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#08-20-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

State Seal of Alaska.
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Ex-governors, towns split on coastal issue
Industry spending bulk of $1 million to end decades of local oversight.
Anchorage Daily News
Published: August 19th, 2012 10:54 PM
Last Modified: August 19th, 2012 10:54 PM
A loud campaign over a ballot measure to provide management of coastal projects in Alaska has attracted two former governors on opposite sides -- and big money from industry trying to kill it.The fight will likely cost more than $1 million, most of that being spent by opponents urging defeat in the Aug. 28 primary. Both sides accuse the other of campaign irregularities. Local governments are divided. The Anchorage Assembly, the Wasilla City Council and the Mat-Su Borough are against it. The North Slope, Northwest Arctic, and Kodiak Island boroughs are among those backing it. The biggest challenge for voters may be Ballot Measure 2's complexity. The voter initiative will take up an entire page, 703 words, on the ballot. Opponents say it's the wordiest ballot measure in Alaska history. So what's all the ruckus about? Supporters acknowledge the program is complicated but say.....

Coastal initiative too complex for ballot box
COMPASS: Other points of view
Published: August 18th, 2012 10:28 PM
Last Modified: August 18th, 2012 10:29 PM
Alaskans voting in the Primary Election Aug. 28 will be asked to consider Ballot Measure 2, a 15-page proposed law that would create a new Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP).It sounds reasonable -- on the surface. After all, as the proponents say, Alaska has more miles of coastline than any other state, but is the only state without a federally approved coastal program. The proponents would have you believe that a "yes" vote will protect pristine coastlines and ensure responsible development. Good sound bites, but a stretch........

Get ready, Alaska. A flood of Outside election money is coming
Les Gara | Aug 19, 2012
OPINION: If you hate the idea of billionaires and corporations trying to influence your vote, you're going to hate this Alaska election more than ever. At the same time, you need to know before going into the ballot box who's behind the biggest spending this election in Alaska, and whether their corporate interests are truly your interests. What do you think the chances are of that? As voters, we should be treated with honesty, not millions of dollars of emotional spin, with the lying, deep, ominous voices corporate ads will use to scare you into voting for the candidate they want. The corporate spending goal is a one-party state, that will give away $2 billion per year in poorly crafted oil tax breaks under a governor's bill that lets companies take that money and spend it outside Alaska. A Legislature that has balance on both sides of the aisle, and an oil tax law that requires increased Alaska well, exploration and production investments in return for tax breaks, would serve us better. This year corporations will use new unlimited election spending rules to try.....

Alaska Ear
Published: August 19th, 2012 05:01 PM
Last Modified: August 19th, 2012 05:01 PM
NOT FAR ENOUGH . . . Earwigs report Dr. Martha Cotten and her dad, former Senator and still King of Halibut Cove Clem Tillion, recently flew to Adak for a vacation at Clem's house there -- yes, Ear was also shocked to find people actually live on Adak. Anyhow, they were barely into a vacation mode when there was a frenzied knock on the door (OK, Ear made that part up): A badly injured crewman from a processor was being rushed to shore and they needed a doctor. So Dr. Martha did her thing, stabilized him, etc., and he was flown out to a hospital.
Moral: You can run but.......