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You have to give Kim Elton credit - for the $45,000 he sought in the FY03 budget to help underwrite Juneau's effort to attract the 2006 Arctic Winter Games. Give him credit and pat him on the back for that, but when he implies or says that he's responsible for a new high school in the Valley, for JD High School renovation, new UAS classrooms, the university library, or the National Guard Armory, he just doesn't get credit for those things.
It's true that much can be accomplished by working with majority legislators if you don't care who gets the credit. I don't recall Kim attending one Senate Finance Committee meeting. He didn't send staff.
He did make a pilgrimage to talk to Finance staff about the Arctic Winter Games $45,000 and he deserves to be commended for that effort on Juneau's behalf.
Kim's a nice guy, but Juneau needs an effective legislator. Cathy Muñoz deserves the opportunity to prove her effectiveness.
I am employed as staff to Sen. Loren Leman, but this is my opinion and not necessarily Sen. Leman's.