Anchorage Legislative Information Office (Photo Erik Hill/ADN)

The Alaska Legislature Finally Goes Too Far


When the Republican majority coalition in the Alaska Legislature ignored the advice of WC and the instructions of their spouses and slashed the budget of the University of Alaska, WC was annoyed enough to politely criticize their error.1 When that same coalition proceeded with the folly of a concealed-carry law for the University of Alaska,…

The Alaska State Capitol Building, home of the Alaska Legislature

When in Danger, When in Doubt…


When in danger, When in doubt, Run in circles Scream and shout! – Popularized in Herman Wouk, The Caine Mutiny (1951), which describes it as an ancient adage. For months years now, WC has criticized the Republican majority coalition in the Alaska Legislature for its inaction, its failure to come to grips with fiscal realities, and its inertia and…

Caution: Some Assembly Still Required

F-35s to Fairbanks: Good News/Bad News


Good News: The Department of Defense has announced that it will locate two squadrons of F-35 jet fighters at Eielson AFB. Eielson is saved! Bad News: It isn’t happening until 2020. Good News: Hot, powerful new jets in Alaska. Bad News: Yeah, but they are the hideously over-priced, deeply flawed F-35s. Good News: 2,576 new folks…

Porky's Brag

Porky’s Brag, Coach Tsjuimoto and Other News


A few news stories for the occasion: The Republican majority coalitions in the Alaska House and Senate accepted the conclusion of their elders, the FOSSILS1 and have adopted a state income tax. “We admit it,” said House Speaker Mike Chennault, “Governor Walker was right and we were wrong. A severe recession is the greater threat.…