When Less is More

By on Oct 20, 2014 in OUT OF CONTEXT | 0 comments

Writing long books is a laborious and impoverishing act of foolishness: expanding in 500 pages an idea that could be perfectly explained in a few minutes. A better procedure is to pretend that those books already exist and to offer a summary, a commentary.

Jorge Luis Borges

Lies, Bribes and Alaska Day

By on Oct 18, 2014 in OUT OF CONTEXT | 0 comments

The formal transfer of Russian America was completed on this day in 1867, the reason we now celebrate Alaska Day. But the $7 million purchase of the state, in fact, may not have been completed if not for bribes handed out by William H. Seward to members of Congress.

Who cast the deciding U.S. Senate vote on Obamacare? Soooo many people!

By on Oct 17, 2014 in #AKSEN | 0 comments

The parody news crew at Juneau-based Alaska Robotics is at it again, this time skewering votes that say Democrat Mark Begich was the tipping point on Obamacare. “It’s not as bad as accusing someone of being an accomplice to a murder in Mountain View, but it’s still pretty bad.”

Unions insist attack on Sullivan’s Mercer deal ‘not partisan’

By on Oct 16, 2014 in #AKSEN | 0 comments

ANCHORAGE – Alaska union leaders played coy, insisting their Wednesday press conference called together to continue pressing Republican U.S. Senate nominee Dan Sullivan for a settlement he reached while serving as attorney general was “not partisan.” The event is among the many pushes by groups supportive of Sen. Mark Begich’s re-election bid that criticizes Sullivan’s actuarial malpractice settlement with a consulting firm that knowingly gave bad advice to the Alaska Retirement Management Board. The error by Mercer Inc., a New York-based subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, cost the state billions and contributed to an ongoing struggle with ballooning, unfunded pensions. Despite the looming statewide election and a drumbeat of Mercer-related attacks on Sullivan by Begich allies, organizers of the event at the midtown office of Alaska State...

Rasmussen polls: Walker leads Parnell by 9 points; Sullivan up 48-45 on Begich

By on Oct 15, 2014 in #AKGOV, #AKSEN | 4 comments

First rule of Alaska politics? Don’t believe the polls.
Second rule? At this time of year, with Election Day looming, everyone wants to talk about the polls. Enter this latest entry from New Jersey-based Rasmussen Reports, which says an Oct. 8-12 survey of 700 Alaskans shows independent Bill Walker leading incumbent Republican Gov. Sean Parnell in the gube race.

Gas sales end in Government Hill, Tesoro cites Knik Arm Bridge uncertainty

By on Oct 15, 2014 in #AKGOV | 1 comment

If you’ve stopped by the Tesoro in Government Hill this week, you might have noticed something different. The neighborhood’s only gas station is no longer serving gas. Matthew Gill, a senior manager for Tesoro, says the fuel retailer removed the gas pumps Monday afternoon. Gill says Tesoro is in the middle of an aggressive company plan to replace all of its single-walled underground tanks with double-walled tanks.  He said the swap represents a substantial investment that Tesoro isn’t willing to make at its Government Hill location, a property facing an uncertain future as state efforts to build the Knik Arm Bridge continue. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities took control of the bridge effort earlier this year and is now attempting to obtain property rights and a federal loan in order to move the project forward. The state has estimated the...

Dems turn to ombudsman in search for Sullivan ties to Guard scandal

By on Oct 15, 2014 in #AKGOV, #AKSEN | 0 comments

The Alaska Democratic Party is pushing the Office of the Ombudsman to hurry the release of records related to the federal investigation into the Alaska National Guard. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign committee requested the documents more than a year ago. “We’re trying to get to the bottom of what involvement, if any, (Gov. Sean) Parnell’s AGs had in the scandal,” wrote Zach Fields, Democratic spokesperson, in an email. The attorney general Fields is referring to is Republican Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan. Ombudsman Request Original records...

Alaska U.S. Senate candidates pick sides on gay marriage

By on Oct 14, 2014 in #AKSEN | 2 comments

We asked U.S. Senate candidates Sen. Mark Begich and Dan Sullivan this week whether they believe Alaska’s same-sex couples should be allowed to wed. Surprise! They disagree.

Oct. 11, 1922: First Female FBI Agent is Alaskan*

By on Oct 11, 2014 in OUT OF CONTEXT | 0 comments

A woman named Alaska Packard Davidson becomes the first FBI special agent in history.

Here’s the police report about that thing with the Palins

By on Oct 9, 2014 in #AKGOV | 0 comments

Anchorage police report on ‘brawl’ allegedly involving Palins

‘Necesitamos Bill Walker:’ Spanish ads airing in the Last Frontier

By on Oct 9, 2014 in #AKGOV | 0 comments

An estimated 48,518 Alaskans identify as Hispanic or Latino, 6.6 percent of the state’s 2013 population, and Bill Walker is making a push on the Spanish language television network Telemundo to sway some of that voting bloc in his favor. In what was described as the first Alaska political television advertisement in Spanish,* the Independent gubernatorial candidate who opposes Republican Gov. Sean Parnell makes a case in Spanish. (Watch on Vimeo if the clip won’t play here) * This couldn’t immediately be independently confirmed, but KTUU will attempt to get verification from the...

Alaska’s largest police union ‘respects’ Don Young, says it’s time for him to find a new job

By on Oct 8, 2014 in #AKHOUSE | 0 comments

The union representing the largest police department in Alaska thinks 21 terms in Congress is enough for Republican Rep. Don Young. “We recognize and respect Don Young for his time in office,” wrote Derek Hsieh, president of the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association, in a release. “However, we feel that it is time for Alaska to look to the future.” APDEA is throwing its support behind first-time candidate Forrest Dunbar. “I am honored to receive this endorsement from the men and women that go out every day to keep Anchorage safe,” Dunbar wrote in a release.