Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins

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Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins’ Newsletter: Ugh

On behalf of the legislative branch of government in Alaska, I am SO sorry.

I’ve heard some grizzled Alaska political observers lament they haven’t seen it so bad since 1981. I’ve heard some say it’s never been this bad, ever.

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Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins’ Newsletter: 2015 Legislative Session Spectacular

We have a new legislature, a new governor, and a radically new $47.28 price for Alaska North Slope crude oil. We have a $3.5 billion budget deficit; we have a $55 billion LNG project (give or take $10 billion), one of the world’s largest, subject to the whims of rapidly changing global natural gas markets; and we have a proposal on the table to expand Medicaid for 40,000 Alaskans without health insurance.

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Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins’ Newsletter: Service and the Center of the Universe

Election season: it comes and it goes. Every two years, like a rising tide, campaign fervor floods Alaska. It’s utter, complete, neuron-invading inundation: advertisements; pollsters; earnest volunteers rapping on your door. Not even the Internet sanctum of YouTube and Pandora were safe. The audacity! (Pun definitely intended.)

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Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins’ Newsletter: What are those yahoos in Juneau up to now?

Like a good story, most legislative sessions have a narrative. Last session’s narrative was simple and wholesome: the passage of a multi-billion dollar tax cut for oil companies. And by golly, we got the job done with SB 21, which passed the Senate 11-9, and fulfilled its unfortunate destiny by a vote of 27-12 on the floor of the House of Representatives at 2:07 a.m. in the wee hours of April 14, 2013. (I was among the dozen dissenters.)

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