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The electoral juggernaut that is the Reelect Mark Begich hit a patch of rough water over the last several weeks; most of it due to democrats acting like democrats.

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State approval of a mining permit for Usibelli’s Wishbone Hills coal mining project triggered the expected reaction from anti-mining people in the Valley and elsewhere, mostly intended to get the State to reconsider its approval. I foolishly got myself involved in the blizzard of e-mails over the weekend.

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Ballot Measure 4 is the latest attempt by Bob Gillam to shut down the Pebble Mine project north of Iliamna. It is being backed by a group that calls itself Bristol Bay Forever.

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The party of slavery; the party of Jim Crow; the party of the inner city political machine over the last two centuries is back at it again, this time demanding that the Washington Redskins, a professional football team known by that name since 1937 change its name, as the current one is now offensive to Native Americans.

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The most important thing about this fight is what the EPA is not publicly saying. The entire anti-Pebble action is an attempt by the EPA to subvert existing public law so as to set itself up as the sole regulator of watersheds nationwide, usurping statutory authority given the Army Corps of Engineers and the states.

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Just in time to turn out Bush Alaska in large numbers to vote for Mark Begich and Byron Mallott, the Obama regime’s Department of the Interior is considering seizing parcels of tribal land across Alaska, putting it into federal trust, and turning those lands and residents into Indian Country – essentially reservations.

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When the greens base all their anti-development excuses on a single argument (harming salmon runs), a simple response - hatchery fish - puts them out of business, at least for a little while.

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The Alaska Volcano Observatory exists to warn commercial aviation of volcanic ash clouds encountered in flight.  FAA funding of it was cut in the anti-earmark wars of 2008.  What has been done to restore this basic public safety function?

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As of this writing, it does not appear that Senator Mike Dunleavey’s SJR9 has sufficient votes in either House of the Legislature to make it to the ballot this year. This means that the educrat blob has won the current round.  It will not be the last one.

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Latest attack ad out of the democrats PAC is a slime job attacking DNR Dan Sullivan for closure of Flint Hills and for being a carpetbagger.  What has born and bred Alaskan Mark Begich done about Alaskan jobs recently?

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In committee, Mark Begich votes against allowing firearms in Post Office buildings then turns right around and votes to allow them in USPS parking lots, via which he wraps himself in the flag, and claims to be a great supporter of the Second Amendment.  If so, why are Post Offices still a free fire zone for bad guys?

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When the Bristol Bay Native Corporation opposes the Pebble Mine, are they against all mining or simply using the public process to take out a competitior?

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Senators Kevin Meyer and Peter Micciche propose allowing local governments to ban cell phone use in school zones.  They use the identical and fraudulent logic that led to photo radar here in Anchorage nearly 20 years ago.  They propose to solve a non-existent problem.

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The minimum wage is an assault on the ability of our young of all races and creeds to get a job and learn a trade. It is a vehicle to ensure the job market is closed to new people by the vehicle of ensuring that it is always too expensive to hire and train them. And the higher it gets, the more we hammer the futures of our children and grandchildren into oblivion.

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The expansion of the ban on texting while driving is following the same predictable path we started eight years ago with seat belt legislation.  Lets stop it while we can.

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We are well on the way to a place where the cure (militarized law enforcement and erosion on fundamental constitutional rights) is worse than the disease (drug use), which means we conservatives made a huge mistake supporting this.  The marijuana legalization initiative on the August ballot is a way to start  doing something about it.

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The McClatchy fish wrapper is stepping up the opposition to the Knik Arm Bridge.  Why oppose something that will save commuters time, money and cut vehicle emissions into the environment?

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Medicare / Medicaid expansion supports the disaster that calls itself ObamaCare.  Why would any sane Alaskan want to trap themselves or their neighbors in that particular rat hole?

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Mark Begich now supports a delay in ObamaCare.  Pity he didn't three weeks ago.

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When you invite auditors into your business, it is always a good idea to make sure that their assumptions and your assumptions match. Such is the problem with the Legislative Audit Agency’s audit of the proposed Knik Arm Bridge that was so gleefully reported by the local fish wrapper and democrats in opposition to it last week.

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Last November’s election was a watershed for Alaska. Not only do we have the opportunity to overturn the stunning mistake made during the Palin years of gouging North Slope oil producers with a dangerously high tax rate, but we have a conservative majority in the legislature that is willing to address other festering issues. One of those issues is education.

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Our Boy Senator made his yearly address to the Alaska Legislature a couple weeks ago. In it, he fired the first rounds in defense of the seat he won after the leftist lawyers in the (In)Justice Department wrongly convicted Ted Stevens in 2008.

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Clean water and clean air standards have long been a large caliber club used by greens to beat businesses, state and local governments about the head and shoulders. They offer the perfect opportunity to demagogue anything that is released into the watershed or the atmosphere, for who could possibly be against clean air or clean water.

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A copy of Chairwoman Debbie Brown's statement to the Anchorage Republican Women's Club Lincoln Day Dinner.

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Public Policy Polling's survey of questions no one in Alaska is asking.

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