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What about our deal?

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz is having a fit of pique because the House Finance Committee voted to eliminate state reimbursement of local school bond debt across Alaska. The mayor told KTUU the move is dishonorable; a breach of an obligation; that a deal, by golly, is a deal. Make no mistake, if the state ditches […]

Just an idea

As authorities struggle to contain the invasion of illegal aliens from Mexico, and Central and South America, seeking asylum or sneaking across the border, it is clear – with an estimated 1.5 million of them expected this year alone – we are losing the battle. There already are somewhere between 11 million and 30 million […]

Push for Dunleavy’s amendments

It is time for Alaskans to talk to their representatives and senators about Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s trio of proposed constitutional amendments aimed at addressing the state’s chronic red ink problem. From where we sit, all three should have been part of the Alaska Constitution since Day One. One deals with a spending cap – Alaska […]

228 days

It has been 228 days since dead people tried to vote in last year’s GOP District 15 primary election. Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, a Republicrat, then was facing off with political unknown Aaron Weaver in the Aug. 21 election. At least seven civic-minded dead folks asked for absentee ballots. At least two living people said absentee […]

A question

A question that remains unanswered in the city’s failing effort to levy a 5 percent retail sales tax on alcohol, ostensibly to battle homelessness: Why does the city need the $13 million to $15 million in annual revenue such a levy would have raised? We ask that question after Scott Kendall, Gov. Bill Walker’s chief […]

The 11th time may be charm

You can almost feel the angst emanating from Juneau in the wake of a proposed ballot measure being certified that, if approved by voters, would move sessions of the Alaska Legislature to Anchorage. Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer and the Department of Law cleared the way Wednesday for Equal Access Alaska to begin gathering the 28,501 […]

The election

It appears vote-by-mail – making its second appearance in city balloting – was not a smashing success in Anchorage’s municipal election yesterday. In early vote returns, only about 18.9 percent of the city’s 227,210 registered votes even bothered to cast their ballots, making it perhaps the smallest turnout for a municipal election since 2005. Last […]

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