Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Proposition 1: PFD Automatic Voter Registration - $1,174,413

The New Venture Fund dropped an additional $210,000 into the PFD automatic voter registration Prop 1 (Prop 1) campaign this past week. The New Venture Fund's campaign contributions total $819,000. Prop 1 campaign contributions total $1,174,413 with Alaskans only contributing $2,913.00 to the cause. That should give Alaskans pause.

APOC income report http://bit.ly/2fywFwk









Sunday, November 6, 2016

AGDC Board: Pay to play?

You be the judge. The Governor has been appointing his old Alaska Gasline Port Authority (AGPA) pals to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) board.

Governor Bill Walker appointed AGPA pal Mike Gallagher, Laborers' Local 341 (Laborers's 341) to the AGDC board. The legislature rejects Gallagher's board appointment. Walker then appoints Joey Merrick with Laborers' Local 341 to the AGDC board. Laborers' 341 drops $145,000 into 2016 legislative races.

Walker appoints AGPA pal Luke Hopkins to the AGDC board. Luke Hopkins resigns from the AGDC board, and decides to run for the state Senate. Why? The legislature will never vote to approve his appointment to the AGDC board.

Working Families of Alaska PAC (Laborers' 341) - APOC Spreadsheet: http://bit.ly/2f5zrIM

Working Families of Alaska 2016 campaign expenditures: http://bit.ly/2fremHn

Expenditures - Support:
  • $ 23,422.56 - Adam Wool
  • $ 1,500.00 - Bryce Edgmon
  • $ 17,946.54 - Dan Ortiz
  • $ 1,500.00 - Gabrielle LeDoux
  • $ 3,212.50 - Harriet Drummond
  • $ 37,740.02 - Harry Crawford
  • $ 3,212.50 - Ivy A Spohnholz
  • $ 49,598.88 - Jim Colver
  • $ 2,712.50 - Matt Claman
  • $ 65,544.20 - Vince Beltrami
Expenditures - Oppose
  • $ 2,498.14 - Cathy Giessel
  • $ 515.00 - Lance Pruitt


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

Gasline or greed? You be the judge


LIVING BLOG POST:  The board has been updated, and it will be updated as I learn more.  You will also find hyperlinks to articles below the image.


View PDF version http://bit.ly/2f4do3n
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Bill Walker's APOC Financial Disclosures 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

With new governor, a different take on energy development
http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060009668

Gas offers have come in
http://www.interiorgas.com/gas-offers-have-come-in

Wants New Alaska Gold Rush
http://www.nytimes.com/1991/01/27/us/hickel-wants-new-alaska-gold-rush.html?pagewanted=all

Yukon Pacific downsizes gas project; New plan would cost $9.5 billion; company looking to producers, pipeline companies or state development authority to build project
http://www.petroleumnews.com/pntruncate/606879998.shtml

Yukon Pacific still in the hunt for gas
http://www.petroleumnews.com/pntruncate/169094998.shtml

Yukon Pacific loses right of way for trans-Alaska gas line
https://www.adn.com/economy/article/yukon-pacific-loses-right-way-trans-alaska-gas-line/2008/12/23/

CSX CEO Says Trans-Alaska System Project, 'Most Viable' Alternative for North Slope Gas
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/whitmore-to-head-up-yukon-pacific-csx-ceo-says-trans-alaska-system-project-most-viable-alternative-for-north-slope-gas-73963952.html

Alaska pipeline at 10; oil and questions flow
http://www.nytimes.com/1987/06/16/us/alaska-pipeline-at-10-oil-and-questions-flow.html

More work for state gas authority; Bill would add highway line, private-sector partners to review
http://www.akrepublicans.org/ogan/23/pdfs/ogan2004020502i.pdf

Yukon Pacific Corporation
http://littlesis.org/org/118123/Yukon_Pacific_Corporation/board

Walker/Mallott transition team report
https://gov.alaska.gov/Walker_media/transition_page/combined-report_final.pdf

Alaska LNG backers lobby Murkowski; Backbone II asks governor for enthusiastic endorsement of state liquefied natural gas project from North Slope to Valdezhttp://www.petroleumnews.com/pnnew/82790720.html

Republican lawmakers spar with Alaska Gov. Walker's administration over plans for North Slope gas
https://www.adn.com/politics/2016/07/19/republican-lawmakers-spar-with-alaska-gov-walkers-administration-over-plans-for-north-slope-gas/

Market Developments prompt Alaska LNG Summit in Valdez
http://www.akbizmag.com/Alaska-Business-Monthly/August-2012/Market-Developments-prompt-Alaska-LNG-Summit-in-Valdez/

Alaska Gasline Port Authority
http://allalaskagasline.com 

Denied: DOE nixes Port Valdez export license
http://www.valdezstar.net/story/2013/03/13/main-news/denied-doe-nixes-port-valdez-export-license/283.html

