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Friday, May 1, 2009

The Great Land, Part II

I am a blogger from Minnesota and have been a fan of Sarah Palin since I read a 2007 article by Fred Barnes about Palin in The Weekly Standard.

For my first post on Sarah's Web Brigade, here is a July 2008 post from my blog North Star Liberty on Alaskan politics. I hope it gives you some added insight into Gov. Palin the person and Gov. Palin the state executive.

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R)Alaska's politics are a product of its nearly a century as a territory, during which it was exploited by a Congress in which it had no representation, and the rugged individuals who sparsely populate this "last frontier."

Although much of the economy is federally subsidized, "Bridge to Nowhere" notwithstanding, Alaska has a relatively flat governmental structure and a strong libertarian streak.

Most of Alaska has two levels of government: state and "borough," roughly equivalent to a county, but no township or city government, and as far as I know no regional transit boards or metropolitan councils. Much of the state falls into the "unorganized" borough and is administered by the state.

Firearms are licensed on a "shall issue" basis, and once licensed no additional license is needed to carry the weapon concealed. Carrying a firearm is illegal in Alaskan courthouses, schoolyards, bars and domestic violence shelters, but you don't see those ridiculous WEAPONS BANNED ON THESE PREMESES signs everywhere you turn as you do here in Minnesota. Alaska smoking laws resemble the pre-Indoor Clean Air Act era in Minnesota, with smoking and non-smoking sections in public places. Earlier this month, an Alaska Superior Court judge struck down a law that criminalizes the posession of up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use.

The state of Alaska does not have a state sales tax or state income tax. In some boroughs and cities there is a sales tax.

Alaskan politics has been known for its corrupt, good-old-boys ways, but its first female governor, the popular and photogenic Sarah Palin, has largely cleaned house since taking office in 2006. Palin, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, is the former mayor of Wasilla, 40 miles north of Anchorage (home of the Iditarod dog sled race). Her husband, Todd, works for BP at an oil field on the North Slope and is a commercial fisherman. Alaska's first family includes two sons and three daughters.

1 comment:

  1. Enjoyed your article. Thanks for posting. Alaska is an interesting place indeed. If it hadn't been for Sarah Palin, Alaska would still seem like a remote "last frontier" for most of us. Sarah Palin has brought a lot of attention to Alaska, and the anklebiters should be thankful for that and for her cleaning house in Juneau instead of trying to stir up trouble for her.