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CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. Senate — Sean Thorne

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 19:09

The Daily News asked candidates for statewide office in the Aug. 16 Alaska primary and special U.S. House elections to answer a series of issue and biographical questions to help voters understand their positions. Some questions were suggested by readers. Read all the responses here.

Sean Thorne • Party: Libertarian • Occupation: Pilot • Age: 31 • Residence: Anchorage • picksean.com

Relevant experience or prior offices held

Former Army Officer

Why are you running for office?

Did not answer

Name two big problems or challenges currently facing Alaska and how you plan to address them if elected.

Firstly, economic opportunity. We need to remove obstacles to Alaskan economic growth, and give business an easy opportunity to thrive here. It is getting harder and harder for young Alaskans to get a good start here. With the amount of control that the federal bureaucracies wield over Alaska, it is understandable why companies would not want to invest in us. We are smart, we are capable and we know what’s best for us. Why do we enable detached bureaucrats 4,000 miles away to make sweeping decisions on our behalf? We would be much better off if decisions on these issues were made locally, where the person accountable actually lives here.

Secondly, Republicans and Democrats have given America 30 Trillion in debt and 20 years of wars. We absolutely have to stop. I will fight against federal spending, and I will submit legislation to end the AUMF (Authorization of Use of Military Force) to being our troops home and ensure congress takes back the power to make war from the executive.

Do you believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election? If you believe there was fraud, where and how do you think it took place?

I do not believe that the election was stolen, but we still have a big problem and that is that people have doubts. Every presidential election in this century has been questioned and contested by the losing side. We should have investigated the 2020 election, to put an end to the doubts around it. Because the DOJ did not investigate, there are still many people who do not believe the results. We need a non-partisan election system that is both accessible and secure enough that the results are beyond questioning, but both Republicans and Democrats want a system that leans in their favor.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. Do you believe President Trump should be held responsible for the events of Jan. 6?

No, but it is also not something that we should forget. I also do not blame President Obama for the Dallas police shooting like some do. Just because you turn up the heat, doesn’t mean you should be legally liable when things boil over. The right tends to want to pretend that Jan 6 was nothing, but the left likes to pretend like it’s as bad as terrorists shooting up and burning down capital hill. It’s political theater. To me, the scariest thing about Jan 6 is how we cannot agree on a simple truth of what happened. It is very telling of our cultural division.

How will you promote putting aside partisan politics to address complex issues in Congress?

I firmly despise political parties and factionalism. Alaskans do not cleanly fit into box A or box B. I will work with anyone, from any side, in good faith to solve an issue. I will also call out the lies and cheating wherever I see it, instead of having blinders to one side. I do not believe in caucusing, and I will not be summoned to toe anyone’s line. I will do everything in my power to promote honest discourse, to bring transparency, and to prop up people with real solutions instead of digging into political lines.

What should the federal government be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy?

Stop. Spending. Money! Our politicians keep spending unimaginable amounts of money, handing out free checks, and printing as much cash as possible and then have the audacity to pretend to be shocked when it backfires and we get massive inflation. I absolutely support radically lowering spending, ending the Federal Reserve, and returning our currency to a standard. I also firmly stand against adopting a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), which is starting to be a solution promoted by the same people who put us in this mess.

Would you support ending the filibuster to make it easier to pass legislation? Would you support any carve outs to the filibuster for key issues such as abortion access?

Absolutely not. Federal legislation has to be slow and methodical. Anytime a federal power is changed, you have to think what your worse enemy could do with that new power, because with the cyclical nature of politics, they will certainly someday hold that power for themselves. The filibuster might be annoying from time to time, but it also prevents us from getting steamrolled with knee jerk, emotional based legislation.

Public trust in the Supreme Court is declining. What do you think should be done to improve trust in the court?

Stop promoting activist judges for either side. The Supreme Court’s job is to interpret the constitutionality of law, not to do mental gymnastics to try to spin a decision to support their team. Ideally, their personal beliefs would be totally separate from their legal beliefs. I will support nominees that believe in the law instead of political zealots.

Do you think Congress should pass legislation to limit or protect abortion access?

The only decision I would be interested in from congress would be to define personhood in the context of abortion. To me, at this point in time, I tend to see that as the point that the fetus could survive autonomously. Other than that, I would do everything I could to keep the government out of it from either side. I wouldn’t support banning abortion, and I wouldn’t support funding it either. As much as possible, I do not want the federal government to have power over your life.

What specific actions, if any, should the U.S. government take to curb gun violence?

Stop preventing people from defending themselves. I can promise you, hands down, no question, that I am the most pro-gun person running in this election. The problem is with people, not with tools. I firmly believe that an armed society is a polite society, and I believe in people’s constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms.

How do you think new resource development projects in Alaska should be balanced with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation?

Anyone who cares about our planet should absolutely want resource development done in Alaska. I have spend time in well over a dozen countries, and I have seen what resource extraction looks like in those places. We do it better, safer and cleaner than anywhere else. All the things that we no longer produce in America are still being produced somewhere. I would rather them be produced here, where we make good jobs and actually care about the implications of what we are doing. Is it better to drill oil here, or to beg for it from authoritarian countries that have legal indentured servitude and kill people for being gay? Is it better to sustainably log here, or buy from countries that clear cut rainforest with no long term vision of sustainability? Should we mine rare earth minerals here, or send other peoples kids off to die in generational foreign wars to secure their mines? I guess I disagree with most federal politicians on these questions, because I would rather it be done here.

Do you believe the federal government is well positioned to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics that may emerge?

Absolutely not. They have done a terrible job, lied repeatedly, and done possibly irreparable damage to the middle class. I stand against federal decision making on any lockdown or mandate.

The federal infrastructure bill, which was voted for by all members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, stands to bring millions in federal funding to projects in Alaska. How would you ensure Alaska maximizes the benefits of this bill?

At this point, we need to invest in projects that will maximize financial returns into the future, and make long term jobs. I would not have supported this bill though. We are over 30 trillion in debt, and repeatedly congress says ‘this next bill will be the one that turns it around!’ and yet it never is. We keep going deeper and deeper into debt. We have to stop omnibus spending and giant pork barrel bills if we are to have any future as a country.

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports according to the gender with which they identify?

I think that rules to a game can be sorted out by people outside of the political arena. There are far more important things that I would rather politicians be focused on, like balancing the budget, stopping foreign wars, figuring out why the US government is still selling guns to Al Qaeda in Syria, fighting human trafficking, etc.

What should be done, if anything, to change federal immigration policies?

We need major immigration reform. I want people to come here for a better life, but we need to ensure that people are coming to our country through proper ports of entry, and that we have a more effective and streamline system for them to do so the right way.

What is the country’s biggest national security threat?

Cyber security. People tend to forget that our modern technology is a very new thing. The iPhone only came out in 2007. The more interlinked everything gets, the more threats we face. From China ripping off our intellectual properties, to unconstitutional domestic surveillance, to data theft, we have a lot of issues to address in the digital realm. The more digital technology grows, the more complex and numerous these threats will become.

Where do you want Alaska and the U.S. to be five years from now in regard to emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change?

In five years, I would like to see Alaska mining the resources for America to produce green technology instead of our current system of shutting down Alaskan industry and buying things like lithium from places that use child labor or worse. Everything has to come from somewhere, look at the things in your pocket and wonder where the components came from. Right now we spend a lot of government money on green projects that are made obsolete in a few years by newer technology, and then the old thing ends up in a dump, but a lot of connected people get rich in the middle. I believe that over time, advances in technology will have better answers to our problems.

What other important issue would you like to discuss?

Unlike most people in the political arena, I do not believe in using my personal moral framework to create laws to tell you how to live your life. I don’t think that I know best for your personal life. I believe in you, I believe your right to make decisions for yourself and your family, and I believe Alaska should be the Last Frontier end of the road where everyone can be who they want to in peace. I know what I believe, and I will advocate based on my values, but I will always support you having ultimate control of your life.

CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. Senate — Joe Stephens

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 19:07

The Daily News asked candidates for statewide office in the Aug. 16 Alaska primary and special U.S. House elections to answer a series of issue and biographical questions to help voters understand their positions. Some questions were suggested by readers. Read all the responses here.

Joe Stephens • Party: Alaskan Independence Party • Occupation: Politician • Age: 46 • Residence: Ketchikan • twitter:@JoeStephens999

Relevant experience or prior offices held

U.S. Military

Why are you running for office?

High gas prices, high inflation, ongoing pandemics these are the problems that the current leadership has failed to address. Their failures should not be continuously rewarded with re-election.

Name two big problems or challenges currently facing Alaska and how you plan to address them if elected.

I will ensure that the oil industry is allowed to drill for new oil wells and the industry has full government support.

I will fight to ensure that the citizens of Alaska get paid the maximum Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) amount that they deserve. With record high oil prices, the citizens of Alaska deserve to be paid.

I propose that the State of Alaska support the creation of a medical school. We need to train the best and brightest students to face future pandemics. The reliance on the federal government for all our medical needs has proven to be disastrous.

Do you believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election? If you believe there was fraud, where and how do you think it took place?

No, the election had numerous irregularities. But without concrete proof it is difficult to overturn the results.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. Do you believe President Trump should be held responsible for the events of Jan. 6?

I don’t think that the former president, Donald Trump had any criminal intent.

How will you promote putting aside partisan politics to address complex issues in Congress?

Teamwork is key. Teamwork makes the Dream work.

What should the federal government be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy?

Inflation is caused mostly by high oil prices. Increasing domestic production while encouraging renewable fuels is the best course of action. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Would you support ending the filibuster to make it easier to pass legislation? Would you support any carve outs to the filibuster for key issues such as abortion access?

No, I am a firm advocate of the filibuster.

Public trust in the Supreme Court is declining. What do you think should be done to improve trust in the court?

Appoint justices who have the courage to stand by their convictions.

Do you think Congress should pass legislation to limit or protect abortion access?

I am a supporter of reproductive rights.

What specific actions, if any, should the U.S. government take to curb gun violence?

Hire more police officers.

How do you think new resource development projects in Alaska should be balanced with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation?

There needs to be a balance. The environment must be protected without sacrificing economic development.

Do you believe the federal government is well positioned to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics that may emerge?

No, the federal government has done a poor job with the pandemic. I think there should be a pandemic taskforce. The taskforce should have a single focus dealing with pandemics.

The federal infrastructure bill, which was voted for by all members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, stands to bring millions in federal funding to projects in Alaska. How would you ensure Alaska maximizes the benefits of this bill?

I think that allowing the citizens to propose infrastructure projects that they would like to see happen would be a good start. Then allowing the citizens a chance to vote via referendum on which projects are the most important to them.

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports according to the gender with which they identify?

No, I don’t think this is fair.

What should be done, if anything, to change federal immigration policies?

Secure the border and Build the Wall. Deport those who stay beyond their allocated time stated on their VISA.

What is the country’s biggest national security threat?

I think Russia is the biggest threat militarily, and China is economically.

Where do you want Alaska and the U.S. to be five years from now in regard to emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change?

I think Alaska has a lot of potential for renewables, with hydropower in the SouthEast to off-shore Wind power. The State has numerous opportunities to improve its energy footprint.

However, things must be done in a manner that makes sense and does not cause outrageous gas prices, and inflation.

What other important issue would you like to discuss?

I support the Veterans of the U.S. Armed forces. My first initiative in Congress will be to see that all veterans and widows of veterans in the State of Alaska receive 10 free acres of Federal Land. I will also ensure that VA clinics are constructed in all cities in the State of Alaska.

CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. Senate — Kendall Shorkey

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 19:06

The Daily News asked candidates for statewide office in the Aug. 16 Alaska primary and special U.S. House elections to answer a series of issue and biographical questions to help voters understand their positions. Some questions were suggested by readers. Read all the responses here.

Kendall Shorkey • Party: Republican • Occupation: Retired Carpenter/ designer-drafter • Age: 69 • Residence: Kasilof • KlShorkey45.Wixsite.com/Shorkey4Senate

Relevant experience or prior offices held

None

Why are you running for office?

This state needs a severe change

Name two big problems or challenges currently facing Alaska and how you plan to address them if elected.

Infrastructure. No good way to access Alaska in any foul weather. Rail system too small and inconvenient to get anything here from Lower 48. Push ANWR and get more jobs!

Do you believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election? If you believe there was fraud, where and how do you think it took place?

Biden is the fake president! Ballot harvesting, locking out observers, Dominion machines totally hackable and on line! Just to name a few! And it’s still going on!

Supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. Do you believe President Trump should be held responsible for the events of Jan. 6?

Total setup! Other video show Ray Epps coercing people to go in! Just like FBI setting up Michigan people to kidnap Whitmer!!

How will you promote putting aside partisan politics to address complex issues in Congress?

Running for Senate!

What should the federal government be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy?

Go back to the gold standard and bring accountability to these people that don’t know how to budget!

Would you support ending the filibuster to make it easier to pass legislation? Would you support any carve outs to the filibuster for key issues such as abortion access?

No, it’s there for a reason!

Public trust in the Supreme Court is declining. What do you think should be done to improve trust in the court?

Supreme Court is great with the exception of the last appointment by Biden.

Do you think Congress should pass legislation to limit or protect abortion access?

Government needs to let the states rule on that!

What specific actions, if any, should the U.S. government take to curb gun violence?

Pay for security at schools and teach teachers to protect their children in class by training them in gun use and safety!

How do you think new resource development projects in Alaska should be balanced with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation?

My suggestion will be fantastic. Elect me and find out!

Do you believe the federal government is well positioned to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics that may emerge?

Covid was the lie and the shot is the Bioweapon! Prove me wrong and I’ll retract that! I believe Fauci will be eventually shown to be worse than Dr Mengale!

The federal infrastructure bill, which was voted for by all members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, stands to bring millions in federal funding to projects in Alaska. How would you ensure Alaska maximizes the benefits of this bill?

Seek out the best contractors and add my plan to the mix. Waiting to be Senator before I tell. Don’t need copycat’s!

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports according to the gender with which they identify?

As a 13 time all-American I will not support degradation of women!

What should be done, if anything, to change federal immigration policies?

Build the wall, stop drug and sex trafficking and allow people in thru legal means.

What is the country’s biggest national security threat?

Southern boarder, and now northern border with the current dictator in Canada!

Where do you want Alaska and the U.S. to be five years from now in regard to emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change?

Have great policies and wait for the rest of the world to catch up to where we are.

What other important issue would you like to discuss?

Stop all government lobbyists from setting another foot in Washington DC! Ending all graft and corruption and illegal trading when you pass bills that feed that fire!

CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. Senate — Pat Nolin

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 19:05

The Daily News asked candidates for statewide office in the Aug. 16 Alaska primary and special U.S. House elections to answer a series of issue and biographical questions to help voters understand their positions. Some questions were suggested by readers. Read all the responses here.

Pat L. Nolin • Party: Republican • Occupation: Heavy equipment mechanic • Age: 61 • Residence: Fairbanks

Relevant experience or prior offices held

For the last 37 years as a shop and field mechanic in the interior of Alaska at shops, construction sights, villages, mines, and Prudhoe bay I been analyzing problems and making solutions .

Why are you running for office?

To try help our great state and nation recover from the disastrous Biden policies that Lisa Murkowski voted for almost 80 percent of time ,this is a shame!

Name two big problems or challenges currently facing Alaska and how you plan to address them if elected.

Energy, gas, natural resource development; national security (state and national problems). Get rid of so many federal far left anti development laws, push for stronger state rights over land and resources, get gas flowing to full speed, secure our borders.

Do you believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election? If you believe there was fraud, where and how do you think it took place?

The real problem is the courts refused to look at evidence. This absolutely must be investigated to expose truth and hold accountable anyone involved and also to restore honest elections.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. Do you believe President Trump should be held responsible for the events of Jan. 6?

President Trump told them to peacefully demonstrate, so he has done nothing wrong. If someone is violent then whoever that person is needs to be held accountable for there actions, by the way the democrats need to launch a investigation for the last year and a half as left wing radicals like blm destroyed billions in property burnt cities robbed,injured, and killed people as well as cops , and continue to do so, these people need to be held accountable. All this democrats madness is not even a fraction of the capital 1 time event.

How will you promote putting aside partisan politics to address complex issues in Congress?

Like I done for last 37 years in my work: #1 collect all facts , #2 be honest with facts, you cannot lie to yourself or others #3 facts point to truth, truth gives you salutation, we all have to sit down together and be totally honest , with God’s help we can make so much better.

