Behind the Landscape on Alaska's Politics & Culture

Anchorage Police Department Employee Association (APDEA) Union Hall at 500 W. International Airport Rd was a very busy place. At least 40-60 presumably off-duty officers and at least four taxpayer patrol cars, one driven by two female officers in civilian clothes at taxpayers’ expense were at the Hall to meet up before their planned mass protest before the Anchorage Assembly.APD patrol car

Public safety and many other public employee unions are perturbed at Mayor Sullivan’s attempt to curtail union power in the city for the upcoming union contracts about to expire during his second term as Mayor.

How come the Mayor’s staunches Republican Assembly supporters Chris Birch and Bill Starr haven’t stepped up to the plate to co-sponsor this Mayor’s Republican initiative when moderate Republican Jennifer Johnston and Democratic leaning Ernie Hall did.

In the last three and half years of do-nothing  Mayor; AK INSIDER has it that the Mayor’s ordinance will be whittled downed to nothing more than approving minor easy politically acceptable changes like elimination of extra pay bonus and limitation of 5-year contract terms. Everybody wins.

Politically speaking the winners; Dan Sullivan for U.S. Senate, maybe Governor looking like a real conservative instead of self-interests; neutral Democratic Ernie Hall for Mayor; passive Republican Assembly Members Birch and Starr free for future office; and public employee unions go on with business-as-usual. The unions give up a little and forgive future political candidates.

Losers; Anchorage taxpayer’s! A real conservative win is everything in the Mayor’s ordinance is approved.

However, if higher-office seeker Dan Sullivan goes for that higher office during his term as Mayor like Begich did in 2008; Sullivan endorsed Democratic Ernie Hall becomes Mayor pro-tempore.


About the Author

Chief Editor
Paul Bauer has served in various positions on Anchorage community boards, commissions and councils in and out of elected office with over a decade of business management experience after serving 22 years of national service. His background includes living in and visiting many diverse communities around the United States, Europe with small excursions to the Pacific that had him working with culturally diverse groups of people most of his life. As an Assembly Member he was one Member that voted against Mayor Mark Begich's costly budget increase; the largest spending budgets in the city's history; raising awareness to get a public discussion on illegal immigration in the city and removing the city's "Sanctuary City" status; bringing public awareness of the Mayor's lavish spending and his conflict of interest with his family's gift shop on the “E Street” road improvement project.


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