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October 9, 2015

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.

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.

September 27, 2015

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.

September 4, 2015

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.

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.

September 4, 2015

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).

August 16, 2015

Looks like Governor Bill Walker is going to do his best impersonation of Tony Knowles by allowing the Department of the Interior to create Indian Country here in Alaska. The vehicle appears to be response to a 2013 Parnell lawsuit against tribal trust lands.

August 11, 2015

While the rest of the state is out chasing salmon and filling freezers, former Backbone member Bill Walker is busily “nationalizing” natural gas utilities here in Alaska, reversing a decades old move to privatization that has all but solved recent Railbelt natural gas shortages.

While the rest of the state is out chasing salmon and filling freezers, former Backbone member Bill Walker is busily “nationalizing” natural gas utilities here in Alaska, reversing a decades old move to privatization that has all but solved recent Railbelt natural gas shortages.

August 5, 2015

In a time of tight budgets, it is always gratifying when a University Chancellor self-identifies as a world-class PC idiot and volunteers his University for a 40 – 50% budget cut. Such was the case last month as UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers ordered the removal of the Mississippi state flag from a display of all 50 state flags.

July 23, 2015

Last week a Muslim immigrant shot up a military recruiting station and Reservist base in Chattanooga, TN, killing five active duty military. The now deceased jihadi had gloried in the discomfort of others as he attended public schools and college. He eventually embraced his inner demons and decided his way into Heaven was to murder his neighbors.

Last week a Muslim immigrant shot up a military recruiting station and Reservist base in Chattanooga, TN, killing five active duty military. The now deceased jihadi had gloried in the discomfort of others as he attended public schools and college. He eventually embraced his inner demons and decided his way into Heaven was to murder his neighbors.

June 11, 2015

The running gag in the movie Up was someone shouting “squirrel” and the dogs instantly dropping what they were doing and running off in chasing it.   Budget wars in recent weeks has put Alaska is in much the same position, chasing squirrels while ignoring the single most important task of increasing flow through the pipeline.
 

The running gag in the movie Up was someone shouting “squirrel” and the dogs instantly dropping what they were doing and running off in search of the squirrel.

June 2, 2015

What if the opposition to the use of coal here in the US is stopping continuous improvement in cleanliness and performance of coal-fired plants here in the US while the rest of the world continues to make rolling improvements in new plants, taking the older, dirtier, more polluting plants out of service as the new generation comes on line?

May 10, 2015

Had the opportunity to listen to a budget presentation on the State of Alaska budget wars by Jeff Jessee, CEO of the Alaska Mental Health Trust. It had about the content and tone that we have come to expect during the current budget wars, but it did set me to thinking (usually a painful process) about who pays for what around here.

Had the opportunity to listen to a budget presentation on the State of Alaska budget wars by Jeff Jessee, CEO of the Alaska Mental Health Trust. It had about the content and tone that we have come to expect during the current budget wars, but it did set me to thinking (usually a painful process) about who pays for what around here.

February 13, 2015

Representative Harriet Drummond (D, ANC) introduced legislation last week to allow physician assisted suicide here in Alaska. She calls it Death with Dignity and dresses it up in all the usual leftist claptrap about choice.

Representative Harriet Drummond (D, ANC) introduced legislation last week to allow physician assisted suicide here in Alaska. She calls it Death with Dignity and dresses it up in all the usual leftist claptrap about choice. http://www.ktoo.org/2015/02/11/rep-drummond-says-death-dignity-not-suicide/

February 6, 2015

Governor Bill Walker paints himself as a Wally Hickel acolyte, doing everything possible to bring Alaska as the Owner State into being. In this, the Owner State is defined with Alaska and in turn, all Alaskans collectively owning all resources of the state. This worldview defines Walker’s actions and the actions of the Backbone group he represents.

December 31, 2014

Governor Bill Walker issued an administrative order Friday, December 26, 2014 directing all state agencies to stop non-obligated spending on the following six projects: the Ambler Road, Juneau Access Road, Watana Dam, Kodiak Launch Project, Knik Arm Crossing, and the Alaska Stand-Alone Pipeline Project.

