A visitor to Alaska might be forgiven if she concluded that the state's major industries were oil, fisheries, tourism and litigation.
That's what a casual pass at recent headlines might suggest.
Joe Miller is pressing his case against the Senate election he lost. Meanwhile, a federal judge has ruled that Alaska should be able to certify the election so that we can send our senator to D.C. in time for swearing in.
The state of Alaska is suing the federal government over several issues, including sea lions, the Arctic drilling moratorium and the health care reform bill.
On that last, we probably won't have resolution for two years or so, because two federal judges have upheld the mandatory purchase of private health insurance in 2014, while another judge just ruled that Uncle Sam has overreached his constitutional authority on that score. Alaska, like the rest of the 20 states that have sued over this provision, will have to wait until the cases work their way through appellate courts. The smart money says the U.S. Supreme Court will decide this one.
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