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:
II. The lyrics of "The Alaska Flag Song" -- our state song -- were written by:
III. Alaska became a state in 1959. That same year:
IV. Don Young became embroiled in controversy when he crudely criticized which artist before Fairbanks high school students:
V. Wally Hickel, the first elected Republican governor of Alaska (1966), appointed the first Republican state attorney general. He was:
VI. If the Vote Yes! team prevails at the polls with their oil-tax referendum, Alaska will:
VII. Who said, "The referendum is not about the oil companies -- it is about Alaska's economic future. I am voting no ..."?
VIII. Former state House member -- and former jailbird -- Vic Kohring is back on the ballot. He is running for:
IX. The lieutenant governor, currently Senate candidate Mead Treadwell, is specifically responsible for:
X. Tea party favorite Joe Miller is back on the ballot after losing a U.S. Senate race in 2010. He lost because:
XI. All three of the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate graduated from tony private colleges. Democrat Mark Begich graduated from:
XII. Incumbent governor Sean Parnell became governor in 2009 when:
XIII. If voters reject the oil-tax referendum:
XIV. Dan Sullivan, Republican candidate for the Senate, is called Ohio Dan because:
XV. In 1990, the Alaskan Independence Party candidate for governor won a upset victory. He was.
XVI. The marijuana initiative was pushed back from the primary election to the general election because:
XVII. If Bill Walker is elected governor, he will be the second elected governor from Valdez. The first was:
XVIII. Just before statehood, the governor of Alaska appeared on the cover of Time magazine. He was:
XIX. In Alaska, judges are appointed and then either retained or not retained by the voters at subsequent elections. We have this system because:
XX. As we all should know from our civics textbooks, in Alaska a bill becomes a law after:
(Correct answers: C, B, C, B, B, C, A, A, B, C, D, B, D, C, A, C, D, C, D, B)
Michael Carey is a local columnist.
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