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Bad news in the Senate

One could, we suppose, be forgiven for believing the Alaska Senate is sliding to the left, split on the question of whether the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend should be calculated in such a way to allow government more money to spend at the expense of Alaskans. The Senate, led by Republican Sen. Cathy Giessel – […]

Uh-oh. It’s the Legislature

Alas, it is at last upon us: The second session of the 31st Alaska State Legislature is to gavel into session today in Juneau. It likely will be a rowdy few months ahead as lawmakers hash through the state’s problems and challenges. Will the formula for the Permanent Fund dividend be changed to allow more […]

Martin Luther King Jr.

The third Monday in January is set aside yearly by the federal government as the day Americans remember and honor the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., a lion of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. King, born Michael Luther King, Jr., on Jan. 15, 1929, later changed his name to Martin […]

A tale of two headlines

There were two headlines last week that should have caught the attention of Anchorage voters. One, in the Anchorage Daily News – “Anchorage paid to power nonexistent streetlights, missed out on savings from LED bulbs” – topped a story about how a city audit found Anchorage has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in over-payments […]

Fiscal insanity

Guess what? The federal government spent a record $1.2 trillion in October through December, the first three months of fiscal 2020, the Treasury says. That is up a whopping $48 billion from the $1.1 trillion spent in the first three months of fiscal 2019. The government did all that while total federal tax collections were […]

Fairness? Impartiality? Blind justice?

We have a question: How can four U.S. senators running for the Democratic nod for the presidency this year also sit with straight faces in judgment of President Donald Trump’s impeachment? He is, after all, the same guy they are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to unseat. It seems to us akin to having […]

Who knew?

Who knew there could be so much dough in trying to persuade Alaskans to screw up a fairly straight-forward election system? Alaskans for Better Elections is pushing a 25-page ballot initiative that would, if it wins a spot on the ballot and voters eventually approve, would make transformational changes to the state’s election machinery – […]

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