Mayoral candidates respond to questions from the Alaskans for Truth

The Alaskans for Truth submited ten questions to the frontrunners in the race for Mayor of Anchorage.

The candidates were told that their answers would be posted unedited on this website so that the voters could have an opportunity to read them for themselves without comment or recommendation.

Walt Monegan's response can be found here.

Countdown to Action

A social contract exists between citizens and their elected officials; trust is the ink that binds that contract. That trust between Alaska's leaders and its people has been broken; the contract is in need of repair.

Alaskans for Truth stands on the principle that no one is above the law and when a law is violated there is a consequence. It is the duty of the legislative branch to use the powers available to them on behalf of the citizens of this state to enforce that consequence. The ethical laws that govern our state are not negotiable.

The Legislative Session begins January 20th, 2009. We have no doubt that our astute leaders have the talent, skill and staff support to craft legislation, balance the budget and to also enforce the ethics legislation already in place in order to make any forthcoming laws worthwhile. We have learned that public pressure makes a difference because it represents the collective "will of the people" and therefore gets our leaders attention. While we've reported on several who have reacted less-favorably, we also know that many of our legislators welcome that important participation and direction from their constituents. Read through this Call to Action and choose something you feel strongly about. It could be one, or more than one of the issues listed. Use it as a template when crafting your letters, emails and phone calls. Because emails can be easily deleted, we encourage you to call, write letters and send emails not only to your representatives but also to the Chair of the Senate, the House, the Judiciary Committee and the Legislative Council. Also, letters to the editor are a very powerful, important tool especially to the papers listed below that ran our ads. Each link takes you to the page of the individual legislator for easy access to all contact information.

In Alaska's 50th year of statehood, let's honor our constitution in the opening days of the session by helping our elected leaders show Alaskans that they really do care about ethics--that they really can collectively stand on the principles of justice.

We ask all Alaskans to join us in this final push for Truth.

Call to Action

We the people insist that the Alaska State Legislature by right, power and obligation respond to the findings of its own Legislative Council’s Investigation, known as “Troopergate”, as conducted by Special Counsel Stephen E. Branchflower* and take the following actions:

· Censure Governor Sarah Palin who, the Branchflower Report found to have "abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act" which provides “The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.

· Seek contempt charges against the Governor’s husband, Todd Palin and the state officials who willingly ignored the Legislative Council's subpoenas during the investigation.

· Hold hearings on whether Gov. Palin and her husband, committed perjury in their sworn statements to Timothy Petumenos, in his function as independent counsel to the Alaska State Personnel Board. (link to Feldman letter)

· Call for an independent investigation to determine if Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg or others engaged in criminal witness tampering in advance of the Branchflower investigation.

Alaskans for Truth is issuing a Call to Action for all concerned citizens to contact the Alaska State Legislature and insist that their elected representatives uphold their fiduciary responsibility and take action now as they prepare for the upcoming legislative session in January.

(Contact your Legislators via the email list below).

*Link to Legislative Council Investigation Findings Titled, "Report of the Investigation of the Circumstances Surrounding the Termination of Former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan and Potential Abuses of Power and/or Improper Actions by Members of Governor Sarah Palin’s Administration, October 10, 2008."

Legislators email list:

