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Enabling citizens to solve problems effectively in the space between Government and the Market Economy.
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House adjourns without a single hearing

House adjourns without a single hearing | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Having never held a hearing during the first five days of the latest special session, the House has called it quits.

Shortly after 2 p.m. Friday, House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, called for the end of the session during a rare floor speech, recognizing his chamber's inability to act on any of Gov. Bill Walker's proposals to address Alaska's fiscal crisis.

"Although I share the governor's view that at some point in the near future we will have to look at new revenue measures, it's apparent to me after discussions ... there's no support to move forward with any of these different tax proposals that the governor has proposed," he said, noting he had talked with both majority and minority members before making the decision.

The move was preceded by a series of floor speeches by both Republicans and Democrats about the budget, Walker's veto of the permanent fund dividend and the future of the state. The speeches ranged from traditional floor speeches to what sounded like more political stump speeches.

Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, followed a particularly political speech by saying it's not time to point blame.

"I don't know that today is really a day to point fingers. We have a $3.5 billion budget deficit," he said. "People can blame members of the Legislature or the governor, but the answer is we need to find our way out of a complete mess."
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This is a natural result of an aggrandized executive.  The executive was designed to share power with the legislature and judiciary, but in Alaska (and many other states along with the Federal government), the executive has either been designed to be very strong (as in Alaska's case); or has morphed into a much stronger position over time (see the literature on Presidential Aggrandizement)....
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Designers Turn Abandoned Walmart Into America’s Largest Library

Designers Turn Abandoned Walmart Into America’s Largest Library | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Walmarts, the granddaddy of big box stores, are ubiquitous in America. Their lumbering structures and parking lots cover vast areas - a single store is the size
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California State Assembly Courage Scores - The People's Report Card of California

California State Assembly Courage Scores - The People's Report Card of California | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Click here to see Courage Scores for CA State Senate Download Courage Scores for ALL legislators in Excel
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Mandarin lessons

Mandarin lessons | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
“WANTED: people of promise”, proclaimed ads for America’s Federal Service Entrance Examination, introduced in 1955. Applicants faced posers on grammar and arithmetic—as well as the Battle of the Bulge and why presidential aides deserve anonymity (answer: “they relieve the president of many burdens and should not be subjected to a great deal of personal criticism”). But little more than two decades later, such exams had come under fire. Some said they tested knowledge rather than talent, thereby discriminating against black and Latino applicants. More broadly, their usefulness for picking tax-collectors and the like was questioned. In 1981 they were ditched.

Last year the tests were resurrected, tweaked to be fairer and more useful. Growth in the number of university graduates, together with the popularity of a safe job in difficult economic times, had left many branches of government struggling to cope with a flood of applications. Federal agencies are now assessing candidates with USA Hire, an online quiz more relevant to the work to be done.
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Trudeau, Obama unveil steps for cutting methane, safeguarding Arctic

Trudeau, Obama unveil steps for cutting methane, safeguarding Arctic | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Their shared environmental concerns influenced plans to manage shipping and resources.
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Is “innovative DOT” an oxymoron?

Is “innovative DOT” an oxymoron? | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
It is not enough to keep building yesterday’s roads. 

 

America’s transportation needs are changing, the global economy is shifting, and despite advances in automobile safety, too many
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Flint: the Consequence of Partisanship

Flint: the Consequence of Partisanship | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
While unions and communities step up to help Flint residents, Congress must do better to ensure our drinking water is safe.
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This is also about misguided austerity....

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City gets grant for South Fairbanks sidewalks, traffic circles

City gets grant for South Fairbanks sidewalks, traffic circles | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS—Construction will take place this summer on a series of sidewalks, traffic circles and other public works projects in Fairbanks’ southeastern sector.
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Jeb Bush tells New Hampshire how he wants to fix campaign finance reform

Jeb Bush tells New Hampshire how he wants to fix campaign finance reform | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
We're all Bernie Sanders now.
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LA Hub: A Blueprint for Smart Communities

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Esri President Jack Dangermond will unveil L.A.’s exciting new GeoHub, a citywide application and data information portal. The GeoHub is a first-of-its-kind technology infrastructure that provides location as a service (LaaS) including real-time data and mapping tools.

Via Fernando Gil, steve batchelder
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Companies want walkable downtowns, so Governor Andrew Cuomo is making revitalization a key part of his economic development plan | Smart Growth America

Companies want walkable downtowns, so Governor Andrew Cuomo is making revitalization a key part of his economic development plan | Smart Growth America | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Core Values highlighted hundreds of companies across the country that are moving to and investing in walkable downtown locations. According to the companies themselves, walkable downtowns offer competitive advantages that suburban locations can’t. Most notably, that many of the country’s most talented workers want to live and work in walkable neighborhoods, and companies need to be in these places in order to win the war for that talent.
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That Lake That Was Going to Fall Off a Cliff in Canada Actually Did | VICE News

In a video released by the government of the Northwest Territories, the lake can be seen breaching a retaining wall weakened by thawing permafrost and dumping half its contents in a waterfall nearly five stories tall.
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Will U.S. Cities Design Their Way Out of the Affordable Housing Crisis? – Next City

Will U.S. Cities Design Their Way Out of the Affordable Housing Crisis? – Next City | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
“Missing middle” architecture could ease rents — and allow more Americans to build real estate wealth.
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Citing tribal sovereignty, Chickaloon leaders spurn fire marshal's stop-work order

Citing tribal sovereignty, Chickaloon leaders spurn fire marshal's stop-work order | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
WASILLA — The Chickaloon Village Traditional Council is defying an order from the Alaska State Fire Marshal's Office to halt construction on a tribal office building until a state review is done.

