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In a year that robbed many Alaskans of their sense of routine – their quality time together, their health, their livelihoods — AmeriCorps members were given the greatest gift, the gift to serve. 2020 was hard on our state, our country, and on the entire world. We watched as any sense of norm…

On Dec. 11, I introduced a budget containing a $5 billion recovery package to get Alaska back on its feet. There is no doubt we are facing a once-in-a-generation challenge. With 40,000 Alaskans on unemployment and 90,000 having received assistance this year, we are in unprecedented territory…

Alaska’s economy has been adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. While a full recovery to pre-pandemic levels will take time, there is reason for hope. As we look to Alaska’s future and work to make it the best possible, we can look back and reflect on past accomplishments, which ar…

I’m confident I speak for Alaskans everywhere when I say that our hearts go out to the people of Southeast Alaska. In past weeks, torrential rain and winds approaching hurricane speeds have caused widespread damage up and down the Panhandle.

The Gulf of Alaska is the site of a critical military training area where the U.S. Navy has trained safely and effectively for more than 30 years alongside our partner military services, particularly during the biennial training exercise known as Northern Edge.

The battle to legalize industrial hemp in Alaska was won in the halls of Congress and the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau over the past several years. Now it’s time for all those growing, processing, and selling hemp products to protect themselves and their customers by following the laws the…

It’s no secret that Rodney Dial and Dan Ortiz have not been on the “same page” politically over the past six years. However, after Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor Dial and I just finished serving as representatives on the 911 Dispatch Consolidation Working Group Committee, I feel compelled t…

The economic impacts of COVID-19 have been devastating for small businesses across the nation, and unfortunately Alaska is not immune. The Dunleavy administration continues to be committed to ensuring deployment of all the available federal and state resources during difficult times. With th…

Satellites, LIDAR, high-altitude observation aircraft and powerful geographic information system computers are miracles of the modern age that can generate enormous quantities of data about Alaska’s land and resources to guide important activities like resource development, municipal and tra…

Ketchikan has finally been struck with a significant increase in COVID-19 cases. COVID took a while to get here because of our geographic isolation, but its arrival was completely predictable. We did not mandate masks; we did not adequately support social distancing, and the governor did not…

When President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue asked me to come to Washington to run USDA’s Farm Service Agency, I jumped at the chance to lead the organization that directly helps farmers. Indeed, as a fourth-generation farmer from northwest Missouri, I’ve taken advantage of that ass…

Last week, the Alaska Marine Highway Reshaping Group released a report it had been working on for several months throughout the pandemic. Even though this group has finished its task, I will continue to work to find ways to increase ferry service and reliability throughout Southeast Alaska a…

Susan Carney has served on the Alaska Supreme Court for just four years. But during that brief time, she has handed down two controversial rulings that should concern all Alaskans who care about our state’s shocking rates of sexual assault and domestic violence.

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I spent four years overseeing Alaska’s elections as lieutenant governor. During that time, as well as during my earlier years as a legislator, I developed a keen appreciation for how much our representative government depends on an election process that is simple, transparent, impartial and honest.

Please join me in voting “no” on Ballot Measure 1. The so-called “fair share act” seeks to reconfigure Alaska’s oil and gas tax structure by amending the current regime established by Senate Bill 21, or the More Alaska Production Act.

It is my hope that as Alaskans go to the polls they are weighing the considerable risks that the Oil Tax Initiative (Ballot Measure No. 1) poses to Alaska’s economy. For openers, should the initiative pass, it will be the fourth major change in oil taxes in 14 years. Alaska will not be seen …

Ballot Measure 1 amends the current production tax system to be fair and transparent for Alaskans. In a recent interview with a Bloomfield reporter, I was asked an excellent question, “What is wrong with the existing production tax system?” Alaskans should know the answer to this question.