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…

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Cordova and the Copper River Highway


Even today you can see the bumperstickers around Cordova: There is not and never has been a road from Cordova to the rest of the world. There used to be a railroad from Cordova through Chitina to McCarthy, the Copper River & Northwestern Railroad. Cordova exists because of the railroad and the $200 million in…

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The Evil of Closed Sessions


The Alaska Legislature is still hard at work. For a given definition of “hard” and “work.” The Legislature is now in day 114 of its 90 day session and has yet to address any of the major financial crises facing the State of Alaska. One or another of the Republican majority-controlled houses will meet from time to…