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I do so like it when environmentalists are hoisted upon their own petards, especially when they sit on high and make self-serving pronouncements on where and how we will get our energy expecting the company to eat all the new costs. As MEA is a regulated cooperative utility, those additional costs will be borne by its membership.

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Chugach Electric Association (CEA) Board Chair Janet Reiser’s Compass piece on the Fire Island wind farm is one view of the project. There are others.

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The most important question on the Anchorage Education Association survey was:  whether each candidate supports AO37. The three candidates for South Anchorage have very different answers to this . And their responses are reflected by the donors recorded in their respective APOC reports.

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Yet another sin tax proposed.  The last one didn't work.  Why do it again?

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Sullivan has moved to end unions' ability to strike and arbitrate among other changes to muni collective bargaining code.

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Ok, so Anchorage has hired a new clerk.  Is it too much to ask that the new clerk crack the cutting edge technology that is MS Word?  Don't worry. This isn't going to be a long rant, and this isn't huge issue, but it does bother me.

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Late Monday the Mayor, flanked by City Attorney Dennis Wheeler and Police Chief Mark Mew, held a press conference to announce an independent investigation into Anchorage Police Department (APD) policies and procedures. 

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The election of 2012 will go down as one of the most famous in the city’s history. The unprecedented mismanagement of the election itself, as well as the strategies employed by some of the candidates, provide us with several important lessons for next time.  Because this week there were too many honey badgers to count, we  offer these key takeaways.

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As we fully expected, the Anchorage Daily News came out on their editorial page in support of Prop. 5. What took us a bit back was this small statement at the bottom of the editorial. It was titled simply "A dissent" and it was written by Frank Gerjevic, the Editorial Page Editor for our State's largest and most "progressive" newspaper.

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This week the public debate over voter proposition 5 took a turn for the worse.   Coward, bigot, anti-semite, sexist, racist, dummy; all of these were used to describe anyone who has the audacity to oppose prop 5. 

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I am a 57 year old man who “came out of the closet” at age 39. I spent the next several years living the gay lifestyle, including being involved with the Imperial Court of All Alaska (ICOAA), the Alaska chapter of an international GLBT support and service organization. 

Please join me in voting “NO” on Proposition 5.

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It is fundamentally unjust to have a law in place that grants legal protections to a group of people on the basis of their religion while simultaneously excluding sexual orientation as a protected category.

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In Anchorage, homosexual rights advocates are attempting to rally support for a proposed homosexual and transgender nondiscrimination law by comparing their effort to the historic civil rights struggles of African-Americans. So far, the comparison has met with resistance from local African-American pastors.

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The hoarding of unneeded school buildings by the Anchorage School District is undermining taxpayer confidence. Our overcapacity of elementary schools in particular, is beginning to look like Imelda Marcos's shoe closet. Until the ASD effectively deals with excess school capacity, they will continue to have big problems garnering voter trust for new school bonds.

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Time to say goodbye to the SRO program? I say yes.

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When the ASD first received federal stimulus dollars from Obama's American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, we were told this wind-fall spending would produce better results for our kids and that budget growth from this one-time injection would not impact future budgets. That's not exactly how it's panned-out for the kids or the taxpayers. 

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Because they committed crimes troubling and crimes amusing, without regard to the consequences, we offer up Skye McRobers and Erin Pohland as the celebrated Honey Badgers of the Week.

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Mike Dingman

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Remember a year ago when a strange story hit the news about a state labor lawyer and a union organizer getting arrested for stealing $1000 worth of shoes from an Anchorage Fred Meyer store?

 

Well, now the dynamic duo of crime has been charged by the state with felony fraud in aiding public employee unions. 

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The Alaska Public Employees Association is lobbing the following bombs: "There is a concerted effort underway in our state to destroy public education while enriching the bottom lines of for-profit interests." What are they talking about? Slashed federal funding? Burning text books? Schools closing their doors?

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You never get a second chance to make a first impression. When it comes to Steve Menard, Councilman for the great city of Wasilla, my first impression was sadly accurate.

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I think there is a principle no one is talking about. It isn’t that Mr. Menard should be punished for his actions. That would be just, but it also feels vindictive. The bigger point is that elected office isn’t the place for people to find themselves. Elected office isn’t the place for people to work thru their issues. ELECTED OFFICE ISN’T THERAPY!!!

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