Sunday, August 14, 2016

Walker's shadow governement and your PFD; The Brena effect

I normally do not publish donors who give to political campaigns. I usually stick to total donations when it comes to unions, and special interests groups. I respect everyone's vote even though I may not agree with your politics. I believe in democracy, and may the best man or best woman win. However, in Alaska that isn’t always the case.

Money talks, and it isn’t just pay-to-play. It is much darker than even I had suspected. Walker’s shadow government, and his desperation for a pipe dream should give all Alaskans pause.   Brena is a trusted friend of Bill Walker, and he has spent a pretty penny getting him elected Governor.

Robin Brena is also the guy who bought Bill Walker, and former Attorney General Craig Richard's law firm for a $1.00 (Sarcasm, you gotta point that out when you're being sarcastic these days). Bill Walker, Craig Richards, and Robin Brena have spent their legal careers suing Alaska's oil producers which should concern all Alaskans.   Now it turns out Brena dropped $223,300 over the past four years into political campaigns and special interest groups.  $223,300 is a huge chunk of change to get the governor and legislature you want.

I haven't figured out if the agenda is for Governor Walker and Craig Richards to default on Prudhoe Bay leases for a pipe dream (which requires taking your PFD), or to keep the legal billable hours thriving on the backs of Alaskans.    Governor Bill Walker has made millions in legal fees pushing for a pipe dream.  Check out Walker's  2014 APOC financial disclosure report

Elections have consequences people, and your PFD is not for sale.

Let Brena's APOC report speak for itself. You be the judge. Here is the link to his APOC report https://goo.gl/K0nH0s

  • 01/27/16 $ 500.00 Shirley Ann Cote'
  • 10/22/15 $ 500.00 Eric Croft
  • 10/13/15 $ 500.00 Matt Claman
  • 06/29/1c $ 500.00 Jason Grenn
  • 07/15/16 $ 500.00 Paul Seaton
  • 07/12/16 $ 500.00 Jim Colver
  • 06/27/16 $ 500.00 Harry T. Crawford Jr.
  • 07/01/16 $500.00 Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins
  • 06/27/16 $ 500.00 Daniel (Dan) H Ortiz
  • 06/25/16 $ 5,000.00 House Democratic Campaign Committee
  • 06/24/16 $ 500.00 Matt Claman
  • 06/29/16 $ 500.00 Les Gara
  • 06/27/16 $ 500.00 Zach Fansler
  • 07/10/16 $ 500.00 Adam Wool
  • 06/27/16 $ 500.00 Ivy A Spohnholz
  • 06/12/16 $ 500.00 Luke Hopkins
  • 06/27/16 $ 500.00 Dean Westlake
  • 08/03/16 $35,000.00 Together for Alaska
  • 08/13/16 $ 500.00 Louise B. Stutes
  • 02/11/15 $ 500.00 Ethan Berkowitz
  • 08/4/15 $ 5,000.00 House Democratic Campaign Committee
  • 12/07/13 $ 500.00 Hollis S. French
  • 12/07/13 $ 500.00 Hollis S. French
  • 05/17/13 $ 500.00 Bill Walker
  • 10/31/13 $ 500.00 Bill Walker
  • 01/08/14 $ 500.00 Bill Walker
  • 07/03/14 $ 300.00 Hollis S. French
  • 07/02/14 $ 500.00 Patti Higgins
  • 08/07/14 $ 500.00 Laurie Hummel
  • 08/08/14 $ 500.00 Geran Tarr
  • 09/26/14 $50,000.00 Alaskans Opposing Parnell
  • 10/01/14 $10,000.00 Putting Alaskans First Committee
  • 09/24/14 $ 500.00 Walker Mallott for Alaska
  • 11/22/13 $ 500.00 Craig L Fleener
  • 07/08/14 $ 500.00 Marty McGee
  • 10/21/14 $25,000.00 Alaskans Opposing Parnell
  • 07/22/14 $10,000.00 Vote Yes! Repeal the Giveaway
  • 06/04/14 $ 5,000.00 Vote Yes! Repeal the Giveaway
  • 10/01/14 $10,000.00 Putting Alaskans First Committee
  • 09/25/14 $ 500.00 Clare Ross
  • 07/02/14 $ 500.00 Harry T Crawford Jr.
  • 09/24/14 $ 500.00 Matt Claman
  • 08/8/14 $ 500.00 Dean Westlake
  • 01/9/14 $25,000.00 Vote Yes! Repeal the Giveaway
  • 06/19/12$ 1,000.00 Senate Democratic Campaign Committee
  • 01/03/12$ 500.00 Hollis S. French
  • 07/10/12 $ 500.00 David Guttenberg
  • 07/06/12 $ 500.00 Bryce Edgmon
  • 06/29/12 $ 500.00 Donald "Donny" Olson
  • 06/30/12 $500.00 Harry T. Crawford Jr.
  • 07/10/12 $500.00 Anna I. Fairclough
  • 07/05/12 $500.00 Lindsey S Holmes
  • 07/16/12 $500.00 Roman R. Romanovski
  • 07/02/12 $500.00 Thomas H. Wagoner
  • 06/29/12 $500.00 Joe J. Thomas
  • 06/29/12 $500.00 Gary Stevens
  • 05/18/12 $500.00 Bill Wielechowski
  • 07/18/12 $500.00 Lesil McGuire
  • 07/06/12 $500.00 Fred Dyson
  • 07/05/12 $500.00 Lindsey S Holmes
  • 07/17/12 $500.00 Bert K. Stedman
  • 08/10/12 $500.00 David Watts
  • 08/08/12 $500.00 Jonathan S. Kreiss-Tomkins
  • 07/31/12 $4,000.00 Senate Democratic Campaign Committee
  • 07/03/12 $500.00 Hal Gazaway
  • 08/09/12 $500.00 Matt Olsen
  • 08/22/12 $500.00 Patti Higgins
  • 07/03/12 $500.00 Bob Miller
  • 08/22/12 $500.00 Patti Higgins
  • 07/31/12 $500.00 Luke Hopkins
  • 08/7/12 $500.00 Pete Petersen
  • 11/13/12 $5,000.00 Putting Alaskans First Committee
  • 06/29/12 $500.00 Berta Gardner
  • 07/5/12 $500.00 Paul K. Seaton
  • 07/3/12 $500.00 Bill Stoltze
  • 07/11/12 $500.00 Les Gara
  • 06/29/12 $500.00 Click Bishop
  • 07/06/12 $500.00 Scott Kawasaki
  • 08/06/12 $500.00 Andrew L. "Andy" Josephson
  • 08/06/12 $500.00 Chris Tuck
Brena total expenditures $223,300.000


