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  • Bering Sea Ice at Record Level

    05/03/2012 6:44:12 PM PDT · by Species8472 · 29 replies
    National Weather Service Alaska ^ | 5-3-2012 | National Weather Service
    PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK 215 PM AKDT THU MAY 3 2012 ...RECORD SEA ICE AT PRIBILOF ISLANDS... THIS HAS BEEN AN EXTREME WINTER FOR SEA ICE IN THE BERING SEA AND NOW WE HAVE BROKEN THE RECORDS FOR MOST NUMBER OF DAYS WITH ICE AT BOTH SAINT PAUL ISLAND AND SAINT GEORGE ISLAND. AS OF TODAY SEA ICE HAS BEEN AT SAINT PAUL ISLAND FOR 103 DAYS THIS WINTER BREAKING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 100 DAYS SET IN 2010. THE NUMBER OF DAYS WITH SEA ICE AT SAINT GEORGE ISLAND TOTALED 79 WHEN THE ICE RETREATED...
  • BREAKING! Rep. Young wants ATF explanation about AK records checks

    04/26/2012 9:30:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 65 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 25 April, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Alaska Congressman Don Young today demanded to know why agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have been asking gun shop owners in the 49th State for copies of their gun sales records. As this column reported, ATF agents had contacted gun shops in Anchorage for the bound books which contain information on gun buyers. Federal law prohibits federal agents from doing that, and they know it. Gun rights activists across the Northwest are furious. The situation has caused an uproar in the firearms community, and Young – a member of the National Rifle Association Board of...
  • Ted Nugent pleads guilty to illegal AK bear kill

    04/24/2012 12:43:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/24/12 | RACHEL D'ORO, Associated Press
    Rocker and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent pleaded guilty Tuesday to transporting a black bear he illegally killed in Alaska. With his plea, Nugent followed through with a signed agreement he made with federal prosecutors earlier this month. A judge approved the deal at a U.S. District Court hearing in the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan. Nugent and his attorney participated by telephone. Asked by Magistrate Judge Michael Thompson if the agreement was clear, Nugent responded: "It is with me, your honor." The guitarist and singer, who also is an avid hunter, later apologized for his actions and said he...
  • Ted Nugent set for court date in illegal kill case

    04/23/2012 4:35:46 PM PDT · by NYTexan · 16 replies
    BuffaloNews.Com ^ | Apr. 23, 2012 5:06 PM ET | RACHEL D'ORO
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Rocker Ted Nugent is scheduled for a court hearing in Alaska on Tuesday, when he is expected to plead guilty to transporting a black bear he illegally killed. The conservative activist and gun rights advocate signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that was filed Friday in U.S. District Court. Nugent was set to participate by telephone in Tuesday's U.S. District Court proceeding in the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan, his attorney said. The plea agreement says Nugent illegally shot and killed the bear in May 2009 on Sukkwan Island in southeast Alaska days after he...
  • OMG OMG! It’s a Hunk of Blue Metal! OMG!(AK)

    04/18/2012 6:39:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 40 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 17 April, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    AI member Tyler relays a tale of wanton death and destruction that was only narrowly averted by the vigilance of our friends who work for the Transportation Safety Administration. We’re not sure what Tyler was thinking – trying to carry such a dangerous item on board a commercial aircraft – but here’s his story . . . I had the friendly people at TSA notify me when I tried to get on a flight to Alaska (where I work around bears) this morning that a disassembled bolt for a Ruger m77 is not, in fact, a nicely machined paper weight...
  • Alaska Senate passes revised oil tax bill {Alaska}

    04/16/2012 4:52:14 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    AP via Fiarbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | Apr 14, 2012 | Becky Bohrer
    The Alaska Senate on Saturday passed a bill intended to encourage new field oil production, just days after an overhaul of Alaska's oil tax structure stalled in the Senate's bipartisan majority caucus. A piece of that overhaul was a tax break for oil production in new fields. On Saturday morning the Senate Finance Committee grafted a version of that from the stalled SB192 onto a House bill intended to encourage more oil and gas drilling in select basins around the state. The bill, which passed 17-3, must go back to the House, which would have to agree to the changes...
  • On to the floor: Senate Finance moves production tax, SB 192 {Alaska}

