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Bipartisanship Leads in Alaska   Leave a comment

Bill Walker Vote Third Party/Independent

I have been a supporter of Bill Walker for governor for a long time. When he lost the GOP primary in 2010, I wrote to urge him to run as an independent in 2014, which he did. I am not a big supporter of the “unity” ticket with Byron Mallott, the former Democratic candidate. I suspect backroom deals that will see the Democratic Party in more control of the Walker administration than I would like, but I am still voting for Walker because Parnell, combined with SB 21, is raping our state.

Hays Research Group, an Alaska-based polling firm, released a poll that shows a head-to-head match up between Bill Walker and Gov. Sean Parnell has an eight points advantage to Walker.  It’s important to note that 31% of voters are still undecided, so Walker’s win is not a slam dunk. The poll didn’t include the names of each candidate’s lieutenant governors, and it described Walker as an “Independent.” On the ballot, he will be described as “unaffiliated.” The Alaska AFL-CIO paid for the poll. The umbrella union organization supports the “Unity” ticket and was instrumental in bringing Bill Walker, a Republican running as unaffiliated, and Democrat Byron Mallott together on one ticket. The poll, conducted between Sep. 13-14, surveyed 500 registered voters in the state of Alaska who had voted in at least two of the last three statewide general elections. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.38 percent.

I believe I was one of those who participated in this poll as a gentleman with those specifics actually came to my door looking for “super voter” Lela Markham.

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Read the full Hays poll here.

Exxon goes too far with gas line claim   Leave a comment

Bill Walker, candidate for Alaska governor, provided this community perspective in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Exxon goes too far with gas line claim – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Community Perspectives.

Bill Walker is my choice for Governor of Alaska!

Alaska needs to wise up about federal transportation money   Leave a comment

Yes, we do, but not in the way Lois Epstein suggests in the Alaska Dispatch News —

Alaska needs to get real world work up very very soon. We need to build the roads to resources now while we can afford them rather than waiting until we are out of money and the resources we need to replenish our coffers are unavailable because we never built the roads that would access them.

Much as people who live in Anchorage may think their roads need to be perfectly groomed, the fact is that the road to the Ambler Mining District is a great deal more cost effective than the Seward Highway. It will provide access to resources Alaska will need to be able to sell when the federal government is no longer able to bribe us into acquiescence to their regulatory strangulation. The Knik Crossing will provide access to a new Anchorage Port that can speed the sale of those resources. Umiat will provide access to entirely new oil and gas development — a completely new field that is estimated to have nearly the capacity of Prudhoe Bay.

Ms. Epstein is a Program Director for the Wilderness Society. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that she is anti-development. As far as she is concerned, Alaska should be a national park and its people, if we continue to live here at all, should be employees of the National Parks Service, dependent upon federal handouts in perpetuity.

Folks, the answer here is to elect a governor who is not a federal government drone and not in the pocket of the oil companies. Consider Bill Walker, independent candidate, for that. In a recent poll, Walker is even with Parnell and 10 points ahead of the Democratic candidate. And technically, he’s not even in the race yet. Parnell is not the GOP nominee until the primary next month.

Alaskans, if we act now, we will have a governor who belongs to us, who isn’ t afraid to act as the governor of a state rather than as an officer of the federal government. May I suggest that we show Parnell the door in the primary. Write in Walker or select a name you don’t know on the ballot. Like Wally Hickel in 1992, Walker then will have a clear road to the general.

Another Sign of Parnell Administration Corruption   Leave a comment

Fairbanks borough property taxes going up, but by less than expected – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Local News.

Sean Parnell was an oil industry executive before he became a government official and he will be an oil industry executive again. This article highlights that. And, while this increase in property taxes is only about $30 for both of our pieces of property, it is the principle involved. An independent assessor valued the TransAlaska Pipeline at twice was Parnell’s hand-picked board did. The manipulation of value, made possible by manipulation of the board and commissions process, affects everyone in the Borough (like a county) and it will likely only get worse if Parnell serves a second full term.

This is one reason I’m voting for Bill Walker for Alaska Governor because he is an independent candidate whose history shows a commitment to Alaska rather than to the oil industry.

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