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The U.S. Senate voted two weeks ago on a proposed constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates to unlimited campaign spending. The proposed amendment would give Congress and the states the right to control the flood of money corrupting our elections. It failed to pass the Senate even though it won a majority of the votes (54-42) because constitutional amendments require a two-thirds majority of the Senate and House to move a proposed amendment to the states for ratification.

We the People Alaska, a coalition now active in 12 Alaska communities, believes our state Constitution intended for people to run Alaska and not “artificial persons” or entities, such as corporations, unions and other associations...

Gershon Cohen

FAIRBANKS-- Gov. Sean Parnell has made it a recurring theme of his campaign that oil production on the North Slope is no longer falling because the Legislature approved his bill to cut oil taxes.

"We've stopped the drop in this year -- that was a direct result of Senate Bill 21," Parnell said in a Juneau debate Monday with independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker.

The “stopped the drop” statement is based on a comparison of oil production in the fiscal year that ended June 30 with the one that preceded it. During fiscal year 2013 and 2014, oil production was nearly identical...

Dermot Cole

It has been three and a half years since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in March 2011 that came after the mass demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen.

The Syrian regime has transformed gradually into a powerful military force engaged in a desperate conflict with the Syrian people. Bashar al-Assad seeks to drain Syria of its financial and human resources, and, more critically, destroy its social fabric by creating an odious sectarian and civil conflict. The peaceful revolution was confronted with live bullets, which harvested the souls of the finest of Syria’s youth, such as Ghyath Matar, Hamza Al-Khatib and many many others...

Radwan Ziadeh
Sullivan has plan for better Alaska

Just one day into his new role as Alaska’s attorney general, Dan Sullivan called me requesting a meeting to discuss making Alaskans safer. Two days later we were sitting down talking the nuts and bolts of how an unprecedented effort to combat domestic and sexual assault in Alaska’s communities should look. Within weeks, Dan was spearheading the governor’s efforts to combat the epidemic of abuse that has been plaguing Alaskans for decades. Dan was developing and executing a plan to bring the most comprehensive and coordinated effort this state has ever seen...

Alaska Dispatch News

It has now been more than four years since then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi explained to Americans why she had to push the health care reform bill through in such a rush: “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in the bill ... and get away from the fog.”...

Sen. Lisa Murkowski

About this time, a month out from the election, my friends usually call me for advice. They are just starting to pay attention and want to know who I am supporting. This year my decision is based on choosing respect.

The men and women of the Alaska National Guard have been in the news lately. The good news about rescues, firefighting, deployments, training and emergency preparedness are reported regularly. I am grateful for the guard’s dedicated people who are always here in time of need...

Dan Kendall

Today hundreds of Alaskans are employed working toward the first production at the largest undeveloped oil and gas field in Alaska -- Point Thomson. This follows years of disputes, hearings, litigation, and an out-of-court settlement achieved in 2012. Now we have Bill Walker maligning those who worked selflessly on behalf of the state by claiming in a recent opinion piece that the settlement is the "worst, dirtiest backroom deal in the state's history."...

Jonathan Katchen

I must respond to a recent commentary by Anchorage Assembly member Elvi Gray-Jackson criticizing the financial management of Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan's administration, specifically pointing to the implementation of the municipality‘s new operating system and concerns regarding police staffing. Ms. Gray-Jackson conveniently omits key factors that led to the current challenges and leaves out appropriate measures taken to meet these challenges...

Chris Birch

“Absolute power corrupts absolutely …” Unfortunately, that famous quote came to my mind when I thought about Alaska’s Judicial Council. The Alaska Constitution established the council with the intent to conduct studies for improvement of the administration of justice in Alaska and to make recommendations to the Alaska Legislature and Supreme Court. However, over the past decades, we’ve seen the power of this body expand, as well as its involvement in partisan politics. The council’s role has expanded to be an advocate for or against judges, with no apparent ethics oversight. The council’s conduct is also troubling, as it appears to actively lobby for the nomination and retention of judges it likes and to lobby against judges it would like to replace....

John Harmon

On behalf of our membership, the Alaska Peace Officers Association (APOA) State Board writes this letter in opposition to the legalization of marijuana. We offer our take on the legalization of marijuana’s impacts to Alaska financially, medically, and socially. Then we will provide an overview of issues that have arisen in Colorado...

Brad Johnson

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