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Same ol’ question

With signature takers for the Protect Our Privacy Initiative and signers being harassed and intimidated by LGBT activists at the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival and protesters greeting the delivery of 8,500 signatures to the city clerk’s office, we are left with the same ol’ question. Why is it that those supposedly fighting for their […]

Who is going to pay?

With city officials raising the alarm about a possible $20 million budget shortfall next year, a reasonable person might wonder where Anchorage will get matching money for a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Interior for the new Muldoon Town Square Park. The federal grant, KTVA reports, is part of a nationwide program to […]


Kudos to Congressman Don Young for pushing a long-awaited measure through the House that finally would authorize a land swap for a one-lane, gravel road linking the tiny Alaska Peninsula fishing village of King Cove to nearby Cold Bay and its all-weather runway. The measure would trade 43,000 acres of state land for the 206-acre […]

Straw vote

Folks at the recent Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River just for fun held an informal straw poll of potential and announced gubernatorial candidates, and while it is wholly unscientific, it is interesting. Of the 630 people who participated, 20 percent said they would vote for former Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, with 13.8 picking former […]

Not great numbers

Results from a recent poll by Morningconsult.com, which tracks public officials’ job approval ratings cannot be great news for Gov. Bill Walker with an election looming next year. Alaska’s Republican-cum-independent-cum-undeclared governor has not said yet whether he will toss his hat into the ring, but if he does decide to run he will have plenty […]

Dunleavy is in

The good news as the upcoming gubernatorial election craziness loom is that there is a Legislature-savvy, certified, no-kidding, dyed-in-the-wool conservative in the race. Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, is the first widely known candidate to sign up to run for the office now held by Republican-cum-independent-cum-undeclared Gov. Bill Walker, who, while hinting he will, has not […]

A constant trial

Working with Alaska lawmakers must be a constant trial for the oil industry that carries the state’s economy and antes up about 90 percent of its government spending. The industry’s pleas for fiscal certainty, absolutely vital for ensuring stability for investment, largely go unheeded by Alaska, and oil tax policy has changed seven times in […]

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