Alaska Editorial: Legislature should set aside partisan politics

Posted: Sunday, February 05, 2006

The reaction from legislators has been nil, zip, and nada to the governor's call for cooperative action to get things done for the good of the state during the new lawmaking session at Juneau.

It has been as though nobody in the state House and Senate was listening when Frank Murkowski, in his State of the State address said:

"Let us . . . pledge tonight to put aside our political and regional differences, recognize our strengths as Alaskans and provide the leadership to meet the expectations for those we represent." ...

Sadly, we heard of no legislator - Democrat or Republican - sign on to the governor's. ...

What we see, even this early in the 2006 activities in Juneau, is the prospect that this session will be in the same rut as others before it - committed to spending a full four months on the job, wasting time and wasting the human resources they collectively possess.

In other words, there's nothing to suggest that this session will see a determined effort to set egos aside, to avoid political gamesmanship, to quit the wrangles. Instead, we expect to see splits along party lines over every issue. ...

No matter their political leanings, most people in Alaska, we're confident, would say the governor was right on target in his call for cooperative action.

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