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Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska April 30, 2018

Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska April 30, 2018
Good morning from Somewhere in Alaska … 43 years ago today was the fall of Saigon … Marines who were lifted off of the U.S. Embassy roof were the last men out as the Viet Cong swooped in … 25 years ago today CERN put the World Wide Web into the public domain … The first full-sized cruise ship, the Ruby Princess, docks in Juneau this morning … And Must Read Alaska is sent a photo of a neon palm tree that may have inspired the latter incarnation of the Paradise Inn palm tree in Spenard, which is now in the custody of federal marshals … We’ll post more pics of the old palm tree online later today … But first …

Suzanne Downing, Editor: Must Read Alaska

Must Read Alaska Monday Newsletter – Chucklehead Award, Far-Away Mayor, Begich Power Move
Late Sunday night, someone named “Reformed Snowflake” released a second YouTube video montage of Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, who still has nothing to report meeting after meeting. This one is entitled “Galaxy Far, Far Away Mayor.”

Miss the first “Nothing to Say Mayor” video? Here is the YouTube link.
Rep. DeLena Johnson fell down a rabbit hole belonging to Rep. Geran Tarr, and by the end of it, Tarr was essentially telling her, “Vote for my resolution, or you support child beating.”

Must Read Alaska’s random committee hearing of the week.

Libertarian-leaning William Weatherby in Bristol Bay’s District 37 has a hate group following him on social media, and nearly all the members of the House Democrat-led majority are in it.

Is this the Democrats’ war on a working class handyman and school bus driver who dared to file for office against Speaker Bryce Edgmon?

Why does the ringleader of the group appear to be Amory Lelake, Edgmon’s top legislative aide? Reflects poorly on the Speaker.
On the March-April Anchorage ballot, voters will be asked to approve the sale of city-owned utility ML&P to Chugach Electric, a nonprofit, member-owned cooperative. This would make all rate-payers in the city a member of that nonprofit.

The questions include: Shall the city charter be changed so that only a 50 percent voter approval is needed for the sale, and shall the city-owned ML&P be sold to Chugach Electric.

The proposal came out of the blue from Mayor Ethan Berkowitz several weeks ago, but observers say in the weeks leading up to the announcement, Mark Begich was seen at City Hall on numerous occasions.

Begich has also been in the back of the room at Assembly meetings lately. His former press secretary Julie Hasquet, works for Chugach Electric.

The ties people are making to the sale are unavoidable: It has Begich thumbprints on it.

What is Begich being paid to ensure that the IBEW-controlled Chugach Electric wins the entire Anchorage power prize?
If a city-owned utility is sold to a nonprofit utility owned by citizens, isn’t that the citizens selling something to itself?
Why not just transfer the assets?
Who gets a kickback on this sale?
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Must Read Alaska – February 05, 2018

The U.S. House and Senate passed a bill last week to address sexual abuse of young athletes. The legislation is to better protect the up-and-coming athletes who have their eyes set on the Olympic Games, making sure their national governing bodies adhere to strict standards to minimize child abuse.

The bill amends the Ted Stevens Amateur and Olympic Sports Act and requires that Olympic-related amateur athletic governing bodies establish rules to restrict all-alone interactions so that opportunistic child predators, like Dr. Larry Nassar, can’t access youngsters.

The original Ted Stevens legislation granted monopoly status to the U.S. Olympic Committee, paving the way for a more coordinated approach to Olympic athletics, and creating requirements for its individual governing bodies.

This new law pertains to those member bodies, no pun intended. The president should sign it.

Democrat Alyse Galvin filed for Congress as an “undeclared” candidate against Congressman Don Young. She did so with the full support of the Alaska Democratic Party.

When Galvin filed her candidacy with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, APOC designated her as an Undeclared Democrat (see filing below).

Which is it? What does party-bender Galvin identify with today and how are voters supposed to know what she stands for?
You’ll only need 20 seconds of this video to hear Juneau Rep. Justin Parish say that as being a legislator goes, he doesn’t quite have the skill set: He thinks, just slowly.
Democracy is whittled away in small bites. But this one is a rather big bite. It’s hard to explain, and it’s school board politics, but give it the old college try:

SWITCHAROO: One of the dirties tricks candidates pull is to make everyone think they are running for a seat, then coordinate with someone who shares their philosophy and pull a last-minute switcharoo right at the filing deadline.

But how can you do that when someone like David Nees, the Anchorage election bird dog, is watching every day to see who filed?

You create a parallel system.

In this case, the Municipal Clerk opened a second election office down in the Ship Creek area, and let everyone know they could file either at City Hall or Ship Creek. That’s not the problem, however.

The problem is no one imagined the Clerk would also keep two sets of logs for who had signed up or withdrawn their candidacy for the April 3 municipal election. Each set would have different information.

School Board member Tam Agosti-Gisler deftly used that system to pull out of the race for her school board seat at the last minute, and put Deena Mitchell in her place.

Meanwhile, school board candidate David Nees, who did not file for Agosti-Gisler’s seat because he knew he could not beat her, asked the assistant clerk why someone’s name was missing in the book, although their name was listed on the web site. She had no idea.

When he went back into the office on Friday, she told him that she had the answer: There were parallel book being kept. They didn’t reflect each other.

HOW IT WENT DOWN: Mitchell was running on Tuesday against Elisa Snelling. That’s how it appeared Wednesday downtown. By Friday, Mitchell withdrew from that race, filed in Agosti-Gisler’s race, and Agosti-Gisler withdrew. The deadline went by safely before David Nees could discover there were two books.

In 2018, it’s hard to imagine why this information isn’t posted online so everyone can see in real time. But even in the old days, it was never acceptable to carry two sets of books and deny the public the transparency is deserves.

As for Agosti-Gisler, she said in a letter to the board that she coordinated the swap with Mitchell and is supporting her candidacy. And now, she’s off to Switzerland for a couple of years. Ta.
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Must Read Alaska January 29, 2018

Q&A: Juneau Empire reporter James Brooks on accusations of assault against state legislator

Rogoff settles with GCI, zips off to London

‘Safe, secure Anchorage’: Three strikes you’re out of jail

Time for Alaska Permanent Fund to have POMV structure

Republicans send ‘reject letter’ to LeDoux, Stutes, Seaton
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