Voices

In 2006 Alaskans “took a stand” against the political establishment and elected the largely untested and inexperienced Sarah Palin as governor.

To the delight of Alaska Democrats, Palin’s agenda began with targeting Republicans, winning her the adoration of the Alaska press who assisted her in soaring to a 70 percent approval rating and beyond. That caught the attention of D.C. power brokers and in the blink of an eye, Palin was a 2008 vice presidential candidate.

Suddenly, the very same Democrats who had fawned over Sarah became her mortal enemies. Palin spent the rest of her governorship under vicious attack and was out of office by July 2009...

Frank McQueary

Uber arrived in Anchorage to a tremendous reception from riders and drivers alike. We heard from folks thrilled by the possibility of being able to request a safe, reliable ride at the tap of a smartphone, and we partnered with nearly 100 eager entrepreneurs who jumped at the opportunity to start and grow their own small business. People are at the core of what we do. Anchorage citizens like Samuel, a legally blind, hardworking Anchorage resident who leaned on Uber to solve the logistical problems associated with not being able to drive -- and Victor, a driver who works three jobs and uses the Uber platform to supplement his income -- inspire our commitment to operating here in Anchorage....

Bryce Bennett

“Racial Thursdays” have touched a nerve nationwide. After Alaska Dispatch News reported that a platoon on Fort Wainwright is being investigated for a tradition of having no conduct rules on racial slurs or discriminatory statements on Thursdays, the story went viral. It is unfortunate at a time in our community when we need to seriously, respectfully, and productively talk about race and culture, that this screaming headline comes out...

Chris Cavanaugh

This week, I introduced legislation to provide health care to more Alaskans using less state money. My bill calls for using all available federal resources and reforming the state’s Medicaid program to improve the lives of Alaskans.

One of the perks of my job as governor is health insurance. For those of us who have insurance, it’s easy to forget what it’s like for the thousands of Alaskans who do not.

They are one mishap away from financial ruin. Medical debt is now the top cause of personal bankruptcy filings in the U.S. No one should have to choose between life-saving care and losing their home...

Gov. Bill Walker

As soon as the luggage was stowed in the plane’s forward belly compartment, the DC-3 made for the runway and lifted off into Quebec’s autumn sky. The date was Sept. 9, 1949. Flying from Montreal, the flight had stopped in Quebec City to pick up additional travelers before continuing on to Baie-Comeau, farther down the St. Lawrence River. Among the passengers who boarded at Quebec were three American businessmen, and the promiscuous wife of a philandering jewelry salesman. Half an hour into the resumed flight, the plane exploded without warning. All 19 passengers and the four crew were killed...

Steve Haycox
Majority ‘leadership’ punishes Rep. Reinbold for doing her job

Eagle River is growing weary of being silenced in the state Legislature. We still remember Randy Phillips being gerrymandered out of his district for standing up and fighting for Alaskans. Now, the majority “leadership” is at it again, punishing Rep. Lora Reinbold for doing what we sent her to Juneau to do. We asked her to be a conservative leader and she has stood for what her constituents have asked. Instead of treating state government as a pirate ship and the legislative process as just a means to distribute the spoils, she has tried to rein in government spending. The “leadership” should be joining her, not punishing her. The “leadership” has failed conservatives at every turn....

Alaska Dispatch News

A year ago I wrote to the Anchorage Daily News in support of Senate Joint Resolution 25 , which asked the state and U.S. government to compel ExxonMobil Corp. to honor its commitment, and court-mandated ruling, in the 1991 Re-Opener Clause of the Exxon Valdez oil spill settlement.

It’s been nine years since the state attorney general under Gov. Frank Murkowski found that, “After extensive review, it is clear that populations and habitat within the spill area have suffered substantial and unanticipated injuries that are attributable to the Exxon Valdez oil spill,” and the state presented jointly with the U.S. government to ExxonMobil a demand for payment of $92,240,982...

Kate McLaughlin

The op-ed from Shannyn Moore (" Americans for Prosperity in Anchorage mayor's race? There's an agenda ," March 8) advances a number of misconceptions about Americans for Prosperity and our role in Alaska. AFP is an organization devoted to restoring and advancing economic freedom, state by state. Over the past 10 years, our volunteers have helped grow our presence into 33 state chapters all over the country. Our volunteers work tirelessly to educate their friends and neighbors on economic issues that matter to them, and to press elected officials to advance our cause...

Jeremy Price

So, is the controversy now centered on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton another email scandal or just Benghazi politics?

A long time ago, as Alaska’s Egan administration approached its end, members of his office staff examined files and notes for personal use or review for indiscretions as records otherwise headed for the archives. One man, Alex Miller, a close friend and adviser to the governor, sat with his arms clasped behind his head as he leaned back in his chair. “Where are your records?” a colleague asked. “What records?” he replied...

John Havelock

Last week was not a good one for public faith in elected officials. We saw the true danger and influence of the Koch brothers-funded group, Americans for Prosperity. Typically, AFP is thought of being highly active in federal elections. This is mainly because we’ve all heard their plans to spend close to a billion dollars in 2016. However, AFP doesn’t just exist in Washington, D.C., anymore. Look closely and you can see that AFP’s gaze has shifted to our state Capitol...

Kevin McGee