Alaska Gasline Port Authority opens new office in Fairbanks
http://lists.topica.com/lists/Oil-PacRim/read/message.html?sort=d&mid=911809273

Walker transition effort begins to form
https://www.adn.com/politics/article/walker-transition-effort-begins-form/2014/11/19/

Gasline financing questioned
https://craigmedred.news/2016/06/24/gaslinefinacingquestioned/

Governor Walker and Craig Richards next play; Blowing up Prudhoe Bayhttp://mustreadalaska.com/governor-walker-craig-richards-next-play

Walker's comments on Point Thomson settlement missed the mark
https://www.adn.com/commentary/article/walkers-comments-point-thompson-settlement-missed-mark/2014/09/29/

Full text of "Sarah Palin's E-mail Records: 2008-01-24"
https://archive.org/stream/203830-sarah-palins-e-mail-records-2008-01-24/203830-sarah-palins-e-mail-records-2008-01-24_djvu.txt

Conference assembles gas line players for debate
http://www.alaskajournal.com/community/2005-12-11/conference-assembles-gas-line-players-debate#.WAxI3TteCM8

Port authority: Producers are conflicted
http://www.alaskajournal.com/community/2005-07-31/port-authority-producers-are-conflicted#.WAxLNTteCM8

Croft seeks fair pipeline deal for state
http://peninsulaclarion.com/stories/112305/news_1123new004.shtml#.WA0X8ZMrK18

Gasline battle heats up in homestretch
http://www.alaskajournal.com/business-and-finance/2014-10-29/gasline-battle-heats-homestretch#.WAxPejteCM8

‘Middle Earth’ tax credit debate reaches Interior gas project
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2016-06-08/middle-earth’-tax-credit-debate-reaches-interior-gas-project#.WAxRJjteCM8

AG hires lawyer who advised threatening leases (W. Mark Cotham)
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2016-05-04/ag-hires-lawyer-who-advised-threatening-leases#.WAzlnjteC18

Thomson on the table; Companies say little at hearing; agencies, port authority comments negative (W. Mark Cotham)
http://www.petroleumnews.com/pntruncate/313658391.shtml

Informal work session on ANS gas leases: Joint meeting: Legislative budget and audit, and Senate Resources Standing Committee (Rick Halford Mark Cotham)
http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_single_minute.asp?house=H&session=24&comm=BUD&date=20050420&time=1538

State division pressures Exxon Mobil to develop gas at Point Thomson Company says it's disappointed with state's denial of access, plans to appeal the decision (Harry Crawford, Jomo Stewart)
http://juneauempire.com/stories/100505/sta_20051005022.shtml#.WA0VfJMrK18

AIDEA begins broadening Interior gas search
http://www.alaskajournal.com/business-and-finance/2015-01-22/aidea-begins-broadening-interior-gas-search#.WA017DteCM8

Interior Gas Utility: Board (Mike Meeks)
http://www.interiorgas.com/mission/board/

Interior Gas Utility counsel grills Fairbanks Natural Gas about ownership during hearing (Robin Brena)
http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/interior-gas-utility-counsel-grills-fairbanks-natural-gas-about-ownership/article_343f995c-2032-11e3-a62d-001a4bcf6878.html

Rep. Matt Claman, an attorney speaks about former Attorney General working for the Walker Administration



Spenard candidate forum. Candidate speaks about the corrupt Bill Walker administration

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Walker's shadow government 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.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

GCI's Ron Duncan; the new Bill Allen?



Ron Duncan, GCI President and CEO sure does have his shorts in a twist all in the name of ‘doing what is best for Alaska.’  Seriously?   What Ron Duncan cares about is keeping his corporate welfare.  GCI received $5.1M in corporate welfare from the state of Alaska in 2015.  The $5.1M was obtained from the State of Alaska’s online checkbook, and does not include GCI’s Terra project dollars which requires a state match (so I hear).  Ask your lawmakers about the Terra project.  Talk to your lawmakers about GCI, and the AFL-CIO camped outside their offices.   OMG, what is GCI going to do with themselves if Ron Duncan is unsuccessful in bullying lawmakers to take your PFD?  You got it.  GCI will be holding the unmatched bag.  Alaskans didn’t take the money, GCI did, and now GCI’s financial woes have now become ours.

In addition, Arctic Fiber has rekindled their project of bringing broadband to rural Alaska. In May, Arctic Fiber was aquired by Quintillion Networks.  Why should you care about Arctic Fiber, and Quintillion Networks?   Um, Quintillion Networks is imposing in on GCI’s rural bread and butter. The Arctic Fiber project will bring broadband from Japan over the top through Prudhoe Bay, down to Fairbanks, and then down into Southcentral.  Gotta love competition.  It means lower broadband costs for the state of Alaska, school districts, and Alaskans. Especially, for our friends in the bush beginning in 2017.

