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Posted: September 3, 2014 - 9:01pm
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre talks to a crowd during a borough mayor candidate forum at a Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce joint luncheon Wednesday September 3, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.  Navarre faces two challengers for his position.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre talks to a crowd during a borough mayor candidate forum at a Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce joint luncheon Wednesday September 3, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska. Navarre faces two challengers for his position.

It sounds like the beginning of a joke — a businessman, a pastor and a rancher presented their views on local government to a full house of area residents.

While the audience did have some laughs following various comments from the three candidates for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor, voters on Oct. 7 will be faced with the decision of who should serve as mayor for the next three years.

Incumbent Mike Navarre, who has years of business experience overseeing his family’s Arby’s restaurants and RadioShack stores in Alaska is challenged by Tom Bearup, pastor at Family Bible Fellowship Church, and long-time area rancher Carrol Martin.

The three answered questions regarding local and statewide issues at a forum hosted by the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce on Wednesday.

Navarre’s political experience includes serving as borough mayor from 1996-1999 and in the Alaska Legislature from 1985-1996. He said while his business experience is important to his work as mayor, so are relationships he has built at the local, state and federal levels. His administration, he said, works as a team to provide quiet oversight and responsibly manage the borough’s budget.

Bearup served as Soldotna mayor, chief executive officer in the sheriff’s department in Maricopa County, Arizona and said he was the lead advance man for President Ronald Reagan. He said if elected, he will protect property rights, promote healthcare choice, find a solution to flooding issues, encourage new businesses and will be a “senior rights mayor.”

Martin, along with ranching, has worked in education and the oil and gas and commercial fishing industries. He is an active volunteer with 4-H, the Alaska State Board of Agriculture, the Alaska Creamery Board, the Kenai Peninsula State Fair Board and others organizations. He said he doesn’t need the mayor’s salary, so if elected, he will hire two assistants to work on firebreaks and promote agriculture in the borough.

When discussing local issues, the topics focused on the borough’s budget and economic growth.

Martin said he is torn on the issue of non-departmental funding because his business, Diamond M Ranch, benefits from the partially borough-funded Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council to market his business, but it also uses his tax dollars.

Bearup said he wants departments and non-departmentals to present budgets that show where money has been and will be spent as well as business plans for the organizations.

Navarre said he supports funding non-departmentals, and while the organizations have been topics of discussion during budget sessions, the assembly has supported the funding on final budget passages.

“(Non-departmentals) are all important and the funds that we put into them, the borough and its residents do get a return on that investment,” Navarre said.

To encourage economic development in the borough, creating a strong workforce is important along with a stable tax base and responsible land management, Navarre said.

Martin said education is the key to economic development with future jobs coming from high-quality vocational education.

Bearup said the government should attract new businesses and enhance already established businesses by buying locally to enhance the economy.

The candidates were asked their positions on the three measures on the state’s general election ballot.

Measure No. 2 asks voters whether marijuana should be legalized.

“Well, I’ve never tried marijuana,” Martin said. “And they say it’s a good pain killer and increases your appetite, so maybe that’s in my future, but probably not.”

He said he doesn’t think outlawing marijuana is working well and said it’s a matter of making people responsible for their behavior.

Bearup said he doesn’t support the legalization of recreational marijuana, but is interested in learning more about the benefits of medical marijuana.

While he hasn’t read the proposition, Navarre said he is inclined to vote against marijuana legalization.

“I do think that we need to take a look at incarceration under the marijuana laws because I think that we have far too many people in prison as a result of that,” he said.

On Ballot Measure No. 3, which proposes to increase the minimum wage, Navarre is in favor because employees should be paid living wages. Raising the minimum wage will have positive effects on people’s lives, he said.

Martin said there should not be a “ceiling or a floor” on wages.

“I wish that employers would pay people for … the service or the work they put out,” he said. “The harder you work the more you make.”