What should the federal government be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy?

Immediately turn our gas back on full speed, and build boarder wall yesterday, such easy solution!

Would you support ending the filibuster to make it easier to pass legislation? Would you support any carve outs to the filibuster for key issues such as abortion access?

No , both parties want to keep it and both parties want to get rid of it depending on if it’s to there advantage. No carve outs or everything would eventually be a carve out.

Public trust in the Supreme Court is declining. What do you think should be done to improve trust in the court?

Have a simple coherent test to give to candidates like real basic questions, such as define a woman, etc if the candidates can’t answer basic questions they have no business being on highest court of law, instead they should be appointed to see a counselor or medical help.

Do you think Congress should pass legislation to limit or protect abortion access?

No , this belongs to the states to have the states elected officials by the people to decide

What specific actions, if any, should the U.S. government take to curb gun violence?

Punish the criminals automatically life for life, and let nearest of kin vote on type of execution for criminal

How do you think new resource development projects in Alaska should be balanced with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation?

We need to major on harvesting the cleanest fossil fuel (natural gas) to supply our nation’s energy needs, and even sell excess to other countries, as they do development on other green energy it will naturally overtake fossil fuel but its years away, so don’t destroy our economy trying to force it

Do you believe the federal government is well positioned to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics that may emerge?

No, they need to be totally honest about the severity and the treatments. We do have excellent treatments but government needs to be honest

The federal infrastructure bill, which was voted for by all members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, stands to bring millions in federal funding to projects in Alaska. How would you ensure Alaska maximizes the benefits of this bill?

First of all that federal bill is disasters like everything biden has done, but now that it’s already in motion we need to have a coherent committee to decide where the greatest needs are that would qualify for it.

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports according to the gender with which they identify?

No , you have to look at facts(very basic biology and science) and again be honest with facts ,self and others, these answers are so easy but you must be honest , and see truth

What should be done, if anything, to change federal immigration policies?

Immediately build wall and you only get in one way (LEGAL)

What is the country’s biggest national security threat?

Biden economic disaster of turning down our fuel production and opend boarder.

Where do you want Alaska and the U.S. to be five years from now in regard to emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change?

Alaska pump lot more natural gas, US to convert more to natural gas while developing out renewable energy

What other important issue would you like to discuss?

I been born and raised in Northern climate, my grandma was north American Indian, I lived and worked for 37 years from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay, villages and mines between, and still am working today. I have calluses on my hands ,I live among the working class the Washington politicians are too detached from reality, they find it to hard to be honest with facts and therefore miss the truth and the solution. But there is hope ! If we can humble ourselves and turn from our wicked way (be totally honest) and pray to God of heaven He will heal our land.! Our best days will come!

CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. Senate — Lisa Murkowski

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 19:04

The Daily News asked candidates for statewide office in the Aug. 16 Alaska primary and special U.S. House elections to answer a series of issue and biographical questions to help voters understand their positions. Some questions were suggested by readers. Read all the responses here.

Lisa Murkowski • Party: Republican • Occupation: U.S. senator • Age: 65 • Residence: Girdwood • lisamurkowski.com


U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen) (Mark Thiesssen/)

Relevant experience or prior offices held

Alaska House of Representatives, 1999-2002

Why are you running for office?

I care deeply about Alaska, the land and its people. This is my home, where I was born and raised, and where my husband and I have chosen to raise our sons. I want to continue serving the state I love and to build an even better, more prosperous future for all who call Alaska home. I’m proud of my record of accomplishment for Alaskans, and my seniority in Congress is increasingly key to our ability to enact policies that benefit our state. Looking ahead, I want to boost responsible resource development to create jobs, to build roads and infrastructure that connect Alaskans and improve our quality of life, to sustain our world-class fisheries, to enhance our food security, to help ensure veterans receive the benefits they deserve, to honor our elders, to protect our children, and to safeguard our communities.

Name two big problems or challenges currently facing Alaska and how you plan to address them if elected.

We face many challenges as a state – access to our lands and waters, limited infrastructure, food insecurity, public safety, workforce, housing, climate, and high cost of living. But for every challenge, we have opportunity because we have resilient people and resources. I have spent my legislative career educating others about the uniqueness of Alaska and working to build partnerships to deliver results for our state. I’m now better positioned than ever to help ensure Alaska has a seat at the table when decisions are made. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the Health and Education Committee, the vice chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs and the most senior Republican on the Energy Committee, I am able to work with both the executive and legislative branches across party lines to maximize Alaska’s interests.

Do you believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election? If you believe there was fraud, where and how do you think it took place?

Yes.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. Do you believe President Trump should be held responsible for the events of Jan. 6?

Yes.

How will you promote putting aside partisan politics to address complex issues in Congress?

You cannot achieve common-sense solutions unless partisan politics is set aside. This is how I work to legislate and is the principle that has guided the bills I have drafted and ushered into law—including, most recently, the Energy Act of 2020; the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure package; a waiver of the Passenger Vessel Services Act to allow cruise ships to resume travel in 2021 after a near shutdown of the tourism sector; and the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act earlier this year. I have worked to forge relationships built on respect with members on both sides of the aisle, which allows us to negotiate in good faith and create good policy that will endure for years to come.

What should the federal government be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy?

We should not increase taxes and raise spending, as some in Congress are proposing. We need to focus on supply chains and increasing the domestic supply of a wide range of resources—from energy to minerals, which form the basis for almost every product in modern society. Alaska is uniquely positioned to help, but we need government to partner with us, not push us out of the way. We can produce more oil to ease pain at the pump. We can build a gasline, to add more than 3 BCF of natural gas to world markets each day. We can produce graphite, cobalt, and additional minerals to restrain commodity prices and avoid shortfalls. We can do all this without compromising environmental standards and continuing to reduce emissions. We need to be careful to only increase federal spending where truly needed, such as investment in legacy infrastructure. We also need to review the Federal Reserve’s policies to understand their impacts and ensure they do not contribute further to the problem.

Would you support ending the filibuster to make it easier to pass legislation? Would you support any carve outs to the filibuster for key issues such as abortion access?

No. Ending the legislative filibuster would only deepen the partisan divide. The answer is not to eliminate the procedural safeguards that protect the minority but to work together to find unity and common ground between the parties so that both sides benefit. In my experience, filibusters are deeply frustrating, but can help to improve legislation by forcing members to work together, resulting in policies that endure.

Public trust in the Supreme Court is declining. What do you think should be done to improve trust in the court?

I believe this responsibility falls to the Supreme Court, and not to Congress. Those who serve in Congress must be wary of, and reject, proposals that would further politicize the Court and add to the decline in the public’s trust in it.

Do you think Congress should pass legislation to limit or protect abortion access?

I recognize abortion is an issue where many hold deep and conflicting views. I support a woman’s right to make her own reproductive health decisions within reasonable limitations, in line with what a strong majority of Alaskans believe. Following the Dobbs decision, I believe Congress needs to act to restore a woman’s freedom to make her own reproductive health care decisions without undue government interference and have worked with a bipartisan group of senators to introduce such legislation. Our bill protects a woman’s right to choose, as established by Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and ensures access to contraception, as established by Griswold v. Connecticut while also protecting religious freedoms and provider conscience protections. I oppose late-term abortions and taxpayer-funded abortions. I also believe that providers who do not wish to be involved in abortion should not be forced to perform them.

What specific actions, if any, should the U.S. government take to curb gun violence?

I recently voted for the Safer Communities Act, which provides historic investments for mental health and school safety. As a gun owner and strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I worked to ensure this new law would help address mass shootings while fully protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners. The law allows us to better target illegal gun traffickers and enhances the review process for firearm purchases made by those under 21. We do not create national red flag laws, but we do allow states like Alaska to access funds to support programs like mental health and drug courts. This law provides an unprecedented sum--$3 billion—for mental health care and school safety resources to facilitate telehealth programs; crisis and trauma intervention; suicide prevention; and to access funds for school resources officers.

How do you think new resource development projects in Alaska should be balanced with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation?

As long as the world needs oil, gas, coal, timber, and other resources, Alaska should be able to responsibly produce them. We were promised that right at statehood; it remains key to our economic future; and we have a proven record and labor, safety, and environmental standards higher than anywhere else in the world. Climate change is real, and we must work every day to reduce emissions. Alaska should lead the country in all forms of energy including renewables and microgrids. Innovation and efficiency are critical, which is why I led the first modernization of our nation’s energy policies in over a decade, the Energy Act, into law in 2020. That measure, along with the bipartisan infrastructure bill, will help us develop emerging technologies like energy storage; advanced nuclear; carbon capture, utilization, and storage; carbon removal; renewable energy; critical minerals and materials; and grid modernization.

Do you believe the federal government is well positioned to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics that may emerge?

We have a lot to do to improve our response capacity and capture the lessons we continue to learn from COVID-19. Overall, however, we are in a better position now than prior to the pandemic. We created Operation Warp Speed, which led to the development of safe and effective treatments and vaccines at an unprecedented rate. We’ve also made huge progress expanding access to telehealth. Many of my colleagues who represent more urban states now finally understand how essential telehealth access is, including access to broadband. I worked to advance the PREVENT Pandemics Act, a bipartisan package to improve our national preparedness. I championed provisions in that bill to reflect lessons from Alaska, including requiring the federal government to regularly consult with noncontiguous states, improving the government’s communication with affected businesses, and establishing new programs to bolster our rural health and infectious disease workforce.

The federal infrastructure bill, which was voted for by all members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, stands to bring millions in federal funding to projects in Alaska. How would you ensure Alaska maximizes the benefits of this bill?

I authored and negotiated passage of the bill. I ensured Alaska was taken into account in provisions related to broadband, ports, harbors, roads, rails, bridges, and water. I ensured federal highway funds can support operations and repair for our Alaska Marine Highway System. We appropriated unprecedented funding to deliver water and sewer services to unserved communities. I ensured access to broadband will be more affordable and accessible statewide. The Coast Guard in Alaska benefits considerably from shoreside infrastructure upgrades. I have been holding informational meetings throughout the state so municipal and tribal governments learn of funding opportunities. In April, I brought agency officials to a grant symposium in Anchorage to share information with Alaskans and will hold another one. We must build the workforce so all Alaskans benefit from the jobs that will be created. In just eight months, the infrastructure law has brought over $2 billion of investment into the state.

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports according to the gender with which they identify?

There should be no discrimination toward anyone at any time. That being said, I understand the complexity and sensitive nature of this issue, and that we don’t want to create fundamental inequalities in women’s sports.

What should be done, if anything, to change federal immigration policies?

The Biden administration has a failed policy on immigration with mixed messaging and questionable decisions which have contributed to the unprecedented numbers of immigrants pouring across America’s southern border. Those who wish to come to our country legally and follow our laws are welcome, but our laws must be respected and border security be made a top priority. I also recognize that when there are not enough Americans to fill open jobs, we need a functional immigration system that can help ensure our economy and industries do not suffer from worker shortages. I believe that migrants must be treated humanely, and that we must help address the root causes of their migration. For those who were brought to the United States as children, I support a path toward citizenship through military service or pursuit of higher education.

What is the country’s biggest national security threat?

Terrorism remains a leading threat, but I am also concerned by the rise of autocrats in countries such as Russia, China, and Iran, who do not support American values and do not believe in democracy. As we are seeing in Ukraine, these autocrats can and will ignite wars and other forms of conflict that have deeply harmful local, regional, and global impacts.

Where do you want Alaska and the U.S. to be five years from now in regard to emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change?

I expect that we will continue to lead the world in responsible emission reductions, and will have grown substantially as a world leader on innovative technologies that ensure we have affordable, reliable, clean and domestic energy, built from domestic components, that are better for the environment. There are many promising technologies that can help us reach that goal, from energy storage and hydrogen to carbon capture and carbon removal, and advanced renewables. I’m proud to have led the most significant legislation to invest in them in the last 15 years, and that will help Alaska remain a test bed, proving ground, and deployment leader in the years ahead. I’m also hopeful that we will have taken more steps to facilitate adaptation. We need to do more in this area, starting with the development of a realistic federal strategy that will work for Alaska. Alaskans must be included whenever climate policies are being formulated, and adaptation is no exception.

What other important issue would you like to discuss?

I believe there is a lot at stake for Alaska in this election. In this time of worsening partisan and geopolitical conflict, many leaders don’t seem willing to recognize or address the forces that are trying to tear us apart. They buy into it, and add to it, further polarizing us. We need to elect individuals who are committed to solving problems by working across party lines to bring people together, to bring about unity rather than create division, and to actually solve problems rather than send messages. My commitment is to do just that, working for all Alaskans. And I believe that, along with my seniority and track record of real results for Alaska, make me the best candidate in this race. I would be honored to earn your vote so that I can continue to serve you and the state we love.

CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. Senate — Samuel A. “Al” Merrill

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 19:03

The Daily News asked candidates for statewide office in the Aug. 16 Alaska primary and special U.S. House elections to answer a series of issue and biographical questions to help voters understand their positions. Some questions were suggested by readers. Read all the responses here.

Samuel A. “Al” Merrill • Party: Republican • Occupation: Commercial pilot • Age: 64 • Residence: Anchorage • merrillforak.com

Relevant experience or prior offices held

Airline Captain, small business owner (largest flight school in Alaska)

Why are you running for office?

The three most important words in the constitution are “We the People”. The people no longer run the government, the career politicians and the Washington DC insiders do. I am running for office of US Senate because we need to have representatives in Washington DC who understand and know how the laws that are made affect the working people and business owners. I believe I can fulfill this role for Alaska.

Name two big problems or challenges currently facing Alaska and how you plan to address them if elected.

Just like the rest of the nation, inflation and education are two very big challenges facing Alaska. Inflation is caused by supply and demand. The Covid lockdowns made the supply issues worse. The demand issue was made worse by the money given out by the government and the war on fossil fuels. We need to go back to energy independence by re- opening up the oil fields in Alaska. We need to drill for the natural gas and construct a pipeline to get the natural gas where it can be shipped. We need to mine our natural resources and we can do it more environmentally safe than any other country in the world. Our students need an educaiton with the basics of math, reading/writing, science, and history and not with critical race theory and woke cancel culture. We need to get more students to go to trade schools and college here in Alaska and remain in the state.

Do you believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election? If you believe there was fraud, where and how do you think it took place?

Yes, I believe Joe Biden won the election, but less legitimately than most elections. I do think there was fraud with ballots and machines. Changing the timeframe and mailing unrequested ballots out in bulk was not a legal or smart thing to do by the governors and election officials during the Covid lockdown.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. Do you believe President Trump should be held responsible for the events of Jan. 6?

No. I think that there were a lot of people responsible for the attack.

How will you promote putting aside partisan politics to address complex issues in Congress?

I am willing to put my personal feelings aside and sit down to discuss any matter with anybody. I do this on a daily basis dealing with employees and customers in my own company.

What should the federal government be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy?

Increasing, not decreasing, our energy independence from resources within our own country and work seriously on returning manufacturing to the United States so we are not dependent on other countries for our supplies and products.

Would you support ending the filibuster to make it easier to pass legislation? Would you support any carve outs to the filibuster for key issues such as abortion access?

No. No. What will the Democrats do when the Republicans get control of the house and the senate and they need the filibuster. It is a tool that makes everybody slow down before another law is made.

Public trust in the Supreme Court is declining. What do you think should be done to improve trust in the court?

Nothing. I think the rhetoric being thrown around by the news media and others is instigating the mistrust in the Supreme Court.

Do you think Congress should pass legislation to limit or protect abortion access?

No I think it is a state issue.

What specific actions, if any, should the U.S. government take to curb gun violence?

Enforce the laws to the maximum we have already in place.

How do you think new resource development projects in Alaska should be balanced with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation?

I think it is extremely important to protect our environment because Alaska is one of the most beautiful states in our country. I think we are more concerned about the environment and can do a better job developing natural resource projects than any other country.

Do you believe the federal government is well positioned to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics that may emerge?

We now have several vaccines and boosters for those who choose to take them and natural immunity to help us combat the ever mutating Covid virus. Working through bipartisan issues surrounding mitigation will help us fight future pandemics.

The federal infrastructure bill, which was voted for by all members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, stands to bring millions in federal funding to projects in Alaska. How would you ensure Alaska maximizes the benefits of this bill?

Make sure the money is spent to maximize the roads and airports to get around the largest state in the union.

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports according to the gender with which they identify?

No, because a male competing as a female still has more testosterone than a female who would be ruled ineligible if she were drug tested and was positive for testosterone.