    04/14/2012 4:17:05 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of April 15, 2012 | Kristen Nelson
    As the Alaska Legislature moves toward an April 15 adjournment, a bill basically two years in the making is finally moving to its first floor vote. Senate Bill 192 began life in the Senate Resources Committee earlier this session after the Senate refused to consider the governor’s tax change bill, House Bill 110, which the House passed last year. Senators said at the time that they needed more information before making any changes to the production tax system initially crafted as the Petroleum Profits Tax, or PPT, in 2006 under Gov. Frank Murkowski, and then rewritten in 2007 as ACES...
  • Alaska has Only Three Days Left to Pass Essential Self-Defense Legislation

    04/13/2012 7:10:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 12 April, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- House Bill 80, critical self-defense legislation, passed in the state House at the end of last session, and was reported by the state Senate Judiciary Committee on March 23. This bill has since been languishing in the Senate Finance Committee. With only three days left in this legislative session, it is imperative that HB 80 be heard in committee immediately. Introduced by state Representative Mark Neuman (R-15), HB 80 is important self-defense legislation that would provide that a law-abiding person, who is justified in using deadly force in self-defense, has “no duty-to-retreat” from an attack if the...
  • Shooting kills two at Kodiak Island station

    04/12/2012 2:01:22 PM PDT · by hattend · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12 April 2012 | Associated Press
    KODIAK, Alaska — Two Coast Guard members were fatally shot at a communications station on an island off Alaska, officials said today. Officials said it remained unclear if the deaths at the Coast Guard Station on Kodiak Island were a double homicide or a murder-suicide. Capt. Jesse Moore said it was “possible that the suspect remains at large.” The communications station has 59 staff members, and people who want to enter must show identification, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Charly Hengen. “They do have secure front doors,” she said. The station serves as the “ears in the sky” for radio...
  • Flint Hills to shut down processing unit at North Pole refinery

    04/11/2012 5:00:38 AM PDT · by thackney · 29 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | Apr 10, 2012 | Jeff Richardson
    Flint Hills Resources announced plans Tuesday to idle one of its two operating refinery units in North Pole, a move that will result in layoffs for roughly a quarter of its local employees. In a news release, the company blamed the move on “challenging economics and rising crude prices.” The process of idling the No. 1 crude unit will lead to a gradual reduction of 35 to 40 workers at the refinery during the next five months. Flint Hills has struggled with high costs at its North Pole location for years, saying the refinery’s dependence on crude oil as a...
  • Anchorage protesters join rallies for Trayvon Martin - speak out against "Stand Your Ground" law

    04/09/2012 6:58:27 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    adn.com ^ | April 8, 2012 | CASEY GROVE
    Driving snow didn't seem to dampen the spirit of a rally in downtown Anchorage Saturday demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, a teenager shot and killed thousands of miles away in Florida. Similar protests were held around the country. "This is kind of a sick and tired of being sick and tired moment," said Wanda Greene, president of the Anchorage chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Martin, 17, was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla., while Martin was unarmed. Zimmerman told police he fired in self-defense. He has not been...
  • Voters in Anchorage, Alaska, Send Strong Message in Favor of the Natural Family

    04/09/2012 2:08:41 PM PDT · by massmike · 10 replies
    lc.org ^ | 04/09/2012 | n/a
    Voters in Anchorage, Alaska, overwhelmingly voted in favor of the natural family by rejecting Proposition 5, a measure that would have given special rights based on lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual behavior. Proposition 5 would have given special rights to sexual behavior and would have been used as a club to silence dissent of the faith community. Alaska voters sent a loud and clear statement to the rest of the country that forcing people to provide special privileges based on sexual behavior is unwise. The measure was put on the ballot and supported by a consortium of LGBT groups, called...
  • Thawing permafrost 50 million years ago led to extreme global warming events

