Mike Dunleavy Steps In It


A shifty-eyed Governor Mike Dunleavy, March 9, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

A shifty-eyed Governor Mike Dunleavy, March 9, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

Idaho has a lot of cattle. Almost certainly too many. So many that you have to be careful where you step when you’re outside of a town, or you’ll get something on your boot you probably don’t want.

There aren’t many cattle in Alaska, but Governor Dunleavy has stepped in something and gotten stuff all over his boot that he probably doesn’t want there.

A public meeting has a pretty generally recognized legal definition in Alaska. You might have to sign up at a public meeting, but you don’t have to present identification to get in the door. And because it is a public meeting, with public officials, you can record the whole damn thing, if that’s what you want. Alaska’s idea of public meeting is to err on the side of transparency because, as the Alaska Legislate wrote a long time ago, AS 44.62.312(a)(4) says:

[T]he people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know.

The Koch brothers, hiding under the umbrella of “Americans for Prosperity,” are sponsoring Dunleavy’s tour around Alaska. They seem to have a different idea of “public meeting,” one that isn’t really public at all, because the Koch brothers, not Alaskans, get to make the rules.

So we have appalling spectacle of the Governor of Alaska announcing a series of public meetings around Alaska, and his handlers, his masters, his puppeteers, announcing that the Governor doesn’t get to have public meetings. (Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.) Only the appearance of public meetings.

It would be amusing, watching the scrambling between the Governor’s Office, the Koch brothers’ stooges and the media if it weren’t so sickening. If there are Alaskans who seriously believe that the Koch brothers – the folks who shut down the North Pole Refinery, the folks who helped buy Dunleavy his governorship – care a cow fart about Alaskans, well, they need to cut back on that legal weed because it’s messing with their thinking.

You have to wonder what other puppet strings are there that Alaskans don’t know about yet.

This isn’t complicated. If it’s a public meeting, then Alaskans get to make the rules. If it’s not a public meeting, then – maybe – someone else can make the rules. But Governor Dunleavy can’t have it both ways.

So, yeah, the Governor has something stinky all over his boots.

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