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It is difficult to get excited about Gov. Bill Walker’s seeking support from China for his pipe dream, the $43 billion Alaska LNG Project to move North Slope gas to Asian markets. Aside from having a lousy human rights record, China presents many thorny problems for the United States and the rest of the world. […]

Don’t let the door …

It is always instructive when a member of the political left has a fit of pique. It usually illustrates mindset. Take, for instance, the snit by Juneau Rep. Sam Kito III over Juneau’s three lawmakers, who live at home during the session, losing their per diem. Kito, a Democrat, in the past justified his per […]

Alaska is not one of them

As the economy turns around, shaking off eight years of Barack Obama, 14 states are posting record-low unemployment. Spoiler: Alaska is not one of them. Those states, The Hill reports, stretch ideologically from California, with a 4.1 rate, to conservative Texas, at 3.9. Hawaii’s 2.0 rate is the nation’s lowest. Alaska? Well, Alaska is not […]

What’s next?

If you can say anything about Democrats, it is this: They never give up. Now, the Democratic National Committee is suing, among others, the Trump campaign, the Russian government and Wikileaks, claiming they conspired to disrupt the 2016 presidential election. Other defendants in the multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court include Donald Trump Jr., […]

North Slope oil climbs above $70

  There finally is good news for Alaska. North Slope oil prices have climbed to their highest point in more than three years – with North Slope crude reaching $73 a barrel on Wednesday. What this will eventually mean for the economy, now sputtering along in a recession, or the oil industry and job formation […]

Walker has problems

Gov. Bill Walker, who is running for re-election, has a huge hurdle to jump in the coming months – he is almost as unpopular as failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll earlier this month puts her approval rating at 27 percent. MorningConsult polling’s Governor Approval Ratings has Walker with a […]

How it is supposed to work

In a textbook example of supply, demand and entrepreneurship, the Alaska Railroad needed a more economical way to paint its passenger cars – and a local business formed and stepped up. The railroad was shipping some of its 45 passenger cars to Seattle every year, putting them back on tracks and hauling them to the […]

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