What should be done, if anything, to change federal immigration policies?

We should simplify some of the immigration policies.

What is the country’s biggest national security threat?

The border. We are allowing drugs, criminals, and terrorists into our country that threaten our safety.

Where do you want Alaska and the U.S. to be five years from now in regard to emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change?

I believe in climate change, just look at the dinosaurs. We do need to reduce emissions, but all of our current energy and transportation sources have their issues. We need to start working together to find a better solution.

What other important issue would you like to discuss?

Instead of each political party blaming the other we need to go back to old fashion values, morals, and common sense. The Bible and the constitution are a good start. Both give us the right to do basically what we want, but there are consequences for our actions. Additionally, our rights do not give us the freedom to infringe upon other people’s rights.

CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. Senate — Huhnkie Lee

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 19:00

The Daily News asked candidates for statewide office in the Aug. 16 Alaska primary and special U.S. House elections to answer a series of issue and biographical questions to help voters understand their positions. Some questions were suggested by readers. Read all the responses here.

Huhnkie Lee • Party: Undeclared • Occupation: Lawyer • Age: 44 • Residence: Wasilla • huhnkielee.blogspot.com/

Relevant experience or prior offices held

None

Why are you running for office?

To save the world

Name two big problems or challenges currently facing Alaska and how you plan to address them if elected.

Eliminate crimes and homelessness

Do you believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election? If you believe there was fraud, where and how do you think it took place?

Biden won the election legally, unfortunately

Supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. Do you believe President Trump should be held responsible for the events of Jan. 6?

Yes

How will you promote putting aside partisan politics to address complex issues in Congress?

Unite the left and the right

What should the federal government be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy?

Produce Alaskan oil/gas

Would you support ending the filibuster to make it easier to pass legislation? Would you support any carve outs to the filibuster for key issues such as abortion access?

Filibuster is good

Public trust in the Supreme Court is declining. What do you think should be done to improve trust in the court?

No more elitist appointment

Do you think Congress should pass legislation to limit or protect abortion access?

Abortion is ok

What specific actions, if any, should the U.S. government take to curb gun violence?

Gun safety education

How do you think new resource development projects in Alaska should be balanced with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation?

Climate change is ok

Do you believe the federal government is well positioned to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics that may emerge?

Exercise and diet please

The federal infrastructure bill, which was voted for by all members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, stands to bring millions in federal funding to projects in Alaska. How would you ensure Alaska maximizes the benefits of this bill?

Alaska does not need federal money

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports according to the gender with which they identify?

Lgbt-ism is bad

What should be done, if anything, to change federal immigration policies?

We need southern border wall

What is the country’s biggest national security threat?

Crimes

Where do you want Alaska and the U.S. to be five years from now in regard to emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change?

Climate change is ok

What other important issue would you like to discuss?

Pebble mine is good

CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. Senate — Jeremy Keller

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 18:59

The Daily News asked candidates for statewide office in the Aug. 16 Alaska primary and special U.S. House elections to answer a series of issue and biographical questions to help voters understand their positions. Some questions were suggested by readers. Read all the responses here.

Jeremy Keller • Party: Nonpartisan • Occupation: Carpenter • Age: 50 • Residence: McCarthy • lightingupthedarkness.exposed

Relevant experience or prior offices held

President Mccarthy Area Council

Why are you running for office?

To hold the medical mafia and all their accomplices responsible for their crimes against us all, otherwise known generally as Covid 19 and The Jab.

Name two big problems or challenges currently facing Alaska and how you plan to address them if elected.

Our biggest problem is our willingness to accept bribes, otherwise know as federal money.

Do you believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election? If you believe there was fraud, where and how do you think it took place?

Joe Biden couldn’t legitimately win a game of checkers. The fraud was so thorough and ubiquitous, that the correct question is, ”where if anywhere did voter fraud not occur?”

Supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. Do you believe President Trump should be held responsible for the events of Jan. 6?

This questions’ description of January 6th as a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol is patently absurd. BLM, Antifa, and the general radical left are the sole purveyors of political violence in America today.

How will you promote putting aside partisan politics to address complex issues in Congress?

I won’t. I will only and always speak the truth, regardless of whom it irritates.

What should the federal government be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy?

The Federal government should collectively resign.

Would you support ending the filibuster to make it easier to pass legislation? Would you support any carve outs to the filibuster for key issues such as abortion access?

Minutia. This is much ado about nothing.

Public trust in the Supreme Court is declining. What do you think should be done to improve trust in the court?

Trust in any and all government institutions can only improve if the citizenry finds their testicles and begins to call things what they are.

Do you think Congress should pass legislation to limit or protect abortion access?

They have the power to do neither. This is an issue for the states.

What specific actions, if any, should the U.S. government take to curb gun violence?

Arm and train everyone.

How do you think new resource development projects in Alaska should be balanced with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation?

I think we should end immediately upper atmosphere chemical spraying, i.e. geoengineering.

Do you believe the federal government is well positioned to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics that may emerge?

The Federal Government created the Covid Fraud and are responsible for all the deaths and injuries resulting from The Jab, as well as the Global Economic Meltdown that is commencing.

The federal infrastructure bill, which was voted for by all members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, stands to bring millions in federal funding to projects in Alaska. How would you ensure Alaska maximizes the benefits of this bill?

I would send all the funds back to D.C. Alaska, by Alaskans, for Alaskans.

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports according to the gender with which they identify?

Transgender people in general should keep their personal business to themselves, and obviously biological men should only be able to compete against other biological men.

What should be done, if anything, to change federal immigration policies?

Stop immigration until we have that mess cleaned up.

What is the country’s biggest national security threat?

Communist Infiltration, resulting in the chronic inability to reason by the general populace.

Where do you want Alaska and the U.S. to be five years from now in regard to emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change?

I want Alaska to continue to be the worlds technological leader in clean fossil fuel extraction.

What other important issue would you like to discuss?

We suffer from a crisis of cowardice today. Too many people are just plain weak. That is why the state and country need a Bush rat like me!

CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. Senate — Shoshana Gungurstein

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 18:58

The Daily News asked candidates for statewide office in the Aug. 16 Alaska primary and special U.S. House elections to answer a series of issue and biographical questions to help voters understand their positions. Some questions were suggested by readers. Read all the responses here.

Shoshana Gungurstein • Party: Non-partisan • Occupation: Businessperson • Age: 38 • Residence: Juneau • www.gungurstein.com

Relevant experience or prior offices held

I’m a community organizer, entrepreneur, investor and business leader. Post JD/MBA, my work experiences in corporate private sector and startup settings of finance, renewables, film, and healthcare, inform a multilateral and dynamic approach to implement sensible solutions as Alaska’s Senator.

Why are you running for office?

To serve our great state and bring our people unity and prosperity. To increase multi-generational representation of all Alaskans in the US Senate. Our elders should pass the baton to an independent and non-partisan voice like myself, so that I can lead Alaska to a prosperous future.

Name two big problems or challenges currently facing Alaska and how you plan to address them if elected.

Two problems are high cost of living; and a lack of growth and opportunity. People are not getting what they need, when they need it. We shouldn’t be the state with one of the worst infrastructure in the union. The cost of living is simply too high and needs to be addressed. Why should people have to choose between feeding their kids or heating their homes? The financial battery of our State is very low. We must recharge it so that we can retain our current population and not lose more people to the Lower 48 due to lack of growth and opportunity.

I will be championing policies that allow for energy and food independence, responsible development, growth of industry, vocational job training, manufacturing, efficient infrastructure, preserving our great environment, and improving overall quality of life while protecting our liberty, privacy and freedom.

Do you believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election? If you believe there was fraud, where and how do you think it took place?

Yes. He won that election. Let’s move on.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. Do you believe President Trump should be held responsible for the events of Jan. 6?

I will trust our congressional investigative committee and judicial system to determine who should be held responsible.

How will you promote putting aside partisan politics to address complex issues in Congress?

I am leading a new wave of leaders who treat partisan politics as passé. We need to do this for sensible leadership to emerge. As an Independent non-partisan, which represents most Alaskans, I can steer the conversation away from political parties to focus on common ground by negotiating rather than being beholden to party leaders. It is vital to make partisan polarization a thing of the past. We all agree on sensible solutions more than we realize. My Alaskan, independent, congenial, and unflinching values will aid me in accomplishing a unified Congress. By highlighting our value add to the union, I can make DC Pro-Alaska.

What should the federal government be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy?

The cost of living is already too high, and with inflation causing prices to soar, we need leaders representing all generations who will curb inflation and take us into the future to build prosperity for all Alaskans. We need to address the cost of energy, housing, and food -- the biggest drivers of inflation.

The federal government should enact and expediently implement sound monetary policy that reduces both core and current high inflation levels, lower the high costs of living and fortify our weak economy. Reduce the price of energy and fuel by allowing us to develop our resources, particularly Alaskan oil & gas. We must focus on monetary tightening and demonstrate disciplined government spending to balance the budget. Energy and food are some of the biggest drivers of inflation, and we must produce more here in the US to reduce our dependency on foreign imports.

Would you support ending the filibuster to make it easier to pass legislation? Would you support any carve outs to the filibuster for key issues such as abortion access?

Proposing ending the filibuster is a myopic strategy. If both sides cannot agree on legislation, it’s a failure of partisan politics we must overcome.

Public trust in the Supreme Court is declining. What do you think should be done to improve trust in the court?

Trust will increase when the court decisions are non-partisan and reflective of the vox populi. Augment voter turnout to elect officials who will truly represent people’s voices.

Do you think Congress should pass legislation to limit or protect abortion access?

Yes, Congress should pass legislation to protect abortion access while increasing transparency and accountability of federally funded institutions providing abortions. I believe in liberty, privacy and freedom for all Alaskans and all Americans. This includes the rights of individuals to decide what they should do with their own body, for their own health. As a Senator, I, Shoshana Gungurstein, will promptly sponsor a bill to codify into law a woman’s right to privacy and access to contraception and abortion.

What specific actions, if any, should the U.S. government take to curb gun violence?

Encouraging responsible gun ownership including background checks and red flag laws can curb gun violence. Responsible ownership is a hallmark of most Alaskan gun owners and our way of life should be recognized as a paradigm for the Lower 48.

How do you think new resource development projects in Alaska should be balanced with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation?

Alaska can and must develop its vast resources in an environmentally feasible manner. Pre-feasibility assessments to measure community, climate, environmental and cultural impacts of every project are key. Our environmental stewardship approach to resource development projects should be emphasized and reflected in the rigorous environmental reviews we conduct, incorporating local community comments and involvement. By developing an energy and resource policy for the state and keeping it updated we can forge a balanced path of development and environmental protection. We Alaskans take pride in our biodiversity and natural resources, we continue to mitigate harmful CO2 emissions, and protect our biodiversity and fisheries while also making sure we can develop our natural resources responsibly. Congress should address climate change across the board with laws set for all states, but Alaska should not be singled out as the one state where the federal government limits development.

Do you believe the federal government is well positioned to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics that may emerge?

Sadly, we are not even close to being well-positioned. While we are better prepared than most other economically developing countries, the overall standards of handling public health demand significant improvement. This would start with timely, accurate, and stronger scientific consensus based, data driven, cohesive communication with the public.

The federal infrastructure bill, which was voted for by all members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, stands to bring millions in federal funding to projects in Alaska. How would you ensure Alaska maximizes the benefits of this bill?

Since funding is slated to be distributed by grants and federal agencies, we have to make sure that the terms are manageable, and the projects are the most crucial and beneficial for current and future growth. We must make sure there are no roadblocks in the disbursement of the critically needed infrastructure funds at no additional expense to the state. Focus should remain on bringing fiber optic lines to our rural communities, building crucial roads and bridges where communities need them, and improving our marine highways and ferries. Autonomy for development on Native lands must remain in the hands of Native communities. A crucial aspect of project overall cost is operating and maintaining new infrastructure. This operational budget must be factored in and not paid for by state funds that will invariably dip into the PFD.

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports according to the gender with which they identify?

This is a decision for individual sport councils and federations. In boxing, there are weight divisions to encourage fair competition among athletes. Applying the same principles of fair play and equitable competition, sport councils should be able to decide who, based on physical attributes, should be allowed to compete in a given cohort.

What should be done, if anything, to change federal immigration policies?

Our current policies have not curbed illegal immigration and it’s crucial we update them and pivot towards development of better federal immigration policies and programs. We should allow safe, legal immigration while limiting illegal immigration. In many instances, the employment demand is driving illegal immigration, with many of these people being good, hardworking folks trying to come here. We need workers and we should welcome those who want to come and be productive legally. Thoughtful immigration policy addressing the shortage of skilled labor will help reduce wage inflation overall.

What is the country’s biggest national security threat?

Inefficient leadership.

Where do you want Alaska and the U.S. to be five years from now in regard to emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change?

Climate change is not political, we feel it every day here in Alaska. I will strive to make Alaska the Silicon Valley of renewable energy and mitigate our emissions from energy production. We will be the example to the rest of the US as to how to develop and grow in an environmentally feasible manner. We will lead the US in using cleaner methods of resource development and improve our climate change mitigation strategy. I trust the US will lead the charge for the world in mitigating emissions and reducing the impact of climate change while strongly persuading China and India to do substantially better in their sovereign efforts to curb emissions that are affecting our climate and the health of our oceans. As the only candidate with a renewable energy sector background, I will work to achieve these goals in record time.

What other important issue would you like to discuss?

I believe in term limits for our elected federal officials; three terms for Senate and five terms for Congress. We must augment childcare provisions and benefits. Foster care should have more accountability and funds from the federal government. Politics needs to be kept out of education. There needs to be federal programs which reduce homelessness and supplement the state’s financial efforts to address mental health issues. We must address the needs of our honorable veteran population which is one of the highest in the country per capita. Wasteful spending by the federal and state governments must stop, as well as ending the practice of dipping into the PFD to balance the budget. Ultimately, I will work towards making Alaska recession proof, championing environmental stewardship, and negotiating a sensible balance of regulation and support from the federal government, so that we Alaskans have greater autonomy to address the socioeconomic crises affecting urban and rural communities.

CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. Senate — Dustin Darden

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 18:57

The Daily News asked candidates for statewide office in the Aug. 16 Alaska primary and special U.S. House elections to answer a series of issue and biographical questions to help voters understand their positions. Some questions were suggested by readers. Read all the responses here.

Dustin Darden • Alaskan Independence Party • Occupation: Journeyman carpenter • Age: 38 • Anchorage: • facebook.com/dustin.darden.5


Dustin Darden

Relevant experience or prior offices held

Board of director member of 1776 Alaska. Author of “discontinuation of water fluoridation” approved petition initiative 2016-2.

Why are you running for office?

I have a vision for Alaska to set the much-needed standard of liberty and justice for this Nation, as U.S. senator I will capitalize on every opportunity to expedite the process. I plan to sound the alarm and mobilize the militia of truth, prosecute the predators, and establish awareness to the people regarding various unaddressed afflictions that have been brought to light due to the lack of accountability and proper leadership of appointed, or otherwise “elected” officials. These predaceous decisions have negatively affected the population of the last frontier and the families & communities of this great state. I stand on the truth and principles laid out in the constitution and holy scriptures, I do not wish to participate in games or put on a show, my goal is to bring light to the unwarranted darkness and make an impact that Alaska desperately needs by addressing the watered-down truths that are attacking, we the people, our indivisible constitutional rights.

Name two big problems or challenges currently facing Alaska and how you plan to address them if elected.

The freedoms granted to we the people by the First Amendment including the Freedom of Religion, of Press, of Assembly and of course freedom of SPEECH, are ALL under attack. words to the wise, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” ― Ronald Reagan.

I also believe that we the people have the right to be told the TRUTH regarding public health and safety risk factors that are now neglected, as well as consecutively conducted without proper disclosure and/or without alternative options regarding unlawful procedures in state facilities due to Covid bioweapons, pollution, weather modification, 5G radiation, the list goes on with not enough room to spare with only 1000 characters.

Do you believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election? If you believe there was fraud, where and how do you think it took place?

I believe that what’s done in the dark will always come to light, I almost wish I didn’t watch 2000 mules because it really makes you think, and disturbingly enough this is the reality of our country. I am not omnipresent, but I know someone who is, and now indictable discoveries are available to the public grand jury’s to write a true bill of election fraud and many other capital offenses that I will push for in U.S. senate. For this to even be a question gives me even more motivation to expedite justice, without TRUTH, HOW can we the people TRUST. I know that without solid foundations and upright leadership in place with genuine intentions, nations fail their people.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. Do you believe President Trump should be held responsible for the events of Jan. 6?

