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We do things a little differently here in Alaska

Posted: September 9, 2012 - 8:00am

They’re sweeping up the confetti and balloons in Charlotte and Tampa. With the national political conventions done, it’s on the campaign for the general election in November.

What that means is that over the next two months, the rhetoric is going to be ratcheted up, and things are likely to become more and more rancorous as Nov. 6 approaches.

Here in Alaska, we’ve always prided ourselves on doing things a little different than they do it elsewhere. We got a small taste of how partisan presidential politics work in the Lower 48 when our former governor was picked as a vice presidential running mate, and it wasn’t pretty. A “truth squad” set up camp with the mission of smearing any opposition — truth having little to do with it at all.

Certainly, our state has become a little more partisan over the past few election cycles, but Alaskans, for the most part, remain politically independent. The majority of Alaska voters remain unaffiliated with any political party. We expect our elected officials to represent Alaska’s interests — working across party lines where it benefits our state. Indeed, all three members of our congressional delegation emphasize their ability to work with colleagues on the other side of the aisle.

And that’s not to say we don’t have our disagreements. But even last year, when our Legislature found itself stymied on several controversial topics, the arguments were over policy and political philosophy, and, for the most part, not personal.

Perhaps we’re painting too rosy a picture of Alaska politics, but our point is this: When it comes to participating in the democratic process, there is plenty of room for reasonable people to engage in informed debate, without resorting to name-calling, stretching the truth or other nastiness. While people may behave that way elsewhere, as big as our state is, Alaska is just too small a place for it.

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freedomlibertytruth
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freedomlibertytruth 09/11/12 - 01:22 pm
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No we don't, and you know it.

1) We do not do things differently in Alaska.
2) Alaskans have historically voted Republican, and is slowly
progressing towards Democrat.
3) This newspaper will not publish both sides of the debate without partisan leftist leanings.
4) disable all comment ability to prevent the inevitable. Then cover your eyes, ears, and mouth like the three monkeys.

freedomlibertytruth
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freedomlibertytruth 09/11/12 - 03:24 pm
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editorial piece, not opinion letter

By the way, as you did not give a name and city, and no Staff writers name was given, this must be a newspaper editorial piece and not a civilian submitted opinion piece, Correct?

radiokenai
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radiokenai 09/12/12 - 09:48 am
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freedomlibertylie
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What rock are you under?

1) Fact: Alaska does tend to follow the lower 48 norm, never has...never will.
2) Fact: Partially correct, but we are NOT slowly voting democrat. Maybe kooks like you do, but the rest of us are not as stupid to believe obama's lies. The only reason Begich is in power, is because of the LIBERAL DEMOCRAT smear conducted by the LIBERAL press (who is NOT Alaskan).
3) Partially Correct: This newspaper publishes articles bent on a DEMOCRAT side because they are owned by a company in the lower 48.
4) Question: What on earth is your comment? Psychobabble?

gfds98765
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gfds98765 09/12/12 - 11:05 am
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getting ready for the presidential election?

You must not have been here when Anchorage had two large daily papers. You notice what a thin pathetic paper they have now, mostly liberal, and losing business.
In the days before internet commenting. When letters to the editor with opposing views were ‘edited’ for nasty, and printed in a respectful manner by the newspaper, there were no ugly words. There were also the ‘points on the compass’ articles printing side by side oppositional view from the parties, the candidates, and the public.

You see in your own paper the terms: libtards, freepers, republirats, repukes, freeper trolls. Notice the balance on the insults.

Disable the commenting section and print either unbiased balanced reports on all candidates and be a “NEWS” paper; or continue with just slightly left of center leaning support of your candidate and lose more readers ($$).

spwright
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spwright 09/12/12 - 12:32 pm
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Here We Go Again 9/12/12

9/12/12 Here We Go Again !
With the Un-Declared Voters stating just how "Morally Superior" they are to all other Alaskans.

These Un-Declared Independent Alaskans are neither Republicans or Democrats & they actually believe that they are superior.

These same Un-Declared Alaskans chose NOT to participate in Democracy & they DO NOT VOTE ! They can be bothered with making the time to Vote. That's beneath them.

