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A long silence

If you ever wondered why Americans appear to be losing faith in the news media, consider this: The Las Vegas Sun in January of last year, long before the election, interviewed Joe Biden on several issues, including gun control. Unfortunately, the newspaper sat on the story until earlier this month, long after the election, saying […]

The union label

The two fund-raising front-runners in the field of 15 candidates vying for the Anchorage mayor’s job in April have racked up impressive campaign donation figures. To date, Assemblyman Forrest Dunbar has amassed $252,216 and longtime businessman Mike Robbins, $211,188, in their bids for the post. Disgraced former Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, it should be noted, collected […]

31 days

After 31 days of blah-blah-blah and serious inaction, the Alaska House finally has organized. Well, kinda. After all the hubbub, teeth-gnashing and hand-wringing, there still is no clear majority caucus, although House members have managed to approve committees that will allow them to actually get something done rather than simply wasting time playing politics. On […]

Searing criticism

It is not often the public is treated to a public smackdown of a sitting state senator by a governor, but the feud between Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Eagle River Sen. Reinbold apparently is boiling over into the public domain. In a sizzling letter, Dunleavy accuses Reinbold of violating the Ethics Act and her oath […]


From where we sit, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski would be hard-pressed to survive a GOP primary election in Alaska if she were to run for office again next year. Luckily for her, she may not have to face a primary battle. The anger in Republican ranks is almost palpable after her vote to convict former […]

A price

Yet again, a Republican state lawmaker has jumped ship and joined a Democratic coalition in the House – and, yet again, is being rewarded handsomely for the switch. This time it is Eagle River’s Kelly Merrick, who joined the mostly Democrat coalition led by Rep. Louise Stutes, of Kodiak. The House now is divided, with […]


Anchorage voters in April, along with sifting through a dizzying array of mayoral candidates, will be asked to decide a $1.84 million recurring, annual property tax to complete a technology overhaul for the Anchorage Police Department. The proposed upgrade includes an update of the department’s computer-aided dispatch and record management system “at risk of catastrophic […]

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