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John Aronno
John Aronno is the managing editor at Alaska Commons, recipient of the 2010 Alaska Press Association’s Suzan Nightengale Award for Best Columnist and 2012 winner for best political reporting, and occasional radio show host. Aronno is an occasional contributor to the Anchorage Press, the Alaska Dispatch, the Mudflats, and Bent Alaska, and writes regularly for the Alaska Commons. He resides with his wife, Heather Aronno, in Anchorage, Alaska, and is currently in his backyard playing fetch with his dogs.

Entries by John Aronno

Alaska Senate Candidate Joe Miller Says Abortion Is Bankrupting Social Security

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 5:30 PM


Joe Miller has a knack for Republican primaries. Obviously, there's a small sample size (one), but 2010's unlikely upset over Senator Lisa Murkowski -- as slim as the margin of victory was -- proved a successful strategy through a primary exploit....

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Alaska's Permanent Fund Isn't Communism, It's the Owner State

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 2:27 PM

A recent Demos article, authored by Matt Bruenig, caught me completely off guard. It was entitled, "A Spectre is Haunting Alaska - the Spectre of Communism."

"Oh, great," I said, posting the link to Facebook. "The Lower 48 is arguing whether or not Alaska is a communist utopia...

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Bill O'Reilly Mansplains Alaska: Did He Even Leave the Plane?

(20) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 4:14 PM

Apparently, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly came up to Alaska last week. He liked it so much that he wrote about us, penning an editorial in the Boston Herald that repurposed Alaska as his own, personal, intellectually monosyllabic prop to explain the definition of "Real America" that he made up.

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Self-inflicted Wounds: New Alaska Laws Reject Statehood

(11) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 3:58 PM

Last Thursday, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell signed a bunch of legislation into law, using the Mat-Su Valley Sportsman's Shooting Range as a backdrop. He defiantly took credit for fending off the expansive federal overreach debilitating the Second Amendment. The fact that such overreach doesn't exist didn't seem to trip him...

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"Poor Alaskans": Court Blasts Alaska's Redistricting

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 4:24 PM

It all started with a complaint in Petersburg. It ended with an absolute excoriation of our redistricting process.

Every ten years, in response to the census, states adjust district lines to accommodate for population increases, decreases, socioeconomic changes, and other factors. We assume it's done fairly...

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HB69: A National Disgrace

(184) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 3:28 PM

The most controversial bill in recent Alaska history - and beyond - might be this session's House Bill 69, sponsored by Speaker Mike Chenault. This House legislation was advertised as a declaration of state sovereignty as it related to owning firearms in Alaska. But...

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