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Alaska In The 2008 Presidential Election—Views, Facts & History

Alaska, though in many ways a creature of the federal government, is a strong Republican state in Presidential elections.

Alaska is very likely to vote Republican again in 2008.

( Above is a section of the Alaska Pipeline. Click here to learn about the Alaska Pipeline.) 

The roads and railroads of Alaska come from the federal government. There is a significant military presence in Alaska and that is the federal government as well.

But Alaskans resent federal restrictions on land use in Alaska and limits on oil drilling in Alaska.

The premise seems to be that 670,000 people occupying 16% of the nation’s land should have full control over the national resources that exist in Alaska. 

Another significant factor in the Republican leanings of Alaska is the libertarian bent of many Alaskans. 

In 1980, Libertarian nominee Ed Clark won 11.7% is Alaska. This is the best statewide showing ever by a Libertarian.

   

It’s not hard to figure that anybody willing to live in a distant place like Alaska is somebody who wants to live as they see fit.

Okay.

But do these folks refuse the money coming from Washington?

Nope–They want the money

(Wouldn’t it be great to get a few hundred thousand of your most screwball friends together and be allowed to select two United States Senators and get billions of dollars of federal money?)   

With only three electoral votes, far away from much else, and almost certain to go Republican, Alaska may not be heard from much in the 2008 Presidential election. 

About Alaska—

2006 Population—671,000, 48th of the 50 states, 68% white, 15% Native, 4% Asian, 4% Hispanic, 3% black. 

Here is basic information and history for Alaska.

Recent Winners—2004 G.W Bush–61%, 2000–G.W Bush 59%, 1996–Dole 51%, 1992–G.H. W. Bush 40%, 1988–G.H.W Bush 60% 

( The first Bush won with only 40% in 1992 because Ross Perot won 28%. Alaska was Mr. Perot’s best state in 1992. It was also Ralph Nader’s best state in 2000. Mr Nader won 10% of the vote.)

Last (And Only) Democrat To Carry Alaska—Lyndon Johnson, 1964. ( 1960 was the first time Alaska voted in a federal election.) 

Presidents From Alaska—None  

Vice Presidents From Alaska—None

Significant Presidential General Election Candidates From Alaska—None

The Alaska Report has a lot of news and perspective on Alaska

Barrow ( Photo below.) is the northernmost town in America. 4,500 people live in Barrow. Click here to learn about this town.

May 20, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, History, Political History, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Galveston Elects Council Members Wary Of Development

Voters in Galveston, Texas have elected three new city council members who are hesitant about unrestricted growth on the island. 

Click here to see what to do on a visit to Galveston.

Click here for some history of Galveston.

From the Houston Chronicle article on the election

Developers on Galveston Island are wary of three newly elected controlled-growth advocates to the City Council who are calling for regulations to protect wetlands and ban construction on rapidly eroding beaches.

” ‘Interesting’ is going to be a good word for this,” said Gregg Harrington, Chamber of Commerce president. “We know it’s a slate of controlled growth, so that’s going to present some challenges to developers.”

Opposition to unfettered development was the key to the election last week of the new councilwomen — Elizabeth Beeton, Susan Fennewald and Karen Mahoney. They rode to electoral victory on a wave of public outrage over the City Council’s decision to approve the largest development ever proposed on the island.

Many in Galveston live in the vicinity of the white symbol in the middle of the picture.

Galveston is 57,000 people on that little sand spit of an island, holding on against hurricanes coming from one direction, and developers who care about money only from the other direction.   

Yet, wary as I am of developers, I did note in the article that it was a low turnout election. (That’s about the only kind we have here in Texas.) I wonder if there exists on the island a number of people doing reasonably well who don’t anything to change.

It’s a matter for the people of Galveston to resolve for themselves. And you can be sure developers would build anything they could get away with regardless of erosion and other environmental issues.

Still, I hope the newly configured city council has some ideas for Galveston’s large number of citizens who could stand some economic help.

May 20, 2008 Posted by | Galveston, Politics, Texas | , , | Leave a comment