Capitol Brief by Senator Bill Wielechowski

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Representing Northeast Anchorage Neighborhoods and Elmendorf AFB

August 11, 2014
Senator Bill Wielechowski
Bill Wielechowski

733 W 4th Suite 202
Anchorage, AK 99501
fax  269.0122


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Join the oil tax discussion tonight at the first of two debates this week:

A Frank Conversation About SB 21

Tonight (Monday, Aug. 11) from 7 to 9 p.m., the Anchorage Daily News and KTVA are hosting a debate on the question of whether to repeal SB 21, the bill that cut taxes on the oil industry and reduced the share of our oil wealth Alaskans receive.    

The debate will take place at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the UAA campus. I will be on a panel with Former Anchorage Assembly Chair Jane Angvik, a leader of the Vote YES! Repeal The Giveaway campaign, and Chancy Croft, former state Senate President.

Urging a vote “No” will be Kara Moriarty, executive director of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association; Andrew Halcro, former state representative and president of Anchorage Chamber of Commerce; and Senator Lesil McGuire.

The debate will be broadcast from 7 to 8 p.m. on KTVA and streamed on the web from 7 to 9 p.m. on and

A Public Debate on Alaska Ballot Measure 1: “Alaskans should vote to repeal SB 21”

A second debate will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Bear Tooth Theatre.  It is hosted by the ADN and UAA Seawolf Debate Program and costs $15.   

Supporting repeal will be Chancy Croft, former state senator, and me.

Opposing repeal will be Mark Hamilton, president emeritus of the University of Alaska, and Doug Smith, CEO of Little Red Services.

It will be streamed on the web from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at

Speaking at the SB21 Oil Tax Debate sponsored by the Alaska Common Ground
Speaking at the SB21 Oil Tax Debate sponsored by the Alaska Common Ground

Vote Now!  Exercise Your Rights as a Citizen

Early voting for the August 19 primary has already begun.  It’s easy and convenient, and I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity.  You can vote at the Elections Office at 2525 Gambell St., Suite 100, or at Anchorage City Hall, at 632 W 6th Ave.

Voting Hours at State Elections Office:
August 11th - August 15th and August 18th
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
August 16th - 10:00am - 4:00pm
August 17th - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Election Day: August 19th - 7:00am - 8:00pm

Voting Hours at Anchorage City Hall:
August 11th - August 18th
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Election Day: August 19th 7:00am - 8:00pm

Free Children’s Books at the thread Book Party in the Park

This Thursday, Aug. 14, enjoy a fun evening with your family at the 8th annual thread Book Party in the Park at the Garden Art Park in Mountain View (3350 Commercial Drive).

From 4pm-7pm, there will be storytelling, arts and crafts, live entertainment and other family-focused activities. Every child who attends will also receive age-appropriate books to take home, compliments of the thread Book Drive and donations made by local businesses and residents.

This free event is put on by thread, Alaska’s statewide child care resource and referral agency, and aims to promote literacy and quality family time spent reading together.

Have Fun with Your Neighbors at the Russian Jack Community Picnic

Join your neighbors this weekend at the Polar Bear Park (801 Pine St.) for the Russian Jack Community Picnic. This free event is sponsored by the Russian Jack Community Council.

On Saturday, August 16th from 11am to 2pm, come eat a hot dog or hamburger, get to know your neighbors and enjoy activities that are fun for all ages!

I wish you a happy and productive summer.



Bill Wielechowski
Alaska State Senator
District G - Anchorage