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Economic illiteracy is at the heart of the democrat campaign for office at every level. They show up like so many Johnny Appleseeds, sowing sweetness, light, and free stuff. Their voters eat that stuff right on up, never realizing that by electing liberals they are actively destroying their opportunity for a prosperous future for themselves and their families.

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Butch and Cindi Moore, parents of a daughter killed by her boyfriend who successfully pushed for Bree’s Law last year found a new cause, joining opposition to SB174 legislation that would allow concealed carry on UAA Campus.

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The entire GED test is primarily a reading comprehension test. Math specifically requires an ability to read and understand word problems to solve the math. Basic math skills are therefore fundamental to passing the GED test.

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Over the last decade, an alternate approach to smoking has started showing up. This would be vaping, the ingestion of nicotine laced vapors via electronic cigarettes (e-cigs).

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In other words, the purveyors of public education are not in touch with the national will to make public education accountable. The ambitious objectives of Goals 2000 never had a chance against the ingrown union-controlled education establishment.

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Some random thoughts on the ongoing state budget festivities presented in no particular order.

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UAA’s ISER released a report entitled “Fiscal Effects of Commercial Fishing, Mining and Tourism. What does Alaska receive in revenue? What does it spend?” in December. The 130 page report compares effective fiscal impact of the three non-petroleum industries in Alaska.

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This problem of declining public education is not unique to Alaska, but the fact we have invested so much while going so many years without even a meaningful conversation about what we are getting for our considerable investment, is shameful.

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I will first take a look at the University of Alaska (UA) system and see how it might restructure to meet new educational needs in a time of sharply decreased revenues.

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My previous article accusing ADF&G and AK DOT&PF of executing the Washington Monument strategy on Alaskans in order to inflict maximum pain on the citizens during the budget wars may have cast the nets a bit too widely.

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Where are they democrats when it comes to budget cutting or downsizing the size of the state government?  They will tell you they are completely focused on the needs of the citizens, yet they target the Permanent Fund as the ultimate source of free money for endless payoffs to their union and green supporters. How that will make improve anything is beyond me.

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The Washington Monument strategy dates back to a threat made by National Parks Service Director in 1969 to close the Grand Canyon and Washington Monuments in response to threatened budget cuts. I first remember it being used in 1981 as a technique to make the Reagan budget cuts as painful as possible.  Looks like it is now being used by ADF&G.

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The Garbage In – Garbage Out (GIGO) world of climate science regaled us with yet another breathless story about catastrophic climate change, all due to manmade global warming due to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This one, prominently displayed in Alice Rogoff’s fish wrapper has the USGS claiming that most shallow permafrost will disappear from Alaska by 2100.

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What happens when the Obama regime wants to import an invading army of 10,000 – 40,000 young Syrian men into the United States? Given the carnage just three of them wrought in Paris a few weeks ago, some of us would be rightfully concerned about their presence here in Alaska.

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It is election season here in Alaska and we are seeing some not unexpected reactions from our congressional delegation starting with US Senator Lisa Murkowski who is up for reelection next year. She put on her best I am mad routine in November after the FDA approved AquAdvantage salmon for human consumption.

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In its mad rush to legislate from the Bench last summer, the SCOTUS may have given fish and game users here in Alaska a way to repeal Title VIII of ANILCA. This is the portion of the 1980 law that gives an absolute priority to rural residents for the taking of subsistence fish and game.

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The Alice Rogoff’s anti-development fish wrapper ran its latest anti-Pebble screed last month. The opinion piece was penned by one Alannah Hurley, executive director of the United Tribes of Bristol Bay.

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Alaska DNR released its determination on the water reservation requests for the Chuitna carefully crafted to obstruct the construction and operation of PacRim’s proposed coal mine. The determination was signed on October 6, 2015 and can be found at the following links. The short story is that DNR tossed the two most restrictive reservations while granting the least restrictive.

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Now that Governor Walker, his Backbone group, state democrats, greens and unions are busily chasing the Producers out of state, perhaps it is time to start taking a serious look at necessary budget cuts and revenue enhancements. Note to readers, my revenue enhancements are not the same ones that the democrats want.

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On his radio show, Glen Biegel has been asking what is the difference between Donlin Creek gold mine and the Pebble Prospect. More importantly, why the extreme, over the top opposition to Pebble and crickets over Donlin Creek?

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I had the unfortunate experience a couple weeks ago to listen to Representative Don Young call in to the Rick Rydell radio show on KENI. While most of the conversation was expected, one of his comments really got my attention. Young promised that the House of Representatives would not be shutting down the government.

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In his call for a Special Session of the legislature to discuss a natural gas pipeline project, Governor Bill Walker surprised all the players by proposing a reserves gas tax on oil and natural gas. Such a tax would slam leaseholders on the Alaska North Slope for not bringing projects online.

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Incumbent US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R, AK ) is up for reelection next year. Given the absolute mess that the US Senate has turned into, perhaps it is time to explore a few observations and rumors about the upcoming campaign.

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One of the backdrops used by the Obama WH in his recent trip to Alaska was the plight of Bush communities built on barrier islands. One such village of Kivalina. It is a village in far NW Alaska. It has a population of around 380.

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While it is always a positive to see the Chief Executive visit the state, given the Obama regime’s hostility to resource development had a lot of us worried. So far, there are no new National Monuments (yet).

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