    04/09/2012 6:18:02 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 56 replies
    http://phys.org/news ^ | 04-09-2012 | Provided by University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    In a new study reported in Nature, climate scientist Rob DeConto of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues elsewhere propose a simple new mechanism to explain the source of carbon that fed a series of extreme warming events about 55 million years ago, the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), and a sequence of similar, smaller warming events afterward. "The standard hypothesis has been that the source of carbon was in the ocean, in the form of frozen methane gas in ocean-floor sediments," DeConto says. "We are instead ascribing the carbon source to the continents, in polar latitudes where permafrost can...
  • Lisa Murkowski to her fellow Republicans: It makes no sense to make this attack on women

    04/06/2012 2:46:28 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 49 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 6, 2012 | Tina Korbe
    WOW. Look, I respect that Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski values her moderate reputation, that she’s a kind person who seeks to facilitate conversation across the aisle, that she doesn’t want to offend her friends who are Democrats, but c’mon. She’s going to provide cover for Democratic rhetoric that Republicans are waging a “war on women”? Oh, I’m sorry, excuse me. Murkowski didn’t say Republicans are “waging a war.” She said they’re “making an attack.” Honestly, I can’t even figure out who she’s pandering to, other than to Democrats. From HuffPo:
  • Coast Guard fires on Japanese ghost ship [not a WW II thread]

    04/05/2012 6:34:25 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 56 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | 4/5/2012 | unknown
    The U.S. Coast Guard unleashed cannon fire Thursday at a Japanese vessel set adrift by last year's tsunami, stopping the ship's long, lonely voyage across the Pacific Ocean. A Coast Guard cutter fired on the abandoned 164-foot Ryou-Un Maru in the waters of the Gulf of Alaska and more than 150 miles from land, spokesman Paul Webb said. Soon after the cannon fire started, the ship burst into flames, began to take on water and list, Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow said. About two hours later, the vessel hadn't sunk and the cutter resumed shelling, Lt. Veronica Colbath said. The...
  • US (Coast Guard) to Sink Ghost Ship Dislodged by Japan Tsunami

    04/05/2012 11:14:54 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | Thursday, April 5, 2012 | Associated Press
    US to sink ghost ship dislodged by Japan tsunami The U.S. Coast Guard plans to use explosives to sink a derelict Japanese ship dislodged by last year's massive tsunami. The shrimping vessel, which has no lights or communications systems, was floating about 195 miles south of Sitka in the Gulf of Alaska on Thursday morning, traveling about 1 mile per hour. The ship holds more than 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel and authorities are concerned it could interfere with the course of other vessels as it drifts through shipping lanes. A Coast Guard cutter was headed out to the ship...
  • Alaska court takes on gun shop liability law

    04/04/2012 9:43:49 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 14 replies
    Herald and News ^ | 04/03/2012 | McClatchy News Service
    A Bush-era federal law that protects gun dealers from being liable for murders committed with guns from their shops is under fire in an Alaska court case that has led the Justice Department and gun-control activists to intervene. At issue is whether a Juneau gun dealer is liable for letting a disheveled homeless felon leave his store with a rifle he used to murder a total stranger. The family of the murder victim, Anchorage contractor Simone Kim, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit that has made it to the Alaska Supreme Court.
  • Levi Johnston's new girlfriend pregnant

    04/03/2012 7:03:23 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 35 replies
    The New York Post ^ | April 3, 2012
    Levi Johnston appears not to have learned any lessons about birth control after impregnating Bristol Palin at age 18. Johnston's girlfriend of a year and a half, 20-year-old preschool teacher Sunny Oglesby, is pregnant, his rep has confirmed. Sources tell TMZ that Oglesby is less than three months along and thus has not widely announced the news. Johnston is reported to be "so excited" about becoming a father for the second time. Johnston's rep confirmed the report to The Post this afternoon.
  • BATFE Violates The Law Again(AK)

