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A sore foot in the offing

Alaska Democrats will be able to pick from among 12 – that’s right, an even a dozen – presidential candidates in the state party’s crowded primary election. Any way you cut it, that is a lot of candidates. Even better, the winner will be chosen in the closed primary by mail-in, ranked-choice balloting. The candidates […]

Dummy tax

With a bevy of “small” taxes getting attention in the Legislature, it is only a matter of time, we suppose, before lawmakers settle on one or more of them to add to the state’s revenue menu. So far, there are suggestions that the state double its fuel tax or levy a $30-a-head annual school tax […]

Again, the booze tax

In front of a sparse crowd and after rejecting a broad-based sales tax that actually would have helped property taxpayers, the Anchorage Assembly put on the April 7 ballot a 5 percent retail alcohol tax – the same tax voters rejected just nine months. Only Assembly members John Weddleton and Crystal Kennedy voted against putting […]

On again, off again

Good grief, you need a program just to keep up with whether the Recall Dunleavy campaign’s signature-gathering is on hold or can continue. When the recall petition was rejected by the state as having insufficient grounds, Recall Dunleavy sued. Anchorage Superior Judge Eric Aarseth on Jan. 10 ordered signature-gathering booklets be printed by the Alaska […]

Put a fork in it

It is time to put a fork in what passes for journalism in this country today – it is cooked. The circus surrounding the nomination and confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court was among the worst examples of the news media taking sides and spreading outright lies and baseless assertions. You might […]

More contempt

While the Anchorage Assembly is slated Tuesday night to mull whether – or, more likely, which – sales tax should be put on the April 7 ballot, at least one of its members wants another delay. KTVA reports Assemblywoman Meg Zaletel as saying: ”It’s just too fast for something which could be such a game changer […]

523 days, but who’s counting?

Good heavens! Has it really been 523 long days since dead people – yes, that’s right, dead people – lined up to cast ballots in the House District 15 GOP primary election in 2018? How time flies. If you will recall those thrilling days of yesteryear, Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, a staunch Republicrat and the District […]

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