“Anchorage businessman and political activist Scott Hawkins has joined the race for Alaska governor. … According to the Alaska Public Offices Commission, Hawkins filed a letter of intent that allows him to begin fundraising for the fall 2018 statewide primary. Hawkins intends to run as a Republican and will participate in that party’s primary. … He said he intends to kick off his campaign with a trip to Ketchikan next week.”
Hawkins: “The reason I’m running is people are really unhappy with the direction the state’s going right now. … I think there’s some reasons for that, and I think they’re fixable. I think I have the background and capability to fix these problems.”
“In letters and columns submitted to state newspapers, Hawkins has opposed a state income tax, has supported the idea of a voter-approved spending cap, and has supported the idea of spending a portion of the Alaska Permanent Fund’s earnings on government services. Earlier this year, Hawkins appeared in TV ads opposing House Bill 115, an income tax proposal passed by the Alaska House of Representatives.” (Juneau Empire)
JUNEAU IN OCTOBER. Gov. Bill Walker (I) “on Friday announced his latest tax proposal aimed at shrinking Alaska’s $2.5 billion deficit — a 1.5 percent tax on wages that stops at $2,200, or roughly $150,000 in income. The plan, which would raise an estimated $300 million, was unveiled Friday as Walker called the Alaska Legislature into a special session Oct. 23 — formalizing a decision he’d already broadcast last month.” (Alaska Dispatch News)
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Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is expected to plead guilty to a raft of new tax and fraud charges filed against him by special counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday. Gates is expected to cooperate with Mueller's investigation.
Robert Mueller announced new charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort advisor Rick Gates. "The new indictment contains 32 counts, including tax charges." The pair had been indicted on 12 charges in October. Since then, Gates's attorneys have asked to be excused from the case.
The FBI has reported that it failed to respond to a warning from "a person close to" Nikolas Cruz, the teen accused of killing 17 people at Parkland High School on Thursday. "It was the second time the FBI apparently failed to follow up on Cruz." On the first occasion, it failed to properly investigate Cruz after it was reported to them that he left the following comment on a Youtube video: "Im going to be a school shooter."
Florida Governor Rick Scott called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign following revelations that the FBI had failed to adequately investigate multiple warnings about Parkland High School gunman Nikolas Cruz. “The FBI’s failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable,'" said Scott. '...We constantly promote ‘see something, say something,’ and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act.'" According to an FBI statement, the FBI failed to inform local offices of information regarding "Cruz's desire to kill people, erratic behavior, disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting."