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Getting it right

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals got it right a few years ago when it temporarily blocked a portion of California’s Proposition 63, which banned firearm magazines holding more than 10 rounds. The San Francisco-based court, however, at the request of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a few days ago […]

Do what is necessary

Slightly more than 47 million people in the United States have received one or both doses as of COVID-19 vaccines as of Saturday. In Alaska, the number vaccinated is slightly more than 150,000, with more than 100,000 finishing the shot series. Despite a rocky start, the state’s vaccination program is slowly, but surely, getting the […]

Growing

With all the bad news, here is some good: The Alaska Permanent Fund this week has grown to about $75 billion, although the amount fluctuates with the markets. Returns on the investment account, established by a 1976 voter-approved constitutional amendment, help fuel government through a Percent of Market Value formula, to the tune of about […]

Crickets, just crickets

From our what’s-good-for-the-goose-is-good-for-the-gander files: Rep. Sara Rasmussen, who represents Anchorage’s Sand Lake area, celebrated her 31st birthday this week and lawmakers, as per custom, acknowledged the Republican House member’s special day. Rep. Zack Fields, a Democrat who represents downtown Anchorage, praised her and then said: “I have recently become aware of a problem caused by […]

Could be interesting

It is with more than passing interest we note former Gov. Bill Walker is weighing a reelection bid in 2022. Walker, a Republican-cum-independent-cum-undeclared-cum-independent and strict adherent of a government-as-religion philosophy, made his living as a lawyer largely by suing oil companies. He ran as a “fusion” candidate in 2014 with Democrat Byron Mallott, who died […]

Dunleavy: No new taxes without Alaskans’ consent

Over the past few years, we have been among those calling on the Legislature to act on three constitutional amendments proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. One of them would require a vote of Alaskans before the Legislature could enact a new tax or tax rate. Why is such an amendment needed? Our spend-crazy lawmakers have […]

Why not districts?

As the election looms in April for four seats on the Anchorage School Board, we again wonder why the massive school district has not been broken up into subdivisions mirroring the city’s Assembly districts. Instead, School Board elections are at-large, meaning anybody can vote for anybody, no matter where they reside within the city. The […]

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