Monthly Archives: June 2014

“There you go again …”: The Real Parnell Fiscal Record, Part II

There you go againAfter listening to Jimmy Carter ramble on inaccurately again about some issue during the single Presidential debate of 1980, Ronald Reagan turned to him, smiled, shook his head a little in the way that only Reagan could and said simply to Carter, “there you go again.”

That moment came to me the other day as I was reading yet another press release from Governor Parnell’s office claiming success in keeping “Alaska’s fiscal future strong.”

Clearly, Sean Parnell has become the Jimmy Carter of our time.  When it comes to the state’s fiscal position, Parnell, like the Carter of old, seems capable only of repeating over and over again the same old, tired — and completely inaccurate — mantra.  As President Reagan would have said to Parnell when reading his most recent press release, “there you go again.” Continue reading

The Real Parnell Fiscal Record (FY 2011-2015) …

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As mentioned in Amanda Coyne’s column Friday, Governor Parnell has been sending out campaign material and otherwise taking credit for exercising sound fiscal policy during the last legislative session. As I was doing some calculations this morning, I thought a look at the Governor’s real fiscal record might be helpful when evaluating his claims. Continue reading

My criteria for making political contributions this coming year …

Dollar signFor the past several years I have contributed a lot of money to a lot of candidates (often at the maximum level).  With the beginning of the current election season, the inevitable invitations to various legislative, gubernatorial and party fundraisers have started to appear again (by mail, email, Facebook, calls and in some cases even txt). Continue reading