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'Stars aligned' for GOP session in Alaska

...hurt working Alaskans. "We saw Murkowski taxes, deep cuts to education, and in many cases a rubber stamp Republican Legislature for those very negative proposals," Senate Minority Leader Johnny Ellis, an Anchorage Democrat, told reporters...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/052503/sta_legsession.shtml
News
Anger mounts over park, road closures

...consequences of those cuts." Hamilton responded furiously: "We all know that this is a political ploy to make the Republican Legislature look bad and pawn the blame for these cuts off on them!! It is not working!! ... Our community is going...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/062102/sta_parkclose.shtml
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Prison politics

...right-wing conservatives. In the bid to place a private prison in Alaska, it was the fringe elements of our Republican Legislature that passed two bills funding construction and operation of a private prison. The first approved a Delta Junction...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/071202/let_letter2.shtml
Opinion
Cue the violins

...share of taxes the Republicans would rather cut "waste" from government spending. In the past few months the Republican Legislature has deeply cut, or Murkowski has vetoed, spending for schools, law enforcement, fire protection, supports...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/072903/let_letter5.shtml
Opinion
Knowles: Murkowski's comments an 'outrage'

...400-inmate jail to keep criminals behind bars and 70 additional beds for juvenile offenders. We repeatedly asked the Republican Legislature for more crime-fighting resources, usually to no avail. In the past two years, we sought 56 new state-funded...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/081102/let_letter3.shtml
Opinion
Other parties offer unique views of the state's future

...Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. "I find it interesting that again when we have such a financial crisis the Republican Legislature finds another $1 million to fight the Gwich'in on ANWR. There's plenty of money to fight on Native issues...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/081302/sta_legparties2.shtml
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Alaska editorial: Legislators should disclose their last-year financial deals

...departing lawmakers and other officials have to report their finances for their last year of service. But the Republican Legislature has spurned repeated calls to toughen other parts of state ethics laws. This is a case where the remedy will...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/100906/opi_20061009006.shtml
Opinion
Alaska editorial: Governor makes the right move for schools

...Republican legislators who controlled the purse strings. High oil prices make it easy for Gov. Murkowski and the Republican Legislature to give Alaska schools the funding increases they need - for now. A surplus well into the hundreds of millions...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/111405/opi_20051114001.shtml
Opinion
Juneau Empire Story Archive

...to enrage people all across the state - particularly the Permanent Fund changes. He wants to dump it on the Republican Legislature. By doing it early in his lame-duck term, he figures when he gets ready to run for the U.S. Senate voters...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/020599/Ope_wiley.shtml
Real key to better schools is better lawmakers

...Alaska for quality public education. The reason our schools are underfunded is because a Republican governor and Republican Legislature choose to underfund them. They do this so the wealthy individuals and corporations who give them campaign contributions...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/021504/let_letter5.shtml
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