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Shannyn Moore

Alaskans know about airplanes and flying. No other state’s residents fly as much as we do. So we know every plane really ought to have two wings. Same with birds. There are no halibut-style birds, with two wings on one side of their bodies. I find government works best with matching wings, one on the left, one on the right.

For the last few years, we've been trying to fly the Spirit of Alaska with two right wings. As a result, our captain, co-pilot and the rest of the crew never really got us off the ground. They didn’t kill us, they just spent most of their time just taxiing in the wrong direction. Now, at long last, we’ve got a chance to get airborne...

Shannyn Moore

I really hate pumpkin-spice-every-single-possible-product-you-can-think-of season. I guess we're down to two holidays for the last few months of the year -- Happy Pumpkin Spice and Merry Christmas. I heard Christmas music before Halloween this year. Our elections have become the same way, now starting the next round before all the ballots are counted. Before I tear into a rant about that, could we all agree to just campaigning six months out from the election?...

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Oh, my darling Alaskans. The wringing of hands and hearts seems a bit over the top in reaction to this week’s election. Despite the bipolar quality of the results so far, I'm hopeful for the future of our state. If I couldn’t find a few silver linings, I'd have to insist that we stop having elections and just put our political offices on eBay. My poll watching this week has been somewhat obscured by a boat and bait, so I was a bit surprised that Dan Sullivan doesn’t want to wait for my vote to be counted. I'm sure it's not because he knows there's no way on God's green earth I'd blacken an oval next to his name, so it must be something else. See, Alaska is a little different, Mr Sullivan. If you’d spent much time here, you’d know we’ve raised cliff-hanger elections to an art form....

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In the case of the Alaska National Guard corruption and sexual abuse scandal, it's fascinating to watch the cover-up of the cover-up play out.

Gov. Sean Parnell is pulling out all the stops in his efforts to avoid releasing documents showing that, beginning four long years ago, he ignored warnings and pleas for help from chaplains, military officers, sexual assault victims and retired guard members. He waited for three years -- until February of this year -- to ask for an investigation by the federal National Guard Bureau, and he did that only after learning that an inquiry would be launched whether he asked for one or not...

Shannyn Moore

I was about 10 when I heard a sermon I will never forget. The speaker that day drew a few gasps from the congregation of the Homer Christian Church when he disagreed with a passage from the Bible. He quoted from 1 Corinthians, Ch. 13, the passage you often hear at weddings: "Faith, Hope and Love, the greatest of these is love." "That's not true," he said. "The greatest of these is hope." He explained that his father had committed suicide. There was no shortage of love in their family. His father had simply lost hope that the pain of his illness would ever be alleviated. It was too much to bear. Too bad Congressman Don Young wasn't sitting next to me that day almost 35 years ago....

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My social media feeds are stuffed with my fellow Alaskans sick to death of political ads end-to-end on their televisions, and even the staunchest pro-deforestation people are wondering if we'll have any trees left after they've checked their mailboxes. I get emails from people asking, "Is that true?" about something they've seen or read.

Here's the kicker. Political ads, per a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, don't have to be true. I KNOW! You have to swear on a Bible when you're elected, but up until that point all bets are off. Did you know Mark Begich hates puppies? Yeah, and ice cream. Seriously, why doesn't he just join the Taliban?...

Shannyn Moore

Earlier this year I received a loose-leaf notebook bulging with documents that detailed the sexual assault coverups and corruption in the Alaska National Guard. I spent a few months compiling information and interviewing as many people as would talk, trying to understand the players and the broad outlines of a mind-blowing scandal with real victims.

People talked to me even though they were afraid. Terrified, actually. For years those who had spoken up against crime in the guard had had their careers destroyed. Nevertheless, a handful of brave souls tried to sound the alarm -- even going directly the governor to enlist his help. They got nothing but retaliation...

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This week I received an email from a Republican friend. (Yes, I have those.) She requested a different kind of column from me this week. “Instead of adding to all the ugly, negative political comments out there why not a column about the economic stimulus this election is having on Alaska with all the Outside money coming into the state.”

Really? Yeah! We have Outside money trying to get a guy elected who wants to get rid of Social Security! That’s the opposite of economic stimulus. So the short answer is No. I won’t be riding that unicorn this week. The longer answer is next...

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Poor Dan Sullivan, I think he was born with a pair of silver flip flops on. His Cleveland, Ohio, parents were caught last week by the Center for Public Integrity trying to funnel $300,000 to a super PAC supporting their son. The contribution was originally listed as coming from the Glenmede Trust Company -- a wealth management company that manages over $25 billion for rich folks...

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I was having dinner in New York City a few years ago with some media muckety-mucks. They asked me why I wouldn’t move to The City for work. “I’d be bored,” was my answer.

This was another interesting week in Alaska politics and proved sticking around Alaska has been worth the price of admission.

The legislative ethics adviser, Reggie Drummond, who just took his job a few months ago, mysteriously resigned. Perhaps someone took a look at his twitter feed, which included such poetic yarns as “Liberal = industrial sized stupid, put that one in your dictionary” and a retweet saying, “Fired union workers looking for sympathy will find it in the dictionary somewhere between shit and syphilis.”

He sounds really nice. And ethical...

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