A positive test among poll workers at the Mat-Su Borough building in Palmer has prompted the closure of the early voting location in the back of the Mat-Su Borough Assembly chambers.

Fellow Alaskans: We have an important election day coming up in just a few weeks. You know, the one all your friends won’t stop arguing about on Facebook? First off, let me assure you I’m not here to tell you who to vote for—I’m quite certain most Alaskans made up their minds a long time ago…

Alaska labor unions are split over the oil tax initiative pending on the November state election ballot.

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When looking at the election this year, especially as it relates to the state House, there is a lot of excitement within the Alaska Republican Party over getting a Republican lead majority in the state House. This excitement is based on a belief that somehow such a majority will make better …

My husband recently passed away. He was a wonderful person and we had twelve great years together. He was also very, very organized. His death was an accident but everything was in order. He even left a note in a sealed envelope for his lawyer to present to me. It was one last love letter, D…

One of the best-kept secrets of this --- or any --- Alaska election season is the  incredible amount of information that Alaska voters have in making their decision  as to whether to retain or remove judges in office. It is not an exaggeration to say  that there is more, and better, informat…

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After the Republican rout of party moderates in the August primary elections conservative legislators, mainly from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, could control both the House and Senate in the next Legislature.

I know, I know. You're really bummed out that the party conventions are over. Either that, or you're so disgusted that you want to "throw all them bums out." Actually, as thrilling as they were, they were only the lounge act; the main show begins now. And yes, it was a four-year lounge act, …

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Donald Trump took over the Republican Party, but it’s still discernibly the Republican Party. The Republican National Convention was obviously very Trumpy. At least one member of the family had a slot every night, and it featured theatrical touches worthy of reality TV. There also are notabl…

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It is clear with the outcome of the Alaska primary elections that there have been heavy losses sustained by those of us who value a rational approach to the state’s budget process. The winners of these primary races are from a wing of the Republican Party that believes in Dunleavynomics. Dun…

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In the first stop of her four-day tour in Alaska, Libertarian nominee for president Dr. Jo Jorgensen was visibly chilly at the Iditapark pavilion before taking the microphone for her speech to over 100 supporters on Sunday night.

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After the Tuesday's primaries, one thing is very clear; the aberrant political culture Donald Trump has fostered under the MAGA brand has metastasized in the corpus of the Republican Party itself and the Republican Party is sick, perhaps fatally.

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“Phony Kamala and Slow Joe.”

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At this rate, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will be lucky if he isn’t arrested and tried for treason before a people’s tribunal.

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Results in state the state primary election last Tuesday brought an unsettling surprise for many incumbent legislators, including leaders in the House and Senate.

Another member of the Senate leadership team that is facing reelection this year is Senator Natasha von Imhof. She is the Co-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee for the capital budget and all legislation referred to the finance committee. She is an interesting member of the Senate’s leader…

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According to the talking heads, the United States Postal Service is either under deliberate attack by a taxpayer-funded Trump sycophant, or it’s simply a money-losing enterprise being forced to cut costs, with mail delays an unintended consequence. Mail carriers in cities across the U.S. rep…

When Joe Biden announced that Kamala Harris would be his VP pick, Donald Trump immediately began criticizing her as being too far left. I hope the leadership of the Democratic Party does not decide that this criticism of Trump’s needs to be answered by pressuring her to move further toward t…

Barring the sudden disappearance of the novel Coronavirus — which would make Donald Trump officially the luckiest son of a bitch who ever lived — Nov. 3 does not figure to be a very good night for Republicans.

On an ordinary August night in the year of a presidential election, James Carville would be out at rallies, firing up Democrats and sitting in for round-the-clock punditry on CNN.

One of the interesting aspects of academic political science today and more so the pundit class on our radio waves and television is the lack of the study of statesmanship. There is always a discussion of the latest poll numbers and who is up and who is down and what political maneuver one s…

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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.