Yet these same Un-Declared Alaskans do the Most Whining & Complaining & Demand that They be Heard.

Yes You Do Things a Little Differently here in Alaska

You sit on your _ _ _ at Home & will NOT VOTE but do the most of the whining after a Election.

It's extremely Simple : IF You are a American then You Will VOTE period end of story

SPW"Airborne"

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 09/12/12 - 02:10 pm
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And to the Republic, not Democracy

I'm undeclaired for more voting rights thank you!!
As a Democrate mainly for 30+ yrs of my 42 voting years mainly due to being a union member. I must say that i remember when a person could vote for Democrate or Rebublican on the same ballot depending on who and how they aligned with ones personal opinions and beliefs. No longer is that the case as we have all been herded into class warfare more so now than in the 1980's and it's not for the good of the United States and the Republic for which it stands. This class warfare is maxed out by the GR8 Divider in Chief Obama and his Pied Piper followers as they march us off the cliff of distruction as a nation.
Bill Clinton says that Obama is Americas only hope and they he, Obama wants to rebuild America from the ground up. My question is why does it have to be done just like the Twin Towers by the total distruction of America's founding Fathers ground work?
Just this last voting session as an undeclaired, undecided voter, all though i'm now a Republican aligned with their ideals, i was afforded my choice of 3 ballots due to being undeclaired, undecided. This allowed me to vote for a person of my choice, Tom Wagner, while another voter came out of his voting booth demanding to know why a Wagner was not on his straight Republican ballot for our local area.
As an independant, i vote, therefore i can complain about the ills of this supposed wonderful Democracy we live in now, all of which has evolved into some thing evil from the Republic it was ment to be, now into a Democracy.
Remember the pledge of allegiance we use to say?
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the UNITED States of America and the REPUBLIC for which it stands, One Nation under God, indivisable, with liberty and justice for ALL?
Well times have changed and that pledge has now come to being the Divided States of America & you had better not pledge allegiance to the Republic, or even think about mentioning God in this Democracy which has Liberty and Justice to only a select few, and most of them are not even Americans, as the majority of us Americans standing around wondering what happened to OUR Freedoms.
We have allowed those that hate OUR Freedom to steal almost every bit of it as they have outlawed God from any mention and God has decided that if we don't want his protective hand covering OUR Nation any longer then he will let us have it our way and suffer for that desire, which we are doing.
Now tell me that this is not the case while you sit and judge others and please, explain to me how we push Democracy on others as we do in the middle east, yet the oil rich Arab Monarcies of the middle east are allowed to stiffle & restrict & kill their citizines with America's blessings and no threat of pushing Democracy on them?
So this is what Democracy looks like huh? If thats the case i'll strick with the Republic thingy thank you.
The major problem this year is that we have to Identical candidates and we have to choose either the evil one or the evil one. Now thats Freedom of choice there folks, kind of like Russia their last 4 elections, it was Putin, Putin, Putin's boy Medvideve and now Putin again, but thats free and fair elections. Remember we also vote in October this year and November, that is if we make it till November as a Free Nation thanks to the threat from peace loving Muslims that can kill anyone for any reason and especially when they decide their religion is offended. But we had better not decide to kill them for their freedom of religion even though they kill us for ours, as that just would not be right or American to stand up for OUR Rights as a Free people. What a pickle we are in here with this coming election and the out come which will be determined beore we even get started voting here in Alaska.

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 09/12/12 - 03:31 pm
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SPW

Surely you are not suggesting because I am party unaffiliated I don't vote, or that I believe myself to be superior to any other voter. No one would make such a gregariously false statement. Obviously you have information to substantiate your statement! Please do share!!! If you don't have substantiative evidence, then you may find yourself to be part of the problem ... spreading false and/or unfounded information.

On certain points, I agree with WoW. We are NOT a democracy, but a republic with a democratic representation thus making us a Democratic Republic. We are attempting to lean more toward democracy which in turn will lead to political chaos... A never ending election and referendum cycle.

Any more, the two parties that represent our government are simply political. Our government does not need anymore republicans, nor do they need anymore democrats. We don't need anymore black, hispanic, women, gay, white, men, Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish or Athiest politicians. This country needs STATESMEN!

