop “threatens to rapidly and […]

Obama and Cuba

While the hard-line Cuban exile community in Miami is in shock today over President Barack Obama’s announcement he would restore full diplomatic relations with communist Cuba and open an embassy in Havana, there is perhaps a long-term ray of hope. Obama said Cuba had freed American political prisoner Alan Gross on humanitarian grounds — and […]

Budget cuts

Gov. Bill Walker is proposing a $106 million capital budget – most of it tied to matching federal funds – whacking by $114 million the spending plan he inherited from former Gov. Sean Parnell. Gone is funding for the Susitna-Watana dam, the Ambler road, the Knik Arm and Bridge Toll Authority. Alaska Housing Finance Corp. housing […]

Assembly meeting should be interesting

Given the fireworks at hearings ahead of the successful vote to legalize what we refer to as “sport marijuana” in Alaska, public testimony at tomorrow’s Anchorage Assembly meeting on an ordinance to allow the city to accept the “opt out” provision of the new law and ban commercial dope facilities ought to be, well, animated. […]

Governmentitis at its finest

Motorists in Fairbanks, beginning Jan. 1, no longer will have to shell out $100 to the Department of Motor Vehicles every two years to renew their registrations on older vehicles and trailers. They will joint residents of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in a new state program abolishing those fees. Residents in Anchorage – where the city […]

So it was a fluke …

Remember that cheesy TV commercial for Democrat Sen. Mark Begich’s losing re-election bid that attacked Republican candidate Dan Sullivan for handing out short sentences to sex offenders – including one who went on to become a killer? Well, it turns out a consultant from the ad firm that put out the ad says it had little […]

Republicans may not want to unpack

The good news is that The New York Times says Democrats are feuding among themselves because of a rollback of banking regulations in the $1.1 trillion spending package that squeaked through the House 219-206 yesterday. It is difficult to care much about what Democrats are doing. The bad news is that the Republican House leadership […]

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