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Democrats eager to shill for President Barack Obama and the IRS have come up with assertions that the agency targeted tax-exempt status applications from liberal groups as well as conservative organizations. That somehow apparently is supposed to make the harassment easier to take, but those claims, the IRS’ auditor says, are bunk. Treasury Department Inspector […]

The Supreme Court, the Voting Rights Act and Alaska

The U.S. Supreme Court is removing – finally – the federal government’s complicated, time-consuming and insulting micromanagement of elections in Alaska and eight other states. This week, it struck down parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, allowing officials and lawmakers a freer say in crafting Alaska’s voting system, while still requiring assistance to those […]

Where’s Begich? Where’s Murkowski?

At the risk of appearing pushy, we are wondering what Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski’s stands might be on the ridiculous proposal to roll back the state’s recently enacted oil tax reform. There is a petition drive under way to put a referendum on the ballot asking Alaskans to do just that. We refer […]

Stay off the mudflats

The Anchorage Fire Department says a man was missing on the Cook Inlet mudflats last night after getting caught in a fast-moving tide while walking back from Fire Island. Another man – hypotyhermic and in shock – escaped with his life. Both were caught by a fast-moving tide, one of the most extreme of the […]

Journalist? Really?

A report in Politico is more than a little disturbing. It says the Justice Department considers Curtis Morrison – a liberal activist who secretly tape-recorded Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in February at a campaign meeting in Louisville – a journalist. Why? “Morrison was previously a paid freelancer for a Louisville-based, online news outlet, even […]

Obama gives pause

President Obama’s suggestion to crowd of about 2,000 in Northern Ireland that a parochial education leads to division in a community gives yet another window into his administration. Obama was in Northern Ireland for the Group of Eight summit when he put his foot in his mouth. “If towns remain divided — if Catholics have […]

Fire danger

With the Summer Solstice upon us and people expected to be enjoying the outdoors in huge numbers, we should note that the fire danger in Anchorage is off the charts. Our dry and hotter-than-normal start of summer has left the Hillside and other areas of Anchorage a veritable tinderbox of dangerously dry timber and underbrush. […]

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