Rick Castillo is running for District 6 in South Anchorage and by the look of things his campaign is going strong. He is the Repubican in the race and he is going up against the incumbent Suzanne LaFrance, who has been a very reliable vote for Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. This race is one to pay a…

We, like you, are curious about which candidates for the Anchorage Assembly in the April 7 election have the backing – and cash – of the city’s public employees unions.

 --- Forget March Madness brackets; the real gambling has to do with Trump Madness. The hottest bet of all: How long will Mark Meadows last as White House chief of staff? Meadows, the right-wing congressman from North Carolina, is resigning and moving from the Capitol to the White House and …

Public money should be used, first and foremost, to meet public needs.

The Recall Dunleavy group is crowing it has gathered 30 percent of the signatures it needs to force a special statewide election to decide whether Gov. Mike Dunleavy stays or goes.

The Anchorage Economic Development Corp. Board of Directors voted to support Proposition 13, a ballot initiative introducing a 5% retail sales tax on alcohol within the Municipality of Anchorage. The ballot proposal is included in the April 2020 city ballot, mailed to registered voters on March 17.

James SmallwoodRunning for Anchorage School Board, District 16

During a recent presidential debate, one Democratic candidate came out foursquare against majority rule, and hardly anybody noticed.

President Trump is treating the coronavirus as a public relations problem, not a medical problem; a question of spin, not science. He’s focusing on the threat to his own political health, not the threat to Americans’ physical health. And that is deeply dangerous.

Joe Biden was sworn into the United States Senate on Jan. 3, 1973. He remained in the Senate until Jan. 15, 2009 — a span of 36 years. If history is any guide, that alone is a disqualifier in Biden’s quest for the White House.

The Democrats’ sudden discovery of 77-year-old eminence grise Joe Biden has the electric feeling of Republicans settling on George H.W. Bush in 1992. (The Iowa Republican Party actually canceled the caucuses that year so as not to embarrass President Bush.)

M.C. MoHagani MagnetekRunning for Anchorage Assembly, District 3

We find ourselves locked in yet another year of the fiscal crisis. While solving the budget gap merits the most serious discourse, it has to date been characterized by prejudice and focus on just two aspects by most legislators: oil taxes and PFD reductions. Scrambling to preserve every penn…

Writing at the Florida Politics blog, A.G. Gancarski reports on three sales tax “holiday” bills working their way through the state’s legislature. Two of the bills would lengthen existing holidays on school supplies and storm preparedness products. The third would expand the holiday habit to…

Recently I had the opportunity to go to a fundraiser at the Mat-Su Brewing Company in Midtown Anchorage for Jamie Allard. She is a Republican running to replace Fred Dyson in the Anchorage Assembly as he has chosen not to run again for reelection. Her fundraiser had a small crowd there when …

As the fight over whether to recall or retain Gov. Mike Dunleavy takes shape with the advent of groups aiming to fight for Dunleavy’s retention, we are left with questions:

Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he wants a supersized Permanent Fund dividend this year, but he seems to have his fingers crossed.

Dave DonleyRace: Anchorage School Board – Seat C – Entire Municipality of Anchorage

Editor's Note: Visit Eagle River resident Mark Marion's blog here http://swensonfamilymember.blogspot.com/2020/02/time-all-parts-of-anchorage-recieve.html?m=1

Bernie Sanders may be on the verge of gaining an insurmountable lead in the Democratic nomination fight, but he’s not letting that get in the way of his socialist principles. Asked in a “60 Minutes” interview about old statements praising Fidel Castro’s supposed achievements in health care a…

In Las Vegas, Mike Bloomberg's half-billion-dollar crapshoot was revealed as a load of, well, you know. Half a BILLION dollars! That's what he will have spent before Super Tuesday, when he is first on any ballot. But even before then, his lavishly paid advisers had allowed him to participate…

“The truth still exists; the truth still matters.”

Attorney General William P. Barr has threatened to quit because of President Trump's public demands that he get rid of anyone in the Justice Department who was involved in the Russia investigation that threatened his presidency.

Recently the intelligence community made clear it will be a player in the 2020 presidential election. No one should be surprised.

Two state Democratic legislators have asked state Attorney General Kevin Clarkson to appoint an independent counsel in the Department of Law’s investigation of a no-bid, sole-source state contract with Clark Penney, grandson of Anchorage businessman Bob Penney, a major campaign contributor t…

Can the republic survive Attorney General William Barr?

President Donald Trump is right that he does "have, as president, the legal right" to meddle in Department of Justice decisions. However, when he makes public comments, or when it can be shown that he has privately discussed any federal criminal case with his Justice subordinates, it should …

The battle over development of the Pebble mineral prospect in Bristol Bay gives me déjà vu all over again.

"Democrats never agree on anything, that's why they're Democrats. If they agreed with each other, they'd be Republicans." --Will Rogers

Last year, the Justice Department was investigating whether to bring criminal charges against Andrew McCabe, then the FBI's deputy director. President Trump repeatedly tried to influence the prosecutors, denouncing McCabe as a "disgraced" liar. Trump was said to have felt "very strongly that…

"Like grave robbers opening King Tut's tomb, Congress can't wait to get its hands on America's retirement account assets," the Wall Street Journal warned taxpayers last year.

Attorney General William Barr is looking into the murky origins of the politically charged Justice Department investigations that have roiled American public life for the last three years.

Editor's Note: All candidates in the Anchorage Municipal Elections have been sent out the same questionnaire and each week we will be running them, here at anchoragepress.com and our new print publication, The Eagle: Election 2020, available at locations where you pick up the Press.

By Editor’s Note by Matt Hickman

By Editor’s Note by Matt Hickman

Nick Danger, District 3

Nick Danger, District 3

Just when it seemed that recreational use patterns along Chugach State Park’s South Fork Rim Trail had reached a new equilibrium, one that’s satisfying to walkers, hikers, skiers, and bikers alike, a decision by park staff to cut down healthy spruce trees along the route has revived tensions…

Gov. Mike Dunleavy released a Fiscal Year 2020 supplemental appropriations bill Wednesday, Feb. 5, to cover the unanticipated costs from two natural disasters as well as higher costs in Medicaid services and programs that had been budgeted. The legislation also contains more funding for publ…

Legislators are poring through Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s request for additional spending for the current state budget year. Last week the governor asked for about $260 million in added state General Fund expenditures for the current Fiscal Year 2020 spending plan.

For outright courage, it is hard to beat the bravery of four young boys on a snowmachine from Nunam Iqua, a village of about 200 in Southwest Alaska who were lost for more than a day without shelter in a raging blizzard before being found by searchers.

By Tom Brennan

I don't mean to disillusion you, dear reader, but Raymond Chandler, author of "The Big Sleep" (Bogart and Bacall), was never a private eye. An Englishman, he pretty much perfected the hard-boiled L.A. detective novel after losing his job as an oil company executive. "When in doubt," he famou…

The U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced today that it awarded a $20 million infrastructure development grant to help replace aging Port of Alaska docks.

Lisa Murkowski told her fellow senators that President Trump’s conduct in the Ukrainian affair that led to his impeachment was far from perfect. “The president’s behavior was shameful and wrong,” said the Alaska Republican. “His personal interests do not take precedence over those of this gr…