Jim DeMint Embarrasses Himself


Alaska’s Governor Mike Dunleavy recently took time from the rigors of the governorship to go stateside and suck up to the national far right political action committees and their lackeys. Apparently he doesn’t believe Alaska AG Clarkson’s argument that the recall effort is unconstitutional either. Or maybe Dunleavy found time to look at Clarkson’s record…

William S. Consovoy, one of President Trump’s private attorneys, speaking on April 17, 2018, during a panel discussion at the Federalist Society’s Sixth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. (Diego M. Radzinschi// © 2019 ALM Media Properties, LLC.)

Pro Tip: Expensive ≠ Good


Some years ago now, the City of Fairbanks hired an expensive Anchorage lawyer to sue the manufacturer of allegedly defective sewer pipe the City had purchased and installed in south Fairbanks. Just in preparation for trial, that expensive attorney ran up a bill of nearly $1 million. The City’s case was thrown out in the…

Mike Dunleavy, Alaska's governor, Bog help us

Poor, Poor Pitiful Me


Poor, poor pitiful me Poor, poor pitiful me These boys won’t let me be Lord have mercy on me Woe is me – Warren Zevon, “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” via Linda Ronstadt Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy complains we aren’t treating him fairly. So he gave an interview to the right wing Briebart News,1 where he…

What if Carl Sagan was wrong?

WC Gets Conspiratorial


WC is sharply critical of Americans’ tendency to see a conspiracy – sometimes two or three conspiracies – under every stone. In part it’s wish fulfillment; in other part is the primitive part of our brains seeing patterns that aren’t there. When the suspicious noise could have been a tiger, that pattern recognition skill served…

Mike Dunleavy, Alaska's governor, Bog help us

Governor Dunleavy and the Law


One of the notable areas where Dunleavy brought his meat axe approach to economics, the law and Alaska’s budget was in his treatment of the State of Alaska’s Judicial Branch. It’s pretty clear Dunleavy doesn’t like lawyers. He completely zeroed out the state appropriation to Alaska Legal Services Corporation, the legal aid service for the…

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

Dunleavy Violates His Oath of Office


Governor Dunleavy, as required by the Alaska Constitution, took an oath of office, swearing that he did “solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Alaska, and that I will faithfully discharge my duties as Governor of the State of…