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Finding common ground with our mayor

Meg Zaletel

May 23, 2024

The Assembly didn’t run for mayor. Effective local government is all about finding common ground to prosper and doing our best to solve problems. The idea that our local government right now is the Assembly versus the mayor…

The Sunday Minefield – May 19, 2024

Jeff Landfield

May 19, 2024

The second session of the 33rd Alaska Legislature adjourned sine die on Wednesday night. Well at least the Senate did. The House was another story. They did not adjourn until early Thursday morning, which was a clear violation of…

Brad Keithley’s Chart of the Week: Oil taxes are not a silver bullet

Brad Keithley

May 17, 2024

Last week’s column focused on the fiscal condition in which this Legislature is leaving the state. Our point was that, as a result of the substantial growth in spending this Legislature has authorized, the state is facing significant financial...

Alaska House passes five bills past constitutional deadline

Jeff Landfield

May 16, 2024

Early this morning the Alaska House of Representatives passed five bills past the clear 121-day constitutional limit. The Alaska Constitution sets regular sessions at 120 days. But a 1989 Alaska Christian Bible Institute v. State of Alaska court...

Pagegate: House pages and assistant sergeant-at-arms walk out on the job

Jeff Landfield

May 14, 2024

With just one day left in the legislative session, and after several days of marathon floor sessions, three House pages and the assistant sergeant-at-arms walked out on the job this afternoon. Pages guard the doors during votes, pass out amendments…

The Sunday Minefield – May 12 (Special Loose Unit Edition)

Jeff Landfield

May 13, 2024

This week in Juneau has been one of the loosest and weirdest that I have experienced in my six years if coming down for session. And if you have been following me for that whole time, you know that...

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