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Southeast legislators explain their oil tax votes

Southeast Alaska's legislators split their votes on the final version of Republican Gov. Sean Parnell's Senate Bill 21, the oil tax overhaul that passed the Legislature Sunday and is poised to become law. In the case of Rep.
My turn: Legislators with conflicts shouldn't vote

...interest or even appearances of conflicts of interest." It is too late to do anything about it with respect to the oil tax vote, but there are many issues which may come before the Legislature where members may have conflicts: fishermen, trial...
Alaska editorial: Special session sends the wrong message

...supporting reason for a special session, but there is virtually no way for the Legislature to prove that the outcome of the oil tax votes of 2006 would have been any different. Rather, those who honestly voted "yes" because they believed in it will...
Alaska editorial: We don't need special session on oil tax

...also carries no great popular risk. The idea is to hold a special session to inquire about any buying and selling of oil tax votes, an especially volatile topic since one current and a few now-former legislators have been indicted by a federal...
Kott, Kohring plead guilty in federal corruption case, sentenced to time served

...commit bribery concerning programs that receive federal funds. The charges stem from maneuverings surrounding a 2006 oil tax vote in the state Legislature, and the pleas came under terms of agreements reached with prosecutors.U.S. District...
My Turn: Oil tax votes: I'm not so forgiving

Today's Empire (Friday, April 26) is full of interesting stories, beginning with ConocoPhillips' report of $540 million in net earnings in Alaska during the first quarter of the year.
Vic Kohring running for Wasilla City Council

...didn't have the financial resources to pay a fine.The charges against them stemmed from maneuverings surrounding a 2006 oil tax vote in the state Legislature. Kohring pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery concerning programs that receive federal...


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