    04/03/2012 4:06:17 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 3 April, 2012 | Don Young
    Anchorage, AK --(Ammoland.com)- BATFE is violating the law again. Anchorage gun shops are being visited by BATFE agents that are requesting the shops 4473 forms as far back as 2007. They claim they want to make copies of the “book”. This is defacto registration, against the law, and BATFE knows it. Please inform everyone you know about this and notify any gun dealers you know that they don’t have to comply. Contact your congressman and senators and demand a full investigation. Don Young and our Senators have been informed about what is happening. Congressman Young is acutely interested but our...
  • Prior attorney general opposed 'stand your ground' legislation(AK)

    04/03/2012 7:40:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    thenewstribune.com ^ | 2 April, 2012 | RICHARD MAUER
    JUNEAU -- Two years ago, when the Legislature was debating the first incarnation of "stand your ground" legislation, then-Attorney General Dan Sullivan decried the bill as an invitation to violence. Covering a broad swath of beliefs from religion to atheism, from conservatism to liberalism, Sullivan's unequivocal letter to the House Judiciary Committee, written by a subordinate, said the bill had no place in the statute books. "Whatever source one thinks our laws should be drawn from -- the ten commandments which say 'thou shalt not kill,' simple morality, utilitarianism principles of the greater good, or simply the concept that life...
  • Nome residents roll with higher fuel prices

    03/30/2012 7:36:08 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    AP via Anchorage Daily News ^ | March 29th, 2012 | MARK THIESSEN
    ... At the grocery store, it's $39.25 for a 12-roll package of paper towels. Toilet paper costs $37.85 for a 36-roll package. Want a 2-liter of Diet Pepsi? It's on sale this week for $4.49. At a restaurant, breakfast for one will run about $16. And the price for a gallon of gas is well above the national average, at $5.96 a gallon. If there's any good news for the 3,500 residents of Nome, it's that gas is cheap compared to what it could have been.
  • Sarah Palin: Santorum’s (bleeping) comment reveals good, strong character

    03/27/2012 5:26:03 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 37 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | March 26, 2012 | The Right Scoop
    Sarah Palin says when she heard about Rick’s comment, she said ‘good on ya’ and was glad he called out the liberal leftist media. She also says it reveals good, strong character in Santorum:
  • Feds take public testimony on proposed Susitna River dam

    03/27/2012 4:37:16 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | March 26th, 2012 | Anchorage Daily News
    A federal agency is holding public "scoping" meetings this week for a large hydroelectric dam project proposed for the Susitna River. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was to take public testimony about the Susitna dam project starting Monday evening in Anchorage. The public meetings are the first step for a required federal Environmental Impact Statement. Through the environmental review, the federal government determines whether and under what conditions to issue a license for the project. The latest cost estimate to build the dam is $4.3 billion, but some legislators think that is on the low side. The Legislature last year...
  • Sarah Palin: The Audacity of Obama’s Intentions Revealed

    03/26/2012 6:24:42 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 39 replies · 88+ views
    Sarah Palin's Facebook Notes ^ | March 26, 2012 | Sarah Palin
    Whoever chooses to merely dismiss the significance of today’s exchange between our President and Russia’s President should have their intelligence and patriotism questioned. Let this exchange be a warning to voters: President Obama will have “more flexibility” to weaken us if he’s re-elected in November. He was caught speaking candidly to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev before a “hot mic” today (and surely one must believe he didn’t know the mics were still on; surely he’s not so audacious as to purposefully broadcast his intentions), as reported by ABC’s Jake Tapper. Here’s the exchange: President Obama: On all these issues, but...
  • Shops empty as oil production declines {Alaska}

    03/26/2012 7:11:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 23 replies · 24+ views
    Alaska Journal of Commerce ^ | Mar 22, 2012 | TIM BRADNER
    When a film producer called up CH2M Hill’s area manager Tom Maloney a few weeks ago to ask if the company’s empty fabrication shop could be used as space for film production, it was the last straw. Maloney’s job includes keeping the shop full and its people working. “I was tempted – it was revenue – but I just couldn’t let it happen on the odd chance that we might get some work into the shop,” Maloney said. Alaska’s once-bustling oilfield fabrication shops are now empty, CH2M Hill’s among them. ASRC Energy, which also operates a fabrication shop in south...
  • Fishing boat lost in Japan tsunami reaches Canada

