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LeDoux, original Muskox Coalition member, dissents with Democrat majority

SYMBOLIC VOTE OVER PERMANENT FUND DIVIDEND AMOUNT CAUSES RIFT

In a move that surprised some and delighted others, Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, a nominal Republican from Muldoon, today broke away from the House Democrat-led Majority, and voted in favor of the Senate’s version of the operating budget.

That was tantamount to voting against the House Majority’s budget that she had voted for days earlier.

“I do not do this lightly because the bipartisan caucus is a binding caucus, demanding we all vote on budget votes. So I know that there are going to be consequences for this vote. But I am willing to live with this decision, Mr. Speaker,” LeDoux said, addressing the chair during what is normally a procedural vote.

She worried aloud about the Senate budget, even as she said she would vote in favor of it, because it cuts the ferry system too much and transfers too much money from the Earnings Reserve Account of the Permanent Fund into the corpus of the fund, “leaving us with no leeway in a market downturn.”

But she said the sticking point for her was that the fully funded Permanent Fund dividend is important to her East Anchorage constituents. And she felt that since the House budget does not contain any money at all for the Permanent Fund dividend, this was her only possible chance to vote affirmatively for the full dividend.

Whatever comes back from the conference committee will likely have a much smaller dividend than the $3,000 that the Senate has set in its budget (as the House has not provided any funds for Permanent Fund dividend yet.)

“Where our (House) budget has no PFD, and the thought was to discuss and debate the PFD in a separate bill. But I don’t see this happening right now,” she said, her voice quavering.

“It makes me sad I will be leaving this caucus where I have many friends. I feel those who vote against concurrence feel they are doing the right thing. I am doing the right thing voting in the way my constituents would want me to vote,” she said.

She then reminded the body of how the original group of “Muskox Caucus” rebellion against the Republican Majority in 2015 got started, by reading them a letter that four of them in the Chamber had penned to Speaker Mike Chenault in 2015. In that letter, signed by Ledoux, and Reps. Louise Stutes, Bryce Edgmon, and Neal Foster, the four said that any major changes to the way the Permanent Fund dividend was handled should go to a vote of the people.

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The other two who signed the letter, Reps. Jim Colver and Paul Seaton, have since been removed by their constituents, who considered them not reliable Republicans.

LeDoux was the only member of the House to end up voting in favor of the Senate budget today. Several rose to speak against the Senate budget for reasons ranging from “It’s unfunded” to “it cuts too much.”

Rep. Louise Stutes stood a few minutes later to curtly address the matter of the letter she had signed, which had been read aloud by LeDoux.

Stutes said, “That was then and this is now. I did sign that letter.” She went on to say that services were needed across the state and that the Legislature’s “Percent of Market Value” approach to the Permanent Fund dividend was satisfactory in addressing a reduced dividend amount.

LeDoux’s vote was largely symbolic, since she had, in fact, voted in favor of the House budget last week and since the House and Senate budgets were clearly going to the conference committee, where they will be negotiated line by line.

And after all, the House Majority still has 24 members in it, a safe majority. But her move is a blow to the leadership of Rep. Bryce Edgmon, who looked shaken during the rest of the floor proceedings.

If the Republican Minority allows LeDoux to rejoin them, they’ll have 16 members — possibly enough to help Gov. Michael Dunleavy preserve vetoes he might make to the final budget.

It takes a total of members of the House and Senate to override a governor’s veto.

LeDoux’s move gives the minority a slight emotional advantage going into next year and may persuade members like Rep. Bart LeBon and Steve Thompson to rejoin the Republicans.

As for Dunleavy, he can veto spending in the budget sent to him by the House and Senate, but if he’s sent a budget with a smaller Permanent Fund dividend than has been established by Alaska Statute, he will not be able to add money back to that dividend.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • This woman speaks with forked tongue and always has fingers crossed behind her back…

  • Reasonable guess is whoever paid for the Great Alaska LeDoux Vote Experiment trained his/her/their retriever to fetch an R vote…
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    And it did…
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    How cute…
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    Maybe next time it’ll fetch a D vote…
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    That’ll be cute too…

  • As much as I dislike this individual at least she has the internals to fully follow through rather than that converted Legislative Critter and turncoat Tammy W.

