“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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"A federal judge has found a witness in contempt for refusing to testify before the grand jury hearing evidence in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl Howell made the ruling Friday after a sealed hearing to discuss Andrew Miller’s refusal to appear before the grand jury. Miller is a former aide to longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone."
Paul Manafort's former business partner Rick Gates said in court today that "he conspired with Manafort to falsify Manafort’s tax returns. Gates said he and Manafort knowingly failed to report foreign bank accounts and had failed to register Manafort as a foreign agent."