    03/24/2012 9:42:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies · 3+ views
    afp ^ | March 24, 2012
    A fishing boat lost in the massive Japanese tsunami a year ago has turned up off Canada's west coast... The 65-meter (210-foot) vessel was spotted Tuesday by a Canadian Forces aircraft on a routine surveillance patrol, and its Japanese owner has been notified, said Transport Canada. A military photo shows the ship, streaked with rust but intact, floating 278 kilometers (150 nautical miles) off the southern coast of Haida Gwaii islands, some 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) north of Vancouver. "The vessel is considered an obstruction to navigation," ... Near Midway Atoll in the deep Pacific, a Russian ship spotted an...
  • Alaska champions $40bn pipeline plan

    03/22/2012 4:55:05 AM PDT · by shove_it · 3 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 21 Mar 2012 | Ed Crooks
    BP, ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips are in discussions about a $40bn project to export liquefied natural gas from Alaska to Asia, potentially opening up large but stranded reserves that currently have no route to market. According to people close to the negotiations, the three companies and state authorities hope to reach agreement next week over a long-running lease dispute at Point Thomson, a large oil and gas field on Alaska’s North Slope. A settlement would clear the way for the companies to hasten their commercial assessment of a large gas pipeline to Alaska’s southern coast, from where LNG could be shipped...
  • Murkowski wishes female colleagues had lobbied her against Blunt amendment (Contraception)

    03/20/2012 9:41:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 19, 2012 | Justin Sink
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Monday she wished her female colleagues from across the aisle had lobbied her to vote against the Blunt amendment, legislation that would have enabled employers to opt out of providing health insurance that covered medicine or procedures they morally objected to. Murkowski, who voted for the GOP-backed bill, has since said that she regretted her vote.
  • Upping the ante, Armstrong puts plans with Repsol at $9 billion, if oil taxes change

    03/19/2012 5:11:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of March 18, 2012 | Kristen Nelson
    The major producers on Alaska’s North Slope have said that with meaningful changes in the state’s oil and gas production tax there are some $5 billion in projects which could become economic. Projects discussed by BP Exploration (Alaska) and ConocoPhillips Alaska are in the major producing fields, Prudhoe Bay and Kuparuk. What about $9 billion in projects on currently undeveloped state land if the state makes meaningful changes in production tax on lands not currently producing? That was the carrot Bill Armstrong, president of Armstrong Oil & Gas and 70 & 148 LLC, held out to legislators in a March...
  • Sen. Ted Stevens Prosecutors Hid Evidence, Report Concludes

    03/17/2012 3:44:20 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 48 replies
    ABC OTUS News/Yahoo ^ | 3-16-12 | Jason Ryan
    Excerpt A court-appointed special prosecutor has determined that serious misconduct by Justice Department prosecutors tainted the federal investigation and trial of former Sen. Ted Stevens, according to a report released Thursday. *snip* "The government introduced false business records to boost the value of renovations on the Senator's Alaska home. It also hid from the defense the evidence needed to show that the value was much less than the government claimed, including evidence that its key witness disagreed with the government about the value of the renovations," Stevens defense lawyers Brendan Sullivan and Robert Cary said in a statement. *snip*...
  • Anchorage prosecutor slams self-defense bill(AK)

    03/17/2012 3:10:51 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    necn.com ^ | 16 March, 2012 | NA
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A bill that would expand the right to use lethal force as a means of self-defense is dangerous, without support in the prosecutorial community, and rife with potential unintended consequences, an Anchorage prosecutor said Friday. James Fayette, an assistant district attorney, took a day off work to fly to Juneau on his own dime to speak out against HB80 during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, would allow Alaskans to use lethal force in self-defense anywhere they are legally allowed. Current law explicitly affords that right only when...
  • Stevens trial report details misconduct by prosecution team(AK)