  • club45

  • LeDoux’s vote was largely symbolic. Why didn’t she just vote absent.

    • Her constituents want the free money, plain and simple.
      Sometimes its not enough to leave your elected officials to their wisdom and they have to be reminded that they can be turned out on a single issue. Money talks!

      • its not free money, its our money , your money, my money and i pay taxes on it. its not for poloticians to decide how to spend my money . they went and blew their CBR now they want more. look at the PFD’s ORIGINAL DESIGN & INTENSIONS , its not the poloticians $$$ . it belongs to state residents as it should.

        • I hate to break it to you Bret, but it’s only your money if it’s appropriated by those pols. Then you get to pay taxes on it.
          This is a pissing match between those wanting the cash and those wanting govt. services. A real balancing act to try to please the majority, here IMO. And to top it all off, there is the economy that may stay in recession because of too many cuts. I suspect that the main reason so many are pushing for these statutory PFDs is because of the recession we are just now hoping to be coming out of.

        • Agreed 100%. It’s not the State Governments money but the Alaskan people’s PFD’s and should never be negotiated by the House or Senate in the budget. I believe the original formula of the Permanent Fund of 37 years should always be enacted and full distribution of dividends paid out each year to its shareholders, without interruption.

          • I hope you realize that the Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that the legislature is given the right to appropriate the amount of those PFDs, so what you think about it doesn’t hold much sway here. Looks like you also want that “free money.”

  • There is nary a mention of the Charlie Chan days and the LeDoux Muldoon Marauders and dead man voting scam. It’s a weird amnesia that takes over. This is the person behind ALL of that. Just saying…………

  • Do hope there are three conservatives in the interior gearing up to run and defeat Lebon, Wilson and Thompson in primary!

  • This Session is going to go down as the most dysfunctional ever. Biggest bunch of turncoats, idiots, and losers in the history of the state House.

    Send all of them to API. And don’t let them out.

    • “So that means you’ve got to take this piece of garbage that came out of the conference committee and swallow it whole, even though it may make you regurgitate as you do it.” – Wendell Kay, 1976
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      Taking that quote into consideration, things could get worse.

  • So Gabriel LeDoux voted for the Senate version of the budget because she believes the people in her district want the FULL PFD. Bill Wielechowski the Senator for her district has said the same thing as has Governor Mike Dunleavy. Difference is Dunleavy has said the entire state deserves the full PFD.
    LeDoux’s vote doesn’t give us the full PFD but if the “R’s” play this well it will give them and Dunleavy negotiating power.

  • Where is the Truth?
    Where is the Truth? If it does exist what is it worth? Alaska should be asking it’s self! If its worth anything how do you figure it out? PFD’s or State services ! Where is the truth in them? What lies are being told?

    Here is a SCIENTIFIC COMPARISON TEST to reason whether a lie is better then the truth.
    I. Credibility
    All Lies are designed to seem true. The expert liar carefully uses elements that seem probable and logical and are therefore easy to believe. On the other hand, The Truth is often illogical, wildly improbable and hard to explain.
    Lies are more believable than the truth.

    II. Reliability
    The Truth is spontaneous, accidental, and unpredictable. Lies, however, can be planned in detail long in advance and are thus guaranteed to turn out as predicted.
    Lies are more dependable than The Truth.

    III. Economy
    To be The Truth, an account of a given event must be completely accurate. This requires painstaking resourcefulness, expensive research, time-consuming attention to detail, complex logistics and thoroughness. In spite of all that, some people will believe it and others will not. A Lie will produce identical results without all the fuss and bother.
    Lies are simpler than Truth: Lies cost less than Truth in time, money, and effort.

    IV. Value
    The Truth can be found anywhere; it belongs to anybody who finds it,
    absolutely free. Lies are custom-made, often by experts, and the best ones are highly polished works of art.
    Lies are worth more money than Truth. Have you ever heard of anyone bribing a witness to tell The Truth?

    V. Respectability
    A. Great fortunes have been made by selling Lies to the public. The people who sell these Lies are often grateful to the gullible customers, so they endow libraries and universities and cultural centers.
    B. Nobody ever made a fortune selling The Truth. First of all, as already stated, The Truth is free. The only people who will pay money for The Truth are people who are being blackmailed–and they are only buying The Truth so they can hide it before anybody else sees it.
    Lies lead to libraries and universities, while The Truth leads to blackmail.