Therefore, it is understandable that Ron Duncan would hire lobbyists, and bully, and threaten lawmakers to submit, or GCI will unseat them.   The pressure is on to abolish the PFD to keep the corporate welfare flowing right into special interests' pockets that includes GCI, and Ron Duncan is leading the charge.

Are you interested in taking the D out of PFD by tying your permanent fund check to an oil commodity?  Are you confident in an oil commodity that is volatile that requires the Trans Alaska Pipeline (TAPS) be the sole revenue generator for your PFD?  Especially, when TAPS is on the decline and increasing oil production is not a priority?

What Alaska needs is a Governor who will lead, and a Governor and legislature who will cut the budget to live within our means.  Not a Governor, or legislature advocating to reduce your PFD, and abolishing the PFD program as we know it.

Today is the day that will change Alaska forever, and it won't be about moving Alaska forward.

Call your House Representative.  


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GCI posts $8.9M loss in 4th quarter of 2015
http://www.adn.com/business/article/gci-posts-loss-grows-revenue-fourth-quarter-2015/2016/03/03/

Quintillion plans to deliver fiber optic cable and high-speed Interent by early 2017 http://www.ktva.com/quintillion-plans-to-deliver-fiber-optic-cable-and-high-speed-internet-by-early-2017-890/
 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

HB 247: My Senate Finance Testimony

My name is Deborah Brollini and I am testifying in opposition to HB 247.  I am testifying on behalf of myself. Unlike many who have testified on this bill my concerns are throughput through the Trans Alaska Pipeline (TAPS).

I would like to remind Alaskans and the committee that our Trans Alaska Pipeline was shut down in 2011.  We were lucky that Alyeska pipeline, and its contractors were able to bring TAPS back online in a number of days and not weeks or months.   The Admiral Tom Barrett, President of Alyeska Pipeline has repeatedly spoke about the challenges of operating a pipeline below 500 thousand barrels per day.

TAPS production is tinkering at 508 barrels per day.  The cost of operating TAPS rises as oil production declines.  The state and Alaska’s oil producers, who are Alaska’s largest taxpayers and investors, like it or not, our futures are linked.  Alaska needs to stop its bipolar relationship with the oil producers, and start acting like the partner it should be.  

In closing, I want Alaska to be a player in a world oil market.  Unfortunately, Alaska lives in the moment, and not in the long-term.   I am not opposed to reducing tax credits to companies who have not contributed a drop of oil into TAPS, or who have not contributed a cent to Alaska’s treasury after years of benefiting from Alaska’s generous oil and gas tax credits.

I am for increasing oil production through the Trans Alaska Pipeline by increasing oil production from existing fields.   If we ignore the challenges of low oil production through TAPS we will have an 800-mile piece of Chapstick on our hands.

Oil prices will rebound, and its about how Alaska chooses to manage its checkbook, and our oil production through these challenging times.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Moter Fuel Tax Increase proposed by the Governor

Rep. Shelley Hughes
Representative Shelly Hughes

We’ll hear the bill again this week. What do you think? Last week the House Transportation Committee held its first hearing on the Governor’s bill, HB 249. Here’s what it would do:
  • Double the motor fuel tax for road vehicles (8¢ more per gallon)
  • Triple the aviation fuel tax (7¢ more per gallon)
  • Double the marine fuel tax (8¢ more per gallon)
  • Collect $49 million from Alaskan families and businesses per year

    Not only would the cost of travel for Alaskans increase due to this proposal, but because shipping and freight costs would rise as a result, Alaskan consumers could expect the costs of goods to increase along with the tax.
For those in our district, we realize that Mat-Su is not only home to thousands of daily commuters but is a large area where key destinations are miles apart. This tax increase is a big deal. A local roundtrip to a certain retailer or for a medical appointment can easily involve 15-20 miles. Bottom line: we buy a lot of gas. The motor fuel tax portion of this bill would translate into a disproportionate amount of the $49 million coming from our wallets into the general fund.

I’ll be chairing the House Transportation Committee on Thursday, February 4th at 1 p.m. when we’ll hear the motor fuel tax bill again. I’d love for you to chime in. You can testify by going to your local Legislative Information Office or if that’s not feasible, contact my office 907-465-3743 for call-in information. You can also send written testimony on HB 249 to rep.shelley.hughes@akleg.gov, and I’ll see that it’s included in the committee bill packets. You can watch the committee here. Stay tuned because we may provide another yet another opportunity for public testimony.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALASKA

I'm happy to share my birthday with my beloved state of Alaska. Happy Birthday Alaska!!!

WE'RE IN!!!

Alaska became a state on January 3, 1959. Happy to share my 50th birthday with my beloved state of Alaska.