Unfortunately, to find these statesmen, it will take one daunting task. An informed voting public, something this country sorely lacks.

I do not claim to be superior to any one voter, other than the one who blindly goes in the booth and votes based only a single issue or on what color tie the candidate is wearing or what information is garnered from FOX, CNN, ABC or any other media outlet. I do however claim an advantage over most of the voting public and that is the advantage of research and knowledge from respected and time tested sources.

"It's extremely Simple : IF You are a American then You Will VOTE period end of story"

Not quite the end of the story. If you are a good American, you will take the time to study the issues and make an informed decision come election day.

spwright
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spwright 09/12/12 - 08:42 pm
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Sam V P 9/12/12

IF You VOTE then I will Listen to any of your view points because YOU have EARNED the Right to Voice Your Opinion by participating in Democracy.

IF You do NOT Vote then You do NOT have a Voice.
You have not earned the Right to Voice Your Opinion.

53% of Peninsula Residents claim to be Un-Declared Voters yet Our Voter Turn-Out was a Shameful 20% during the August Primary.
That Proves the Point that Un-Declared Voters Do NOT Vote.

VOTE & Your Voice Will Be Heard

Do NOT VOTE then You make the Choice NOT to be Heard.

Now Rant & Rave with all of the Lame Excuses to NOT Vote.

IF You don't agree with the Republicans or Democrats then join another party or Write In a Candidate.

Once again : IF You are a American then You Will VOTE
period end of story.

SPW"Airborne"

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 09/12/12 - 11:49 pm
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Statistics

Your statistics prove nothing! Statistically speaking, I could assume <50% of the undeclared voters vote and no one else does since an undeclared voter may vote for either (or neither) party. Your facts are baseless. Show me hard definite facts concerning voter turn out and undeclared voters. Since some unaffiliated voters may vote Democrat or Republican, there is little chance of proving your case.
Further more, my right to vote is as sacred as my right NOT to vote... That, my friend, IS American. No where in the constitution is there anything that compels me to vote in order to be an American. It may be a moral obligation, but not an obligation of citizenship! Freedom of choice ... so basic and yet so misunderstood.
Your "earned" (inalienable) rights, according to the founders, are God given. NOT granted by people or government. Those rights include the right to vote or not to vote. A right is NOT an obligation ... but a granted opportunity!

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spwright 09/13/12 - 07:00 am
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No Voice

Thur 9/13/12
Just what I thought. LAME Excuses NOT to VOTE

My case is proven by the boro election clerk & the shameful
20% Voter Turn-Out.

Rant all that You wish but You have No Voice because You
chose NOT to participate in Democracy. Your Vote IS Your Voice.

I chose NOT to Listen to Someone that does NOT Vote.

SPW"Airborne"

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 09/13/12 - 09:37 am
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Then listen to those that do vote

This issue of party offiliation and everyone else has gone exactly the way the controlers in govt. wanted it to. Too the point of DIVIDING AMERICANS. What amazes me is the continued stupidity of ALL of us that think it's gonna make a single bit of differance who is in the WH, which is controled by the money machine managers WORLD wide.
What also amazes me is those that continue the very clear and growing LIE that Obama is doing a good job of saving America, or that he really cares about any single group of people in America. The only thing Obama has done is further DIVIDE AMERICA into class warfare and political offiliation in order to accomplish his, their end goal of the distruction of America.
As slick Willy Clinton has warned us all that Obama must start from ground level to remake America. And we sure can trust Willy when he says something like "I never had sexual relations with that woman,and Obama is Americas only hope," now can't we?
Romney is absolutely no differant as far as i am concerned, so in actuality we have no real vote other than to vote for the lesser of TWO EVILS, which as far as this undeclaired voter is concerned it's Romney. I say Romney as he aligns more with my family values, marriage of men to women and love of America as well as a few other areas. Doctrine wise Romney and i are almost as far apart as Obama and i which is probably as far apart as True Christians & Jews are from Muslims.
Will you listen to me SPW, i voted? Probably not as we also seem to be at a rift on OUR Rights and Freedoms being a gift from Yahweh, God, not men like Obama or Clinton or Peanut boy Carter or the Democratic party.
Make no mistake though their plan of Divide & concure is almost completed and their ideal world with a much smaller population is not gonna be good for anyone in the end.