Bearup is against raising the minimum wage because, he said, it will lead to inflation. In restaurants, he said, waitresses typically get tips, which provide “a good income” for them.

“My position is a free enterprise system,” he said. “If you go out and you treat your employees well, you pay them well because you don’t have to give them the minimum wage. You can give them more than what they would get as a minimum wage.”

Measure No. 4 asks voters if they would approve an initiative to protect Bristol Bay salmon and waters flowing into the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve. This would be done by requiring the Legislature to approve proposed large-scale metallic sulfide mines in the reserve by passing a law that finds the mine doesn’t endanger the fishery.

Bearup said he didn’t know enough about that issue, but he wants to protect the habitat as much as possible and work with the fisheries and find the best solution for everyone involved.

While he said he is not against fisheries protection, Navarre said he will likely vote against the measure, but he has yet to read the initiative.

“We have a regulatory structure and a permitting process in the state of Alaska that I think works pretty well,” he said. “I think it’s dangerous precedent to be setting our standards and our policies in this fashion on development issues.”

Martin said he is opposed No. 4 and that mining can be done safely. He said other mining projects are in the works that “might be a whole lot worse than Bristol Bay.”

Kaylee Osowski can be reached at kaylee.osowski@peninsulaclarion.com.

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kearbear
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kearbear 09/04/14 - 05:32 pm
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Small business survival

Small businesses with very small margins will go out of business. The cost of raising the minimum wage is significant. Restaurants, particularly smaller restaurants like the ones on the Peninsula, run on very slim profit margins. They simply cannot raise menu prices. Their customer base will shrink. The impact of raising the minimum wage will be the loss of jobs as small businesses try to cope and the loss of small businesses that cannot absorb the costs.

Raising the minimum wage is an artificial pump by an administration devoid of ideas of how to stimulate economic activity. Small businesses will need to raise prices in order to pay government mandates. Just another spiral of costs that are absorbed by small business start ups resulting in loss of jobs. The country needs high paying jobs such as those that would be created if Obama allowed the Keystone Pipeline project. Harming small business with artificial wage rates, creates burdens that can destroy a small business. Workers get a raise, then lose a job.

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AK49 09/04/14 - 06:09 am
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http://www.dol.gov/elaws/faq/

http://www.dol.gov/elaws/faq/esa/flsa/002.htm

http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/wages/wagestips.htm

What is the minimum wage for workers who receive tips?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires payment of at least the federal minimum wage to covered, nonexempt employees. An employer of a tipped employee is only required to pay $2.13 an hour in direct wages if that amount plus the tips received equals at least the federal minimum wage, the employee retains all tips and the employee customarily and regularly receives more than $30 a month in tips. If an employee's tips combined with the employer's direct wages of at least $2.13 an hour do not equal the federal minimum hourly wage, the employer must make up the difference.

Some states have minimum wage laws specific to tipped employees. When an employee is subject to both the federal and state wage laws, the employee is entitled to the provisions which provides the greater benefits.

Norseman
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Norseman 09/04/14 - 06:24 am
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Navarre is the only real

Navarre is the only real candidate here.
Bearup lets just say, has a truckload of baggage.
Martin apparently has self serving interests at hand.

Suss
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Suss 09/04/14 - 02:57 pm
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Truckload pulling a Boatload

Bearup is certifiable, has been and will continue on

His glad-handing give me grift, church or politics,

his last paycheck for wages

came from Crazy Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Residency...... Arizona

Residency Alaska? PFD???

Voter Cards Please!!!

Zuyus' pick. Tea * (drop into cup) darling. Tempest in a Teapot.

Cannot use the common word^^. It is so bad it was censored.

*"small, porous sealed bag containing tea leaves and used with water for brewing the beverage called tea, or herbs or spices for brewing herbal teas".

jford
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jford 09/04/14 - 09:58 am
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kearbear didn't read the evidence that proves her lies are lies.

Teapulican politicians can't campaign without pushing myths and lies, they have no recourse to anything else.