    03/16/2012 5:25:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 15 March, 2012 | SEAN COCKERHAM, RICHARD MAUER and LISA DEMER Anchorage Daily News / adn.com Read more here: http://
    A court-appointed special prosecutor's report made public on Thursday details findings that U.S. Justice Department attorneys intentionally withheld information from the defense in the bungled prosecution of former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens. The Stevens investigation and prosecution "were permeated by the systematic concealment" of key evidence that would have been beneficial to his defense and "seriously damaged the testimony and credibility" of the government's key witness, former Veco chief Bill Allen, the report said. The 514-page report, by Washington lawyer Henry Schuelke, was released Thursday by order of U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who presided over Stevens' 2008 trial and...
  • Senate rejects drilling for oil in Arctic refuge

    03/14/2012 5:47:10 AM PDT · by thackney · 18 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | March 13th, 2012 | SEAN COCKERHAM
    <p>The U.S. Senate on Tuesday resoundingly rejected a sweeping measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other protected areas to drilling as well as approve construction of the Keystone pipeline project.</p> <p>The vote was the first time in four years the Senate has voted on a measure including ANWR drilling, and it failed miserably. The proposal needed 60 votes to pass and avoid a filibuster. It received only 41 votes in favor, with 57 senators against.</p>
  • “That black stuff is hurting us.” Sen. John Kerry on oil

    03/30/2004 6:24:11 PM PST · by GailA · 13 replies · 3,093+ views
    House Resource Committee ^ | not given | unknown
    “That black stuff is hurting us.” ---Sen. John Kerry on oil (Greenwire) Washington, DC – U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) is quoted in today’s edition of Greenwire as saying, “that black stuff is hurting us,” with regard to oil. Members of the House Committee on Resources found the Senator’s comment absurd. “John Kerry is dead wrong,” Chairman Richard W. Pombo (R-CA) said. “Oil doesn’t hurt Americans; John Kerry’s anti-energy policies hurt Americans. In fact, this is exactly the kind of rhetoric and bad policy that has led to the outsourcing of good American energy jobs. Last year alone, the United...
  • White House Can't Win ANWR Debate, Says Environmentalist

    03/02/2002 5:49:50 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 31 replies · 282+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 2/27/02 | Matt Pyeatt
    As the U.S. Senate prepared Wednesday to debate the nation's energy needs, environmental groups blasted the Republican plan to drill for oil in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge and said the White House lacked enough votes to win Senate passage of the measure. The ANWR drilling provision appeared headed for passage in the Senate Energy Committee earlier this month until Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) yanked the entire bill from the committee and moved it directly to the Senate floor. At the time, Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska), the ranking Republican on the Energy panel, said he had "never seen ...
  • OUT OF ENERGY -- Kerry's Energy Plan Independent Of Reality

    10/11/2004 6:25:43 PM PDT · by PhiKapMom · 20 replies · 827+ views
    Republican National Committee ^ | October 11, 2004 | RNC Research
    Monday, October 11, 2004 Out Of Energy   OUT OF ENERGYKerry's Energy PlanIndependent Of Reality______________________________________________________KERRY'S OWN ADVISERS SCOFF AT KERRY'S IDEAS ON ENERGY INDEPENDENCEKerry Energy Advisers Believe Kerry's Energy Plan Is "Unrealistic And Misleading."  "The idea of a United States independent of Middle East oil is a touchstone of Senator John Kerry's campaign and a huge crowd pleaser, but has divided and exasperated many of his most experienced energy advisers.  Some advisers say they worry that Mr. Kerry's focus on freeing the United States from reliance on oil from the Persian Gulf, the linchpin of the energy plan he released...
  • Jim Hoffa sends warning to Dems: Don't take labor unions for granted

    04/20/2003 8:01:20 AM PDT · by msuMD · 22 replies · 264+ views
    The Detroit News ^ | 04/20/03 | By Nolan Finley
    <p>Democrats are so confident that Big Labor is in their pocket they often forget what it is unions need most -- jobs.</p> <p>Sometimes even labor leaders forget that, as they blindly sign on to a job-killing agenda of high taxes, big spending and excessive regulation.</p>
  • The Kerry Line: Kerry Supports Offshore Drilling in Florida

