Twelve Years: Where Does the Current Path Lead?

Just when you think you’ve seen the worst year of government in Alaska, you find out you were wrong. The past four years were awful. We had a fiscal crisis but nothing was being done about it. There were attempts to raise revenue, but even if they had succeeded, it wouldn’t have come close to solving the problem.

Examine the attached graph, the most important one for the year, and you’ll see what every legislator knows. If you use the PFD to fund government, you lose it in two years. If you use the Earnings Reserve balance then you get about 10 more. If you then implement taxes you won’t get more than a few years (Walker’s attempt would have only raised $700 million). The natural increase of government (a conservative 4% in this graph) will outpace the increase in revenue. This is what Governor Dunleavy realized when he was looking at the budget issue. It’s impossible to fix our budget based on revenues alone. If you try, you’ll just bankrupt the State in about a dozen years. You’ll then lose the University, all the retirement plans and all of those other programs you might love.

This explains why more cuts have to be made because, to get to a sustainable budget, you have to make a lot of cuts over the next few years. Now the governor is making the hard decisions on how to get there and is taking a lot of heat for being laser-focused on his campaign promise to fix this fiscal situation. It may be enough to cost him a second term, but that shows the courage he has to face the problem.

Now comes the irony. The Legislature is split in two factions. There is the anti-governor faction who want to repeal all of the cuts and not pay anything close to the statutorily mandated PFD, and they are fighting the governor every step in a way that mirrors the national level politics. An example of this is their push for an unconstitutional forward funding of education, which left no real funding in the budget for education. Then there are those who want some to none of the vetoes repealed and want to work with the governor to solve the problem. They had tried to amend in funding for education but it was rejected by the other side.

The governor called the special session to deal with the undone PFD issue, and to give them a chance to repeal the line-item vetoes. The irony is because the anti-governor group has decided to break the law and meet somewhere else than the governor chose, they don’t have enough legislators in attendance to overturn the vetoes. After the cuts came out they should put their heads together and come up with a compromise to restore a bunch of the cuts and fund a full PFD. The governor made such large cuts that it made for an obvious compromise. What the anti-governor group has done is to “cut off their nose to spite their face”. Sometimes in politics you just have to compromise to get important stuff done.

So now we have all the vetoes in place, a capital budget that has no funding and no PFD. Legislators are talking about amending something into the capital budget, but that can also still be line-item vetoed, so they have to get ¾ of themselves to agree. Since a few members have been thrown out of the caucus because they stood for rule of law, it’s going to be pretty hard to get that agreement now.

One of the biggest mistakes of the last administration was cutting the PFD for 3 years. That took over $2 billion out of the economy in a recession, so this governor is pushing hard not to replicate that mistake. A deal will have to be made so when you’re writing all those emails and letters to the legislators, you might want to ask them to act more maturely and make some kind of deal that will work for everybody. Email the House Minority thanking them for standing for rule of law and letting them know that you are OK with some veto or partial-veto overrides, as long as they make the trade for a full PFD. We finally have a governor intent on solving the problem. We just need a legislature that acknowledges the issue and will rise above childish nose-thumbing to solve it.

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Lance Roberts is an engineer, born and raised in Fairbanks. He is a former member of the FNSB Assembly.

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Alaska Government Meeting Opens with ‘Hail Satan’ Prayer

By Daily Wire. A government meeting in Alaska opened with a prayer to Satan after a Satanic Temple member won the right to deliver the invocation, prompting about a dozen officials and attendees to walk out.

The invocation was the first given by the Satanic Temple since the Kenai Peninsula Borough — 75 miles south of Anchorage — changed a policy in November after the Alaska Superior Court said that policy violated the state’s constitution’s establishment clause. The new policy allows for anyone in the borough to offer an invocation, no matter their religion.

In her invocation, Iris Fontana, who is a member of the Satanic Temple and brought a lawsuit against the borough to change the policy, called the room to be present, “and for attendees to clear their minds,” the Peninsula Clarion newspaper reported.

“She asked listeners to embrace the impulse to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. ‘Let us demand that humans be judged for their actions,’ she said,” the Clarion reported.

“That which will not bend, must break, and that which can be destroyed by truth should never be spared as demise. It is done, hail Satan,” Fontana said, Kenai radio station KSRM reported. (Read more from “Alaska Government Meeting Opens with ‘Hail Satan’ Prayer” HERE)

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‘Hail Satan’ Prayer at Alaska Gov’t Meeting Sparks Protest

By AP. . .Assembly members Norm Blakeley and Paul Fischer and borough Mayor Charlie Pierce were among those who left the assembly chambers along with some audience members. . .

