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Stevens' attack may help Democratic colleague

...consultants said they could envision Cantwell doing a campaign spot asking why her opponent was raising money in such a pro-oil-industry, pro-drilling-in-the-Arctic state. And at Potlatch, an annual Washington, D.C., dinner last...
Alaska Senate race key for Dems

...attempt to retake control of the Senate. Democrats believe Knowles' popularity from his two terms as governor and his pro-oil development views in this energy-rich state put him in perfect position to pull off an upset against Murkowski, who...
My turn: Gas tax, contract make-believe

...condescending the misinformation campaign, or how often the good-cop/bad-cop advertising is repeated, or how many pro-oil provisions and distractions by the administration, or speculative, untested legal arguments on approval, the consumer...
Oil tax heart of FBI probe, special session

...President Rick Smith testified in Kott's trial that the company relied on Cowdery in the state Senate to advance their pro-oil industry agenda. Cowdery's office was searched last year by the FBI, but he has not been charged in the corruption...
Defense seeks to dispute claims of Kott's 'friends'

...affairs, said VECO relied on Anchorage Republicans Ben Stevens and John Cowdery in the state Senate to advance their pro-oil industry agenda. In the House, it was Kott. Neither Stevens nor Cowdery has been charged. "We used Pete in a lot...
Oil magnate sowed political clout

...donations to Stevens, Young and a host of state lawmakers. "They were a very important source of money to some of the more pro-oil company candidates," said Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage. "Without VECO's involvement in state politics, we'll...
It's a refuge

...that is what Sen. Elton was protecting in his dissenting vote. I find it interesting how passionately so many of these pro-oil people push for the opening of ANWR, and it seems that the use of the achronym has distanced us from the actual intent...
Juneauites remember Hickel as principled, tough, gracious

...Botelho's initial apprehensions proved unfounded, he said, such as when he first thought Hickel was going to be "too 'pro oil.'" "He proved to be tough on Big Oil. He always kept Alaska in the forefront," Botelho said. Another apprehension...
Quid pro oil?

I think I should have gone to the Republican Governor's Conference. There must have been some seminar where they all learned the latest in governing: extend corporate giveaways and then cry budget deficits that can be solved only by reducing government services and busting public employee unions. The governors of Wisconsin, Ohio, and Maine were especially good students.
Parnell pulls oil tax bill from special session

...supporter of tax cuts for the oil industry. Other industry supporters were not as circumspect as McGuire. Influential pro-oil blogger Andrew Halcro said Butcher's presentation "started off bad and went downhill from there," including contradicting...


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