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It is a hoot to listen to our friends on the Left talk about taxes, a subject always near and dear to their hearts. Take Anchorage Democratic Rep. Andy Josephson, for instance. During a recent KTVA interview, he bemoaned the suffering of Alaska communities because of state budget cuts and reduced revenue-sharing. He said the […]

Lousy idea gets signatures

Backers of a proposed ballot initiative aimed at massively changing elections in Alaska have turned in more than 41,000 signatures in a bid to qualify the measure for this year’s ballot. It needed only 28,000. It is discomfiting so many people were duped. Backed primarily by moneyed Outside interests, the initiative boasts 25 pages of […]

Fool’s errand?

Watching what passes for news coverage of the city’s three town halls on possible new taxes, one might think saying “no” is not an option. The municipal presentations seemed to center on the question: Which of these taxes would you support? The meetings seemed as much grooming sessions as informational sessions. The taxes the Assembly […]


First, it was Senate President Cathy Giessel and her merry band of Permanent Fund dividend pirates on the hunt for ways to put government spending ahead of Alaskans’ receiving their annual piece of Alaska’s oil riches. Now, it is Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz looking for a piece of the dividend pie at Alaskans’ expense. As […]


If you were looking for an egregious example of the Left’s easy manipulation of Alaska’s news media, you would need look no further than recent reports by two Anchorage television stations. KTVA and KTUU both covered leftist organizations calling on Sen. Lisa Murkowski to back a “fair” impeachment trial for President Donald Trump, one that […]

A new flack

With the city putting on a full-court press to rake in more money from a proposed 5 percent retail alcohol tax and two general sales taxes, you have to wonder what kind of spending the new levies would underwrite. Here’s one thing: New tax revenues would pay for a “full-time public engagement officer and/or consultant” […]

Scared to death

Shortly after taking office, Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed three constitutional amendments that would go a very long way toward handing Alaska back to Alaskans. The three, of course, drew little interest from the Legislature because each of the three would diminish legislative power and a vote would, once and for all, answer questions about who […]

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