Except to just keep on lying, and keep on pushing myth.

It's not like the minimum wage hasn't been raised before, since it's inception it's been raised at least fifteen times and there's actual evidence showing what happens.

Each time it's raised it's critics have claimed it hurts business or causes inflation.

Only trouble is, it's been proven to be false. It doesn't hurt business, it doesn't cause inflation.

It helps the economy.

Again. Here's the myths debunked: http://www.dol.gov/minwage/mythbuster.htm

Why would a politician rail against policies which work to better others?

Because they're ideologically trapped in their own mythology and can't or won't accept any part of reality. Reality doesn't fit into their mythology.

Not anything you want in an elected official. Not who you want forming public policy.

kearbear
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kearbear 09/04/14 - 09:31 am
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"shed workers and replace staff"

"According to a new report by the United States Congressional Budget Office raising the United States minimum wage could cost the country over 500,000 jobs by the end of June 2016."

jford
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jford 09/04/14 - 09:57 am
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Misrepresenting the CBO report is dishonest.

The CBO report says 16.5 million people would be lifted out of poverty with the chance that .5 might, just might, lose their position. A chance, not a certainty.

Simple math shows that the overall effect is one of tremendous positive effects even if a few greedy businesses refuse to raise their wages paid to their workers.

Raising the wages of 16.5 million people saves a huge amount of money normally spent on welfare.

And that's not to mention what it means for 16.5 million people to have a living wage. That has nothing but positive benefits all through society, better economy, less crime more opportunities. It's nothing but positive.

But tea party kearbear and Bearup would have you keep 16.5 million people on welfare, all so a very small percentage of people could keep their minimum wage job, only to benefit an even fewer number of greedy skinflint businessmen.

That's simply idiotic.

But then, idiotic is what you get when you misrepresent reality.

kearbear is drinking some bad tea.

kearbear
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kearbear 09/04/14 - 08:55 am
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Robots and fast food

"A company called Momentum Machines has built a robot that could radically change the fast-food industry and have some line cooks looking for new jobs."

"The company's robot can "slice toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible." The robot is "more consistent, more sanitary, and can produce ~360 hamburgers per hour." That's one burger every 10 seconds."

http://www.businessinsider.com/momentum-machines-burger-robot-2014-8#ixz...

kearbear
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kearbear 09/04/14 - 01:22 pm
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low wage jobs will be eliminated

"Jobs for low-wage workers would probably be eliminated, the income of most workers who became jobless would fall substantially, and the share of low-wage workers who were employed would probably fall slightly. The increased earnings for low-wage workers resulting from the higher minimum wage would total $31 billion, by CBO’s estimate. However, those earnings would not go only to low-income families, because many low-wage workers are not members of low-income families. Just 19 percent of the $31 billion would accrue to families with earnings below the poverty threshold" http://www.cbo.gov/publication/44995

jford
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jford 09/04/14 - 10:34 am
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Baloney.

Richard Fink, an executive vice president of Koch Industries, based his case that the minimum wage leads to fascism on the discredited claim that raising the minimum wage would cost 500,000 jobs.

Economic consensus, based on dozens of studies of actual real-life cases comparing states, cities, or counties with higher minimum wage with their neighbors with lower minimum wage, is that raising the wage does not hurt job growth.

And you don't have to look far to find recent examples of strong job growth in places that raised the minimum wage.

The CBO's 0.3 percent employment decrease 'estimate' contradicts decades of economic research finding—not predicting, but looking at cases where the minimum wage is actually raised and finding—that employment doesn't decline in any meaningful way as a result of minimum wage increases.

Economists have compared data not just at the state level but the county level, comparing restaurant industry employment between counties with higher minimum wages and those at $7.25. That's a lot of data, from different regions of the country and with different levels of minimum wage:

The conclusion? "For cross-state contiguous counties, we find strong earnings effects and no employment effects of minimum wage increases."

