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Be careful

As long lines of holiday revelers make beelines for favorite camping and fishing spots for the long Memorial Day weekend, we urge caution in the outdoors as much of the state is dry and warm – and just waiting for a spark. Low humidity and warm weather are expected to continue through the weekend. We […]

Cold feet

We wondered how long it would take for members of the Republican-led House majority caucus to get cold feet when talk about using Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to balance the state’s budget turned serious. It turns out, not long at all. To access the Constitutional Budget Reserve to withdraw more than $3 billion needed to […]

Erin’s law

Count us among those who have absolutely no tolerance for sexual abusers or child molesters or rapists or those who engage in dating violence. In our minds, there is not harsh enough a punishment for those who engage in such behavior. Count us among those who believe it is a good idea that our school […]

Simple fairness

That Sen. Lisa Murkowski is pursuing Outer Continental Shelf revenue-sharing is good news. The Alaska Republican calls it a bid for “simple fairness.” Alaska’s congressional delegation has tried before, it should be noted, and no doubt it will be an uphill battle, but Murkowski is fighting the good fight and this time around she may […]

The handwriting on the wall

If you want a glimpse of what likely would happen if the Alaska Legislature were to cave in to Gov. Bill Walker’s wrong-headed campaign promise to expand Alaska’s already broken Medicaid system by adding 40,000 more recipients, you need only read Politico’s recent “Skyrocketing Medicaid signups stir Obamacare fights.” That report, by Rachana Pradhan, indicates […]

The $100 million scam

We watch with more than a little amazement at the absolute chutzpah of Democrats trying to blackmail the House majority Republicans into spending $100 million more – money the state does not have – before they will vote to access the Constitutional Budget Reserve and balance next year’s budget. Here’s the part that kills us […]

Republicans right on Medicaid expansion

Prepare for the inevitable meltdown, the Republican-led Finance Committee is digging in its heels and refusing to move forward with a demand from Gov. Bill Walker that Medicaid be expanded to fulfill a campaign promise of his. Walker had wanted the Legislature to expand Medicaid – already giving free medical care to 150,000 Alaskans – […]

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