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Capitol Report: Jan. 27
Hello again from Juneau, where lawmakers have gathered for the second session of the 28th Alaska State Legislature following our nine-month interim. The interim was busy time and included many personal and professional highlights, the top among them being the arrival of my first grandchild, Isadora, in September. During the interim, I completed my term as the national chairman of the Council of State Governments. ...
Jan 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 238 238 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thank you to everyone who is working to repeal the Oil Giveaway
This holiday season, I have been incredibly grateful for all the Alaskans who are working to defend our resource wealth. In the 60 years since I worked alongside many great Alaska leaders to draft our constitution, I’ve never seen such an outpouring of support for our Alaska values. Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who gathered petitions to put repeal of the oil giveaway on the ballot. Thank you to the 50,0...
Jan 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 263 263 recommendations | email to a friend
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Byron Mallott’s vision for Alaska in 2014
There is a special pride that comes from being Alaskan: pride in the fishermen helping feed the world; the oil workers coaxing a national energy resource out of the frozen tundra; the small business owners who are creating new jobs and new opportunities; the public employees providing for essential needs; and teachers and first responders who strengthen every one of our communities. As Alaskans, we have always tak...
Jan 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 193 193 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: Dec. 23
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! As I wrap up the interim, I wanted to update you on what our office has been working on and offer my general take on what to expect in anticipation of the upcoming legislative session. I also want to to invite you to our annual legislative open house on Dec. 30. This is an opportunity for you to speak to Sen. Stevens and myself directly about any issues that you may have in rega...
Dec 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 192 192 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMHS Committed to Southcentral and Western Alaska
This summer has been a challenge for many Alaskans who rely on a particular link in the Alaska Marine Highway System. The M/V Tustumena has been out of service all summer, causing serious disruptions for residents and small businesses of Kodiak Island and the Aleutian Chain. The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is committed to returning the Tustumena to service as quickly and safely as p...
Oct 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 344 344 recommendations | email to a friend
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Military Justice: We Must Put an End to Sexual Assault in the Military
Alaskans and Americans across our nation have been shocked in recent months by the rampant rates of sexual assault and sexual harassment in our country’s military. There are few crimes more insidious or terrifying than service members preying on those who volunteer to wear our nation’s military uniform. The military has a dismal record of preventing and combating these crimes. The Department of Defense estimates t...
Aug 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 477 477 recommendations | email to a friend
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Just Take a Trawler and Processor Lobbyist’s Advice
As reported about Monday’s fishery working group meeting, anthropologist Courtney Carothers’ preliminary survey findings showed 77 percent of respondents believing fish privatizations lead to a downturn of the local economy. The National Academy of Science’s study does not support a finding that fisheries would be better managed if they were private rather than public resources. What saturated the results was a wi...
Jul 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 486 486 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: July 15
Hello! So far it’s been a busy summer, complimented with great weather and a strong salmon run. I hope you are all having an excellent summer also. Here are tidbits of what my office has been working on since session got out. I appreciate you taking the time to read this and encourage any of you that want to address upcoming legislative issues to call my office and set up an appointment before winter sets in and t...
Jul 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 463 463 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diversity — A concept that’s on the money
In the shadows of the Chugach, the Anchorage neighborhood of Mountain View is a bustling community that boasts the most diverse census tract in the entire United States of America, according to recent research. Walking down the street or entering a restaurant, you encounter a wide range of Alaskans speaking dozens of different languages. It’s our own 907 ‘melting pot,’ and there are dozens of such areas around our...
Jul 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 443 443 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Pursuit of Happiness — Without Government Interference
Not too long ago, I had the honor of nominating an Alaskan family as “Angels in Adoption,” a celebration of the selflessness shown by foster care families and those who adopt children. They arrived in Washington, DC, a military family who had opened their doors to not one child but four siblings to make sure that these sisters and brother had the simplest gift you can give a child: a home together. We had lunch to...
Jun 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 489 489 recommendations | email to a friend
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