That's one study. What about others? A meta-analysis of 64 different studies with more than 1,000 employment estimates "found that the most precise estimates were heavily clustered at or near zero employment effects."

http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/workingpapers/157-07.pdf

http://www.cepr.net/documents/publications/min-wage-2013-02.pdf

That's 65 studies showing kearbear and Bearup to be misrepresenting the facts.

kearbear and Bearup's response to the recent CBO 'estimate' relies on ignoring the many positive effects it predicts for a minimum wage increase while highlighting the major point on which it departs from economic consensus.

As Council of Economic Advisers Chair Jason Furman pointed out on a White House media call, this is not, like budget estimates, a case where the CBO is the main authority in the field.

We know stuff about this, because it's been widely studied, and there are other more credible and authoritative voices.

Headline" Congressional Budget Office Report Finds Minimum Wage Lifts Wages for 16.5 Million Workers"

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/02/18/congressional-budget-office-re...

Headline"2014 Job Creation Faster in States that Raised the Minimum Wage

http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/cepr-blog/2014-job-creation-in-state...

Headline" In San Jose, higher minimum wage pays benefits

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/06/14/minimum-wage-san...

In Washington state, small businesses are adding jobs faster than any other state in the country. It's also the state where minimum wage, at $9.32 per hour, is the highest.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/14/smallbusiness/minimum-wage-washington-jobs/

Raising the minimum wage would help 16 and a half million people, Teapublicans hate that.

Join the Alaska coalition to raise the minimum wage:

http://www.alaskaneedsaraise.org/join_us?splash=1

artcambell
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artcambell 09/04/14 - 12:58 pm
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news?

This is not a "news" report, it is an editorial by someone

wearing a mayor navarre campaign button.

Condescending to Mr. Martin and Mr. Bearup.

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beaverlooper 09/04/14 - 01:32 pm
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out of his own pocket

kearbear....I don't know if you saw it in the article or not but the Navarre family owns and operates all of the Arby's restaurants in Alaska. It would be money out of his own pocket and he's for raising the minimum wage. Real world and not just a bunch of idealistic BS.

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jford 09/04/14 - 02:09 pm
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artcambell
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artcambell 09/04/14 - 03:27 pm
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arby family

beaverlooper
navarre also said at forum that none of his family or business partners would like or support his position

kearbear
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kearbear 09/04/14 - 05:35 pm
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out of his pocket

@ beaverlooper Yes, I heard his comment at the Chamber meeting at the Kenai Visitor Center. The irony of his comment is that there is nothing stopping him from raising their hourly rate at the current time. He does not need a raise in the minimum wage to be mandated by government. If he believes his business can afford to pay above and beyond the minimum wage, he can give a raise to everyone today. Fast Food Fifteen protests coming soon to an Arby's near us.

jford
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jford 09/04/14 - 09:05 pm
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Do you pretend to be a Fast Food activist, kearbear?

One can't very well be against raising the minimum wage and also expect anyone to believe you would, (at the same time) agitate for a raise in the minimum wage.

But then again, who knows, right?

It's a sure bet that irony isn't defined by what you might think.

.

Join the Alaska coalition to raise the minimum wage:

http://www.alaskaneedsaraise.org/join_us?splash=1

.

Support the protest for fast food worker's wages:

https://www.facebook.com/Fightfor15

…you too, kearbear, do something that will help people instead of playing shill for the corporate agenda.

You do know that the Tea Party always was, (and still is), a scam, a hustle, film flam designed by the corporations to get you to serve their interests.

Or maybe you believe them when they say they didn't do that. ??

Tea Partyers ought to try a little critical objective reasoning. Take a look at some empirical evidence once in a while.

Shut off FOX News.

You'll all feel a whole lot better. You all might even desist from running in circles, screaming and shouting.

Watch a movie, these people are your neighbors.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV2EQK1ySQs

.

It would be good to probably distance yourself from Bearup, his latest grift isn't going to work.

Who knows where he'll be looking to get himself elected next. Another sheriff attempt? Maybe a brand new mayor again somewhere?