I believe that the FBI is a corrupt organization that has jailed innocent Americans and is wasting our resources on this subject. The National Guard that was staged in Washington D.C. prior to January 6th Is now mobilizing across the country and the “threats” are Bible reading “Christian Conservatives”. The stage is being set by our own government against we the people for an inside false flag attack. Remember this when you are told to go left or go right, DONT TAKE THE BAIT! We have issues in our beautiful state of Alaska and America that need immediate attention, limiting factors are devastating our country. I would say that directing our attention to more tangible arguments would be beneficial, how about we speak on education? What have our appointed officials done about the protecting our children? How about Inflation? Or what about tradition? What’s wrong with living right? Where are we going as a country with the mindset of the narrative being portrayed?

How will you promote putting aside partisan politics to address complex issues in Congress?

I plan to put aside partisan politics by standing in TRUTH. I am sore to my soul to see the division, and the narrative that supports red against blue, white against black, unpopular opinions consecutively shunned due tyrannical, greedy humans in power. I can’t stand to think of where Alaska will be in years to come, held in FEMA death camps and told to take a mark to buy or sell if this continues. It all comes down to TRUTH, and equity. The diversions won’t stand forever but truth will.

Mark 3:24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

What should the federal government be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy?

Disassociate with private corporations like the federal reserve, the world economic forum and The World Health Organization, Put our trust In God and Engage in dialog with the people, back our money with something you can hold in your hand like gold or silver. Cut socialistic entitlement programs, build walls, kick out illegal immigrants flush the compromised judges from sea to shining sea. Stop giving billion-dollar hand handouts to wars and demolition of countries. America is being viciously swept into slavery by design, I will expose the infiltration of those committing sedition against our Great Country.

Deuteronomy 8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.

Would you support ending the filibuster to make it easier to pass legislation? Would you support any carve outs to the filibuster for key issues such as abortion access?

The first Amendment will stand, I believe life and personhood starts at conception, precious and worthy to defend. It clearly states in Jeremiah and Psalms as followed;

Jeremiah 1:5 | Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

Psalms 139:13-17 | For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

I believe that all life deserves a chance. Imagine, if you weren’t given the opportunity to choose life or death. We all are here for a reason, and for yet season.

Public trust in the Supreme Court is declining. What do you think should be done to improve trust in the court?

I will appoint Judges with understanding of our United States Constitution, bill of rights and those who can discern good from evil. TRUTH is always the answer. I think the question should be, what can we the people do to NOT conform to corrupt politics and look at the bigger picture? It’s time to think outside the box, what is being fed is not healthy. It’s quite simple, go by the books. The books state liberty and justice for ALL. Greed and half-truths are unacceptable manipulation. All things have a purpose, I think another big problem is that things are being tampered with and adjusted to please a small percentage of global elite. It’s time to go back to tradition, nothing is new under the sun. And things done in the dark will come undone. Corruption and fear seem to be force fed, when will we the people take a stand for truth?

Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand

Do you think Congress should pass legislation to limit or protect abortion access?

If you allow murder of innocent defenseless humans, you have blood on your hands. I understand that many have made the mistake of ending the life of a baby inside of them, but the good news is that God is in the forgiveness, restoration and healing buisness, it’s as simple as repenting and believing what Jesus Christ did on that Cross was for the sins of the world so that ALL that call on His name shall be saved set free of guilt and shame, and become a new creation no longer bound and can walk in peace forevermore. To address babies that are conceived in rape it’s important to punish the perpetrator not the victims of life. The narrative that whoever disagrees with abortion is against woman’s rights is false, its a deeper issue, Personally, I would lay down my life for any child, and I also support and stand up for woman’s rights. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting Life.

What specific actions, if any, should the U.S. government take to curb gun violence?

Our society increasingly has been drifting away from our common heritage and value structure. It used to be that school children could bring a 22 rifle to school for target practice or bag a rabbit on the walk home.

Nowadays children are targets of social control threw computer games, social media, music and tv programs that promote violence, destruction of family values and against God. Our justice Department has organized Fast and Furious a gun running operation with bank financed criminal drug gangs in Mexico.

Our political focus should ultimately boil down to wholesome family values with a moral compass and transparent constitutional policy.

Good role models of responsible gun ownership are Elisjsha Dicken that shot the active shooter at Greenwood shopping mall and saved countless lives.

Kyle Rittenhouse, a EMT trained peace keeper, protecting property, saving lives hero and epitomizes the true American spirit.

Remember what our second amendment is is truly for.

How do you think new resource development projects in Alaska should be balanced with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation?

I believe we need to get the state and the feds out of the way, encourage families to thrive and multiply procuring fuel, food, water, and materials from the land.

We have a great growing season in Alaska, great for fields of hemp and plants in general. Hemp is a great friend of ours by taking our C02 in exchange for oxygen giving us fresh breathable air hemps green leaves are a nutrient rich fiber source as well as the seeds that are filled with omega fats the flowers make CBD that have an Infinite amount of Heath benefits the sugar rich plant also produces a high-quality alcohol that can be used as fuel and then the left-over fibers can be made into homes. We will be seeing grass yards integrate waving fields of hemp. |Genesis 1:29| And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

Do you believe the federal government is well positioned to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics that may emerge?

No, It was a planned attack that ushered in operation warp speed bioweapon shots.

The elites want to reduce the population 90% by 2030, that same evil thought it could kill God about 2000 years ago but that didn’t work. I urge people to not get the jabs being pushed, they are horrible for the immune system and are part of a trans-human experiment. Eat healthy food vitamins and clean unfluoridated water. The same people that war gamed the first plandemic including the shutdown and implementation of mass confusion to lead people to get bio-weapon injections, are now ramping up for round two telling people to get ready for another shutdown another round of death shots and have war gamed for a “global cyber-attack” shutting down banks, transportation, hospitals and would make the COVID 19 event seem like a small inconvenience.

Psalm 10:8 He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.

The federal infrastructure bill, which was voted for by all members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, stands to bring millions in federal funding to projects in Alaska. How would you ensure Alaska maximizes the benefits of this bill?

I’d take a large black pen and blot out all compromising stipulations so state and local government officials with a moral compass could sign off, no jab money, no pedophile story time money and no CRT money. We also need to stop charging people with Class C Felonies that refuse to give a DNA test at traffic stops and do not allow the accusations of someone being mentally unwell give deputized authority to U.N. Health care workers in detention.

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports according to the gender with which they identify?

The distinction of male and female is an important attribute made by God himself, to fight this fundamental concept is fighting against our creator, you can throw out a million lies but it does not mean it’s correct or founded. The attempt to confuse gender is a stress test to see how much the population will accept also controls population. Men pedophiles dressed as females are reading children books encouraging them to have organs removed and to take hormone blockers.

Lu17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

Gen 1:27

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

What should be done, if anything, to change federal immigration policies?

Securing our borders and halting illegal immigrants from entering our county is a huge deal, as senator I will use our military in its most important position for our countries boarders pulling troops out of propagated neocon driven wars and protect the American people. What we are currently experiencing is a deal of dissolving our boarders to the point of flying, driving, and shipping in millions and millions of the worst criminals in the world to cities around the country and they come with deadly drugs human trafficking and gangs this is all part of the destabilization of our once free land. We have been sold out at high level. Part of this plan Is to make people feel unsafe in a bad batch mad max bio dome like situation so when the “secure air conditioned”, FEMA camps open and you will go running for safety and food. Therefore, we must Unite right now and vote like life depends on it and get ready remember, we have more in common then we don’t so stay calm God has a plan.

What is the country’s biggest national security threat?

Corrupt public officials that Hide behind corrupted law departments but fortunately here in the state of Alaska we also have the biggest solution which is the Alaska State grand jury clause found in article 1 section 8 of the Alaska state Constitution this gives grand jury’s in our great state the ability to investigate known crimes in the community and conduct private investigations at their own discretion this means you don’t have to go through the prosecutor or the Attorney General this constitutional right is the go around of government corruption As United States senator I will promote the process of public prosecution of known public officials that have been corrupted by snuffing out the attempts of the people to hold accountable officials for their crimes.

Where do you want Alaska and the U.S. to be five years from now in regard to emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change?

I will begin by halting the intentional dumping of toxic garbage on our people for starters and stop National water poisoning in the form of fluoridation of our community’s water sources, and whatever else is in that bag loosely regulated by compromised regulation networks that I plan to address as well. My goal is to clean house and take names later. I have a vision to bring to light the unlawfulness that has corrupted this state and country due to plandemic. I will take ALL party’s involved to the stand to be questioned regarding these acts and policies passed stripping our rights. All the bioweapon jab co-conspirators are going to prison they will be out of general population and get organic food and have time to repent from sin so they have a chance to escape the eternal hell fire of eternity.

What other important issue would you like to discuss?

I believe that the attacks on our constitutional rights need to be emphasized as a top priority, they are under unprecedented assault. Our government brazenly ignores our constitution. Even our judges won’t protect us. We need leaders who understand the magnitude of this moment and will rise to the enormous challenge, the time is now.

I, Dustin Darden do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, I will not be extorted, bankrolled, or intimidated because I stand on TRUTH, I will serve fearlessly, so help me God.

I would be honored to represent Alaskans vote, vision, and voice in Washington D.C.

CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. Senate — David Darden

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 18:55

The Daily News asked candidates for statewide office in the Aug. 16 Alaska primary and special U.S. House elections to answer a series of issue and biographical questions to help voters understand their positions. Some questions were suggested by readers. Read all the responses here.

David Darden • Party: Undeclared • Occupation: Pre-revenue startup founder • Age: 40 • Residence: Soldotna • davedarden.com

Relevant experience or prior offices held

Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Seven years of experience representing several of the top Food and Beverage manufacturers in the world, covering the entire state of Alaska. Multiple political campaigns.

Why are you running for office?

To improve the lives of all Alaskans, to pay back Alaskans their full statutory Permanent Fund Dividends via AlasKoin, to enable more direct democracy and representation in Congress via AlaskaDAO and to stand up for the Constitutional rights of all Alaskans.

Name two big problems or challenges currently facing Alaska and how you plan to address them if elected.

One big problem facing Alaska is the issue that has defined Alaskan politics since 2016, the reduction in the PFD below the statutory formula. My plan to pay back the full statutory PFD to Alaskans is to implement a cryptocurrency/token, called AlasKoin, to be distributed to all Alaskans who received less than statutory PFDs between 2016-2022. All Alaskans will get crypto wallets. AlasKoin will be encouraged to be widely accepted around the state as a medium of exchange. Alaska could become a leader in Web3 development. Starlink and other technologies will enable high-speed internet access and high paying remote tech jobs in the Bush and around the state.

Another big problem facing Alaska is politicians promising one thing to get elected, then doing another based on special interest campaign donations. I will create AlaskaDAO, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization composed of eligible Alaskan voters. I will present any legislation to AlaskaDAO and vote accordingly.

Do you believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election? If you believe there was fraud, where and how do you think it took place?

I will request input on the 2020 election from Alaskans via AlaskaDAO, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization composed of eligible Alaskan voters.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. Do you believe President Trump should be held responsible for the events of Jan. 6?

I will request input on President Trump’s responsibility for January 6th from Alaskans via AlaskaDAO, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization composed of eligible Alaskan voters.

How will you promote putting aside partisan politics to address complex issues in Congress?

I registered as Undeclared when I turned 18 and don’t plan on changing that. I will request input on complex issues in Congress from Alaskans via AlaskaDAO, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization composed of eligible Alaskan voters. I will vote according to the will of the people.

What should the federal government be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy?

I will request input on what the federal government should be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy from Alaskans via AlaskaDAO, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization composed of eligible Alaskan voters. I will present any legislation on the matter to AlaskaDAO and vote according to the will of the people.

Would you support ending the filibuster to make it easier to pass legislation? Would you support any carve outs to the filibuster for key issues such as abortion access?

I will request input on ending the filibuster and potential carve outs from Alaskans via AlaskaDAO, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization composed of eligible Alaskan voters. I will present any legislation on the matter to AlaskaDAO and vote according to the will of the people.

Public trust in the Supreme Court is declining. What do you think should be done to improve trust in the court?

I will request input on what to do to improve trust in the Supreme Court from Alaskans via AlaskaDAO, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization composed of eligible Alaskan voters. I will present any legislation on the matter to AlaskaDAO and vote according to the will of the people.

Do you think Congress should pass legislation to limit or protect abortion access?

I will request input on any legislation to limit or protect abortion access from Alaskans via AlaskaDAO, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization composed of eligible Alaskan voters, and vote according to the will of the people.

What specific actions, if any, should the U.S. government take to curb gun violence?

I will request input on what the U.S. government should do to curb gun violence from Alaskans via AlaskaDAO, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization composed of eligible Alaskan voters. I will present any legislation on the matter to AlaskaDAO and vote according to the will of the people.

How do you think new resource development projects in Alaska should be balanced with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation?

Congress should allow the maximum possible amount of environmentally responsible oil and gas development in Alaska to enable the best possible economic outcome for Alaskans and the faithful implementation of the State Constitution. Funds should be provided by the federal government to assist with all areas of Alaska impacted by climate change. Mining projects must be implemented in such a way as to not threaten fisheries.

I will request input on balancing new resource development projects in Alaska with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation from Alaskans via AlaskaDAO, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization composed of eligible Alaskan voters. I will present any legislation on the matter to AlaskaDAO and vote according to the will of the people.

Do you believe the federal government is well positioned to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics that may emerge?

I will request input on how the federal government is positioned to address pandemics from Alaskans via AlaskaDAO, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization composed of eligible Alaskan voters. I will present any legislation on the matter to AlaskaDAO and vote according to the will of the people.

The federal infrastructure bill, which was voted for by all members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, stands to bring millions in federal funding to projects in Alaska. How would you ensure Alaska maximizes the benefits of this bill?

I would request input from Senators Murkowski and Sullivan on how to get the communities around the state best prepared to maximize federal funding coming to Alaska under the infrastructure bill. I will also request input on the projects most important to Alaskans from Alaskans via AlaskaDAO, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization composed of eligible Alaskan voters.

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports according to the gender with which they identify?

I will request input on transgender athletes competing in sports according to their gender identity from Alaskans via AlaskaDAO, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization composed of eligible Alaskan voters. I will present any legislation on the matter to AlaskaDAO and vote according to the will of the people.

What should be done, if anything, to change federal immigration policies?

I will request input on changes to federal immigration policies from Alaskans via AlaskaDAO, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization composed of eligible Alaskan voters. I will present any legislation on the matter to AlaskaDAO and vote according to the will of the people.

What is the country’s biggest national security threat?

The Chinese Communist Party, utilizing the means laid out in the book ‘Unrestricted Warfare: Two Air Force Senior Colonels on Scenarios for War and the Operational Art in an Era of Globalization’ in 1999.

I will request input on addressing national security threats from Alaskans via AlaskaDAO, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization composed of eligible Alaskan voters. I will present any legislation on the matter to AlaskaDAO and vote according to the will of the people.

Where do you want Alaska and the U.S. to be five years from now in regard to emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change?

I will request input on emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change from Alaskans via AlaskaDAO, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization composed of eligible Alaskan voters. I will present any legislation on the matter to AlaskaDAO and vote according to the will of the people.

What other important issue would you like to discuss?

How will AlasKoin gain the value of the close to to $10,000 per Alaskan that has been cut to fund the state government? Maybe the oil companies that have benefited greatly under the current tax structure and are planning to use natural gas on the North Slope to mine Bitcoin could divert some to funding AlasKoin. There are a myriad of other potential ways to come up with the approximately $6.5 billion worth of utility to add value to the token and pay back Alaskans their PFDs and I will be seeking input from all Alaskans on how to do so.

AlasKoin will be implemented outside of my governmental duties, but Congress and the SEC are currently implementing rules and introducing legislation that would impact AlasKoin and I will work to protect it when in office.

CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. Senate — Patricia Chesbro

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 18:54

The Daily News asked candidates for statewide office in the Aug. 16 Alaska primary and special U.S. House elections to answer a series of issue and biographical questions to help voters understand their positions. Some questions were suggested by readers. Read all the responses here.

