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April 23, 2018

Oh. My. Todd. Palin to Appear on Game Show.

(Please let this be photoshopped) Alaska’s former First Dude, Todd Palin, has been trying to get his own TV show for some time now. It may surprise you, but he has not met with success thus far. His wife, of course, tormented us all with pretending to “shoot a gun” on a caribou hunt, pretending to “climb a dangerous mountain,” float past a dangerous bear, and show that she is better suited for camping in the rain than city girl celebrities with dozens of children in tow – also known as “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” His daughter Bristol even has her…

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Recount Team Meets with the Anchorage Assembly

(Tonight at the Anchorage Assembly Meeting, the Members will hear and vote upon a Resolution (9.B.7), submitted by Assemblywoman Gray-Jackson and co-sponsored by Harriet Drummond and Patrick Flynn, that is intended to refund the $1,500.00 the Recount Application Group submitted to the Municipality. The money was required by Title 28 in order to request and generate the hand count of 15 precincts. The Resolution was a result of the report and meeting described in the post below. It will be interesting to see who, if anyone, votes against it.) The Election Board Counts Precinct 840, Service High On Friday, June…

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Rants

  I’ve just returned home from a trip Outside that morphed into “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Rants.” Planes, trains and automobiles, thousands of miles from home with a couple of my best politically savvy girlfriends. Unless you’re living in a Kaczynskiesque cabin and haven’t gone Outside for at least five years, you have no doubt noticed the changes in travel. No, I’m not talking about the TSA (though I’m happy to report JFK Airport TSA was lovely compared to Reagan a year ago. It kind of makes sense). “Oh, you’re from Alaska?” used to be followed by something quite…

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Militia Trial – The Verdicts are In

  After six weeks of listening to testimony, and weighing the evidence, the jury in the case of the United States v. Schaeffer Cox, Coleman Barney, and Lonnie Vernon has reached a decision in all but one of the charges against the three. I entered the courtroom, after almost two weeks out of state. I’d been following the reports of the trial closely, and was glad to be able to be here for this important day. Schaeffer Cox looks ashen, and is wearing a charcoal grey suit jacket and white shirt, open at the collar. Coleman Barney’s brow is deeply…

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In My Alaska Garden — Summer Finally Arrives!

South Side Farmer’s Market in Anchorage The Farmer’s Markets (above) don’t have much produce yet (the cold temps have slowed down growth) but they are open every Saturday selling bread, meats, some veggies and plant starts. The temperatures are now above 50 degrees at night (finally) so items in the hoop house are MUCH happier! Plus, I must open both doors during the day. (In the photo are my tomato, green pepper, and cucumber plants with some basil mixed in). It’s finally warm enough to bring my fuchsia’s home from the Nursery! Yay…Alaska summer is finally here! Between the huge…

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Perfection. What are the Odds?

Let me start off by saying that this is probably the last blog post I ever expected to write. But, somehow I just couldn’t help it. When I was a kid, I was a big Mets fan. In my neck of the woods, you had two choices – Mets or Yankees. I’m not sure why I ended up as a Mets fan, but it probably had something to do with rooting for the underdog, and Tom Seaver. My dad had always promised to take me to a Mets game, but it never ended up happening for one reason or another….

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Election Recount Worksession With Assembly — Join Us!

The April 3rd Anchorage Municipal Election Recount Group will be meeting with the Anchorage Assembly in a Worksession this Friday to share our findings and recommendations with them.  Per the website: ***************************************** Worksession – Election Recount Issues  From 06/15/12 1:00 PM To 06/15/12 2:00 PM City Hall 632 W 6th Ave Anchorage Alaska Conference Room 830 ***************************************** This is a public meeting, as are all Assembly Meetings and Worksessions. WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE ALL WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE FUTURE OF ELECTIONS IN ANCHORAGE TO SHOW UP IF YOU CAN! Our Recount Group now includes the 10 original signers plus some…

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Netroots – Day 2

Day 2 started late for me. After a couple nights with virtually no sleep, I didn’t make it in for the Morning News Dump. But I did make it to the lunchtime speakers’ panel, and it was absolutely riveting. The program begins at 5:51 There were three speakers who all appeared for a panel discussion after their individual addresses. First up was Darcy Burner, one of my most favorite progressives on the planet. She had run for Congress in 2008, and is running again in Washington’s 1st congressional district this year. Probably the most impressive thing about Burner is her…

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In My Alaska Garden — Trial and Error

I attended Pride on Saturday and saw the gorgeous Oriental Poppies above. I saw them on the walk from the car near the Parkstrip. They are the huge poppies and they are on my list for the future in my yard. We’ve been working outside all weekend and while I left to go grocery shopping, I learned what it means to be grateful for the help you get even though it may not be exactly what you want. My husband weeded the perennial garden below: Gone are all of the weeds, the encroaching grass, and the Campanula Glomerata (which should…

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Meet My Secret Twin

(Crossposted at Monologues of Dissent) by Jeanne Devon & Heather Dubois Bourenane I’m a progressive working mom with two kids. My state had a very regrettable governor foisted upon it. I decided to speak out and started a blog. Soon our regrettable governor became infamous, and national news outlets began calling me. I suddenly found myself on the pages of The New Yorker, The Huffington Post & interviewed by Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz. I still find it stunning that anyone would consider our governor for a Presidential ticket. It’s cool that, through social media, I’ve found someone just like…

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