With the Alaska Division of Elections closing in on certifying Dean Westlakeâ€™s win over Rep. Ben Nageak in the House District 40 democratic primary by Friday, Nageak and Alaska Republicans are sending signals the fight may have just begun.
The legislative hearing he oversaw was called to look into irregularities at Alaska polling places during the August 16th primary election. There was blame to be laid, but unfortunately, Stoltze and company were, so hell bent on selling the Trump-ish narrative that the system is rigged to rouse the conservative base by merely speaking of voting irregularities that they completely missed the rightful criticism that overseer of elections Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott deserves.
The Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) staff is recommending the agency drop the hammer on three candidates from last springâ€™s Anchorage Assembly elections, issuing fines totaling $91,500. On August 1st, Terre Gales, Adam Trombley, and Treg Taylor all received fines of over $1,000 according to documents from the state agency that monitors campaign finance laws.
Buck down folks, the news isnâ€™t good. New numbers released yesterday show the federal deficit jumped 35% this year and is set to almost triple in the next ten years. As if that isnâ€™t a troubling enough sign, the federal government itself now projects significantly slower economic growth over the next ten years. And we are still waiting for either presidential candidate to notice.