The protesters included William Siebenmorgen, who flew to Alaska from Pennsylvania for the event.

“God will be pleased with our public prayers of reparation. We want God’s blessings on America, not Satan’s curses. Lucifer is the eternal loser. Let’s keep him out,” he told KSRM. (Read more from “‘Hail Satan’ Prayer at Alaska Gov’t Meeting Sparks Protest” HERE)

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Alaska Supreme Court Rules State Sex Offender Registry Law Unconstitutional

The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that a state law requiring the registry of all sex offenders is unconstitutional because it violates offenders’ rights to due process. The ruling was issued Friday.

In a 3-2 decision, the court said an offender must be given the chance to prove he or she is rehabilitated and no longer remains a threat to the public.

“Our decision requiring an individualized risk-assessment hearing is based on the judicial power,” the court wrote in its opinion. If an offender “can show at a hearing that he does not pose a risk requiring registration, then there is no compelling reason requiring him to register, and the fact that ASORA does not provide for such a hearing means that the statute is unnecessarily broad.”

The court, however, upheld a lower court ruling mandating the registration of sex offenders upon moving to Alaska if they were required to register in another state as well.

The Alaska Sex Offender Registry Act requires sex offenders to register with law enforcement 30 days before being released from jail or prison or within a day of a conviction where the sentence doesn’t include jail time. (Read more from “Alaska Supreme Court Rules State Sex Offender Registry Law Unconstitutional” HERE)

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Alaska Officials Warn of Common Animal Spreading Deadly Disease to People, Pets

. . .In a news release late last month, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced it had received calls about an “abundance” of hares — some of which were dead — in the Fairbanks area.

The dead hares could have possibly contracted an infectious disease known as tularemia. The disease, which is caused by the Francisella tularensis bacteria, “is most often diagnosed in hares and pets in the Interior between Memorial Day and Labor Day because it is spread by hare and vole ticks which are active during the summer. The tick species known to carry the bacteria prefer hares and rodents, but will occasionally bite dogs, cats, or people,” the wildlife agency said.

Additionally, the agency noted, two species of dog ticks “have become established around urban areas in Alaska and are capable of spreading the bacteria.”

Pets can also contract the disease from “mouthing or catching” hares that have tularemia. If a pet is infected, people, too, can contract tularemia via their pet’s saliva or by handling infected hares. And, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, people can become infected “even before the pet exhibits signs of illness.”

There are multiple types of tularemia, per the Mayo Clinic. But in the most common form of the disease — ulceroglandular tularemia — signs in humans typically include fever, chills, exhaustion, a skin ulcer at the infection site and swollen and painful lymph glands. Infected pets, too, can show similar signs, such as lethargy, high fever and swollen lymph nodes, according to the wildlife department. (Read more from “Alaska Officials Warn of Common Animal Spreading Deadly Disease to People, Pets” HERE)

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AG Barr Was Asked About Concern over His Reputation, His Response Is Hilarious

By Townhall. Since the release of the Mueller report in April, Attorney General Bill Barr has been attacked by the deranged Left for refusing to fall in line with their Russian collusion narrative. They panicked when he used the term “spying” to describe the action taken against the Trump campaign in 2016. He’s been accused of “protecting the president” and the salty language in Washington D.C. significantly ramped up after he announced an investigation into the origins of the Russia probe.

Lamenting his actions, Democrats and their allies in the media have been feigning concern by asking, “But what about Barr’s reputation? His legacy?” . . .

During an interview with CBS News from Alaska this week, Barr responded.

“Everyone dies and I am not, you know, I don’t believe in the Homeric idea that you know, immortality comes by, you know, having odes sung about you over the centuries, you know?” he said. “I am at the end of my career.”

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AG Barr Takes Military Transport Plane with Help of Alaska National Guard

By Fox News. Attorney General William Barr appeared to mix up his usual travel methods when he took a military transport plane with help from the Alaska National Guard.

“Sometimes plans change and you have to take a military transport plane to your next round-table discussion. Thanks for the lift, @AKNationalGuard! #AdventuresWithAGBarr,” Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec tweeted on Thursday.

The tweet showed a brief video of Barr strapped into a seat while overlooking mountains and fields through the rear of the plane.