Senator Johnny Ellis Contact Info

Senator Gene Therriault Contact Info

Senator Bettye Davis Contact Info

Senator Fred Dyson Contact Info

Senator Kim Elton Contact Info

Senator Hollis French Contact Info

Senator Lyman Hoffman Contact Info

Senator Charlie Huggins Contact Info

Senator Albert Kookesh Contact Info

Senator Lesil McGuire Contact Info

Senator Donny Olson Contact Info

Senator Bert Stedman Contact Info

Senator Gary Stevens Contact Info

Senator Joe Thomas Contact Info

Senator Thomas Wagoner Contact Info

Senator Bill Wielechowski Contact Info

Rep Bob Buch Contact Info

Rep Mike Chenault Contact Info

Rep Sharon Cissna Contact Info

Rep John Coghill Contact Info

Rep Harry Crawford Contact Info

Rep Nancy Dahlstrom Contact Info

Rep Mike Doogan Contact Info

Rep Bryce Edgmon Contact Info

Rep Anna Fairclough Contact Info

Rep Richard Foster Contact Info

Rep Les Gara Contact Info

Rep Berta Gardner Contact Info

Rep Carl Gatto Contact Info

Rep Max Gruenberg Contact Info

Rep David Guttenberg Contact Info

Rep John Harris Contact Info

Rep Mike Hawker Contact Info

Rep Lindsey Holmes Contact Info

Rep Kyle Johansen Contact Info

Rep Craig Johnson Contact Info

Rep Reggie Joule Contact Info

Rep Scott Kawasaki Contact Info

Rep Wes Keller Contact Info

Rep Mike Kelly Contact Info

Rep Beth Kerttula Contact Info

Rep Bob Lynn Contact Info

Rep Kevin Meyer Contact Info

Rep Mark Neuman Contact Info

Rep Kurt Olson Contact Info

Rep Jay Ramras Contact Info

Rep Woodie Salmon Contact Info

Rep Bill Stoltze Contact Info

Rep Bill Thomas Contact Info

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Latest News

State Sen. John Cowdery pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to bribery and extortion(Link to article)

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Alaskans For Truth is a non-partisan, not for profit political action committee committed to "Holding Alaska’s leaders accountable for an open, honest and transparent government through education, organization and action".

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Countdown to Truth: 4 more days!

The Branchflower Report on the independent “Troopergate” investigation is still due to the Legislative Council on October 10, and members of the Legislative Council are still under incredible pressure by the McCain Campaign to VOTE AGAINST releasing the report to the public.

However, you have let your voiced be heard! Thank you! You did a wonderful job of getting the message to the Council that they must accept this report for the good of all Alaskans as well as the ENTIRE voting populace in the U.S. You did such a good job that Representative David Guttenberg and Kim Elton were sending messages back letting folks know they would vote to release the report!

We need your help more than ever!

As many of you know, we’ve had additional McCain Campaign-influenced legal wrangling:

- They have tried using two lawsuits as attempt to delay or quash this all-important report. However, they were unsuccessful!!! Thursday, the court under Judge Peter Michalski dismissed both suits as un-Constitutional! This establishes that the Investigation has always been legal and the Legislative Council has the authority to issue lawful subpoenas. The out-of-state law group leading the charge (affiliated with extreme-religious-right leader Rev. James Dobson) decided, in another delaying tactic, to ask for an emergency appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court, which was granted.

- Attorney General Talis Colberg announced Sunday that, due to the court ruling, the seven state employees who previously and illegally ignored their subpoenas (at his suggestion) would now be willing to testify!

- Also, Todd Palin is now willing to respond, in writing, to written questions from Investigator Branchflower (which he’s already sent to Palin).

Can you imagine a gang of thieves robbing a grocery store, then calling the owners and law enforcement to schedule a time to return the items? Additionally, these criminals expect no consequences and even a pat on the back for finally deciding to follow the law!!!!

THESE ARE DELAYING/DISTRACTING TACTICS!!! We have no reason to believe that the Supreme Court will do what would be the equivalent of throwing the Alaska Constitution into the dumpster by reversing the decision of the lower court! Nor should seven people who pretend to develop a conscience keep Steven Branchflower from releasing his report on time!!!!

Help us keep the focus where it belongs! TAKE ACTION!

- Continue to call and/or email all 14 members of the State Legislative Council each day! (contact information listed below)

- Respectfully urge the legislators to stand up for truth and vote YES to accept Branchflower’s report and make it available to the people!

- Alaskans, call and email the legislators from your districts. Send the message that you expect them to support the Legislative Council’s investigation and reject the McCain campaign’s attempt to stonewall the democratic process!

Members of the Legislative Council (Alaska’s area code is 907)


Kim Elton (D)

Bettye Davis (D)

Lyda Green (R)

Lyman Hoffman (D)

Gary Stevens (R)

Gary Wilken (R)

John Cowdery (R)


John Coghill (R)

Nancy Dahlstrom (R)

David Guttenberg (D)

John Harris (R)

Ralph Samuels (R)

Bill Stoltze (R)

Peggy Wilson (R)