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Ballots were received in Juneau for the Oct. 3 election. In addition to the candidates, there’s a controversial question on the ballot. Two contributors share their thoughts:
Government will always grow to overfill the container we put it in. Juneau has been down this road so many times before, with taxpayers asked to pay for a shrine to government.
Juneau voters have received ballots in their mailboxes. The election will be watched closely for several reasons.
The Assembly is using the lawsuit as a type of independent expenditure group to beat up the mayor. They don’t have to report to APOC that they are using taxpayer dollars to essentially campaign.
Where have you heard this before? Oh, every single school year for the past decade, when the Anchorage School Board has wanted more than it gets in tax revenue, federal funds, grants, and state dollars.
Best line of the weekend
“Every time the Anchorage Assembly has a meeting, another new business moves to Wasilla.” - Congressional candidate Nick Begich, speaking to the Republican State Central Committee meeting in Wasilla on Saturday, a phrase that brought down the house, and which he credited to Mayor Glenda Ledford of Wasilla.
GOP meeting sighting
RNC’s national political director Elliott Echols was in attendance at the GOP State Central Committee meeting and made it clear that the Alaska House race is the #1 race in the entire country for the NRCC.
The state is short on workers like everyone else is but is making progress getting through the delayed applications for aid.
We have some of the strongest increases in income in America, contrary to what it feels like out there.
Rep. Mark Green of Tennessee works to reverse a Biden rule that withdrew funds from districts that, well, let’s put it this way: They are districts that don’t vote for the president. They have hunting and shooting programs. That’s the gist of it.
The grocery business works on volume with a tiny markup. But the prime minister of Canada has said if stores don’t lower prices, he will tax them. This, after he implemented a carbon tax, which drove up prices.
Paxton acquitted on every single charge. If he had been convicted on even one, he would lose his job as attorney general. But that is not the end of his woes.
Rep. Jim Jordan subpoenas FBI agent who said he would answer questions, but then tried to game the committee with one bold move.
Is the Air Force suffering because those it would typically recruit don’t want to face a Covid jab? Or is the military too woke for warriors?
Our guess is that the negotiations will get resolved. Unless the AFL-CIO has a bigger play in mind, in which case flight attendants might be just players on a chess board.
As of Sunday night, the $80 million fighter jet, according to official reports, was somehow lost.
About 250 people attended services in Bethel at the high school gymnasium for the late husband of Rep. Mary Peltola.
Among the political attendees spotted were Rep. Bryce Edgmon, Sen. Donny Olson, Sen. Lyman Hoffman, Gov. Mike and Rose Dunleavy, Sen. Dan and Julie Sullivan, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski with husband Verne Martell.
The flight out of Bethel was canceled Saturday due to the wind, so Sen. Murkowski and her husband, and Sen. Olson, Rep. Edgmon, and Sen. Hoffman all were stuck overnight, while Sen. Sullivan and Julie Fate Sullivan went out on the governor’s plane. People were scrambling to find places to stay in Bethel overnight.
Question of the week: Will President Biden physically/mentally make it to the Democratic nominating convention on Aug. 29, 2024 in Chicago?
This day in history
Sept. 18, 1934, USSR (Russia) joined the League of Nations, which became the United Nations later. The USSR was expelled just a few years later for its aggressive actions towards Finland.
The president has already said the pandemic is over, but the government has authorized and is pushing a poorly tested shot without regard to consequences.
A look at the candidates for school board in Fairbanks. Three of them should give voters pause.
What is it about Alaska that has our political leaders and/or their spouses dying in plane crashes? Well, we fly a lot. The weather is crappy a lot. And moose meat might weigh your plane down. Some thoughts from a sourdough who has flown a lot of sketchy routes.
When Congress in 2017 approved exploration and development opportunities in Alaska’s Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, it marked an end to a 37-year struggle to open the plain. Authorized by Congress in 1980, the plain holds a reserve that could secure U.S. energy for decades.
President Biden killed it all with a stroke of his pen.
Board members are sticking their noses into the MatSu’s business. Can’t they just focus on teaching the children of Anchorage their ABCs and 1-2-3s?
But you wouldn’t know it from the mainstream news coverage.
The voters were clear last year, and they won’t be bullied.
Alaska oil: $96.53
Henry Hub gas: $2.64
Alaska North Slope Production: 450,011
Permanent Fund (principal and earnings reserve): $77,973,200,000
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