You didn't give him any money did you?

beaverlooper
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beaverlooper 09/06/14 - 11:29 am
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I heard

In 1984 I heard Ronald Regan say "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes." of course it was taken out of context,
In other words ,,,,,so what?

Suss
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Suss 09/06/14 - 09:19 pm
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I heard Bearup in Arizona Tweet

Bearup made "loose lips",

http://amandacoyne.com/politics/loose-lips-dems-auction-to-highest-bidde...

Bearup will continue to entertain his delusions of politics.

jford
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jford 09/06/14 - 11:16 pm
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Suss
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Suss 09/08/14 - 11:38 am
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Bearup found $10,000.00

APOC reports Bearup gave himself $10,000.00 cash.

That's nice.

Did not see any other donations.

That's sad.

Candidate Information
Election Year: 2014
Candidate Display Name: 2014 - Tom Bearup (Kenai Peninsula Borough)
Candidate First Name: Thomas
Candidate Last Name: Bearup
Filer Information
Filer First Name: THOMAS
Filer Middle Name: R
Filer Last Name: BEARUP
Filer Title: Candidate
Contributions (1)
Contribution
Date Form of
Contribution Amount Description
09/04/2014 Cash
$10,000.00

Amended form says check

Candidate Display Name: 2014 - Tom Bearup (Kenai Peninsula Borough)
Candidate First Name: Thomas
Candidate Last Name: Bearup
Filer Information
Filer First Name: THOMAS
Filer Middle Name: R
Filer Last Name: BEARUP
Filer Title: Candidate
Contributions (1)
Contribution
Date Form of
Contribution Amount Description
09/05/2014 Check
Check Number: Cashiers check $10,000.00 Deposited cashier's check in the amount of $10,000.00 from my personal account with the intent of $5,000.00 for reimbursement.

Norseman
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Norseman 09/08/14 - 05:58 am
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God works in mysterious

God works in mysterious ways....

Also another good one..."A sucker is born every minute"......

jford
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jford 09/08/14 - 03:56 pm
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God had nothing to do with it.

And please, people, it wasn't my God that told Bearup he ought to be mayor.

It's unlikely it was your God either.

My God has a question about what this part of the disclosure really might mean?
___
Contribution Amount Description 09/05/2014
Check Check Number: Cashiers check $10,000.00
Deposited cashier's check in the amount of $10,000.00 from my personal account with the intent of $5,000.00 for reimbursement.
___

Maybe his God thinks intent means something other than what my God has to say about intent.

I'm pretty sure his God must think reimbursement means something else.

Or 10,000 minus 5,000 means something else to his God.

Whose God is APOC listening to?

B.Ross
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B.Ross 09/08/14 - 11:17 pm
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Bearup is not a business man

Bearup isn't a businessman, he can't manage his own money much less the borough's. He just ran for Pinal County Sheriff in 2012; of course he was defeated. AZ resident or an Alaskan. He hides behind his wife's family stating they have lived here for 50 years; but he was a resident in AZ in 2012? He didn't have a home in Pinal County; his house is in Alaska; the one that was in foreclosure for 2 years. The guy hasn't even paid his school loans from the early 90's. (read the Alaska Bankrupty Judge's Opinion). He has no 'business' experience; lives off church donations, social security, and lump some payments from church building he sold in AZ. He made a bundle off his home in AZ; traveled around the US for a year in an elite motor home; which was also taken from him due to his lack of making payments, claiming he was retired. He promotes buying locally; however most of his campaign signs were purchased in AZ and have a sticker on them covering 'Pinal County Sheriff' ask Bearup if he was a Soldotna cop, for how long, and how old he was when he nabbed his 17 year old wife. He couldn't hold down the Apario job, or the job with HUD. Very little experience except as a pastor; and he can't get a congregation together. His daycare failed as he and his wife were in AZ not taking care of it and their two employees. And next, he thinks he will be governor??

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