We are almost at a point of no return as a Free nation, as they have slipped in laws that we don't even know about for more power to the govt. to control the masses, and i personally think they will unleash their Big Dream for their OWO any day now, they have to as time is running out for the governments of men.

If you want to vote for someone that really has a Hope & Fundamental Change to Believe in, then vote for the most important person ever, Yeshua, Jesus, is his name & his eternal reign is all that will last when all is said and done.
Be forewarned that the govts of men will not be pleased for that eternal vote and all hell will break out against you with it's rulers in high places and demonions all around us. But your UP vote for Yeshua's rule will pay eternal rewards, compared to their DOWN vote for Satan's rule and loss of everything including your eternal souls.

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 09/13/12 - 10:15 am
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Hmmm A closed mind!

I don't recall saying I didn't vote! ( I have missed only one vote since 1978 and I was a registered Republican at that time). I suppose you came to that conclusion due to my "unaffiliated" voting status.
All that your 20% figure indicates is that 20% of the registered voters in fact voted. It doesn't tell me how many registered Republicans, how many registered Democrats or how many non affiliated voters voted. I understand that 53% of Peninsula voters are registered as non affiliated. By affiliation, how many of that 20% turnout was non affiliated? You make it sound as if the poor voter turnout was due to ones registration status.

You stated in an earlier post: "Here we go again. Un-Declared Voters stating just how 'Morally Superior' they are to all other Alaskans." I have read and re-read the article and preceding posts and I don't see anything in print that even hints at supporting your statement.

Using your reasoning and 20% voter turnout figure, one could reasonably conclude that 53% of the (20%) voter turnout was more than likely non-affiliated. I am unaffiliated and I voted! My neighbor and his wife are unaffiliated and I gave them a ride to the polls. One could also conclude only 47% of those (20%) that voted were party affiliated. Are you starting to see the leaks in your argument? It is voters in general that do not vote and of those that do vote, the vast majority are mis-informed or not informed enough to make an educated decision.

Since you were able to find over all voter turnout, it should be fairly easy for you to see voter turnout by affiliation. Let me know what you find and where you found it.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 09/13/12 - 11:04 am
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SVP are you KK?

Sam you sure seem like some one i enjoyed talking with before as i read your comments on all subjects.
As an exDem i understand the numbers game played at every turn. Take Obama with his report of unemployeement getting better with less people now unemployeed. According to the numers of those signed up for unemployeement it would be true, but when one adds those that have dropped out due to ending benifits or need to apply any longer, then the claim is false and ment to deceive people into a since of false hope for our nation that is in the last spines of our death spiral.
Facts just don't matter to some as they like where they have been and are and always will be in spite of reality.
Some learn and change, some never will & dislike those that do learn and want their knowledge of truth to be silenced no matter how it's done.
Trust me i understand being hard headed and unwilling to change when faced with reality and continual years of manipulation by those placed over me having a degree of control on my life. Praise God though we can learn & change though if only we would truly search out what we are being told at every level of life.

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 09/13/12 - 01:52 pm
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I am

Yes, I am the poster formerly known as kenai_kid. However, there were other posters using a similar pseudonym and regretfully I needed to change my screen name to avoid misrepresentation. Thanks for noticing.

spwright
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spwright 09/13/12 - 02:42 pm
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Thur 9/13/12
I apologize for making the assumption that You did not Vote.
My Mistake.
Yes I will listen to what ever You have to say because YOU VOTE. You have EARNED Your Voice.

I too would be interested to Know exactly how many Republicans Voted, Democrats Voted, Un-Declared Voted etc,etc.
But the Truth is that it is a Shameful Number of Alaskans that actually VOTE in the August Primary Election.

I also am a "Super Voter" & haven't miss a Vote in 30 years.
We are the extremely small Minority on the Peninsula.

I will make that Request to the Boro Election Clerk & maybe they will provide a answer ? I don't know but I will Try.
I will post that info when I receive it.