Patricia Chesbro • Party: Democrat • Occupation: Retired educator • Age: 73 • Residence: Wasilla • www.chesbroforalaska.com/


Patricia Chesbro. (Emily Mesner / ADN) (Emily Mesner/)

Relevant experience or prior offices held

40 year educator; 5 1/2 years on Mat Su Borough Planning Commission

Why are you running for office?

I am running to protect the future for our children and grandchildren and better the lives of Alaskans and Americans. I am concerned about the affordability crisis for families and young people. Despite a “booming” economy, prices of housing, childcare, medical care, and higher education have been increasing for years. We need to implement corrective policies that can help our young people achieve the American dream and codify their civil and human rights. I would like to regain and retain reproductive rights, curb gun violence through sensible measures, address the increasingly dire climate crisis, ensure that all persons have the rights to love and marry those they choose, promote a vibrant education system, and ensure voting rights for all.

Name two big problems or challenges currently facing Alaska and how you plan to address them if elected.

Alaska’s over-reliance on oil production has provided benefits and disadvantages. We must invest in alternative energy sources as we wean ourselves from this dependence. Secondly, we must develop a stable fiscal plan so that we leave our “boom and bust” economy behind. Part of that plan includes investing in our greatest resource, Alaskans, to for a sustainable future.

Do you believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election? If you believe there was fraud, where and how do you think it took place?

Joe Biden won the 2020 election.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. Do you believe President Trump should be held responsible for the events of Jan. 6?

Yes

How will you promote putting aside partisan politics to address complex issues in Congress?

Compromise is not giving up or giving in. We must regain our civil dialogue around the many complex issues we face. I am a willing listener and a collaborative and cooperative person by nature.

What should the federal government be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy?

Prices of necessary goods have been increasing faster than workers’ wages for several years. Childcare costs grew by about 2000 percent while premiums for employer-based health insurance rose by 47 percent. The average price for brand-name drugs on Medicare Part D rose by 236 percent. These prices hit all age groups. The Federal government can certainly negotiate better drug prices. Congress should implement laws to support child care and early childhood education. The government can improve our health care costs by eliminating the expenses of insurance companies. All of these efforts, ones which other nations have successfully employed, can help to curb costs and strengthen the workers that fuel this economy.

Would you support ending the filibuster to make it easier to pass legislation? Would you support any carve outs to the filibuster for key issues such as abortion access?

The filibuster is an inherently unfair system. It needs to be abandoned in favor of majority rule.

Public trust in the Supreme Court is declining. What do you think should be done to improve trust in the court?

Supreme Court Justices have lifetime terms to insulate them from political pressures. However, this rule has now been used to bring in younger people who are appointed on partisan bases. We should pass a law to require Justices to be reaffirmed every 10 years, giving the Senate the opportunity to examine the Justices’ decisions.

Do you think Congress should pass legislation to limit or protect abortion access?

The recent ruling to overturn 50 years of abortion access was a disaster inflicted on Americans by those in the Senate who knowingly confirmed the majority on the Court in spite of strong support by Americans and Alaskans for abortion access. We must fight to protect reproductive rights. We must codify Roe v. Wade in federal law and prohibit diminishment of reproductive rights by overzealous state laws.

What specific actions, if any, should the U.S. government take to curb gun violence?

There are many intersecting strategies to curb gun violence. Each weapon, especially in houses with children and teens, should have tamper-proof trigger locks. Proof of gun-safety and safe-storage training should be required when anyone purchases a firearm. We should buy back weapons from those who no longer wish to have them. Installing a waiting time for gun purchase could help to give angry or suicidal people time to think. I see no reason to continue to manufacture and sell assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines. Each state should have well-constructed red flag laws. I support robust research into gun violence, especially the causes and preventions of mass shootings.

How do you think new resource development projects in Alaska should be balanced with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation?

We have already seen catastrophic effects on coastal areas, salmon, ecosystems, and the Alaskan lifestyle due to climate change. We should halt further oil development in new areas and look for and fund renewable energy strategies, which will create jobs in Alaska. We must wean ourselves away from dependence on the oil industry to protect Alaska for future generations.

Do you believe the federal government is well positioned to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics that may emerge?

I think the federal government is working to address the pandemic, despite those who would deny using the tools at hand. Americans must take responsibility for their role in curbing this and future pandemics.

The federal infrastructure bill, which was voted for by all members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, stands to bring millions in federal funding to projects in Alaska. How would you ensure Alaska maximizes the benefits of this bill?

Each year, local governments submit local capital projects to the state, and these requests should be used to make decisions. We must promote those projects that will provide equitable access to Alaskans throughout the state with resources such as broadband access and renewable energy projects.

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports according to the gender with which they identify?

Yes.

What should be done, if anything, to change federal immigration policies?

We are a nation of immigrants. We need to understand why so many are fleeing their homelands and implement policies that make their lives better in their home countries.

What is the country’s biggest national security threat?

Our national security is threatened by internal actors that would bring down our Democracy by violent means Beyond that, the ongoing epidemic of gun violence has created fear and distrust of our fellow citizens. Children are not secure in schools or their neighborhoods; shoppers are not secure in their grocery stores or on the street. Externally, we must remain vigilant of threats from foreign nations, including cyber attacks, which could cripple our financial and infrastructure systems.

Where do you want Alaska and the U.S. to be five years from now in regard to emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change?

Alaska, the U.S., and the world need to work together to attain the goal of the Paris Agreement to keep global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius. Creating new jobs in renewable energy is a win for the economy and the environment.

What other important issue would you like to discuss?

Alaskans have a new method of voting in the general election. Ranked choice voting means that you no longer need to vote strategically to keep an unacceptable candidate from being elected. You can rank the candidate that aligns most with your values first, an acceptable candidate second, a slightly less acceptable third, and leave your last choice for a candidate that doesn’t meet with your approval. If you find that your values align with mine, make sure to Choose Chesbro as your first choice and rank the other candidates accordingly.

Remember that in the August 16 primary, you will vote for ONE candidate for US Senate, and the top four go to the general election on November 8.

CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. House — Tara Sweeney

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 18:53

The Daily News asked candidates for statewide office in the Aug. 16 Alaska primary and special U.S. House elections to answer a series of issue and biographical questions to help voters understand their positions. Some questions were suggested by readers. Read all the responses here.

Tara Sweeney • Party: Republican • Occupation: Small-business owner/Consultant • Age: 48 • Residence: Girdwood • www.taraforalaska.com


Tara Sweeney.

Relevant experience or prior offices held

13th assistant secretary of Indian Affairs at The U.S. Department of the Interior; Former executive, Arctic Slope Regional Corp., Former co-chair, Alaska Federation of Natives. Former International Chair, Arctic Economic Council.

Why are you running for office?

I’m running for Congress to focus on the future of our state. Alaska needs leadership that understands how to make and implement laws. I have that experience. I’ve worked my entire professional career advocating within the Congressional branch, and my work as Assistant Secretary provided me with the Executive branch experience necessary to effectively represent Alaska in Washington, D.C. No other candidate has this type of experience and exposure to the policy pressure-cooker within our Nation’s capital. My campaign is focused on empowerment for Alaskan communities and bringing people together. I understand that we need to continue the development of our natural resources, maximize our strategic location in the interest of national security, and advance the infrastructure that’s necessary to promote a robust economy, strong labor force and healthy communities.

Name two big problems or challenges currently facing Alaska and how you plan to address them if elected.

As I travel the state, inflation and sustainable fish management with all user groups are top of mind for Alaskans. Inflation must be tackled. If elected, I will ensure Congressional oversight hearings aimed at holding the Biden Administration accountable for their failed monetary and supply-side policies, which are devastating Alaskan families. Sustainable fish management is critical for all user groups to feed their families. Subsistence, personal use, commercial and sports fishing stakeholders are all concerned about the declining, and in some cases decimation, of fish stocks across the state. My approach is to secure the funding necessary for research and data collection in order to understand why certain species and stocks are declining or crashing, and to appropriate federal funds for innovation within the industry to support sustainable maximum yield. I will also work to bring together all user groups to be part of the discussion and strategy for fisheries management.

Do you believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election? If you believe there was fraud, where and how do you think it took place?

Yes, I believe Biden won the election. I also believe President Trump was within his right to demand an investigation into voting irregularities to determine whether voters’ rights were protected.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. Do you believe President Trump should be held responsible for the events of Jan. 6?

I think what may have begun in the minds of most was a peaceful protest, but what evolved was shameful, wrong, and detrimental to our Nation’s democratic and constitutional principles.

Do you think Congress should pass legislation to limit or protect abortion access?

I support a women’s right to choose and I would support a straight codification of Roe v. Wade. I do not believe that the federal government should have a role in a woman’s healthcare decisions. That decision is between a woman and her medical provider.

What specific actions, if any, should the U.S. government take to curb gun violence?

There is no single, quick, or simple fix to this problem. Mental health experts, education and public safety professionals, gun rights’ advocates, and community leaders must all come to the table and be included in a substantive conversation about solutions. I am open to considering commonsense and bipartisan proposals to address these serious problems. Any proposal must respect Alaskans’ Second Amendment rights and be disciplined and thoughtful in its approach.

How do you think new resource development projects in Alaska should be balanced with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation?

Alaska has the highest standards for environmental protection in the world. Growing up on the North Slope, I understand the importance of ensuring local perspectives have a seat at the decision-making table. Taking best practices from North Slope community engagement and project development and incorporating them into an Alaska standard, is where I would start. As Wall Street attempts to drive behavior in supplication to extremist environmental groups, Alaskan companies are engaged in opportunities to lead our Nation in carbon capture technologies, carbon sequestration, and off-sets to voluntarily mitigate their carbon footprints. We can still do more by working together. All stakeholders need to come together to carve a sustainable path forward for the benefit of Alaskans today and generations into the future.

How will you promote putting aside partisan politics to address complex issues in Congress?

My priority will always be what is best for Alaska. My candidacy represents those who believe in bringing people together, and I will lead to build a strong network of support for Alaskan issues. Complex, national issues must first pass the litmus test, “Is it good for Alaska and our economy?”

Do you believe the federal government is well positioned to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics that may emerge?

We need to prepare our country for the next pandemic through superior regulations, and by cutting unnecessary red tape that would hamstring the private sector’s response to a public health crisis. I support investing as much as it takes to protect our country’s national security from bio threats and pandemics. I will follow the evidence and the advice of our nation’s best non-political, non-partisan experts.

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports according to the gender with which they identify?

I do not support biological males being able to compete in women’s sports. However, I do believe we should consider creating opportunities for transgender males or females to compete within their own designations so they, too, have the opportunity to compete. We should not let fear drive the evolution of inclusiveness and acceptance. I strongly believe that as a society we should lead with compassion. We need to provide the necessary support networks for those either struggling with their own gender or sexual orientation, or those who are out & proud. I stand by my Iñupiaq value, Nagliktuutiqaġniq, Compassion, and will fight to preserve compassion towards the LGBTQ+ community - every day.

The federal infrastructure bill, which was voted for by all members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, stands to bring millions in federal funding to projects in Alaska. How would you ensure Alaska maximizes the benefits of this bill?

Alaska is a resource rich and infrastructure poor state. Our roads, bridges, ports, ferries, water treatment plants, and sanitation systems are severely lacking. With passage of last year’s infrastructure package, billions of dollars of much needed investment are headed our way. We must work together to maximize this investment, and make sure we have an Alaskan workforce that is ready to fill the jobs. I will continue to fight for Alaska’s fair share.

What should the federal government be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy?

As a free-market capitalist, I generally believe in less government regulation in all facets of our economy. However, this inflation crisis is the worst in 40 years, and it’s hitting Alaska families hard. This Administration is refusing to implement policies to prevent hyper-inflation, and is actively opposing measures, such as domestic energy production, that would prevent a worsening crisis. Alaska is a key part of the solution to the inflation wreaking havoc on our Nation’s economy. On the supply side, we can unleash our domestic energy supplies TODAY. We should also be looking to drive investment into our state that promotes domestic production of goods. Alaska’s economy is just too important to send inexperienced leadership to Washington, D.C. I bring that experience.

What should be done, if anything, to change federal immigration policies?

President Biden’s open border policies are not working. We need to be enforcing our immigration laws to stop illegal immigration, secure our border, and end the humanitarian crisis that has come as a result of President Biden’s failed immigration policies. We also need to make sure law enforcement and other agencies responsible for keeping our border secure have the tools they need to do their job. I believe in providing transparency and support for legal immigration as supported by our country’s business community, and I support DACA.

What is the country’s biggest national security threat?

Communist China is the biggest threat to our national security.

Where do you want Alaska and the U.S. to be five years from now in regard to emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change?

I support efforts to commercialize Alaska’s geothermal, hydro, wind, tidal and other renewable energy sources. I recognize that renewable energy is a growing part of Alaska’s and America’s energy portfolio. Although we will continue to depend on new oil and gas production to power our economy, I believe we should take an “all of the above” approach to our nation’s energy portfolio and look to ways to strengthen investment into renewable resources.

What other important issue would you like to discuss?

We all have a role in stopping domestic violence and sexual abuse throughout Alaska. As Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, I led the implementation of Operation Lady Justice – a task force to combat the crisis of missing & murdered Native Americans. To arrest these alarming trends, we must commit to education, partnership, advocacy, and intervention. It will take all of us working together. Just as I have done in the past, I will continue to work to stomp out this scourge while serving you in Washington, D.C.

CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. House — Sherry Strizak

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 18:50

The Daily News asked candidates for statewide office in the Aug. 16 Alaska primary and special U.S. House elections to answer a series of issue and biographical questions to help voters understand their positions. Some questions were suggested by readers. Read all the responses here.

Sherry Strizak • Party: Undeclared • Occupation: Former air traffic controller • Age: 50 • Residence: Chugiak • Alaskansforcongress.com

Relevant experience or prior offices held

Federal employee: 10 yrs USAF, 21 yrs FAA

Why are you running for office?

To fight governmental corruption and tyranny.

Name two big problems or challenges currently facing Alaska and how you plan to address them if elected.

Inflation and oil industry decline. Every American is experiencing the negative effects of inflation. Alaska has the ability to ease fuel costs by allowing oil companies to bring oil to market and not have to endure numerous lawsuits.

Our federal government has abused its power by passing bills that made America grossly indebted to other nations. Government needs to stop passing bills that harm Americans financially. Government must reign in spending by not printing more money. Instead of passing more legislation, we need to review current laws (Patriot Act, ObamaCare, Jones Act, CARES Act, etc.) that may need to be repealed or revised.

There is no reason for the POTUS to ask other nations to produce more oil when our own nation can produce it. If the government had no green energy plan in place, then we have to make due with energy sources that are readily available. Besides, begging other nations for oil shows the ineptitude of our president.

Do you believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election? If you believe there was fraud, where and how do you think it took place?

No. “2000 Mules” is a documentary that shows the fraud that took place. Also, in 2016, when President Trump won, the Democrats claimed the election was stolen. Then, in 2020, Republicans claimed election fraud. Therefore, if both parties are crying foul, that is good justification to investigate the legitimacy of election integrity.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. Do you believe President Trump should be held responsible for the events of Jan. 6?

The peaceful protest of citizens is not violence. This can best be demonstrated by comparing the events of January 6th to the violence committed across the United States by fascist groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Then, if you still believe the events of January 6th were violent, then follow the money trail to bad actors such as George Soros, the Clintons, Bill Gates and the Obamas. This is a good start, but only scratching the surface.

Do you think Congress should pass legislation to limit or protect abortion access?

Congress does not need to pass any more legislation. Besides, homicide is against the law. Anyone who commits said act needs to be judged by their peers in a court of law.

What specific actions, if any, should the U.S. government take to curb gun violence?

People who break the law must be tried and convicted of their crimes. Law abiding citizens must remain armed to protect our Republic from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

How do you think new resource development projects in Alaska should be balanced with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation?

Pollution and environmental contamination are problems that need to be addressed before development begins. Also, funds need to be set aside to fund clean-up efforts should an accident occur. If people are required to have insurance for property and vehicles, then we should expect the same from developers.

Climate change is a natural occurrence. Human activity may contribute to change, but it is not as significant as natural processes. Besides, if green houses produce more vegetation with increased Co2, why would we reduce Co2 in our natural environment?

How will you promote putting aside partisan politics to address complex issues in Congress?

I am neither Democrat nor Republican. I can and will work with anyone, regardless of their political affiliation, to resolve issues.

Do you believe the federal government is well positioned to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics that may emerge?

