Sun Rose This Morning; Dunleavy Claims Credit


Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy still hasn’t removed WC from his reelection campaign mailing list. The latest fibs arrived last Friday. As far as WC can tell, the Legislature enacted the PFD that Dunleavy is claiming credit for despite Dunleavy’s best efforts to frustrate the process. After all, Dunleavy wanted a much bigger dividend, $6,700, and…

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

What Not to Do When Offered a Bribe


Elderly Mandarin: “Would you betray your Emperor?”Young Mandarin: “Never. My loyalty to the Emperor is pure.”Elderly Mandarin: “Doubtlessly. But would you betray your Emperor for 10 million pieces of gold?”Young Mandarin: “10 million pieces of gold? A man could live well a very long time with that much wealth.”Elderly Mandarin: “Well then, would you betray…

Who Is “Tito” and Why Is He Harassing WC?


WC’s mailbox has been stuffed with messages from “Tito Dunleavy” lately, all asking for money, for WC to “sign” Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy’s birthday card, or seeking WC’s contact information for “important news.” Or sometimes all three. In the emails from “Tito,” there’s always a photo of the very small, curly-furred brown dog at the…

Sometimes Mikey Makes It Too Easy


In a testament to Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy’s incompetency, he has left WC on his email list even though (1) WC has not for six years now been registered to vote in Alaska, (2) WC has heartlessly mocked, dissected and ridiculed Mikey’s email messages and, (3) WC would eat broken glass on the Capitol steps…

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Mike Dunleavy Missed Some Stuff


The Anchorage Daily News has yet another opinion piece from Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy. WC likes the Binkley family, who own the newspaper, but cautions them they’re going to need to invest in case lots of Chapstick™ if they continue to give Alaska’s Least Competent Governor a platform. In his latest essay, Dunleavy’s quest for…

Tustanema Still in Drydock

Trusty Tusty Rusty, Musty


Does anyone besides WC remember “The Deacon’s Masterpiece, or the Wonderful One-Hoss Shay,” written by lawyer and jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes? WC was made to memorize chunks of it by his fifth grade teacher. The poem came out of dead storage in WC’s brain as WC was reading about Governor Dunleavy’s attempts to make a…

Alaska's economy under Dunleavy (not to scale)

Governor Dunleavy, Reality Calling on Line 3


Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy issued an Administrative Order November 2 which provided, among other things, [T]he Dunleavy Administration is ordering: 1. The Attorney General to review any federal vaccine mandate issued by the Biden Administration and determine whether there are legal grounds to challenge such mandates in court. 2. To the extent allowable by law,…

Bad Judgment Personified: Senator Mike Dunleavy (Photo by Anchorage Dispatch News)

Dunleavy Loses Again


Yeah, there’s been a lot about Dunleavy lately. But there’s much that’s so wrong about Big Mike and his governorship. Please trust WC when he says he lets most of it go by. WC will try to make this the last Dunleavy-centered post for a while. When Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy was selecting staff following…

Dunleavy Doesn’t Learn


WC has received yet another email from Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy’s campaign. This time, Dunleavy wants WC to participate in a poll, and promises, “When Mike looks over the results from this survey tomorrow morning, he’ll want to see your responses right on top!” Right. Here’s the poll, complete with WC’s response: It’s not really…

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Examining Gov. Dunleavy’s Defense


Back on October 1, 2021, one of Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s staffers wrote an opinion piece for the Anchorage Daily News under Dunleavy’ name, touting all the good things his or her boss had done in response to the pandemic and defending his recent inaction as Alaska’s hospitals struggle with crisis mode. Let’s parse Gov.…

Bad Judgment Personified: Senator Mike Dunleavy (Photo by Anchorage Dispatch News)

Dunleavy Blames the Courts


When a politician blames the courts for an unfavorable outcome it usually means that the politician is attempting to divert public attention from his or her own mistakes, bad policies or misconduct. It’s a technique as old as democracy and demagogues. WC suggests that is exactly what Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy is doing in his…

WC should get a new photo for this recurring topic.

Following Up and Following Down: May 2021


There went May, just like that. In Boise, it was wet, windy and cold for much of the month, making spring migration more of an ordeal for the poor birds than usual. Which demonstrably didn’t stop WC from taking photos. But it’s time for a look back, a look at stuff WC didn’t blog about…

Charlie Pierce Sets a New Record


WC interrupts these pleasant natural history blog posts for a political screed. WC has kept a kind of informal scorecard on how many distortions, lies and misstatements a guest columnist can cram into a 200 word opinion piece for the Anchorage Daily News. Charlie Pierce, the Mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, may have set…

It’s Called the Satch Carlson Law


In 1989, popular Anchorage Daily News columnist and sometime substitute teacher Gordon “Satch” Carlson was accused of having sex with one of his students. He was charged in November 1989 with statutory rape. The victim was 17 years of age, above the age of consent, but it was still a crime under the laws at…

Lessons from Pebble Mine


Okay, the good guys won. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency that determines whether a permit for a mine should be issued, denied such a mining permit to Pebble Limited Partnership. The Corps determined that Pebble Mine “would not comply with the 404(b)(1) Guidelines” – the Clean Water regulations – “and would…

Bad Judgment Personified: Senator Mike Dunleavy (Photo by Anchorage Dispatch News)

Ann Brown Lectures Chief Justice Bolger on Ethics


The Anchorage Daily News continues to let Ann Brown, Vice Chair of the Alaska Republican Party, voice her opinions. Most recently, Ms. Brown authored an opinion piece, demanding that Chief Justice Bolger recuse himself from the pending appeal by Dunleavy of the trial court’s decision allowing the recall of Dunleavy to go ahead. Now WC knows…

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Recall Dunleavy Wins Again


Let’s recap. Mike Dunleavy is the governor of the State of Alaska, elected in 2018. In just one year, he has taken the trophy for Worst Governor in Alaska’s history from the likes of Keith Miller, Sarah Palin and Sean Parnell. A remarkable, if appalling, achievement. Dunleavy has been so bad that the Recall Dunleavy…

Alaska Marine Highway Ferry M/V Aurora (not presently in service)

How We Pissed It All Away, Part 2


This is the second part of a series on Alaska’s spendthrift ways. Here’s the first piece. WC has written at length – perhaps at tedious length – on Alaska’s utter folly in tying its state economy and its state government budget to the price of crude oil. There was actually a time, back when Alaska…

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…

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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…

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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…

Spiro Agnew

An Open Letter to Mike Dunleavy


11 December 2018 Governor Michael Dunleavy PO Box 110001 Juneau, AK 99811-0001 Re: Your Meeting with President Trump Dear Governor Dunleavy: The Anchorage Daily News reports that you have accepted an invitation to meeting with President Donald Trump. WC will share with you a cautionary story he shared with Senator Lisa Murkowski. Once upon a time…

Ben Stevens, former State senator and Unindicted

He’s Baaaack


The Anchorage Daily News reports that Gov. Mike Dunleavy has named former state Sen. Ben Stevens as an adviser for transportation, legislation and fishing. Remember Ben Stevens? He’s the guy who was never charged with accepting the bribe that former Veco Vice President Rick Smith was convicted of paying him. Actually, that’s just a small part of…