    VI. Stability
    A. Take a thousand parts Truth, add one part Lie. Result: a lie.
    B. Take one thousandth part lie, add one part Truth. Result: again a Lie.
    C. Note that you can make a Lie out of Truth, but you can’t make The Truth out of a Lie.
    Lies are stronger and last longer than The Truth.

    VII. Imagination
    In reporting The Truth, a person must research the precise facts and stick to them exactly as they occurred. The liar can report the same incident without doing any research, merely saying whatever comes to mind and filling in details according to his fancy.
    Lies are more creative than The Truth.

    VIII. Recognizability
    People are accustomed to hearing Lies all the time.
    If you tell The Truth, people will think you are lying. If you convince
    them you are telling The Truth, they will become suspicious. Why is he
    suddenly telling The Truth? What is going on?

    IX. Supply and Demand
    A. In describing any given incident, only one version can possibly be The Truth, whereas the number of Lies possible is unlimited. Obviously, Lies are in far greater supply than The Truth.
    B. There is a great demand for Lies, if they are flattering, if they build
    up one’s hopes, if they help one escape reality or if they promise health
    wealth, power or potency. Nobody is very anxious to hear The Truth. The only people who demand The Truth are those who are investigating something (lawyers, etc.)–and they only want The Truth to prove someone is lying.
    Lies are the acceptable medium of exchange in our society. They are in good supply and the demand for them remains strong. The Truth is in extremely short supply, but even this tiny supply far exceeds the demand. Thus, in our society, Truth occupies a position identical to that of dinosaur shit.

    Conclusions:
    Lies are superior to Truth in numerous ways.
    Lies are more ingenious;
    Lies make the world seem more pleasant;
    Lies are less embarrassing than Truth; and less frightening.
    Furthermore, in such fields are diplomacy, statesmanship, merchandising, advertising, public relations and bookkeeping, The Truth is an out-and-out handicap.

    In friendship, Truth is harmful; in love, it is disastrous.
    My prediction is that The Truth will be phased out of our society, almost unnoticed, in less than a generation. It will become a curio like the two-dollar bill. Probably, there will be museums where samples of The Truth will be displayed for the benefit of curious children who want to know what it was like. One can only hope that the curators of these Truth Museums will have the good taste not to fake the exhibitions.
    The Truth is that The Truth has become old-fashioned. It’s full of odd

    shaped little nooks and crannies, like so many old fashioned things, some people find them fascinating, but most people find them a pain in the neck. For those who care, it is a wonderful feeling to hold The Truth in your possession, to keep it and cherish it, never misuse it, then pass it along freely to anyone who wants it, giving it to them undamaged, unpainted, unadded to and unsubtracted from and every bit as glowingly alive as ever. To find all those joys in the handling of The Truth is a labor of love, but most of us in today’s society have no time for such things.
    Alaska has much more then State Services & the PFD’s to lose! Think about it Alaskans.

    • My God man… you have a lot of time on your hands. I’m guessing you are either retired or a state or federal worker!!!

      • Not a chance just your average working man in private business. An Alaskan with dreams & hopes for my children. & grandchildren they desire a truthful future?

  • Absolutely yes, and so do they !!! And perhaps you too ? I will donate mine to eliminating the the HOUSE OF PELOSI If you donate yours to cleaning up TRUMP TOWER

  • is that you GRASS HOPPER ?

  • All I have to say Suzanne Downing is “What of it?” This woman is a loose cannon who has committed voter fraud and operates in life in a very erratic and impulsive fashion. So one of her erratic moves benefited the Republicans. So what? Her next move will screw them over worse than they have ever been screwed over before by her. She needs to go even if she presents the cure for cancer to the Republicans. No one can trust her. The Alaska Democrat Party is paying for it today, the Alaska Republican Party will be paying for it tomorrow. Two wrongs don’t make a right. We have a Republican administration in charge of the Department of Law capable of investigating and indicting her for voter fraud crimes and the Alaskan Republican Party nevertheless remains unwilling to prosecute her for God only knows what cabal is influencing them. Yes she may be evil but I honestly wonder if the Alaskan Republican Party is any better (Tucker Babcock and Mike Dunleavy to name names).

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