No, the government is not positioned to address pandemics. Governmental tyranny is not appropriate during pandemics or emergencies. When government, at any level, fails to observe the law, it is no longer worthy of its role and only serves to undermine its citizens.

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports according to the gender with which they identify?

There are only two sexes, male and female. Athletes should compete in sports based on the sex they were observed to possess when born.

The federal infrastructure bill, which was voted for by all members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, stands to bring millions in federal funding to projects in Alaska. How would you ensure Alaska maximizes the benefits of this bill?

We need to ensure the funds are spent on infrastructure that benefits Alaska’s industries and constituents. If the funds are not being spent on infrastructure, then that is a problem that must be addressed.

What should the federal government be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy?

Again, government needs to reign in spending, stop printing money and passing fiscally irresponsible legislation. When government fails to do the previously mentioned, interest rates need to be adjusted in a timely manner before inflation starts.

What should be done, if anything, to change federal immigration policies?

Follow the law by limiting reckless immigration that has run amok. Build the wall, and welcome in people from around the world who want to better themselves and will be productive members of our society.

What is the country’s biggest national security threat?

Our government has allowed itself to be corrupted by fascist outsiders.

Where do you want Alaska and the U.S. to be five years from now in regard to emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change?

Again, curbing pollution is essential to protect people, animals and the environment. Responsible development is necessary for our sovereign nation to be independent. Climate change is a natural process that must run its course.

What other important issue would you like to discuss?

We have outsourced our resources, intellectual property, financial independence and medical integrity to outside countries and corporations. These actions have been detrimental to our security and sovereignty.

CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. House — Randy Purham

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 18:49

The Daily News asked candidates for statewide office in the Aug. 16 Alaska primary and special U.S. House elections to answer a series of issue and biographical questions to help voters understand their positions. Some questions were suggested by readers. Read all the responses here.

Randy Purham • Party: Republican • Occupation: Retired military • Age: 42 • Residence: Anchorage • rpurham4us.com

Relevant experience or prior offices held

Military, Leadership in volunteer organizations

Why are you running for office?

To bring qualified and better representation to Alaska.

Name two big problems or challenges currently facing Alaska and how you plan to address them if elected.

The Jones’ Act (Merchant Marine Act) and ANILCA Act. Both economically hurt Alaskans and I seek to modify and/or abolish both.

Do you believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election? If you believe there was fraud, where and how do you think it took place?

No. Ballot harvesting with ineligible and illegal voters, fraudulent vote counts, tampered voting machines, and “Mules” collecting ballots and stuffing ballot boxes. (Prove me wrong!)

Supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. Do you believe President Trump should be held responsible for the events of Jan. 6?

There were not just supporters of President Trump. There were planted ANTIFA members and radical left-wing supporters there as well. No person should or can be held accountable of the actions of another person. We are all individual sovereign people with our own will to do what is right or wrong.

Do you think Congress should pass legislation to limit or protect abortion access?

Congressional members should take the pulse and listen to their respective constituency and vote on matters according to the consensus of the population they represent. From there the cards shall fall where they shall. However, being that I am pro-life, I cannot condone the efforts of abortion rights that seek to terminate a child’s life because of a matter of “choice”.

What specific actions, if any, should the U.S. government take to curb gun violence?

The Second Amendment is quite clear. The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. However, it is the responsibility of not only citizens of this country, but individual communities to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to ensure that weapons of any form do not fall into the hands of people with malicious intent. We don’t have discussions about knife violence, alcohol related violence, car violence, or gang violence, but the focus is always central to gun violence. Place the ownership where it belongs and that is the individual or their accomplices.

How do you think new resource development projects in Alaska should be balanced with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation?

First and foremost, technological advances made should be utilized and procured to help resource development be safe and manageable for both the industry and the environment. There has been little evidence that shows that resource extrapolation is the reason for climate change. Climate change is the due process course in which over time the environment changes for evolutionary purposes. Ice age is a great example.

How will you promote putting aside partisan politics to address complex issues in Congress?

Addressing complex issues a Representative is very simple. You are the voice of the people you Represent. In the case of mixed consensus on issues, you find common ground, and reasonable solutions that all sides can agree upon and push those “planks”.

Do you believe the federal government is well positioned to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics that may emerge?

Not at all. Let local governments dictate the management of these issues as best suited for their respective communities.

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports according to the gender with which they identify?

No. Create a league for Transgender athletes to compete in these respective sports separate from that of which cis-gender populations compete in. It is an unfair advantage to Women (XX) to compete with Men (XY) in certain things, just as vice versa, because they identify as the opposite. Would a reasonable person allow a girl to compete in a boxing match against a male? Realistically NO ONE would.

The federal infrastructure bill, which was voted for by all members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, stands to bring millions in federal funding to projects in Alaska. How would you ensure Alaska maximizes the benefits of this bill?

The federal infrastructure bill would need to be dissected to identify exactly how and where allocations would go specifically for Alaska, given the unique terrain and currently present infrastructure in existence, millions of dollars would be literally a few dollars based on the needed improvements and upgrades needed to actually benefit Alaska. The better question would be how can the federal government help Alaska grow within the sector of infrastructure development to be competitive with other emerging states and countries?

What should the federal government be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy?

First, a reduction in overseas spending (Ukraine) would be a great start. Reduce and eventually eliminate the reliance on other competing nations (China, Russia, Middle Eastern Countries) for energy resources, and subsidize presently existing industries in the US to produce what is needed for self-sustainability of the US population. Then create programs to encourage further developments and growth of the existing programs for rapid expansion into foreign trade markets.

What should be done, if anything, to change federal immigration policies?

For starters, enforce the existing laws. Then create 90-day amnesty programs in highly affected states to identify illegal immigrants to get them appropriately registered and begin the vetting process for citizenship. Those who do not meet the criteria or otherwise considered undesirable citizens should then be processed for deportation.

What is the country’s biggest national security threat?

The country’s biggest national security threat is the reliance on other countries for natural resources, and to police their nations. As a sovereign nation with the abundance of natural resources for self-sustainment, we should minimally import from other countries for these commodities such as oil as the stark example. A reduction in the global police force (military operations) will prove to be an advantage for the United States in the event that response to global threats is actually necessary by keeping forces in the US versus utilizing and wasting logistical resources in other countries for the same “what if” scenarios. See Afghanistan and Iraq as an example.

Where do you want Alaska and the U.S. to be five years from now in regard to emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change?

Investment and development of STEM programs and growth in present practices to reduce harm to the environment would prove to be useful in advancing emission reduction endeavors. In the same token, concerted efforts to challenge other high emission producing countries to do the same will spur economic competition for faster and greater results.

What other important issue would you like to discuss?

It is important to recognize that with the myriad of challenges and social issues we face as citizens from diverse backgrounds and experiences, that we need representation that understands these dynamics and will effort to address, resolve, and push solutions to accommodate everyone involved in these various facets of life. Partisan ideologies are great for faddish media moments, but at the end of the day, we all have common goals in life - prosperity for our family and future generations, and these are the things we should aspire to work together towards building upon. Conversations should be encouraged, and everyone should have the opportunity to listen, speak, and provide solutions. If each person thinks they have the RIGHT answer to all the questions that is posed to our society, then they all should be in office somewhere affecting those changes and ideas. Until that idea comes to fruition, choose the right people for the right job. Lead or get out of the way!

CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. House — J.R. Myers

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 18:46

The Daily News asked candidates for statewide office in the Aug. 16 Alaska primary and special U.S. House elections to answer a series of issue and biographical questions to help voters understand their positions. Some questions were suggested by readers. Read all the responses here.

J.R. Myers • Party: Libertarian • Occupation: Licensed Counselor • Age: 59 • Residence: Soldotna • johnrichardmyers.com


J.R. Myers.

Relevant experience or prior offices held

Alaska Constitution Party nominee for Governor 2014.; Chairman Alaska Constitution Party, 2010-present; Vice Chairman Alaskan Independence Party, 2008-2010; Joint Operations for Central Peninsula Emergency Medical Services Area and Central Emergency Services Area Board, Seat B, 2010-2011; Haines Borough Fire Service Area # 1 Board, 2012-13.

Why are you running for office?

To be a bold visionary voice of advocacy for ALL Alaskans in the United States of America House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

Name two big problems or challenges currently facing Alaska and how you plan to address them if elected.

The economy and defense. Both may be addressed at the same time. Development of Alaskan ports in the Aleutians and throughout, Arctic Infrastructure including an ice breaker fleet and a rail link through Canada.

Do you believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election? If you believe there was fraud, where and how do you think it took place?

The rigged election laws put in place by both the D’s & R’s have skewed American elections for decades. There will be no free, fair and equal elections until all ballot barriers are removed, there is serious campaign finance reform and all voices of the political spectrum are allowed full participation in the process. Then, and only then, will our elections will be truly legitimate.

For instance, the R’s & D’s have attacked the Green, Constitution and Libertarian Parties in several jurisdictions to block ballot access for their candidates. There is corruption throughout the process with the two big nasty bullies targeting any potential competition. From State recognition of Party status, to filing requirements for candidates, to fundraising, media coverage, debate inclusion, to voting records, chain of custody, ballot counting and certification of results. These are all areas with clearly demonstrated deficits throughout the nation.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. Do you believe President Trump should be held responsible for the events of Jan. 6?

All those who can be proven to have participated in criminal acts need to be held accountable. No one is above or below the law. I support the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

Do you think Congress should pass legislation to limit or protect abortion access?

If elected to Congress, I will seek to introduce and enact a Personhood from Conception Act.

What specific actions, if any, should the U.S. government take to curb gun violence?

The Federal government is charged with protecting federal property directly, and also oversees and interstate travel. Those are the areas in which it has a legitimate role in taking action to curb gun violence. That means federal buildings, properties and TSA. Otherwise, this is an issue for the various states and localities to decide.

How do you think new resource development projects in Alaska should be balanced with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation?

Very carefully. I oppose the Pebble Mine and other such terrible violations of our lands, waters and skies. We need to develop sustainable alternatives such as solar, wind, tidal, geothermal, and plasma biomass pyrolysis.

How will you promote putting aside partisan politics to address complex issues in Congress?

That’s simple, focus on the real practical needs of everyday Americans. I believe in issues oriented alignments. That is forming working relationships with others seeking similar goals in certain areas, even when other parts of their agenda are widely divergent from my own ideals. An example would be ballot access, which is an issue I have worked on with many people from all across the political spectrum over the years.

Do you believe the federal government is well positioned to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics that may emerge?

No, they have been tyrannically ham fisted, clumsy and confusing in their response. They have repeatedly violated the Constitutional principles upon which our nation was founded, and they swore to uphold. They have caused untold economic, social and mental health harm. We should never allow a repeat of this to happen again. The urge to act the tyrant has been proven too strong for many government officials to resist. What we have lived through, and are still living under, is Medical Kobuki Theater designed to obtain control.

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports according to the gender with which they identify?

I agree with FINA, the world governing body on swimming, on this issue.

The federal infrastructure bill, which was voted for by all members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, stands to bring millions in federal funding to projects in Alaska. How would you ensure Alaska maximizes the benefits of this bill?

Strict public oversight and real accountability of how, when and where every cent of it is going. We need a rail link to the Canada and the lower 48 if Alaska is truly to realize its’ vast potential.

What should the federal government be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy?

Stop the presses! No more artificial deficit stimulus spending. We need to look at a Universal Debt Jubilee to prevent the economic tsunami hitting us from destroying us. The only other option is perpetual debt servitude for foreseeable generations.

What should be done, if anything, to change federal immigration policies?

We need to know who is in our country, where, why and for how long. If people are legitimate asylum seekers, we already have laws to address those. If they are violating our laws, they are criminals, and need to be deported.

What is the country’s biggest national security threat?

The Sino-Russian-Iranian-North Korean Axis.

Where do you want Alaska and the U.S. to be five years from now in regard to emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change?

Alaska should be a leader in the innovation and development of technologies to reduce emissions and to adapt to a more volatile climate. Alaska should be at the forefront of Arctic infrastructure development to take advantage of opening sea routes for enhanced trade and defense.

What other important issue would you like to discuss?

I would like to promote a referendum in the Russian Far East on whether or not they would like to leave the Russian Federation and become part of Alaska! Seriously, we cannot take the Russian territorial claims and threats against Alaska lightly. We must be proactive in our engagement with Putin, and his allies. They understand strength alone and represent an imminent existential threat to us and our allies.

CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. House — Lady Donna Dutchess

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 18:44

The Daily News asked candidates for statewide office in the Aug. 16 Alaska primary and special U.S. House elections to answer a series of issue and biographical questions to help voters understand their positions. Some questions were suggested by readers. Read all the responses here.

Lady Donna Dutchess • Party: Nonpartisan • Occupation: Vicegerent • Age: 48 • Residence: Anchorage / Fairbanks • www.ladydonna4congress.us/

Relevant experience or prior offices held

No prior elected offices held

Why are you running for office?

I am running for Congress to ensure all Alaskan families have a secure and peaceful future built upon government accountability, responsibility, and justice.

Name two big problems or challenges currently facing Alaska and how you plan to address them if elected.

1. Homelessness: People constantly ask how we can fix the homeless issue. As we can all see, the homelessness has reached a critical juncture in Alaska, with elected officials scrambling for solutions in impacted communities. This brings the question, how precisely are the State and municipalities supposed to solve homelessness, when the CFPB is absent-mindedly providing no real help to homeowners who file complaints with the CFPB. Foreclosures by banks with unethical lending business practices provide a never-ending stream of families (men, women, children) who end up homeless. I aim to address this.

2. Trafficking: The most vulnerable in our State and nation are often targeted for trafficking. Therefore, I shall focus on the trafficking of children first. Over 60% of trafficked children have been involved in the Foster industry. That means over half of the children that have been or are still in foster housing are trafficked. I aim to address this as well.

Do you believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election? If you believe there was fraud, where and how do you think it took place?

Yes, Mr. Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election, and to suggest otherwise is to invite civil war.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. Do you believe President Trump should be held responsible for the events of Jan. 6?

I maintain that Mr. Trump will have to ‘fall on his sword’ regarding the events that resulted in him losing the 2020 election and the incident at the U.S. Capitol. Mr. Trump was the sitting president, with full access to all the information and scope of the current situation ongoing in our nation. Mr. Trump with his vast wealth and political connections failed to mitigate sufficiently and appropriately a course of action that would allow our nation to recover economically, healthwise, and internationally. As a result, our nation’s sovereignty is under threat.

Do you think Congress should pass legislation to limit or protect abortion access?

No. I am Pro-Life. This decision on abortions should be made at the state level by the voters. That said, it is my hope that vasectomies get as much attention and support as abortions do. Support and attention to vasectomies would eventually make Roe vs. Wade moot.

What specific actions, if any, should the U.S. government take to curb gun violence?

I support civilian training with gun education testing endorsements on government IDs to own a gun. Training civilians would curb gun violence a great deal. Testing endorsements that cover the spectrum of gun handling and safety prior to owning a weapon would help mitigate gun violence in America. If an individual does not pass the gun safety testing, then gun merchants could not sell guns to that individual, as the testing endorsement would not be on their government-issued ID. Someone who passed the testing and has been endorsed would be responsible for keeping their weapons safely locked away.

How do you think new resource development projects in Alaska should be balanced with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation?

Based on my observations regarding energy sufficiency, we appear to be in a type of energy crisis in our search for clean energy. By this, I mean we appear to be unable to mitigate our energy industry effectively, while also being conscious of the environmental impacts we as consumers create. On one hand, the pressure is to maintain the status quo so that it does not impact jobs and profit. On the other hand, the pressure is to find clean ways to maintain our energy consumption without destroying the environment, while creating jobs. I support innovating clean energy technology (that has been ‘shelved’ in lieu of traditional profits), undeveloped patented technology, and the entrepreneurship of small energy research companies. I will support these types of energy innovations through government loans, subsidies, and grants. At the same time, I will target large corporations that knowingly put toxins, poisons, and carcinogenic materials into our environment.

How will you promote putting aside partisan politics to address complex issues in Congress?

I will promote a ‘reality check’ as our nation’s partisan politics, that appear to be a never ending issue, have created strategic weak-points for foreign governments targeting our country. Partisan politics have become a multi-million dollar modern day gladiator sport of character assassination, and to the wealthy victor go the spoils. Meanwhile, the American citizens continue to be aggrieved as the plight of our people is marginalized, ignored, and demoralized, which creates yet another strategic weak-point for foreign governments. As a result of the political insanity gripping our nation, I can clearly observe a push for a new type of government to rule America, (e.g. socialism, communism, et cetera).

