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Five Good Reads for Earth Day

...self-destruction. Dominy and the Bureau had a lot in common."Cadillac Desert" lays out a hundred years of water history, politics and chicanery. Young Los Angeles stealing water - at gunpoint - from a lake community hundreds of miles away, American taxpayers...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2014-04-17/five-good-reads-earth-day
Art
Letter: Leave 'merit system' for judges alone

...merit system - free of corruption and the outside influence of politics - should not be changed. Shortly before he passed, he wrote...clients. It is not a popularity contest, nor is it driven by politics. The selection is based on merit. ? Jessica Dillon is a...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2014-04-10/letter-leave-merit-system-judges-alon
Letters
House speaker pushes for minimum wage bill

...lawmakers are allowed to take action to overturn voter initiatives after two years."It's really becoming more about the politics than about the substance," he said. "If we think the minimum wage is a good piece of legislation, then we ought to pass...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-11/house-speaker-pushes-minimum-wage-bill
State | AK legislature
My Turn: Alaska's Constitution isn't broken

...has not been corrupted by money or by politics as those of many other jurisdictions...built into the Constitution and allow politics to infiltrate the judicial system.As...government that is above and beyond partisan politics.The people elect the Governor and the...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-04-07/my-turn-alaskas-constitution-isnt-bro
Opinion
At 81, Rep. Bob Lynn is Alaska's oldest lawmaker

...Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski. "A lot of people when they come here have only experienced one thing all their lives - like politics."Since he's been in office for 12 years, many might think of Lynn as a longtime resident of Alaska.But the California...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-03-31/81-rep-bob-lynn-alaskas-oldest-lawmaker
State | AK legislature
Empire Editorial: In closing one loophole, lawmakers about to open a bigger one

Politics is a messy business, especially during election years. It's even dirtier...incumbent lawmakers. The problem with the bill is that instead of cleaning up politics, it will sweep dirt under the rug.HB235 would change how the Alaska Public...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-03-27/empire-editorial-closing-one-loophole
Opinion
Opinion: We need to follow all of the money, and faster

There are still only two important things in politics, as the 19th century's own Karl Rove, a Republican fundraiser named Mark Hanna, once said: "The first is money, and I can't...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-03-21/opinion-we-need-follow-all-money-and-
Opinion
Local politics affects senators on minimum wage

...both seeking re-election this fall, exemplify how local politics is complicating Democrats' push on what most of them consider...United for Change. "It's one of those things where the politics are so good for Democrats.""Democrats are trying to refocus...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-02-27/local-politics-affects-senators-minimum
State | AK legislature
Outside Editorial: Put more sunshine into U.S. Senate campaigns

...citizens, voters and taxpayers can keep track of money in politics and other transparency issues.With millions and even billions...is that good for democracy?One of the stalwarts of Florida politics - ranked as one of the best governor's in the state's history...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-03-18/outside-editorial-put-more-sunshine-u
Opinion
Johnson wants politics out of expanding Medicaid

...deal if Alaska expanded Medicaid.Johnson said Republican governors in other states have gone ahead with expansion. She said she hopes that happens in Alaska, "where the politics move aside for the people who are really suffering."

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-02-05/johnson-wants-politics-out-expanding-me
State

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