Alaska GOP Communications Director, Suzanne Downing, called me out in her latest newsletter as some kind of shady political activist. I find this hilarious.
The newsletter is brilliantly titled, MUST READ ALASKA, so I’ll assume it’s not just languishing in your inbox. You’ve probably already been through the section on the closely guarded secret revenue meetings that are taking place across the state. I’m listed among the worst offenders:
“Also among Juneau’s closed planning group are environmental activists like SEACC’s development director Emily Ferry, Oceana attorney Michael LeVine (formerly with Earthjustice), and Alaska Robotics owner and political activist Pat Race.”
I know Republicans are supposed to spit on the ground after they say SEACC or Earth Justice so the implication is that Alaska Robotics (ptoooie) is just as villainous. Probably we’ve destroyed, like, a thousand jobs.
I was a little surprised to make the hit list but not as surprised as I was to hear the Alaska GOP crying about closed door meetings. That’s some sweet irony coming from the most powerful and privileged group of back room dealers in the state.
So. Let’s talk about these secret meetings of secret evil secrets held in the moonlight by secret liberal schemers.
The meeting I attended was the first of two where local attendees shared our impressions of the governor’s “Sustainable Future” meeting in Fairbanks. The goal was to figure out ways to broaden that discussion on a local level.
This wasn’t some kind of locked door cabal, this was a group of people trying to figure out how to expand a conversation about Alaska’s fiscal crisis.
Of the five people who came to this follow-up meeting, one was a commissioner for Murkowski and another was a director under the Palin administration. Yes, Bruce Botelho was there too and he rode in on a kayak made of organic kale but I think he was on track to answer the same fundamental questions we’re all working on:
How do we save Alaska from fiscal obliteration?
There are a lot of different answers to this question and they all need to be weighed. Some people want to make more cuts, others want to impose taxes or close weird loopholes and I suspect some folks would be happy to just see it all come down.
Whatever the answer, you can’t solve a problem of this scale with just a few people, you need to stitch together a multitude of perspectives to see the solution.
The Alaska GOP is the most powerful political party in Alaska and has been for quite some time. They hold the purse strings, they make the laws and they decide who wears pants. If the Alaska GOP feels like they’re not a part of this conversation, it just means they aren’t interested in listening.
P.S. Please enjoy trying to decipher this completely awful chart with way too many pie pieces.