Do you believe the federal government is well positioned to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics that may emerge?

No. I have been observing and tracking the COVID-19 pandemic since it exploded world-wide in 2020. I have come to the conclusion that COVID-19 is one of two options. COVID-19 is either a plague of biblical proportions, or it is a bioweapon. Additional information would be needed for me to pin down which option it definitely is.

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports according to the gender with which they identify?

No. Athletes should not compete by gender feelings. Athletes should compete by body composition class.

The federal infrastructure bill, which was voted for by all members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, stands to bring millions in federal funding to projects in Alaska. How would you ensure Alaska maximizes the benefits of this bill?

I would ensure that Alaska streamlines the funding for the marine highway, ports, drinking water, sewage, and internet broadband infrastructure effectively and efficiently.

What should the federal government be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy?

Currently, BRICS is making a serious strategic move that the federal government should be actively mitigating. Every American school child was taught the basic economics of a ‘tangible’ asset economy versus a ‘non-tangible’ asset economy. The U. S. economy is ‘slingshot’ deep into a non-tangible economy, and BRICS is making economic strategic moves to use this in their favor. It is only a matter of time before our non-tangible asset economy lets go of the ‘slingshot’ and our economy starts crashing into a recession, which is already underway. For the citizens of Alaska, I highly suggest they have ‘tangible’ assets prepared in order to ride out the transitional economic wave that is coming. The moment Russia moved into Ukraine, the foreign economic strategic partners were ready to make their move against the dollar. The feds should be running their computer AI to mitigate the ‘death by 1000 cuts’ strategic motion in play against the dollar.

What should be done, if anything, to change federal immigration policies?

I support the law in this matter. There are legal means to enter the USA. Any immigration activities that skirt around the law will only continue to erode the sovereignty of this country.

What is the country’s biggest national security threat?

Cliques in our government that truly believe and act above the law are the largest national security threat we currently are facing. The taint of government negligence, corruption, irresponsible spending, and nepotism has weakened our nation and created a serious security threat. There is a military infrastructure tactical strategy where an enemy replaces “good wood” with “corrupt wood” to topple a strong nation. Based on what I am observing going on in our nation, this strategic move is in play, and many will be unprepared for the consequences when it crashes our nation.

Where do you want Alaska and the U.S. to be five years from now in regard to emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change?

I want to see Alaska and the U.S. become aware that we do not live in a vacuum. Everything we do as it pertains to our climate and environment is connected to our way of life, health, and livelihood. We can either come together for the betterment of each other and our country, or we can continue to ignore the changes in our climate which will, eventually, impact us all.

What other important issue would you like to discuss?

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a mission statement as follows, “To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.” Based on the conversations with veterans and doctors about the VA; they have failed their mission. The VA’s reputation is dismal in America. Veterans are marginalized, ignored, and dismissed by VA employees who are going through the motions of ‘aiding’ veterans, but in reality, just collecting their employee paychecks and benefits. It appears the VA is under the 80/20 rule, where 80% of the workload is shouldered by 20% of VA staff who do actually care. Likewise, the other 80% of VA staff is coordinating the paperwork shuffle or handing veterans off to the State of Alaska for asset assessment. Veterans should not feel that suicide is their preferred option due to the fact that the VA is negligent with their care.

CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. House — Chris Bye

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 18:43

The Daily News asked candidates for statewide office in the Aug. 16 Alaska primary and special U.S. House elections to answer a series of issue and biographical questions to help voters understand their positions. Some questions were suggested by readers. Read all the responses here.

Chris Bye • Party: Libertarian • Occupation: Fishing guide • Age: 48 • Residence: Fairbanks • ItsTimeAlaska.com


Chris Bye.

Relevant experience or prior offices held

U.S. ARMY 20 years.

Why are you running for office?

I dedicated my early life to defending this nation as a soldier. My desire to serve my community continues today. For years I have, like many others, held my nose and voted for the Lesser of Two Evils. Sadly, this is responsible for our current political atmosphere, where activism has replaced good governance for ALL. The media, Republican and Democrat Professional Politicians, and their special interests have given us $30.5 trillion of debt, 20 plus yrs of war, the USA Freedom Act (formerly known as the Patriot Act), and countless increases in bureaucratic regulations creating turmoil for Alaskans. I cannot sit on the sideline any longer and look at my young adults and soccer players without fighting for them. They deserve better. I firmly believe typical Alaskans can make better decisions than professional or groomed politicians. So June 2021, I decided to get off the sideline and run for US Congress because I was disappointed in the voting record of Republican Don Young.

Name two big problems or challenges currently facing Alaska and how you plan to address them if elected.

Fisheries Management: Salmon is a statewide issue. Remove WA and OR from the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council seats and replace them with “Up River” Community Representation such as from Eagle, Ruby, Bethel, Aniak or Fort Yukon. We need to fix the by-catch issue before the damage becomes irreversible. Future commercial fishermen, future Alaskans are depending on us to get this right. Restrict bottom trawling and eventually phase it out.

Land Management: Alaska became a state in 1959, it is now 2022 and we are still awaiting the transfer of nearly 36m acres from the Federal Government to us, Alaska. That land equals future opportunities for graduating University, Trade School and Union professionals from teachers to biologists to engineers to environmentalists to mining technicians to nurses. Natural resource development powers this state. Along with completing this land transfer, we must gain control of its development to prevent the chaos that exudes from DC.

Do you believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election? If you believe there was fraud, where and how do you think it took place?

The only losers in this election have been us, Americans in general. The party elites with cooperation from the media work hard to prevent typical Alaskans from gaining control of governance. The same rings true at the State level.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. Do you believe President Trump should be held responsible for the events of Jan. 6?

The guy hasn’t been the president in over 19 months. Surely the press including ADN, can find room to report on some other character. Right now, there are hundreds of Alaskans doing good work for each other, like David in Delta Junction working with rural veterans to solve their issues. Or Mike, also in Delta, who runs a van to help transport folks around. Or Ms. Carol, who encourages folks to change diets for healthier lifestyles. There is Ms. Ann at the Food bank busting her tail to serve Fairbanks. Shorty in Fairbanks advocating and problem-solving for the homeless. Or Jason tirelessly supporting missionaries along the Yukon River. There are whole groups of folks helping Ukraine without the need of the Federal government.

Do you think Congress should pass legislation to limit or protect abortion access?

Leave this up to the states. Nobody cares more for Alaska than Alaskans. We have a number of bright folks living here and we can figure this out without a central planner dictating to us what we can and cannot do.

What specific actions, if any, should the U.S. government take to curb gun violence?

Let’s be truthful with one another; there is no new regulation or law that will end this violence. Assault and murder are already illegal and yet those laws do not prevent the violence from occurring. To end this parents must become involved in their children. Dads and Moms check to see if your kids are playing GTA, Fortnight or COD, if you do not know what these are, you should find out today. Review what entertainment they are watching. Be involved. Neighbors must become involved in their communities. If this is to end we need to have an honest discussion about bullying and harassment. Don’t walk by it. Do not accept it.

How do you think new resource development projects in Alaska should be balanced with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation?

Natural Resources sustain this state; without them, we could not afford the University or the Education system, nor nurses, and businesses could not operate. It is a balance. Resource companies must be held accountable for damages. Public funding should be kept out of these projects and if state or federal funding is used ALL ALASKANS should have unrestricted access to the project areas. To get after climate change you must make personal choices that reflect your concerns. I recommend starting with your apparel- if it is made from nylon or plastic stop buying it. Include your cool brown rain boots, your rain jackets, puff jackets, most cheap fleeces etc. Seems petty but consumerism greatly relies on petrol-chemicals and through your dollar you can effect change. Consider reducing urban areas. They are clearly identified climate changers, which we can control. Urban Heat Sink, where concrete retains heat and emits it long after the sun has set, changes the local weather.

How will you promote putting aside partisan politics to address complex issues in Congress?

I’ll ask Alaskans what they think. Everyone is welcomed to the table, EVERYONE, even those who did not vote for me. As an effective Combat Leader, using a team approach produced the best effects period while in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Do you believe the federal government is well positioned to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics that may emerge?

No. Too much industry/special interests are mixed into policy making. Regardless of the media, most Alaskans I have spoken to are not concerned about COVID and are more concerned about GOVT overreach. I share that concern. Tying federal money with mandates not approved by Congress is unacceptable. It is a slippery slope that both Republicans and Democrats use to enact activism over good governance. There is no check or balance on these activities by the people.

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports according to the gender with which they identify?

Let the local citizenry address this. I trust Alaskans to make these decisions regarding the protection of women sports opportunities under of Title IX far more than activist politicians.

The federal infrastructure bill, which was voted for by all members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, stands to bring millions in federal funding to projects in Alaska. How would you ensure Alaska maximizes the benefits of this bill?

Auditors. Watchdogs. Honest media. We need to watch very closely the political elites, politically connected, and their patrons to see where this money is going.

Understand this is going to enslave countless future generations to pay for stupid things like single vehicle accidents resulting in traffic circles such as the one on CHSR or an unnecessary overpass in front of Fort Wainwright. I predict very few Alaskans will see any of that projected millions of dollars outside their annual federal tax burden.

What should the federal government be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy?

Thomas Sowell and Milton Friedman figured this out decades ago. STOP PRINTING MONEY! REDUCE GOVT SPENDING! The more Dollars printed or “digitized” the less value the Dollar retains. The more debt the Federal government carries, the weaker the dollar is because other nations see that we lack self-discipline and eventually the dollar will collapse or be so devalued it will become worthless.

Asking Congress to pass the Balanced Budget Amendment is akin to them taking a pay cut. Such an amendment would require them to prioritize spending within an attainable budget. This would mean special interests would have to compete with actually necessary spending. The result: reelection using special interest donations becomes tougher. It most likely will require a States Convention. It should be attempted in Congress annually nonetheless to get on record which politicians actually care about the burden they are placing on future Americans.

What should be done, if anything, to change federal immigration policies?

Currently, it is more advantageous for Repubs and Dems to work together in refusing to solve this tragedy for their own financial benefit. Many Alaskans and Americans would not be here if America had not opened her arms to Europe through Ellis Island. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...”

1) Spend some money hiring additional new immigration judges to process cases in a timely manner.

2) Make a wide-open inviting front door with a secure fence on either side. Fences make good neighbors.

3) Determine security risks from each nation. While immigrants are welcomed to become Americans, we do not need to import security concerns.

4) Determine which ones committed felonies and send them home immediately.

5) Using the front door, welcome the remaining immigrants so they can be accounted for and not taken advantage of by nefarious Americans and others.

6) Charities, NOT the Federal government, provide assistance to these new immigrants.

What is the country’s biggest national security threat?

Professional Politicians, “well-intended” bureaucrats, RNC, DNC, and the media.

Where do you want Alaska and the U.S. to be five years from now in regard to emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change?

For Alaska, a diverse energy policy that is self-sufficient that includes solar, wind, geothermal, nuclear, and fossil fuels. Using long-distance high voltage lines, we could build a power station in Deadhorse and line the power to Galena, distributing power along the Yukon River, reducing the need for generators and fuel.

If consumers want lower emissions, they ought to demand it from manufacturers. We must meet the raw ingredient requirements to produce such emissions. Cobalt is widely used in the manufacturing process of high-tech products and in the production of lithium batteries which is extremely un-environmentally friendly. Further, enormous amounts of Cobalt are mined in the Congo with child labor. Our way of life should not require 12-year Congolese children to become miners. Fortunately, we have UAF, and Alaska does have Cobalt deposits. I am confident that UAF-skilled professionals can develop this valuable resource in a sustainable and safe manner.

What other important issue would you like to discuss?

Voting. Only a fraction of Alaskans voted in the special primary, 28%. 72% did not participate. Most common reason: It does not matter which two parties win, taxes/debt will rise and there will be new regulations. I would contend while this is true, you can expect the hardcore party lovers to vote in numbers, further pulling away from the desires of typically Alaskans. Using the most significant number of votes from the special primary, 43,601, as an example for future governance, 7% would determine the State’s future political direction. Please vote. It matters. I do not care how you voted in the past only how you vote in the future. That vote represents actual opportunities for each and ALL Alaskans.

CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. House — Gregg Brelsford

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 18:41

The Daily News asked candidates for statewide office in the Aug. 16 Alaska primary and special U.S. House elections to answer a series of issue and biographical questions to help voters understand their positions. Some questions were suggested by readers. Read all the responses here.

Gregg Brelsford • Parrty: Undeclared • Law Professor, public administrator, attorney • Age: 71 • Residence: Anchorage


Gregg Brelsford.

Relevant experience or prior offices held

Hello Alaskans. I’m Gregg Brelsford, a business-friendly, independent candidate for Congress.

I drove to Alaska in 1972 and attended UAA while working full time for Alaskan tribes, including as the founding Health Director of Chugachmiut, and the Aleut’s tribal CEO, lobbying for them in Juneau and Washington, D.C. I helped lead the Aleuts’ successful lobbying effort for U.S. Congressional compensation for their interment in WWII.

Next, I earned a law degree at Harvard Law School and practiced in local and international business in Anchorage and elsewhere. In 1994, I ran unsuccessfully for the Alaska state house. Most recently, I served as Manager of the Bristol Bay Borough and Dillingham (interim), where I managed police, docks, and roads.

I have worked to get things done for Alaskans in diverse parts of the state, in local government, tribal, business, legal, and rural, settings. I also know how to get things done in Congress. No other candidate brings this strong mix of experience.

Why are you running for office?

We face exceptional challenges in an increasingly unstable world: rising prices for gas, groceries and housing; growing crime / homelessness; ineffective casework with missing and murdered Native women; constraints on tribal sovereignty; extreme partisans angling to overturn our sacred votes if they lost next elections; hostile international adversaries (Russia will not stop at invading Ukraine and China is watching to see what how far Russia succeeds); and a perfect-storm trifecta of insufficient military capability, lack of energy independence, and melting permafrost, rising temperatures, and disappearing sea ice.

These problems are real and we must be realistic about them. None will be solved overnight. But hiding our heads in the snow is fruitless.

Alaskans are tired of extreme politics. Political gridlock is killing us. As a no-drama, independent leader, I will fight to make us financially and otherwise more safe, secure, and stronger, in today’s unstable world.

Name two big problems or challenges currently facing Alaska and how you plan to address them if elected.

In addition to constraints on developing our natural resources and climate change, addressed elsewhere, we have a crisis of affordability, including. inflation, and the stinging rise in the costs of groceries, gas, housing, and medicine, and widespread homelessness.

Homelessness is statewide. As the recent interim City Manager of Dillingham, we opened the police department lobby on cold nights to homeless people so they wouldn’t freeze. Many of ourselves, and children and grandchildren, cannot now afford to buy a house or rent an apartment. We’ve all cut back on driving and groceries. Lack of affordable housing is statewide. As past rural city manager, I know firsthand the obstacles to hiring needed professionals for lack of housing in the community.

None of these challenges will be fixed overnight. Nevertheless, current Republican candidates claim, without out disclosing specifics, that electing them will solve inflation. I will take these challenges head on.

Do you believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election? If you believe there was fraud, where and how do you think it took place?

Biden won fairly. But, for 20 months now, Trump and his followers have claimed Biden’s victory was obtained by fraudulent voting. Indeed, tons of Republican candidates, some in Alaska, promote this. Many aspire to overturn the votes of future elections if they lose.

While campaigning this past year, I told the hundreds of voters who said they believe the fraud claim that election fraud is grievous and asked them to share with me any information they believe supports the claim. No one has done so. Nor has the claim been supported by any of the 60 lawsuits, three recounts, and five election audits conducted since then.

Anybody can say anything. Republicans can say 2+2=5 but that doesn’t make it accurate, no matter how often/loudly they proclaim it. Elections are the guts of our democracy. I will fight all 2+2=5 fictions that undermine it, and urge every candidate and voter to do the same. Let’s show young people how to vigorously protect accuracy, truth, and our sacred democracy.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. Do you believe President Trump should be held responsible for the events of Jan. 6?

We now know that Trump and his inner circle intentionally generated and prolonged the violent January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. They shamelessly tried to illicitly overturn thousands of legitimate votes in order to obstruct America’s greatest triumph of democracy – the peaceful transition of the political leadership of our country.

Democracy is sacred. Voting is sacred. Voters are sacred. These are bedrock American principles reaching back before the founding of our country. We fought our War for Independence to govern ourselves by voting to pick our governmental leaders. Since then, thousands of Americans have died in bloody wars for freedom and democracy. Trump’s attempt to erase Americans��� sacred votes is unpatriotic and sacrilegious.