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

GCI's Empty Threats

I don't take kindly to threats, and GCI has been threatening Alaskans that if the state does not abolish the PFD as we know it GCI won't invest $200M in Alaska. 

I'm sorry Ron Duncan, you took the federal dollars with strings attached; Alaskans didn't.  Maybe your lobbyist Ashley Reed promised you that Alaskans would go for it.  I'm here to tell you that Alaskans have spoken, and it is a resounding 'hell no" on abolishing our PFD.

Turns out that that Alaska didn’t need to pass legislation for GCI to take the money. GCI is investing the $200M they said they wouldn't.

 GCI to expand network to 10 more Arctic communities in 2016.
https://www.cedmagazine.com/news/2016/06/gci-expand-high-speed-network-10-more-arctic-communities

GCI's Ron Duncan; Alaska's new Bill Allen?
http://alaskaenergydudesanddivas.blogspot.com/2016/06/gcis-ron-duncan-new-bill-allen.html

‘Alaska’s future looks like Alaska past --- it’s about the money
http://www.adn.com/commentary/article/alaskas-future-looks-alaskas-past-its-all-about-money-0/2016/01/31/

Sunday, June 19, 2016

SB 128 PFD Dead - Sine Die

Deborah and Rep. Craig Johnson
The House gaveled out sine die last night, and Alaskans can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Senate Bill 128, the Governor’s abolishing the PFD legislation is dead. I anticipate the Governor will call the legislature back for a special, special session to introduce a new PFD abolishing bill. I have spoken with my Representative Craig Johnson who is House Rules Chair and he shared with me that all PFD legislation will not get on the House floor. The public has spoken. So, the Governor and his special interest pals need to pack up and go home. It’s over.

The Governor chose to not lead, and cut the budget. Governor Walker has spent the last 18 months “grooming’ Alaskans to take their PFD.  Let us not forget Walker's special interests partners who have spent a year manufacturing a ‘the sky is falling’ sentiment that is scaring Alaskans. I’m sorry, scaring Alaskans is not leadership. Alaska has savings and the sky is not falling.

This Alaskan is not opposed to using the permanent fund for its intended use. The permanent fund was born for a rainy day. It’s a rainy day. However, the rainy day has been self-inflicted, and there is plenty of blame to go around. Alaska is not living within in its financial means, and Alaskans will reject using the permanent fund until the state gets its fiscal house in order. Period.

The Governor has always had the power to reduce your PFD by $1,000 utilizing the budgetary process, and his veto pen. He never needed PFD legislation to pass to reduce your PFD check to fund a bloated state government.

Cut the budget Governor, and muster up some fiscal responsibility that you promised Alaskans if you got elected. Then, and only then will Alaskans stand shoulder to shoulder with you and approve the using of our PFD wealth.

It is come come to Jesus time, and the question is, will Governor Bill Walker burn Alaska’s house down.