December 6, 2014

Sue Asplund of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association fired the next round of anti-development cage rattling on the editorial pages of the Dispatch Thursday, this one calling for cancelling oil and gas leases in Bristol Bay for all time. The excuse once again is any development will instantly and irrevocably destroy the fishery for all time.

November 20, 2014

One of the recent tricks by democrats in recent elections has been to split conservative votes by funding and backing libertarian candidates in closely contested elections.

One of the recent tricks by democrats in recent elections has been to split conservative votes by funding and backing libertarian candidates in closely contested elections.

November 11, 2014

Interesting election here in Alaska. All four of the democrat sponsored ballot initiatives passed. Three required a yes vote. One required a no vote. Unfortunately for the democrats, the positive outcomes on the initiatives did not drag their candidates across the finish line with them for the most part.

Interesting election here in Alaska. All four of the democrat sponsored ballot initiatives passed. Three required a yes vote. One required a no vote. Unfortunately for the democrats, the positive outcomes on the initiatives did not drag their candidates across the finish line with them for the most part.

November 3, 2014

Unlike bureaucracy the capital formation process necessary to both private and public endeavor is similar to walking a tightrope with no net. There is only ruin if the endeavor is not successful.

Unlike bureaucracy the capital formation process necessary to both private and public endeavor is similar to walking a tightrope with no net. There is only ruin if the endeavor is not successful.

October 31, 2014

The anti-mining beat goes on, this time in Southeast Alaska, where commercial fishermen and our close personal friends from Trout Unlimited and other greens are trying regulate into oblivion several new mines in British Columbia at the headwaters of several salmon rivers in Southeast.

October 26, 2014

Laurie Hummel is married to an Alaska Army National Guard Colonel. You don’t get to that rank in what appears to be a dysfunctional, sick outfit without seeing, hearing and knowing things and either looking the other way or playing along. So Laurie, baby: What did you know? When did you know about it? And what did you do about it when you found out?

Well, well, well. Did I call it for Laurie Hummel or not with last week’s column?

October 23, 2014

Democrat candidate Bill Walker had himself a most interesting week this last one. Not only did he take mutually exclusive positions on budget cutting, but he covered up his own campaign incompetence with some good old Messenger Shooting.

Democrat candidate Bill Walker had himself a most interesting week this last one. Not only did he take mutually exclusive positions on budget cutting, but he covered up his own campaign incompetence with some good old Messenger Shooting.

First the budget festivities.

October 18, 2014

Democrats found themselves quite a candidate to run for House District 13 in East Anchorage. Laurie Hummel is a 30-year Army Colonel who is painting herself as the very picture of fiscal restraint. She claims to be running because the last Legislature and LeDoux in particular simply spent too much money.

Democrats found themselves quite a candidate to run for House District 13 in East Anchorage. Laurie Hummel is a 30-year Army Colonel who is painting herself as the very picture of fiscal restraint. She claims to be running because the last Legislature and LeDoux in particular simply spent too much money.

October 9, 2014

Long time Democrat union hack (redundant) candidate Harry Crawford, fresh off raising your electric rates as a member of the Chugach Board of Directors is running for State Senate against incumbent Cathy Giessel.

 

 

 

Long time Democrat union hack (redundant) candidate Harry Crawford, fresh off raising your electric rates as a member of the Chugach Board of Directors is running for State Senate against incumbent Cathy Giessel. This is the second IBEW elected and supported democrat off the Chugach Board to try to beat Giessel in recent years.

September 19, 2014

So what happens when the second largest political party in the state pointedly disenfranchises some 52,000 of its primary voters for governor and 56,000 voters for LtGov? Surprisingly enough, we get a great round of applause, press conferences, smiling faces, positive media coverage, and happy union leaders.

September 16, 2014

Interesting that state and national democrats have determined that conducting a war on mining via campaign ads, particularly targeting the proposed Pebble Mine is their ticket to electoral success this year.