Battle of the Wilderness by Kurz and Allison

For a Progressive, Signs of Hope


When Alaska was admitted as a state to these United States, back in 1959, the entire Congressional delegation was Democratic: Senator E.L. “Bob” Bartlett, Senator Ernest Gruening1 and Representative Ralph J. Rivers. It’s true that Senators Bartlett and Gruening loathed each other – Senator Bartlett’s staff referred to the Judas Tree outside the Senate Office…

The State of Alaska Economy. Don't worry. Senators Chenault and Kelly are in charge

Getting Your Priorities All Wrong


The Alaska Legislature adjourned without acting on any of the issues on its agenda.1 The Legislature, faced with the gravest fiscal crisis in its history, bailed. The Republican Majority Coalition didn’t even hold a substantive hearing. It’s the greatest legislative abdication of constitutional responsibility in WC’s memory. In the absence of legislative action, 70% or…

Alaska House Rep. Shelley Hughes (R, Palmer)

Governor Walker Tries Again


The Alaska Legislature demonstrated its mind-boggling incompetence and ineffectiveness by adjourning without addressing the greatest financial crisis in Alaska’s history. It’s really that simple. Further degradation of the state’s credit rating? No response. The certainty that Alaska will exhaust the Constitutional Budget Reserve in the next two years? No effect. One of WC’s high school…