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November 03, 2005

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National: Bush's troubles open a window for McCain By MARGARET TALEV - trains between President Bush and his conservative supporters are giving John McCain an opening - albeit a narrow one - to make inroads among those activists as he eyes his prospects for a 2008 presidential run.

Runaway federal spending, Hurricane Katrina, aspects of the war in Iraq, and the failed nomination of White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court have set the stage for the maverick Arizona senator to propose ideas that are being embraced by party activists who have disliked him since he challenged Bush for the GOP nomination in 2000. - More...
Thursday - November 03, 2005

Alaska/National: Stevens Opposes Cantwell To Keep ANWR In Budget - Wednesday, Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) joined Senators Pete Domenici (R- N.M.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and John Sununu (R-N.H.), and James Talent (R ­ Mo.) in voicing opposition to Senator Maria Cantwell's (D-Wash.) motion to strike language authorizing development of the Coastal Plain from the Budget Reconciliation bill.  The motion to strike will be voted on during a series of roll call votes which will begin on Thursday, November 3, 2005.
During his speech, Senator Stevens discussed the legislative history of the 1002 area, the need for Alaska oil in Washington and throughout the country, and the rationale for including the provision authorizing development in the Budget Reconciliation bill. - More...
Thursday - November 03, 2005

National: Senate hearing probes ties of Norton aides to Abramoff By M.E. SPRENGELMEYER - Senators grilled Interior Secretary Gale Norton's former deputy Wednesday about his alleged ties to embattled tribal lobbyist Jack Abramoff, but they also said there's no evidence that Norton has done anything wrong.

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is focusing on two Norton associates - former deputy interior secretary J. Steven Griles and Italia Federici of the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy - as it tries to close a yearlong investigation. - More...
Thursday - November 03, 2005

National: Better way exists to find prescription assistance By MICHAEL WOODS - Prescription medicines are so expensive that even people with good incomes, but no insurance coverage for drugs, may struggle to pay them - especially individuals on lifelong treatment with several different drugs.

Even lucky ones with insurance coverage feel the pain from rising co-payments that may top $25 for each prescription. - More...
Thursday - November 03, 2005

Alaska: Alaska Mineral Industry Value Tops $1.618 Billion in 2004; Development spending, production value set records; zinc most valuable - Alaska's minerals industry produced $1.618 billion worth of mineral products and exploration and development investment in 2004, an all-time record total and the ninth year of exceeding $1 billion, Governor Frank H. Murkowski said.

"Mining is not just an important part of Alaska's history, it is a vibrant part of our state today that holds even greater promise for the future," the governor said. "The minerals industry's achievement in generating more than $1.6 billion in value demonstrates that our vision of encouraging resource development is working for Alaskans." - More...
Thursday - November 03, 2005

Alaska: Alaska state senator returned consulting fee By RICHARD MAUER - Two months after collecting $145,000 in consulting fees from Cook Inlet Region Inc. in 2002, state Sen. Ben Stevens quietly returned the money, acknowledging he didn't fulfill the requirements of the job, according to CIRI chief executive Margie Brown. - More...
Thursday - November 03, 2005

Ketchikan: Adult Education Services Again Available In Ketchikan - As of Wednesday, Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) and the Southeast Regional Resource Center (SERRC) are working together to provide Adult Education Services training and testing to the Ketchikan community. During the past year, the community of Ketchikan lost the availability of these services due to remodeling projects within the University of Alaska Southeast and budget cutbacks. 

With the loss of Adult Education Services in Ketchikan, a person was required to travel to Juneau in order to obtain Adult Education training and testing.  As of November 2nd, people once again have this local educational resource at their disposal. - More...
Thursday - November 03, 2005



letter What a fun night! By Linda Williams - Thursday am
letter Eat Wild Salmon By Chasina Worman - Thursday am
letter Mr. Incredible By Chris Elliott - Thursday am
letter Lucky To Live In Ketchikan By Dawna Vigil - Thursday am
letter Pandemic influenza preparedness By Martin J. Blaser - Wednesday am
letter Mobbed by Trick-or-Treaters By Tori Jackson - Wednesday am
letter Enough By Valerie Brooks - Tuesday am
letter For Maximum Growth From Evergreens, Don't Poison Alders By D.L. Finney - Tuesday am
letter Needs of Homeless vs Pork Barrel Spending By Stefan Hovik - Tuesday am
letter What about us? By Robert McRoberts - Tuesday am
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Bill Steigerwald: Inside the Constitution with Ed Meese - Alert your favorite member of Congress.

The Heritage Foundation is coming out Nov. 7 with something a lot of our lawmakers desperately need to bone up on -- "The Heritage Guide to the Constitution." - More...
Thursday - November 03, 2005

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Dick Morris: Questions for Cheney - Dick Cheney has a long and wonderful record of service to America. As vice president, he's helped carry forward the Reagan focus on making support for freedom central to our foreign policy. But the indictment of his top aide raises important questions.

1) Did he discuss with "Scooter" Libby whether to release Valerie Plame's name to the media? - More...
Thursday - November 03, 2005

Michael Reagan: Put On the Gloves, Mr. President - It's time for a good old-fashioned back-alley slugfest with the president and the Republican party taking on the liberal Democrats and flailing away with everything they've got.

President Bush can both recover from the beating he took from his own conservative base as a result of the Harriet Miers fiasco, and establish himself as the kind of warrior the nation needs at a time when the liberals are fighting for their political lives by using every nasty, below-the-belt weapon in their arsenal of slander and deceit. He can deliver the knockout blow and drive these scoundrels out of the political arena forever. He has the power and the ability to be the warrior hero if he'll use them against his enemies and ours. - More...
Thursday - November 03, 2005

Bob Ciminel: Expressly Yours - Although I avoid grocery shopping like the plague, I occasionally will stop at the local supermarket to pick up a few things for the wife. I try to keep the number of items at a minimum so I can use the express lane.

Most of our grocery stores have the self-checkout lines, but I hate those things. Oh, they are easy enough to use, but that darn computer-generated voice makes people think you are an idiot. How many times does it have to say, "Please put the item in the bag" before it realizes you did? A box of pantyhose doesn't weigh very much. - More...
Thursday - November 03, 2005

Daryl Cagle: Cartoonists and Cockroaches - Editors see cartoonists as "bomb throwers," because cartoonists enjoy a different set of journalist ethics than writers. Cartoonists can put any words into the mouth of a public figure, whether those words were actual quotes or not. Cartoons make readers angry. A strong political cartoon generates much more mail from readers than the strongest words. Most editors are timid and want to avoid controversy; they choose to run syndicated cartoons that are unobjectionable gags about current topics. Cartoonists call this "Newsweekification" after the inoffensive, bland and opinionless - but funny - political cartoons that Newsweek magazine chooses to reprint each week, further trivializing political cartoons. - More...
Thursday - November 03, 2005

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