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Well, true colors don't fade for long. Lisa Murkowski, one of Alaska's two senators, seemed capable of grasping the implications of the Blunt Admendment last week when she enjoyed local press coverage of her vote in support of it.

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For two gruesome nights this week I listened for hour after hour as the Senate Resources Committee took public testimony on ACES reform.

The one thing that actually stood out to me was how many people parroted the “we need MEANINGFUL reform” line. What exactly does “meaningful” mean in this debate? 
 

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It has been said that patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.  Senator Johynny Ellis' Buy American act is one such example.

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Like the rest of the nation, Alaskans have been discussing and debating the merits of school choice for decades. Many parents say they would like having the option of choosing non-government schools for their kids; teachers’ unions say they hate the idea.

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Recently the Anchorage Daily News published several letters-to-the-editor and Compass articles concerning human-caused global warming. In each case, the authors of these letters and articles referred to what they described as large majorities or a “consensus” among scientist that humans were the cause of global warming.

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Recently the Anchorage Daily News published several letters-to-the-editor and Compass articles concerning human-caused global warming. In each case, the authors of these letters and articles referred to what they described as large majorities or a “consensus” among scientist that humans were the cause of global warming. 

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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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The Alaska Legislature is currently considering a bill that would join Alaska in an interstate compact changing the way the United States President is elected.   I have serious concerns about its true, negative, effects.  

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An important piece of legislation for Alaska’s children is House Bill 145, establishing the parental choice scholarship program that would allow students K-12 to attend non-government schools. The bill has already been approved by the House Education Committee and is now before House Finance.

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When I told the folks at the Northern Right I was heading to D.C. for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), they said I would be welcome to submit a piece reflecting on the conference.

 

However, while I was in D.C. as strange thing happened. I ran in to a few of our state representatives. 

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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

 et al.

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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Yet another bad piece of legislation from Hollis French and the "Senate Bipartisan Majority."  This one allocates Alaska's electoral votes based on the national vote total in a presidential election rather than what Alaskans vote for.

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Because he stands tall in the face of over heated politics, we offer up Mayor Dan Sullivan as the celebrated Honey Badger of the Week.

This is Mayor Dan.  Mayor does what he thinks is right. Oooh, look, his opponents are calling him out for every decision he makes: 

- "If you veto the gay ordinance it will doom your administration."

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By JONATHAN MARTIN 

Mitt Romney decisively answered skeptics with a smashing Florida victory Tuesday, but Republican nervousness has already taken a new form: anxiety over the tone of a race that turned ugly here.

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Tonight the Anchorage Assembly will take up a proposal by the Mayor to do away with Anchorage’s I/M program as early as March 1st.  Imagine then my surprise when Mayor Dan Sullivan, during an appearance on my radio show, said his nose count showed the measure didn’t have the votes to pass.

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Because it appears that not the feds, the state, or Muni can kill it, we offer up the Anchorage I/M program as the celebrated Honey Badger of the Week.

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So if the ice is supposed to be all gone, why pray tell is there more of it in the Bering Sea than local crabbers have seen in a nearly a generation?

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With the Presidential election nearing full swing and it won’t be long until the American people are faced with a stark choice -- do they vote for an incumbent President who consistently stands in the way of developing American made energy or do we head in a new direction with a Republican candidate who is committed to developing America’s enormous resource base?

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