SPW House Dist 29 Senate Dist. O Central Voting Precinct
Soldotna Sports Center-Polling Place.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 09/14/12 - 02:01 pm
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Your welcome SVP

I too have had the same thing happen to me with slight changes to my handle, pseudonym, mine was intentional with comments ment to discredit my message or opinion.
At any rate i'm glad your still sharing on the many issues or opinions and do appreciate your opinion and peaceful demeaner while dealing with some hotheads that dislike freedom of speach primarily due to their lack of knowledge of true history or complete facts on many other areas. I do understand ones ability to inhance issues with our desired results for many topics by not knowing all the facts and prejudging. But, i also am amazed at the down right hostility by some against others with differant opinions. It's like we live in a nation where hate and forced submission to be like minded or else are becoming the normal attitude and responce to all that disagree.
This attitude of hate for those that differ to the point of attacking or threating others in it's self is a major disaster sweeping the globe and even America, even the Kenai of Alaska. Troubles are coming and could even be from those next door with this attitude of hate and as a follower of Jesus i struggle with my responcibility to protect others against this wave of hate and desire to force control others.
Here in lies the main differance with forced submission or freedom of choice when one is confronted with daily choices presented by many factions. My wish is for all to come to know the freedoms afforded all people globally under God, not governments. But since our fight is not against fleash & blood humans, but against evil spirits, principalities which rule this worlds present governments in high places aided by uninformed humans controled by unregenarated minds ment for self gratification only, all the world struggles as it heads towards judgement day.
What a mess we see spreading like wild fire across the middle east now and it will not stop this time i do believe until it kills hundreds of millions of people. My goal is to try and help people prepare, the trouble is one can't get people to do so in every area of life because of the attitude that has been sown that the govt. will care for you so don't worry all you little sheeple, just trust your bad shepherds with out doing any researce for your selves until it's to late. The spirit of Division is the primary tools used by political parties today & it has brough America to the point of a planned Revolt i do believe for further control and distruction of our God given rights here in America, what a mess at every turn.

lkpomn912
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lkpomn912 09/14/12 - 04:41 pm
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W ot W you can lead

WotW you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. If worse comes to worse, you can eat horsemeat.

soldotna54
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soldotna54 09/15/12 - 04:56 am
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FYI the Repubilcan party restricted the ballot not Democrates

It was the Republican party that had the ballots restricted not the Democratic party. Republicans are seeking to control the voting process to favor their side, they think. Check your history , it is part n parcel to the gerrymandering and Voting ID laws they are seeking as well. Who is afraid of a free and unrestricted election process ? The boogey man of illegals voting is a straw man. Maybe only slave owners should be allowed to vote.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 09/15/12 - 04:57 pm
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FYI back at the Crooked Dems

Excuse me! Really it's all the faults of Republicans and Democrates have no responsibility for the desire to control voters in America?? How soon we forget the massive voter registration carried out by the Democrates before Obama was elected under false promises of Hope & Fundamental Change to Believe in, but that seems to be the norm, no matter which party is involved.
Let me explain something to you as a retired or EX crooked Democratic voter which Big Money almost continually forced to vote for the Dems, it's crooked in EVERY PARTY.
Make no mistake this ID deal is not only ment for voting, but is almost a national, as well as global requirement in order to do anything related to supposed freedoms, as well as all forms of commerce, ALL CONTROLED BY BIG MONEY. In fact America was to already had the Real ID program in place this year, but it got pushed back to 2013 when every one will be required or demanded to have an ID card of some sort which can't be faked or duplicated. Can ya say Revelation 13:16-17???

Almost every politician is involved in the desired OWO, if not then they will be of no effect as an elected representative of the people and pushed out by the elete controlers in DC, no matter which party.
It's almost completed this desired world wide control of every one and the simplest can see by the electronic system for commerce or anything else and that all they have to do is shut down the computers for a short period and install their demanded Number system and you ain't gonna do anything unless you belong to their Union of One. Now tell me that this is not reality, but you know that you'll be lying just like your political party if you deny it, no matter which one you belong to their the same, and Romney is no differant than Obama other than morals and family and love of America.

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