The 29th Legislature Gavels In

As of January 20, 2015 I will no longer be the legislator for old Alaska House District 1 as new legislators for the 29th Alaska State Legislature gavel in.  I will keep this site up as an archival record of my service from 2012 through 2014.

I Feel Like a Goose That Did Not Fly South

Tomorrow the 29th legislature will swear in and after 1 o’clock I will be Joe Citizen for the first time in this entire century!

It has been an honor to serve my community and state in elective offices for the past 14 years. By the way, the whiteboards contain the secret to Alaska’s future success: encourage the settlement of the land and define our Alaska constitutional mandate for “maximum benefit” from our resources as first benefiting our people and communities and then our state treasury. I hope this 29th legislature will concentrate on diversifying our economy by investing in infrastructure, stripping needless regulation that restricts our people from making a living, and incentivize private investments. We’re bankrupting Alaska and our communities by fooling ourselves into believing that government subsidies are economic benefit; we the people derive best benefit when allowed access to our natural resources, land and the enjoyment, the fruit, of our own labor – as is also required in Alaska Constitution article 1. W

Well that’s my soapbox, so long for now. God bless Alaska!



Rep. Isaacson Hosting an Energy Roundtable this Friday!

Check out the agenda and press release below!

Roundtable Workshop Co Sponsor AGENDA (09-05-14)



Anchorage LIO workshop will bring key players to workshop on future, costsWednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, North Pole, Alaska – Representative Doug Isaacson and House Speaker Mike Chenault will host an Energy Roundtable Workshop this Friday, Sept. 5, at the Anchorage temporary LIO.

Key players such as the electrical utilities, Regulatory Commission of Alaska, independent power producers, and Alaska Energy Authority and AIDEA, will join Isaacson and Speaker Chenault.

The workshop is focused on Designing Alaska’s Future: Removing Energy Gridlock. This effort commenced at the conclusion of the last legislative session with an information workshop hosted by Isaacson.


“I’m often asked, ‘If Alaska is energy rich then why do we pay so much for the energy we consume?’ Alaskans desperately need relief from the extraordinary energy prices many have to pay just to keep the lights on and stay warm,” Isaacson, the Co-Chair of the House Special Committee on Energy, said. “The intent of this workshop is to inform the Legislature, utilities, Regulatory Commission, independent power producers, and the public on what steps we can immediately take to lower our utility costs by structural and regulatory changes. Further, this workshop will help define the next steps as well as long-term solutions we must work towards in order to provide affordable energy to all Alaskans.”

WHO:              Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski

                        Energy Co-Chair Doug Isaacson, R-North Pole

                        Energy Industry officials

                        Regulatory and State agency officials

WHAT:            Energy Roundtable Workshop

                        “Designing Alaska’s Future: Removing Energy Gridlock”

WHEN:           Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

                        8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:         Anchorage Temporary LIO

                        733 W 4th Ave, Suite 105

 The previous Energy Roundtable meeting held during the last legislative session on April 9, 2014 is available here.

Friday’s agenda is attached to this message, and is available online here.

For more information contact Katherine Eldemar at 907-465-2847


Interior Energy Project Partners Informational Meeting, Tonight!

A community involvement meeting regarding the delivery of natural gas to the Interior as part of the Interior Energy Project has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 8.  The meeting will be held at the Westmark Hotel Gold Room from 5:30-7:30 pm and is sponsored by the Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation Energy for All Alaska Task Force. A comprehensive update from AIDEA and MWH Global regarding progress on the North Slope plant facility will be presented along with update presentations from Fairbanks Natural Gas and the Interior Gas Utility.

Please join us!

IEP Community Meeting Press Release

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4th of July in North Pole

There are so many great events going on this weekend in North Pole!

The weekend starts tomorrow at 8:00 am with the Santa’s Seniors Pancake Breakfast at Santa’s Senior center.

At 9:00 am I will be helping with the ribbon cutting for the Thomas Uptgraft Sr Community Fitness Trail. Come out for the dedication of the Community Fitness Trail to 1SG Thomas Uptgraft. Sr. Cody and the City workers have done an awesome job finishing this project despite the rain. It is right next to the North Pole Elementary School play ground. The event will kick off our 4th of July festivities!

The Elf Run/Walk begins at 9:30 am, with registration beginning at 9:00 am. Start the day with exercise and get a cool t-shirt!

Following the run is the North Pole 4th of July Parade! The theme this year is “American Made”.

Be sure to stick around for the Summer Festival. There will be lots of cool booths and great food. The Summer Festival will be at the former Santaland RV Park beside the Santa Claus House. Construction along St. Nicholas is putting in sidewalks (a project I worked on extensively to get completed!) so please be careful. Go slow along that road!

Saturday, July 5th is the Jingle Bell Run/Walk to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. The festivities begin at 8:30 am at the Santa Claus House. For more information call, 907-277-2784. Look for me handing out hot dogs at the end of the race!

The rest of the weekend is for relaxing and spending time with family! Don’t forget, 4th of July is INDEPENDENCE DAY, commemorating both a solemn remembrance of the sacrifices made and the courageous actions by our founding fathers (and mothers) to establish a free nation of United States. It is also a joyful event to celebrate that our nation’s freedoms continues to this day.

Happy Birthday, America!


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