(Read more from “AG Barr Takes Military Transport Plane with Help of Alaska National Guard” HERE)

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5 Dead, 1 Missing Afters Planes Collide in Alaska

By NBC News. Five people are dead and one person is unaccounted for after two floatplanes carrying passengers from a cruise excursion collided mid-air in Alaska, according to the cruise line.

The two planes carried 14 passengers from the Royal Princess who were on a seven-day roundtrip cruise out of Vancouver, according to a statement Monday from Princess Cruises. The planes collided mid-air about 1 p.m. about eight nautical miles from Ketchikan, Alaska, at the southeastern end of the state,.

“We are incredibly distressed by this situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with those onboard the planes and their families,” the cruise company said. “Princess Cruises is extending its full support to traveling companions of the guests involved.”

An Otter floatplane with 11 people onboard was returning from a Misty Fjords tour while a second Beaver floatplane carrying five people was on an independent tour. (Read more from “5 Dead, 1 Missing Afters Planes Collide in Alaska” HERE)

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Two Floatplanes Collide in Midair near Ketchikan, Alaska

By USA Today. Ten people are receiving treatment at Peace Health’s Ketchikan Medical Center. One person is in critical condition, three are in serious condition and six people are in fair condition, Peace Health Communications Director Beverly Mayhew told USA TODAY. . .

The crash happened amid flightseeing season, the Anchorage Daily News reported, and both planes involved are frequently flown by Alaska air taxi services.

A spokesperson for Taquan Air, which operated the plane carrying 11 people, said the company is cancelling flights while federal authorities investigate the incident. . .

Weather conditions at the time of the crash included high overcast skies with 9 mph southeast winds. (Read more from “Two Floatplanes Collide in Midair near Ketchikan, Alaska” HERE)

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Constitutional Crisis in the Making in Alaska?

Article 1, Section 22: The right of the people to privacy is recognized and shall not be infringed. The legislature shall implement this section. [Amended 1972]

So was the Alaska State Constitution amended. It had nothing to do with abortion, which had already been legalized in 1970 in our state. But it did have everything to do with traditional frontier attitudes seen in American culture regarding personal vice. But at the dawn of the computer age, the primary concern was to protect data mining of electronic legal, corporate, private, medical and commercial files.

Note the bold highlight, my own. Understanding that “privacy” was a nebulous term, the legislature would be empowered to define its limits.

Naturally, it has never done so, and abdicated the field to — who else? — the courts. If you believe that this section has protected your personal privacy in the Internet Age, you are living in a dream world. However, the Alaska Supreme Court has used it primarily to protect [you guessed it] abortion. It is why Planned Parenthood has identified Alaska as an “abortion safe state” in a post-Roe culture.

This needs to be addressed by an allegedly prolife Governor, Attorney General and members of the legislature.

THE NEWS: the Alaska State House of Representatives, due to the efforts of prolife members within the majority coalition (dominated by Democrats), surprisingly left out funding for abortion. The inside scoop was a mild raised eye-brow most by prolifers, who have figured with their knowledge of past events, that the Democrats let them have their way, being protected by court-ordered funding.

Court-ordered funding, you say? Just who holds the “power of the purse”? The courts or the legislature? It is an amazing usurpation (overthrow) of constitutional principles, which have never, repeat never, been defended by the legislature.

It is time that they do. A person could even be in favor of abortion and state funding thereof, yet understand the principle at stake to be a vital one. What’s next? Court-ordered subsidies for dairy farmers?

However, due to constitutional ignorance, reinforced not only by junior high civics, high school text books and law schools that promote Case Law above all others, most people believe that “The constitution means whatever the courts say it is.”

When … not “If” … the courts order the legislature to install abortion funding, the Governor and the legislature ought to defy it. Imagine a prolife committee chairman of Senate Finance violating not only his conscience but his oath to defend the state constitution. [Please note: His oath is not to defend the courts.]

Imagine a prolife AG going along with funding. Or an already-proven risk-taking and prolife Governor to sit idly by!

There is absolutely no mechanism to support the courts, except that of constitutional ignorance. Would state troopers arrest legislators? Who would order them? Would they stand in committee with a gun at their head or handcuffs ready to take them to jail?

The courts cannot do it. The legislative lawyers, who are part and parcel of this scam, are mere bureaucrats. Would the courts impeach the legislature or Governor and AG? They have no power to do so.