    04/23/2004 2:07:29 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 23 replies · 319+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | April 23, 2004
      "I am committed to preserving Florida's natural beauty … There is no ambiguity in my position on drilling off the coast of Florida." - President Bush, 4/23/04 Kerry Supports Offshore Drilling In Florida Kerry Says He Favors Drilling Off The Coast Of Florida. "But Kerry said he would be in favor of drilling off the coast of Florida. 'I support oil drilling in the right places,' Kerry said. 'There is a capacity to protect what we have today - the protections for the coast of Florida - and still be able to drill in those locations where they're already...
  • Sarah Palin to Union Members: Don’t Be Taken In By Union Boss Thuggery Like Jimmy Hoffa Represents

    09/06/2011 10:33:44 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 19 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/6/11 | Jim Hoft
    Sarah Palin with her husband Todd spoke to a tea party crowd Monday in New Hampshire. From her Facebook page: In my speech on Saturday in Iowa, I said: “Between bailouts for Wall Street cronies and stimulus projects for union bosses’ security and ‘green energy’ giveaways, [Barack Obama] took care of his friends. And now they’re on course to raise a billion dollars for his re-election bid so that they can do it all over again.” This was shamefully on display yesterday at President Obama’s taxpayer-funded campaign rally in Detroit. In introducing the President, Teamsters President James Hoffa represented precisely...
  • Hoffa Offers 500,000 Truckers as 'Eyes and Ears'

    06/21/2002 12:24:50 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 11 replies · 116+ views
    ABCNEWS ^ | June 21 | Reuters By Steve Holland
    Teamsters President James Hoffa said on Friday he would ask the 500,000 truck operators covered by his union to take part in a grass-roots homeland security effort looking for suspicious activity on the roads. Talking to reporters on the White House driveway, Hoffa said he had pitched the idea to President Bush's director of homeland security, Tom Ridge. His comments came shortly before an FBI warning that terrorists may use fuel tanker trucks for attacks in the United States -- possibly on fuel depots, Jewish schools or synagogues -- or on U.S. interests overseas. Hoffa was among a group of...
  • Ed Schultz Asks Hoffa 'Do You Think The Republicans Are Sons of B---hes?'

    09/07/2011 5:37:35 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 25 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | September 07, 2011 | Noel Sheppard
    Not surprisingly, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz was practically orgasmic with joy Tuesday over Teamsters president James Hoffa’s Labor Day declaration of war against the Tea Party. After telling his “Ed Show” audience that Obama’s poll numbers have been declining because he hasn’t spoken to the American people like the union boss, Schultz actually asked Hoffa, “Do you think the Republicans are sons of b---hes?” (video follows) The program began with an exultant Schultz saying, “It is priceless audio. I love this story. It’s about time somebody stood up and said it just like this.” After an introduction, Schultz played Hoffa’s comments,...
  • Obama Turns Keystone Pipe Dream To Nightmare

    03/12/2012 11:18:08 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    Investor;s Business Daily ^ | March 12, 2012 | IBD editorials
    Energy Policy: After presidential lobbying, the Senate fell four votes short of taking a giant step toward energy independence as gas prices and unemployment rise. In the White House, everything is going according to plan. The 56-42 vote defeated a proposal by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., that would have granted approval of the pipeline without any further environmental reviews by the State Department. It came after President Obama personally called lawmakers to lobby for the Hoeven amendment's defeat. Sixty votes were needed for passage to avoid a filibuster. As we've said, you have to watch what Obama does, not what...
  • Annual gun show a social experience for many(AK)

