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There have been attacks levied upon the binding caucus agreement that governs both the House and Senate Majorities. Those attacks have been launched by Senator Mike Shower (R-Wasilla), who is trying to ignite populist outrage against his colleagues during this election cycle.

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We Alaskans have a lot at stake in the November election. The U.S. Interior Department is looking favorably at new drilling in untouched areas of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

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I often like to use sports fans as my favorite analogy to explain political comment threads. It goes like this: take a sampling of any 10 sports fans — one may have encyclopedic knowledge of statistics and team histories, one or two others may understand play calls and predict strategy on th…

The drive to make Washington, D.C., a state has been a favorite of some Democrats for years. Why wouldn't it be? If enacted, a new state, formed from deepest-blue D.C., would create two new Democratic senators and one new Democratic member of the House. For a Democrat, what's not to like?

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I wonder if Milo Yiannopoulos, Ben Shapiro, Charles Murray and Heather MacDonald are reacting to these antifa riots the same way I am.

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President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden agree on one thing — the other side is trying to steal the election. Trump told a gathering of students in Phoenix that this “will be, in my opinion, the most corrupt election in the history of our country.”

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There is at least one state House race which is going to be a contentious one this cycle and should be followed by those who care about rational governance. That race is in District 31, in Homer. In that race you have two candidates running with conflicting personalities as well as conflicti…

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Every four years without fail (and usually a little earlier in each quadrennial cycle), both “major” American political parties wind up and toss the same slow, fat pitch across the public’s plate:

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During this election cycle there are a number of state senators who will be up for reelection. Those senators who are going before voters this year are part of the ‘Stedman Wing’ of the Senate Majority who have been trying to pursue a rational approach to the fiscal crisis the state faces. O…

One laudable side effect of the COVID-19 panic is a nationwide effort to promote "vote by mail" as a universal alternative to standing in line at polling places. One reason that effort is laudable is that it would likely decrease vote fraud.

When Christine Blasey Ford accused Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, of sexual assault, Joe Biden told reporters: "For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you've got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what sh…

Oh, thank heaven, a sex scandal. I was afraid we were going to have to talk about death and disease all spring and summer.

On May 8, 2020, Recall Dunleavy’s grounds were ruled legal by the Alaska Supreme Court. Thousands of Alaskans can now celebrate this long-awaited confirmation across the state and advance the biggest signature collection campaign in the state’s history.

Five years ago, through Senate Bill 21 (SB21), Alaskans were asked to substantially reduce our oil production taxes. In return, we were promised there would be more capital investment, more oil jobs, more oil production, and more state revenue. We got none of these. Instead, we got less capi…

In 2003, during the George W. Bush administration, the columnist Charles Krauthammer coined the phrase "Bush Derangement Syndrome" to refer to some of the president's more unhinged critics. It was funny, and given Krauthammer's background -- he was a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry…

Recently there was an announcement from Rep. Dave Talerico that he will not be running for another term in the state House of Representatives. All I can say is that is sad news for the people of his district, as well as the institution in which he serves. I first met Dave back during the 201…

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By Elstun W. Lauesen

Voters in Wisconsin have scored a major victory for democracy. Yes, the Democratic Party benefited from their effort, but that's not the main point. The real winner was the American system itself.

My Bernie Sanders comrades argue that Joe Biden is an awful candidate and he represents the “establishment” and their personal values prevent them from voting for him so they are either not going to vote for president or will vote for a 3rd Party candidate. Finally, for their Coup de Gras: “…

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After several systemic changes in process due to the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alaska Democratic Party has concluded and released the results of their first-ever party-run primary. The primary utilized a ranked choice ballot, allowing voters to choose their top five candid…

The polls show Joe Biden leading Donald Trump in the presidential race. Looking at the last 10 surveys in the RealClearPolitics average of polls matching Trump vs. Biden, Biden is leading in every one of them -- by anywhere from 3 to 10 points. Biden's average lead, in those 10 polls, is 5.5…

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On Jan. 20, the United States confirmed its first case of the coronavirus. The nation’s political and media elite obsessed over Mitch McConnell’s just-announced resolution governing the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. On Jan. 23, China locked down the city of Wuhan. Cable news in America …

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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 …

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

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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.

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James SmallwoodRunning for Anchorage School Board, District 16

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

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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

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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…

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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…

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“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.

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