Blogs by Rep Bob Lynn

Blog site of Representative Bob Lynn, Alaska House of Representatives,District 31 Anchorage, Alaska. Blogs consist of public comments during legislative sessions, speeches, political commentary, as well as personal observations, and some journal type entries. Comments are invited.

Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Member of the Alaska State House of Represeentatives since 2003. US Air Force, Retired; military bandsman; F94C interceptor pilot; Vietnam service as radar controller (Monkey Mountain), radar site commander(Pleiku); Government Contract Management; Public school Teacher, Retired. Married 55 years to Marlene Wagner Lynn, 6 children, 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Member St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church. Former Tucson Arizona policeman, Ambulance Driver and Mortician's Assistant, Realtor (currently on referral status).

Thursday, July 13, 2006


Our Governor Murkowski called our legislature into yet another special session yesterday. We gaveled in at 6:00PM, said the invocation, recited the Pledge of Allegiance, assigned the governor’s oil/gas pipeline bills to committees - and adjoined until today for a hearing of the governor’s speech to the joint session of the House and Senate.

At 11AM today the governor read a twenty-three page, forty-five minute speech, that basically threatened the legislature with “hell, fire, and damnation” if the legislature didn’t do his bidding. He alleged that failure to act on his oil and gas proposals during this current special session could result in an income tax, or a statewide sales tax, or a lost permanent fund dividend – he may have also mentioned something about the sky falling. No applause, except at the conclusion of the speech. Backdrop for the governor’s speech? The House chambers graced by the Speaker of the House, President of the Senate, and the giant state seal – very impressive stuff for the current political season.

At the conclusion of the governor’s speech, the House adjoined until July 24th, and everybody caught the first available flight out of Juneau for home. The cost? Travel expenses for some sixty legislators, rental cars, session per diem times 60, plus costs for certain legislative staff. Was it worth the cost? We shall see.


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