Community Voices

Gary Knopp was a friend of mine

John-Henry Heckendorn   August 4, 2020

I was first introduced to Gary when he was considering running for the Legislature in 2016 and I was a partner in a fledgling campaign management firm with an eye on a bipartisan coalition in the State House.  We didn’t really want to work with Gary. Working campaigns on the three-hours-drive-away Peninsula seemed like an unpalatable…

An Alaskan trapped in Peru

Tim Weise   March 21, 2020

It all happened seemingly overnight. What began as one of the most fantastic trips I have taken overseas quickly dissolved into a story out…

Why Republicans can’t govern

Anonymous Staffer   February 26, 2020

Fifteen short months ago, Alaska Republicans were celebrating decisive victories up and down the ballot: Mike Dunleavy soundly defeated former U.S. Senator Mark Begich...

Why we need a binding caucus

Senator Gary Stevens   February 20, 2020

Finding common ground in the legislative process is crucial. There are 60 members of the Alaska Legislature. It is always difficult to find agreement....

The cold reality

Terre Gales   February 17, 2020

The recent racially-motivated lynching threat on Facebook by a man named Russell Holmes, targeted at State Senator David Wilson, should disgust any decent person….

Why I decided to leave the Republican Party

Peter J. Caltagirone   February 11, 2020

I’ve always been a Republican. I grew up in a very conservative Catholic family. From childhood until I left for college, we lived in...

Anchorage Assembly needs to carefully consider impacts of tax proposals

Meg Zaletel   January 28, 2020

As the Anchorage Assembly considers new revenue options, we need to take our time and be clear about our objectives and how we plan…

Immigration law is a mystery and a mastery of obfuscation

Margaret Stock   January 25, 2020

An official spokeswoman for the United States immigration agency once said, on the record in the Washington Post (April 24, 2001), “Immigration law is...

Let’s restore Alaska’s tradition of open primary elections

Lesil McGuire and Jeremy Gruber   January 13, 2020

In 1947, with Alaska well on the road to statehood, voters overwhelmingly adopted a blanket open primary by referendum. They confirmed the beliefs that...

Anchorage Assembly to hold town hall meetings to consider tax proposals

Felix Rivera   January 6, 2020

If you look at a picture of the Municipality of Anchorage’s finances from 1982, you’ll see a startling number — the State of Alaska...

Remembering Frank Turney

Aaron Lojewski   December 3, 2019

Well known Fairbanksan, Frank Turney, unexpectedly passed away at the age of 72 last Monday morning (11/25/2019). He was well known…

The Internet should be fair and open, overregulation threatens economic growth

Bethany Marcum   October 22, 2019

Alaska has seen significant technological improvements over the years. Thanks to expanded broadband, thousands of Alaskans can be connected to anyone, anywhere. As access...

My thoughts after the legislative hearing on the University

Senator John Coghill   September 30, 2019

On September 20, 2019, the Senate State Affairs Committee heard from the UAA Faculty Senate. I was there and listened. However, the Board of...

The Federalist Society weighs in on Governor Dunleavy’s Court System veto

Lee Baxter   September 11, 2019

Did Governor Michael J. Dunleavy (R – Alaska) violate the doctrine of separation of powers when he vetoed $334,700 from the Alaska Court System’s...

What were the original arguments for Permanent Fund Dividends?

Cliff Groh   September 4, 2019

This is the first in a series of opinion pieces on the Permanent Fund Dividend by Cliff Groh. This one sets out the original…

Dunleavy’s big promise falls short on results

Mike Dingman   September 2, 2019

Remember when candidate Mike Dunleavy promised every man, woman, and child in Alaska checks in excess of $6,000 if he was elected governor? Recently, Governor…
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