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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…

An image from Chris Simcox's brief, dark-horse run for U.S. Senate in the 2010 GOP primary against John McCain.

Chris Simcox: Kindergarten Teacher, Vigilante and Pervert


WC is usually satisfied to let perverts rot without publicity. But Chris Simcox is such a strange story that it’s worth a look. Chris Simcox, most recently of Phoenix, Arizona, taught kindergarten through third grade at the affluent, private Wildwood School in Los Angeles, California,1 for a reported 13 years.[^2] After his employment as a teacher ended, he became a grade school tutor.…

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Following Up and Following Down: May 2016


It’s been a few months since WC made one of his irregular efforts at journalistic integrity by following up on earlier blog posts and nodding at issues that didn’t seem blogworthy earlier. If you skip a few months it turns out the list of things to cover can get a bit long. Mark Avery, municipal…

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…