Michael Carey

In less than a month, Alaskans will once again re-elect Congressman Don Young. No disrespect to Forrest Dunbar, but the voters will say no to him as they have said to Democrats challenging Don since disco became an American craze.

Young, 81, won his first term in a 1973 special election after Congressman Nick Begich disappeared during a campaign flight. He has won every election bid since and is the longest-serving Republican in the House of Representatives.

It has been years since Young was a power in Washington, and his transgressions of decorum -- and the rules of the House -- are as legendary as his misuse of the English language...

Michael Carey

The General Election is approaching, and once again it is time to find out if you are an informed citizen. The HEPCAT (High Energy Politics Carey Awareness Test) will provide the answer. This incarnation of the test is shorter than the primary version , so you should be able to complete it before finishing your morning coffee. Those who answer all the questions correctly win a bologna sandwich at Tony Knowles' Downtown Deli.

I. FBI tapes of the Veco Room of the Baranof Hotel in Juneau caught lawmaker Pete Kott saying he aspired to become:...

Michael Carey

Perennial candidate Frank Vondersaar died Sept. 12. He was 64. Vondersaar filed for a seat in the U.S. Senate or the House of Representatives for 10 years. He ran as a Democrat and usually polled a few thousand votes in the primary election. He raised little money and did little campaigning beyond his televised appearance on the public broadcasting candidate show "Running." That's where I got to know him. I later learned he worked at the Salvation Army in Homer, his shoulder to the wheel in a modest endeavor to help his community. He had engineering and law degrees but apparently no longer used them. Vondersaar was a big man, humble and self-effacing off camera....

Michael Carey

Historians, writers and others with a passion for Alaska history have been vigorously discussing the role of the Cold War in shaping the territory and later the state. I was born at the opening of the Cold War and experienced it from the perspective of a kid curious about the adult world.

My parents abandoned their trap line near Lake Minchumina and moved to Fairbanks in the fall of 1950 so I could begin school. Fabian and Mary believed my younger sister Kathleen and I deserved a proper education -- and to them home schooling by mail with a Calvert course was not a proper education...

Michael Carey

Bill Walker is running as an Independent. Maybe he should change his affiliation to Amateur.

After an exuberant kickoff of his combined campaign with Democrat Byron Mallott, Walker made two unforced errors that raise questions about his political competence...

Michael Carey

We still await the final results of the the primary election, but the totals have been updated several times. The new numbers are worth a look.

First of all, the updates have significantly improved the turnout, now 38.91 percent. You will recall that on the morning after the election the turnout -- much derided -- was 31 percent...

Michael Carey

The Alaska Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945 is one of the best-known pieces of legislation in Alaska history. The act addressed a terrible wrong -- discrimination in public accommodations and facilities -- and was championed by a charismatic Native leader, Elizabeth Peratrovich. The measure also had the support of Gov. Ernest Gruening, a brilliant lawmaker and skillful writer. Gruening told the story of the legislation a number of times -- with a keen sense of disappointment the measure was necessary, yet pride that Alaskans recognized its importance...

Michael Carey

Do you know enough about the candidates and issues in the upcoming Aug. 19 primary election -- and enough about Alaska political history -- to cast an informed ballot? Sure you do. You're no slacker.

But let's put you to the test -- the High Energy Politics Carey Awareness Test (HEPCAT) devised for this election. There are 20 questions. Each correct answer is worth five points. Accumulate 70 points and you are a certifiable HEPCAT. Get all 20 questions right, and you win a hunting trip guided by Congressman Don Young.

I. The first bill passed by the first Alaska Legislature (1913) allowed:...

Michael Carey

Writing in the July 5 Washington Post, reporter Michael E. Ruane does a wonderful job of exploring the love letters Warren Harding wrote to his mistress, Carrie Phillips. Harding, a future president, carried on an affair with his married Ohio neighbor for years while he was a lieutenant governor of Ohio and a U.S. senator...

Michael Carey

We have seen it all before.

The congressman's outrageous misbehavior on the public stage. The newspaper stories and video clips that capture him breaking bad. His perfunctory apology before he runs silent avoiding the press. The public's confusion about what to do with the offender -- Don Young.

Yes, the self-described Congressman for all Alaska once again has become an embarrassment. The CSPAN cameras caught him making imbecilic gestures and sticking out his tongue while nearby a colleague made the case for naming a New Jersey post office for a Marine killed in Iraq. This came only days after the House Ethics Committee ruled that Don improperly accepted nearly $60,000 in gifts...

Michael Carey

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