When it comes to the voting power of Native populations in the U.S., Alaska comes out on top.
Gov. Sean Parnell has a simple pitch on why Alaskans should reelect him for another four years: “Steady, stable and consistent,” he says, describing not only his policies, but his principles. As for the alternative, his opponent Bill Walker, “All I see is risk and uncertainty,” Parnell said in an Oct. 16 interview at the Journal office, citing what he characterized as Walker’s frequent changes in positions, particularly regarding the state budget and the ongoing effort to develop an LNG export project.
Independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker says he supports the gas pipeline planning efforts now underway, although he is unhappy there is not more transparency about the deal and skeptical of ExxonMobil’s lead management role in the project. Walker, a longtime Republican who dropped his party affiliation and accepted former Democrat governor nominee Byron Mallott as his lieutenant governor running mate in his bid to unseat incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell, said he would reserve judgment on the final deal until he learns the details.
Alaska employers should brace for problems if a ballot proposition legalizing marijuana sales and use is approved in the November state general election, critics of the measure say. Ballot Measure 2, legalizing marijuana, is virtual similar to a Colorado measure passed in 2012 that is now causing big problems in the state.