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A reader the other day asked a very good question: Why is the Anchorage Assembly asking the public what should be done with the money the city will receive from the 5 percent retail alcohol sales tax it foisted on voters in April? The ordinance finally approved by voters only a year after they rejected […]

The wrong thing to do

The U.S. Senate inexplicably went into recess Friday without acting on today’s expiration of enhanced jobless benefits while millions of unemployed and furloughed Americans brace for the worst. The House leadership met late into Thursday night with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, but the talks failed and the […]

When they are right …

It is interesting and instructive that former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and former Gov. Sean Parnell both oppose the so-called “Better Elections” ballot initiative. The initiative would institute ranked-choice voting, open or “jungle” primaries to benefit fringe and leftist candidates and allow your vote to go to someone you detest. It would limit campaign contributions […]

Just thought you would like to know

We could not help but notice the Never Trump outfit working to bolster Al Gross’s chances against Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan in the upcoming elections. Gross, an orthopedic surgeon, is a so-called Independent running on the Democratic ticket. The Lincoln Project has dumped about $1 million on ads to promote his campaign against Sullivan. The […]


The Anchorage Assembly late in Tuesday’s meeting voted unanimously to carry over the public hearing on Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s bid to form an Office of Equity and Justice to further move the city toward “becoming a more welcoming and inclusive community.” The public hearing was postponed until Aug. 25. The proposed office would be led […]

What’s next? Tonsillectomies?

The agenda for tonight’s Anchorage Assembly meeting includes a proposed ordinance that would prohibit sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts targeting minors. The proposed measure, it should be noted, does not prohibit pro-gay counseling, and opponents say it would infringe on the First Amendment rights of patients and therapists, and hamstring therapists and counselors […]

Aug. 11 vote?

A six-hour Anchorage Assembly meeting on spending $22.5 million for four properties to provide additional homeless services adjourned at midnight Monday with no vote. A vote is expected on Aug. 11. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz would use $12.5 million of Anchorage’s initial installment of $116 million in federal CARES Act money to buy the America’s Best […]

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