    03/12/2012 10:33:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    frontiersman.com ^ | 10 March 2012 | GREG JOHNSON
    PALMER — It takes a high-caliber weapon to turn heads at the annual Palmer Lions Club Gun Show, like Doug Albright’s Browning M2 .50-caliber machine gun. The Fairbanks resident had the fully functional weapon mounted on two-by-fours at his booth. Albright isn’t selling the gun, but said it’s a great conversation piece and a way to draw show-goers to his table to see what else he has to offer. “Oh, it works,” he said. “I’ve shot up old cars with it before, cast-iron boilers, they’re good, too.” It’s at Albright’s table, Anchorage resident Deryl Titus was found admiring the Browning....
  • Oil giants: Tax changes will lure investment

    03/12/2012 5:18:54 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Petroleum News via Anchorage Daily News ^ | March 11th, 2012 | KRISTEN NELSON
    BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. and Conoco Phillips Alaska told the Senate Resources Committee there are projects the companies could do on Alaska's North Slope to increase oil production, but those projects will have trouble attracting capital investment because of high state taxes. Damien Bilbao, head of finance, developments and resources for BP, discussed a proposed reduction in the "progressivity" of the state oil production tax from 0.35 from 0.40. He told the committee: "A change of five-hundredth of a percentage point will not sway our investment decisions in Alaska." (He was discussing an earlier version of Senate Bill 192 than...
  • The Obama 2012 campaign releases an attack ad against.......Sarah Palin!? (Video)

    03/11/2012 7:06:52 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies
    BarackObama.com ^ | March 11, 2012 | Obama for America
    Together, we can show people like Sarah Palin that each time they spread baseless attacks solely designed to beat the President, they're only going to make us stronger.
  • Murkowski regrets voting with GOP on birth control

    03/10/2012 9:15:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | March 10, 2012 | By LAURIE KELLMAN
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she saw it coming, even before the public scolding last weekend at Alaska's Iditarod dog sled race. Siding with Republican leaders on a contentious contraceptives vote was a mistake. A moderate in an era of paralyzing partisanship, Murkowski, 54, may be a natural heir to the centrist role played by retiring Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe at a time when their party is hurting for female leaders. Murkowski voted in favor of an amendment by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., to overturn President Barack Obama's order that health insurance cover the cost of contraceptives even if providers object...
  • Shooting for Liberty States competing for lowest Brady score

    03/10/2012 7:39:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    The Firearms Coalition ^ | 9 March, 2012 | Jeff Knox
    The Brady Bunch has released their annual scorecard rating states based on how strict their gun laws are. The scorecard is a very useful tool to help rights groups understand how their state compares to others on a liberty scale; more points = less liberty. Alaska, Arizona, and Utah have all achieved the coveted Zero Points/Zero Stars on the Brady scale and are now competing to see which state will be the first into negative numbers – which is possible through bonus points. Arizona and Alaska can reach a –2 point score by protecting carry rights on campuses of state...
  • Mitt Romney Wins Alaska Caucuses [Romney 32%; Santorum 29%; Ron Paul 24%; Gingrich 14%]

    Mitt Romney Wins Alaska Caucuses March. 7, 2012 JUNEAU, Alaska, March 7 (UPI) -- Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney claimed victory in the Alaska caucuses, picking up the majority of states in Super Tuesday contests. Alaska's 27 delegates will be awarded proportionately later in March. With 4,285 votes, Romney claimed 32 percent of the statewide vote, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania claimed 29 percent, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas captured 24 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich got 14 percent.
  • Romney leads Alaska presidential preference poll (Wins by 420 votes)

    03/07/2012 8:58:12 AM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 36 replies
    FAIRBANKS - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney maintained a strong lead with most of the results counted in the Alaska Republican presidential preference poll held today. With 4,225 votes, the former Massachusetts Governor took 32.6 percent of the statewide vote. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum took 29 percent, Texas congressman Ron Paul took about 24 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took 14 percent. At 10:30 p.m., 95 percent of the vote had been counted. Alaska was one of 10 states to participate in the Republican nomination process today and will divvy up 24 of its delegates according to...
  • CNN Catches Sarah Palin At Her Polling Place (Video)

    This is short but good interview with Sarah Palin where she talks about running in 2016 and perhaps participating in a brokered convention: