December 2016


What I know, I Think: The Governor’s Pay Cut

Is the Governor really going to announce a $4.3 Billion budget that includes something for everyone to hate (PFD cut, increases in taxes and fees, elimination of state services and projects, and still a $892 million deficit with a call for a broad-based tax on us all to eliminate it) and think he can distract us from that boatload of pain simply by pointing to a cut in his own pay? As football player Cris Carter would say “C’mon, man!”




My Call From The Governor’s Office

I have been writing for months that the Governor’s relationship with state legislators has deteriorated to the point that for him to have any hope of having his vision reflected in passed legislation, he needed to make some changes. Big changes. Staff changes.





Anchorage Anti-Fluoride Effort Finds Newly Powerful Mainstream Support

The effort to stop fluoride from being added to Anchorage’s water supply is one of those fights that tends to elicit rolled eyes and a chorus of snickers in political circles and on local talk radio shows. In political circles, the alleged danger of fluoride in our drinking water ranks right up there with other perceived fringe theories like chemtrails and Muslim terrorist compounds in the Mat-Su. What, too soon on that last one? Sorry.


Don Young Makes Friend Across The Aisle

Alaska Rep. Don Young has a reputation for being gruff and making harsh comments about those who oppose Alaska’s interests, but he has also been in Congress longer than most Alaskans have been alive and knows how to get along with his colleagues.