Chickaloon Native Village officials say the tribe's right to self-governance trumps a stop-work order issued by a fire marshal during a tense encounter last week near Sutton that was first reported by the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman newspaper.

The Chickaloon Native Village tribe is one of 229 tribes in Alaska to be federally recognized.
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Lingerie On Wheels Travels Around The States

Lingerie On Wheels Travels Around The States | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
We all know the food trucks, but how about shopping trucks? The Try-on Truck is a store on wheels that enables women to shop lingerie right on the sidewalk.
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Saudi land purchases fuel debate over US water rights

Saudi land purchases fuel debate over US water rights | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia's largest dairy company will soon be unable to farm alfalfa in its own parched country to feed its 170,000 cows. 
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Food security strategies in other parts of the world....
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These newly discovered bacteria can eat plastic bottles

These newly discovered bacteria can eat plastic bottles | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
A team of Japanese scientists has found a species of bacteria that eats the type of plastic found in most disposable water bottles.
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Donald Trump Would Be Easy To Stop Under Democratic Rules

Donald Trump Would Be Easy To Stop Under Democratic Rules | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
The other Republican candidates’ chances of stopping Donald Trump look marginally better today than they did on Friday. Trump won just two of five contests over…
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Saudi oil minister to face rival U.S. producers as price rout bites

Saudi oil minister to face rival U.S. producers as price rout bites | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
This week, Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi will for the first time face the victims of his decision to keep oil pumps flowing despite a global glut: U.S. shale oil producers struggling to survive the worst price crash in years.

While soaring U.S. shale output brought on by the hydraulic fracturing revolution contributed to oversupply, many blame the 70-percent price collapse in the past 20 months primarily on Naimi, seen as the oil market's most influential policymaker.

During his keynote on Tuesday at the annual IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston, Naimi will be addressing U.S. wildcatters and executives who are stuck in a zero sum game.

"OPEC, instead of cutting production, they increased production, and that's the predicament we're in right now," Bill Thomas, chief executive of EOG Resources Inc (EOG.N), one of the largest U.S. shale oil producers, told an industry conference last week, referring to 2015.

It will be Naimi's first public appearance in the United States since Saudi Arabia led the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries' shock decision in November 2014 to keep heavily pumping oil even though mounting oversupply was already sending prices into free-fall.

Naimi has said this was not an attempt to target any specific countries or companies, merely an effort to protect the kingdom's market share against fast-growing, higher-cost producers.
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Got Predators? Don’t Shoot. Get a Llama. - Modern Farmer

Got Predators? Don’t Shoot. Get a Llama. - Modern Farmer | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
But, beginning in the '90s, a new voice arose among North American agricultural producers that suggested shooting might not be the one-size-fits-all solution.
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Can America Put Itself Back Together?

Can America Put Itself Back Together? | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
For instance: Last spring we met a group of San Bernardinians in their 20s and early 30s who called themselves Generation Now—San Bernardino. They were white, black, and Latino. (The city is about 60 percent Latino, 20 percent white, the rest black or Asian.) Some had finished college, some were still studying, some had not gone to college. They worked as artists or accountants or in part-time jobs. But all were involved in what you could call a raveling-up of the town’s tattered social fabric.

“I was just pissed off,” an artist in his 20s named Michael Segura told us. “By the time I was old enough to vote, everything was in such terrible shape in San Bernardino. We just heard all the time that it’s a city of losers. We’d had enough.” In early 2013, just after the city declared bankruptcy and appeared to be at the depth of its hopelessness, he and a handful of friends began efforts to engage the city’s generally disaffected residents in improving their collective future.
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Wait not in vain

Wait not in vain | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
The problem is that water expands when it freezes. If that water is in living tissue, it does all sorts of damage in the process. But an alliance of experts, ranging from surgeons and biochemists to mechanical engineers and food scientists, is attempting to overcome this inconvenient fact. And, after years of labour, many of them think they are on the threshold of success, and that cryopreservation will soon become a valuable technology.
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“It’s going to be hard to change the Republican party”: E.J. Dionne explains how the right went wrong — and helped create Donald Trump and Ted Cruz

“It’s going to be hard to change the Republican party”: E.J. Dionne explains how the right went wrong — and helped create Donald Trump and Ted Cruz | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
E.J. Dionne explains why Republicans must moderate themselves -- or doom any hope of a functional government
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Dionne's book: "Why Americans Hate Politics" is a polisci classic.

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How snow exacerbates the weaknesses of suburban road design

How snow exacerbates the weaknesses of suburban road design | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
A lot of people had awful commutes last night, thanks to snow. And a lot of people had fine ones. One explanation for the difference: Suburban roads are far more susceptible to catastrophic breakdown than urban street grids.
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Why Is Bernie Sanders Against Reparations?

Why Is Bernie Sanders Against Reparations? | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
No, I don’t think so. First of all, its likelihood of getting through Congress is nil. Second of all, I think it would be very divisive. The real issue is when we look at the poverty rate among the African American community, when we look at the high unemployment rate within the African American community, we have a lot of work to do.

So I think what we should be talking about is making massive investments in rebuilding our cities, in creating millions of decent paying jobs, in making public colleges and universities tuition-free, basically targeting our federal resources to the areas where it is needed the most and where it is needed the most is in impoverished communities, often African American and Latino.
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