In truth, such an action by the courts would be an impeachable offense. But because the legislature has been a weak and compliant arm for many years now, such an action would be — Gasp! — controversial! The mainstream media would not like them, you see. Screeching feminists would be in their face and Democrats would get open play with pontificating nostrums about “the poor”.

Your mission, prolife Alaskans, is to:

POM, email, call your local legislator and tell them that any effort by the courts to order abortion funding is an impeachable offense. At the very least, they should call the courts’ bluff this time.

And then, amend Article 1, Sec. 22 to state: “The right to abortion is not recognized in this section.” It would be that simple.

Do this often: today, tomorrow, next week.

A unified prolife response to this is being planned.

May God help us, and beg His assistance in prayer.

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House Democrats Introduce Bill Forcing Schools to Allow Boys on Girls Sports Teams

A large number of Democrat politicians in Congress want to take away the power of local schools to make their own rules, regarding gender and sports. House Democrats overwhelmingly voted for a bill on Wednesday, that would force all schools to allow boys who claim to be transgender, to compete against natural-born female competitors.

All but one of the 235 members of the Democrat caucus along with two left-wing Republicans are co-sponsoring a bill they are calling the “Equality Act.” The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to force schools to allow transgenders to play on school sports teams that correspond to their “chosen” gender. . .

Transgender “girls” competing against natural-born girls is an especially thorny issue that has riled schools across the country.

In Texas, for instance, Mack Beggs, a student from Euless, Texas, claims to be transitioning from female to male using doses of testosterone but has been allowed to compete against girls in school wrestling. Perhaps unsurprisingly, and to much criticism, Beggs has easily defeated every female competitor met on the mats.

In another case, a student born a male assuming the identity of a girl has beaten all female contestants in Track & Field competitions in Alaska. And in another incident, a student born male but claiming to be female has consistently beaten all female contestants in track events in a Connecticut high school district. (Read more from “House Democrats Introduce Bill Forcing Schools to Allow Boys on Girls Sports Teams” HERE)

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Melting Glaciers on Denali Will Unleash Tons of Human Poop

That’s the best advice for anyone climbing North America’s tallest mountain, Denali, which could be covered in 66 tons of poop as the glaciers melt away in the coming decades and perhaps much sooner — a process that’s speeding up thanks to climate change.

However, according to USA Today, for the first time, guide companies leading the 1,200 climbers who attempt the summit annually will voluntarily start to pack away and remove their human waste.

“Climbers and particularly guide services are really embracing the new policy and are even exceeding it. It has become kind of an informal badge of merit to carry off all your waste,” Michael Loso, a National Park Service glaciologist who’s been studying the problem of climber excrement on the mountain for close to a decade, told the newspaper. . .

USA Today reports that the frozen feces were first left in various snow pits on the Kahiltna glacier, but that over time the waste would resurface downstream on the glacier’s surface — where it would begin to melt. . .

“We have lost more glacier cover in the Alaskan national parks than there is area in the whole state of Rhode Island,” Loso told USA Today. “One of the consequences of warming temperatures is that the surface of the glacier is melting more quickly.” (Read more from “Melting Glaciers on Denali Will Unleash Tons of Human Poop” HERE)

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Poaching Footage Released of Father and Son in Alaska Killing Protected Bears

Video footage of an Alaskan father and son poaching and killing a hibernating mother bear and her two cubs in their den on Esther Island in Prince William Sound last April has been released to the public through the Humane Society.

Andrew and Owen Renner, who were fined and sentenced to three months in jail, thought they would escape punishment but their actions were being caught on camera, as the mother bear and her cubs were being filmed as part of a study by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Forest Service.

In the disturbing clip, which has since been viewed 140,000 times on Facebook, Owen, 18, and Andrew, 41, can be seen shooting into the den at the base of the tree, killing the mother bear before her shrieking cubs meet their untimely death. . .

Andrew was ultimately sentenced to three months in jail, while Owen received 30 days of suspended time for the offense. Each was ordered to pay $1,800 in restitution, with the elder Renner owing an additional $9,000 fine, the Anchorage Daily News reported at the time.

The elder Renner was convicted of eight counts related to the illegal killing and transporting of the bears, and the falsifying of the sealing certificate. His hunting license has been revoked for 10 years, while his son’s license has been suspended for two years, as per the Daily News. (Read more from “Poaching Footage Released of Father and Son in Alaska Killing Protected Bears” HERE)

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