January 6 was an inside job by Trump and his lieutenants. They must be held responsible for trying to overthrow our democracy. But for the patriotic acts of a courageous few, standing firm against Trump, they would have done it.

Do you think Congress should pass legislation to limit or protect abortion access?

Respectfully, there are strong/sincere feelings on all sides of this deeply important matter. Two of my conservative campaign principles are freedom and fairness. I am pro-freedom/fairness across the board.

All Alaskans should have full freedom on major life matters. This includes the freedom to decide what to do with our own bodies: what to put on/in our body, including to not wear a COVID mask/not stick a COVID vaccine needle in our arm.

Likewise, all women should have this same freedom to decide how to treat their own body, including a pregnancy. As Vice-President Cheney said, “Freedom is freedom.” Further, it is only fair that the same freedom available to one also be available to everyone.

I don’t support abortion as birth-control. But no one can fully understand pregnancy in fallible people or difficult circumstances. No woman happily seeks abortion or should be punished for her individual choice. As the Good Book says, mercy is what God asks for all of his children.

What specific actions, if any, should the U.S. government take to curb gun violence?

I am a proud hunter and gun owner, belong to a shooting range and the NRA, hold a concealed carry pistol permit, and passionately support the 2nd Amendment. In Alaska, we widely use guns for subsistence hunting, for protection from bears and other animals in the wild, and other things. Guns are central to our way of life.

I join millions of conservative Americans and safety-conscious gun owners who grieve the shocking numbers of victims of recent mass murders done with guns. Because recent federal legislation is limited, we look for common sense state laws on gun purchasing.

For example, one month after 17 people were killed at a Florida high school in March 2018, Florida Republicans passed a substantive gun safety act. It raised the age to purchase a firearm to 21 from 18, funded school mental health and hardening programs, and removes guns from the possession of unstable individuals. Alaska should look closely at this 4-year old conservative Florid gun safety law.

How do you think new resource development projects in Alaska should be balanced with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation?

I agree with the Resource Development Council, trade association for businesses in Alaska’s fishing, forestry, mining, oil/gas, and tourism industries, and the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, trade association of contractors and suppliers to oil, gas, minerals, and other natural resource development companies: grow a strong, diversified private sector in Alaska by developing natural resources, balanced with the environment and climate, for the benefit of all Alaskans.

We must create integrated strategies that equally balance development with the serious environmental protection and climate change challenges we face. All of this is important and I reject the concept that we are not smart enough to create these types of innovative, integrated, balanced strategies.

We are not going to shut down development but we cannot hide our heads in the snow in terms of the environment and climate change. We put a man on the moon in a decade’s period of time for heaven’s sake. We can do this.

How will you promote putting aside partisan politics to address complex issues in Congress?

Partisan politics will never go away, and we need multiple perspectives on public matters. But, we’re all tired of extreme politics. Many elected officials are wasting time fighting each other and not doing the peoples’ business. The challenges we face are too big and serious for this. Gridlock and stalemate cause missed opportunities we urgently cannot afford.

Today’s politics, where one side obstructs the other side’s ideas or programs, and/or trashes the other side’s people, is not working. Coordination and cooperation to resolve our common problems are not dirty words. We need to be civil and talk with one another respectfully and courteously.

As the leader of tribal and local governments in the past, I constantly dealt with competing ideas and interests. Recognizing that disagreement is ok, so long as expressed with respect and courtesy, was key to working things out. Rarely does one side get all it wants. But even small progress on solving problems is still progress.

Do you believe the federal government is well positioned to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics that may emerge?

This is the 2st Century. Pandemics are real and we must be realistic about them. They can be invisible, silent, and deadly. They do not stick to national, state, or other geographical borders and we need sophisticated ongoing medical research to beat them. We need the federal government to do this.

But the feds can’t do it alone. State and local governments have a vital role to play also. I saw this as the Manger of the Bristol Bay Borough when Covid emerged in 2020. Working as a team, all levels of government and private industry jointly kept community Covid outbreaks down while keeping the world’s largest commercial red salmon industry going.

Two of my conservative campaign principles are freedom and fairness. We must maintain our individual freedoms and fairness to everybody. But we must balance this with an eye toward minimizing potentially catastrophic harm to our collective survival. As the Supreme Court once noted, the constitution is not a suicide pact.

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports according to the gender with which they identify?

Two of my conservative campaign principles are freedom and fairness. All Alaskans should be free to live as they wish. In terms of sports, this freedom must be balanced with fairness.

Athletes should compete on a fair playing field. Current science says biological men are much stronger, that testosterone suppression does not remove the athletic advantage acquired under high testosterone conditions at puberty, and that the male musculoskeletal advantage is retained: shoulder width doesn’t change, their hearts don’t get smaller, they’ve still got big lungs.

Federal law and fairness require that trans athletes be allowed to compete. Fairness can be achieved by changing the male category to “Open” and the women’s category to “Female,” where female refers to the sex recorded at birth. This type of change has been done before in sports - at one time there were no women’s teams, nor could Black Americans compete in top-tier professional sports. This recent fairness-change can be done too.

The federal infrastructure bill, which was voted for by all members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, stands to bring millions in federal funding to projects in Alaska. How would you ensure Alaska maximizes the benefits of this bill?

In December 2021, before the ink was dry on the bill, Begich condemned Don Young for voting for the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure bill that is bringing billions of urgently needed dollars to Alaska. As a recent manager of the Bristol Bay Borough, I know firsthand the immeasurable value this money brings to Alaska for broadband, sewers, roads, and ports. And it means jobs for thousands of Alaskans.

About 200 Republicans in Congress rejected these billions of dollars that will help their constituents. They sold out their own citizens for the petty partisan purpose of denying the opposing party a win.

In denouncing Young, Begich revealed that, for petty partisanship gamesmanship, he too, would sell out Alaska, denying the state these critical resources. Who knows what additional Alaskan needs Begich would trade in the future for anti-Alaska party loyalty if he was elected? Palin would do the same. If you care about infrastructure and other Alaskan needs, vote for anybody but them.

What should the federal government be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy?

We are paying stingingly high prices for gas, groceries, housing, etc. And wages are not keeping up. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. These problems are global, caused in part by Covid, and will not be fixed overnight.

Pointing fingers without proposing solutions, like Republicans do, isn’t enough. We must get things back on track. We need targeted-multiyear, as well as short-term, innovative strategies, and the willingness to make painful tradeoffs. Merely doing more-of-the-same isn’t enough.

Make candidates say specifically what they would do. Here are some of my ideas.

Temporarily suspend the federal gas tax, recognizing this takes away money from fixing highways. Speed up natural resource and alternative energy production, balanced with climate change improvements. One looming problem: insurers now say the future inflationary cost of fixing climate change-related damage, such as by fire and tornados, will eventually make insurance too costly for regular people.

What should be done, if anything, to change federal immigration policies?

We have a problem of “too many” people flooding into our country illegally. This includes people fleeing poor economic conditions, and criminals. We cannot absorb all of the desperate people in the world and need to stop this. One way is to amend federal law to require employers to use E-verify to stop employment of unauthorized aliens.

However, many immigrants enter our country legally and live productive lives as law-abiding citizens, workers, and tax payers. U.S. commerce, and our communities (including churches) depends greatly on legal immigrants who are temporary (agriculture) and permanent (police, hospitals, hotels, restaurants).

Clearly, the U.S. population is declining. We cannot sustain our economic growth, national strength, or support for seniors (for example, Social Security, Medicare), and other things, without productive, hardworking, legal immigrants.

We need to continue to bring in productive legal immigrants and exclude unproductive illegal immigrants.

What is the country’s biggest national security threat?

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine exposed a perfect-storm trifecta of national security threats: insufficient military capacity, lack of energy/natural resource independence, and climate change.

We are surrounded by hostile adversaries, such as Russia & China. We need greater military capability, and strong international allies, to deter them. We are dependent on other countries for energy, oil, and precious metals (semiconductors). We should become more self-sufficient to protect ourselves and help our allies.

Climate change is melting the Artic Ocean’s ice, soon allowing Russian/ Chinese warships year-round passage close by, and the permafrost under the struts supporting the Alaska pipeline, a key strategic resource. We must try to fix these and other climate threats.

We need a strategy like DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, which creates cutting-edge technology and solutions for the miliary, to create integrated strategies to address these perfect-storm threats.

Where do you want Alaska and the U.S. to be five years from now in regard to emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change?

Climate change is real. We must be realistic about it. Air and sea temperatures are warming, ice and permafrost are melting, and erosion and forest/tundra fires are growing We need to deal with this in Alaska and in Congress.

But we are not going to shut down Alaska’s resource economy. We face harmful constraints on developing Alaska’s energy and natural resources and the jobs this brings. We need to grow this development in Alaska and deal with this in Congress.

There is no necessary, inherent reason why we cannot do both: develop our resources and attend to climate change. This is not a binary choice. We put a man on the moon in a decade’s time. We can do this in Alaska and America.

If elected to Congress, I will quickly convene an Alaska summit of all key leaders to get started. I will also propose legislation creating a national group to create innovative technology and integrated (no silos) strategies to do this, like how DARPA does this for military technology and strategy

What other important issue would you like to discuss?

Vote to save democracy in 2022!

I ran for the state House in a Republican primary in 1994 and started the 2022 congressional campaign as a Republican. In January 2022, I left the Republican party, registering as an independent, because many Republicans, including some Alaskan candidates, are increasingly campaigning, with Republican Party support, to undermine democracy - voting for our leaders in fair elections, for which we revolted from England, and for which thousands of America patriots died in war since then.

For 20 months now, Trump and millions of Republicans have failed, and refused, to provide any meaningful evidence to support their claim that Trump won the 2020 presidential election. Yet, many Trump-Republican candidates in other states, for governor and Congress, and some in Alaska, now campaign on the promise to join Trump in overturning our sacred votes if they lose future elections.

Please vote against the Trump-Republicans who wish to destroy our democracy.

CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. House — Jay Armstrong

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 18:36

The Daily News asked candidates for statewide office in the Aug. 16 Alaska primary and special U.S. House elections to answer a series of issue and biographical questions to help voters understand their positions. Some questions were suggested by readers. Read all the responses here.

Jay Armstrong • Party: Republican • Occupation: Gold miner • Age: 56 • Residence: Wiseman Village • jayarmstrongusa.com


Jay Armstrong

Relevant experience or prior offices held

President Alaska Koyukuk Mining District and Alaska representative for Minerals and Management Advisory Council.

Why are you running for office?

To represent Alaska in Washington, D.C., to help get our lands, waters and resources back except military bases and ports, US federal government needful buildings, US Post offices and Indian lands. To fight for ALL of our civil rights that are restrictive clauses against the U.S. federal government outside of military bases and ports, needful buildings and Post offices and Indian lands. ALL U.S. federal government laws infringing and abridging our civil rights are not constitutional. To challenge the national debt in Congress and declare it null and void under the 14th Amendment Section 4. Our Constitution gave Congress the power to coin money, not give that power away, that very act was a rebellion against the Constitution. And to help get us back to a Constitutional republic.

Name two big problems or challenges currently facing Alaska and how you plan to address them if elected.

Alaska is a state in name only, Our Statehood Act was not entirely pursuant to our Constitution for the U.S. Secondly ALL our civil rights are off limits to the feds outside of their military bases, ports and needful buildings. Our Statehood Act was a result of Congress, and can be fixed by Congress. I will write legislation to start transferring lands, waters, and resources to the states and American citizens. The U.S. federal government has the power to dispose of lands and waters, it does not have the constitutional power to claim and retain into statehood, control, lock up, or use for collateral lands that should belong to the states and people. And I will not vote to fund ANY laws that are not constitutional and infringe, abridge or take away our civil rights.

Do you believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election? If you believe there was fraud, where and how do you think it took place?

No I watched to voting stop, POTUS Trump 45 come out and say he was ahead and he won. And when it came back on he was statistically, impossibly behind. Votes had been added or switched. I also watched the movie “2,000 Mules” and it shows how the ballot boxes were stuffed. But it doesn’t matter because VP Pence certified the election and it’s a done deal after that. There’s many ways to cheat in an election, that is why it is important to require voter identification and mostly voting in person.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. Do you believe President Trump should be held responsible for the events of Jan. 6?

Not at all, it’s a witch hunt. They were invited in, the doors were opened from within, and the Feds had provocateurs promoting nefarious actions. What needs to be investigated it the communications of the Security at the Capital and ALL US Politicians. I believe it was a set up and not POTUS Trumps fault.

Do you think Congress should pass legislation to limit or protect abortion access?

Nowhere in Our Constitution for the US does it give power to Congress to deal with this controversial State and Individual issue under the 10th Amendment.

What specific actions, if any, should the U.S. government take to curb gun violence?

Outside of US Military bases, ports, and US federal government needful buildings, US Post offices and Indian Lands our Civil Rights are restrictive clauses against them. All federal gun laws are not Constitutional. Our Founding Fathers were “We the People” and created the Constitution for the United States and US federal government with limited lands, waters and powers including the power regulate commerce amongst the States. The Constitution did not go far enough to protect State and Individual Rights. So we refused to ratify Our Constitution for the US without a Bill of Rights. And in the pre amble to Our Bill of Rights it states that they are restrictive clauses against the US federal government. No prior power can be twisted to abridge or infringe on our Civil Rights. The US federal government are the Rebels to Our Constitutional limitations against them. It’s a State and Individual issue under the 10th Amendment.

How do you think new resource development projects in Alaska should be balanced with the interests of environmental protection and climate change mitigation?

Alaska needs to get ALL of our lands, waters and resources back from the US federal government and manage them ourselves. I think climate change is mostly natural and cyclic and Alaskans should be grateful for the more mild weather. We have gone through warmer and colder ice age weather in history.

How will you promote putting aside partisan politics to address complex issues in Congress?

I’m a Constitutionalist all the time, every issue, every time, I never compromise. It’s not a partisan issue.

Do you believe the federal government is well positioned to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics that may emerge?

I believe the federal government needs to stay out of American Citizens health and life decisions and stop requiring the experimental vaccine.

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports according to the gender with which they identify?

No, they should have their own class of competition. Women and men are built different. Women can give birth and nurse a child. Men are larger and stronger and often have a natural advantage in some sports.

The federal infrastructure bill, which was voted for by all members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, stands to bring millions in federal funding to projects in Alaska. How would you ensure Alaska maximizes the benefits of this bill?

Give the money to the state with a condition that it can only be used for infrastructure and let the state decide democratically what projects are important.

What should the federal government be doing to curb inflation and strengthen the U.S. economy?

Investigate the national debt and private federal reserve who’s creation was a rebellion against constitutional limitations against Congress. Null and void it under the 14th Amendment Section 4 and get rid of the F note. America needs a new money that is fractionally backed by precious gold and silver, and Congress can set the value Domestically and Internationally. That is constitutional. Congress can do what Canada did when it was building its infrastructure, Canada created debt-free money. Under the necessary and proper clause Congress could do the same thing Domestically. America needs to get out of the globalist world bank and be economically competitive again.

What should be done, if anything, to change federal immigration policies?

Finish the wall and go back to what we had. President Trump was on the right track and doing a great job.

What is the country’s biggest national security threat?

The deep administrative and departmental government that is not elected and taking control of Washington and working with the globalist bankers. Congress needs to regain control of our country, especially the war powers.

Where do you want Alaska and the U.S. to be five years from now in regard to emissions reductions and adaptation to the effects of climate change?

I am all for hydroelectric, wind, solar, hydrogen and electric vehicles. Alaska has plenty of rare earth, strategic and critical minerals to build what it takes to transition into a greener energy sector. We just need to let the technology, logistics and private sector advance and develop local resources. Transporting any resource long distances contributes to emissions. Alaska needs to continue developing our oil, gas and coal and transition into the future with a combination of all energies.

What other important issue would you like to discuss?

Washington is out of control overreaching states and Individuals rights. The lands, waters and resources should be the States. All of our civil rights are off limits to the U.S. federal government and the debt needs to be null and void. If we are going to reclaim our Constitutional Republic we need to rein in Washington and start operating within constitutional jurisdictions, separation of powers and due process requirements. The U.S. federal government needs to protect American citizens rights. Also we never gave the U.S. federal government the power to pledge allegiance to the U.N. and any agendas that affect any of our rights, life, liberty, property and more.

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