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An editorial in the Homer Tribune questions the bum rap the word, "Socialism" has gotten lately. Here's a taste: Well, socialist idealists will tell you it will bring a life free of exploitation, insecurity and poverty. It will end unemployment, hunger and homelessness, and squash racism, national oppression, anti-Semitism, prejudice, bigotry and the unequal status of women. In theory, political power would be in the hands of working people. Plants, factories, agri-business farms and everything necessary to produce what society needs would be nationalized. Large monopoly corporations and banks would come under public ownership, and the public would own the energy industry, as well as all the natural resources. The editorial does admit that it sounds a little too good to be true. But it does lead to at least one question: where is this horrible Socialistic country that we so don't want to emulate? Sweden?
Legislators are cringing at the cost of the planned new jumbo state prison in the Matanuska-Susita Borough and want to look at turning it into a private prison. That's a topic that in the past proved to be one of the most contentious in Alaska politics.Sean Cockerham
Alaska politics and political hijinks
With Election Day less than a month away, Dan Sullivan is holding onto his lead in the mayoral candidates' fundraising race, and two of his leading opponents are digging into their own pockets in an attempt to head him off.Don Hunter
Michael Steele, the chair of the GOP, is getting killed for being a moderate. Here he is talking about abortion with GQ magazine. Are you saying you think women have the right to choose abortion? Yeah. I mean, again, I think that's an individual choice. You do? Yeah. Absolutely. Are you saying you don't want to overturn Roe v. Wade? I think Roe v. Wade-as a legal matter, Roe v. Wade was a wrongly decided matter. Okay, but if you overturn Roe v. Wade, how do women have the choice you just said they should have? The states should make that choice. That's what the choice is. The individual choice rests in the states. Let them decide. Do pro-choicers have a place in the Republican Party? Absolutely! Here's what Huckabee has to say"... For Chairman Steele to even infer that taking a life is totally left up to the individual is not only a reversal of Republican policy and principle, but it's a violation of the most basic of human rights--the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Here's Ken Blackwell, a senior fellow at the American Civil Rights Union and a former Ohio Secretary of State, "Chairman Steele, as the leader of America's Pro-Life conservative party, needs to re-read the Bible, the U.S. Constitution, and the 2008 GOP Platform. He then needs to get to work -- or get out of the way."
The Democratic Pary sponsored a billboard contest after Limbaugh made waves by saying he hopes President Obama fails. The winning slogan comes from "William C." of Camden, N.J. Sometimes those Dems can be too clever for their own good. The problem? It looks like an advertisement that Limbaugh himself would have paid for. He's no doubt very pleased.
Gov. Sarah Palin is planning at least two trips out of state paid for by her political action committee, which told backers on Wednesday she'll be travelling the country to support those who share her vision.Sean Cockerham
Former state Rep. Beverly Masek has agreed to plead guilty today to conspiring to receive a bribe, according to documents filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage.Richard Mauer
Top lawmakers said Tuesday they aren't likely to pass the governor's bills dealing with an in-state natural gas line and consolidating Railbelt utilities.Sean Cockerham
The judge who oversaw former Sen. Ted Stevens' trial said Tuesday he may allow testimony in open court from two of the people who have come forward with complaints about how the investigation and prosecution unfolded.Erika Bolstad

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