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May 15, 2021

Anchorage Tea Party Embraces Extremes

I decided to pop in and see what was happening over at the Anchorage Tea Party’s candidate forum Monday night, because (believe it or not) that is my idea of a good time. And also so you don’t have to go. You, after all, are a regular person and it is not your idea of a good time. As I worked my way through the drizzly parking lot, I noticed that several candidates were advertising themselves on their cars. They ranged from the “so very Alaskan” duct taped model: To the “OMG I’m a State Senator! Look at ME!” mobile:…

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Netroots – Day 1

Thursday morning started with coffee, bagles, and the Morning News Dump hosted with Lizz Winstead, featuring panelists Shannyn Moore, Sam Seder, Jason Leopold, and Cliff Schecter. They spoke to a packed rotunda on the 5th floor of the Rhode Island Convention Center, and discussed the issues of the day, including the Stand Your Ground Law, a blockbuster piece on Truthout.org that got Jason Leopold branded a “FOIA terrorist,” Lisa Murkowski’s recent vote on the wrong side of the Fair Paycheck Act, and how various media outlets were reporting on the Wisconsin recall election. The event was very well attended with…

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Netroots Eve!

The migration has begun. A host of progressive media types, and activists have landed in Providence, Rhode Island this year for Netroots Nation 2012. Shannyn and I literally took planes, trains and automobiles, and are here representing The Mudflats. We are usually trailed by the conservative “Right Online” conference which took to convening at the same hotel at the same time as Netroots. Not this year. They’re in Las Vegas next week with Sarah Palin headlining, and a host of other speakers including Michelle Malkin, Jonah Goldberg, Dana Loesch, and S.E. Cupp. In addition they’ll be paying tribute to Andrew…

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Open Thread – Netroots Nation

  Greetings, Mudflatters! I write to you from 29,000 feet in the air, somewhere over the midwest. Shannyn and I are heading to Providence by way of Boston, and Linda is holding down the fort at home. Sadly, I had to catch a plane just as Schaeffer Cox was taking the stand in his own defense at the militia trial today. And double sadly, both Shannyn and I missed the EPA hearing on Pebble Mine this evening. Tickets were bought long ago, and who could have predicted our incredibly bad timing. But, all that behind us, I will be posting…

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School Board Candidate Wants to Outsource Orchestra Program? **UPDATE**

By Linda Kellen Biegel Observant earwigs noticed a little story in  last Sunday’s Alaska Ear talking about a rather big boo boo perpetrated by the Municipal Clerk’s Office. That office works with the Anchorage Assembly and directly for the Chair, Debbie Ossiander. (She’s one of the Mayor’s “yes” men/women on the Assembly…the group I’ve nicknamed “Team Sully.”) WHAT’S IN A NAME … The muni clerk’s office is apparently confused about which of Starr Marsett’s names is her first name. Looks like it guessed, and got it wrong — at least on the ballot Ear got: Marsett is a candidate for School Board….

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Thanksgiving at Occupy Wall Street

Once again our intrepid New York Bureau Chief Zach Roberts was on the scene in Zuccotti Park, but this trip was far more peaceful than the last one, where hundreds were driven out of the park by police, and violence ensued. The spirit was more festive on Thanksgiving, where thousands of free turkey dinners were distributed to hungry protesters and anyone who wanted one. The People’s Library was back in business after thousands of books were thrown into dumpsters by police last week. One man who was hired as a private security guard to keep protesters from reestablishing their tent…

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Occupy Anchorage!

This afternoon in Anchorage, several hundred people gathered in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protesters. A crowd this size was a fantastic turnout for an event that was promoted largely on Facebook and by word of mouth. The weather cooperated beautifully. It was a gorgeous sunny autumn day in the 50s, and spirits were high. The crowd was full of families with kids, and dogs, young adults, and seniors. There was a great contingent from the Native community as well. Anyone who wanted to could sign up to speak, but the main event was former Mayor of Sitka and…

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Mudflats on Wall Street (Video of Arrests at Protest)

The Mudflats’ New York Bureau Chief, Zach Roberts, has been doing an outstanding  job covering the movement known as Occupy Wall Street. He has been our boots on the ground since the protests began, recently putting himself in harm’s way to expose the latest happenings. We’ve posted his photos before, but his current shots, and some outstanding video footage show a decidedly different mood than his earlier coverage. The following videos show some of the arrests that happened Wednesday night in the Wall Street area.   A quick email from Zach said: People need to see this stuff…  They threw…

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Oyster Roundup – Rats, Scented Candles, Pebble Mine and more…

~Thick and fast they came at last, and more, and more, and more… A half-dozen slurpable stories for your consumption. All titles are links. Eat up!  Westboro Baptist Church to Picket Jobs Funeral Yes, apparently the most hateful, vicious, mean-spirited group of “religious” wingnuts, who made famous the “God Hates Fags” slogan, will be picketing the funeral of Steve Jobs. Why? Because he “served self, not God” and “encouraged his neighbors to sin.” How do we know they will be doing this? (Wait for it) Because they tweeted it from an iPhone. Yes, really. No worries about Westboro appreciating this…

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Don’t Mourn: Anger is an Energy, and Wisconsin is Furious.

Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?  On the surface, there’s not much to be happy about in Wisconsin right now.  So what have those crafty corporatists been up to during the last few days? (photos at end of post) The republican majority called an Extraordinary Session in order to pass a reprehensible budget with as little interference as possible. This budget is so one sided, it may as well be a Teahadist fantasy come to life. The budget puts in motion a plan to award $2.3 billion in tax breaks for corporations over the next decade, strips $834 million from already…

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