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Ortiz, Dunleavy, Young win; Prop 1. doesn’t.

Cody Kemble
Staff Writer

Alaska’s midterm election was held yesterday on Nov 6. Mike Dunleavy (R) won the governor race against Mark Begich (D). Dunleavy received 52.5% of the vote while Begich received 43.7%.
Incumbent Don Young (R) prevailed in the House Election, winning his 24th term. Young defeated political newcomer Alyse Galvin (U) bringing in 54.2% of the vote compared to Galvin’s 45.8%.
Vice Principal Cole Maxwell admires Don Young but thinks his age might cause some problems.
“I like that he has experience and power to get our state what it needs,” Cole Maxwell said. “But at the same time, it’s hard to say the people my grandparents age are the best to serve”
Kayhi History teacher Leigh Woodward said that she wasn’t surprised that Don Young won again.
“Young will have to die before he loses an election,” Woodward said.
Incumbent Dan Ortiz (I) was reelected for House District 36 Representative. Ortiz defeated former Ketchikan School Board President, Trevor Shaw (R) . Ortiz received  57.6% of the vote while Shaw brought in 41.2%.
“I figured that Ortiz would win,” Woodward said. “I was surprised that Shaw got as many votes as he did.”
Prop. 1 was voted down by 63.7% to 36.3%.
“It’s surprising to see that it was so lopsided,” Maxwell said. “I figured that it’d be a little more in the middle.”

Prop. 1 Voting Breakdown/Anchorage Daily News


Voting Day is Here

IMG_0020Cody Kemble
Staff Writer

This year Alaskans have an opportunity to waste their vote. Incumbent Bill Walker (I)  suspended his campaign but remains on the ballot, so filling that bubble would be throwing the vote.
As far as the electable candidates go, Democratic candidate Mark Begich was Mayor of Anchorage from 2003 to 2009, and then was a Senator for Alaska from 2009 to 2015.  Endorsed by Bill Walker.
Republican Mike Dunleavy was State Senator, 2012 to 2018 and a Senate Finance Committee Member. Endorsed by President Trump.
Libertarian Candidate Billy Toien was Executive Committee, Alaska Libertarian Party; Delegate, 2008 Republican Convention.
A poll conducted by Ballotpedia on October 22, after Bill Walker suspended his campaign, shows that Dunleavy holds 48% while Begich holds 44% of a sample poll of 500 people.



Ortiz and Shaw debate at Kayhi

Screen Shot 2018-10-30 at 1.09.00 PMCody Kemble
Staff Writer

House District 36 candidates were featured in a debate on Tuesday in the Kayhi auditorium. Trevor Shaw (R) and incumbent Dan Ortiz (I) answered a series of questions brought forth by Kayhi American Government classes. The debate was moderated by SBA President Chris Brown and Senior Class President Maya Parker.
The candidates were asked many questions about the cruise ship docks, Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD), state budget, education, taxes, and the 2018 Alaska Gubernatorial Race. Both candidates had two minutes to answer the question and one minute to rebut their opponents statement.
Ortiz and Shaw went back and forth on issues, disagreeing on many, but both worked to convince students to vote in the upcoming midterm election on Nov 6, despite who they would vote for.


2018 Municipal Election Recap

Cody Kemble
Staff Writer

Felix Wong (1,345) and Sven Westergard (1,13) were the winners for the two Borough Assembly seats. Austin Otos (1,086), Dan Bockhorst (760), James Montgomery (312), and Dani Pratt (280) were the other candidates.  

Matt Eisenhower(1,511), Sonya Skan (1,300), and Rachel Breithaupt (1,274) came out on top  for the three open seats on the School Board. Bridget Mattson was close behind with 1,004 votes and Lana Boler finished with 689 votes.

The City Council race was not as tight as the Borough Assembly or School Board. Sam Bergeron (695) and Janalee Gage (836) won the two seats and  came out ahead of Spencer Strassburg (428) and Dragon London (355).

Election Day in Ketchikan saw a 3% increase in voter turnout. Last year’s local election saw 21% of Ketchikan residence vote, and this year 24% went to the polls.



Low voting turnouts in Ketchikan

Cody Kemble
Staff Writer

The saying “every vote counts” is one that holds true in local elections. Direct democracy is something that all educated Americans should participate in. The number of educated voters in Ketchikan is quite low.
“At a local level more than a national level, it makes a huge difference,” Kayhi Government teacher David Mitchel said. “And yet we continue to see much lower rates of voter participation in local government, even though it makes a huge impact on your life.”
In the 2016 Borough Assembly election, 4,892 votes were cast, and 4,146 votes in the School Board election.
Historically, Ketchikan has had pretty low voter turnout for it’s local elections.
“Only 20% of residents vote,” Mitchel said. “So it usually comes down to not many votes.”
Ketchikan will be holding a local election on Oct. 2. The elections will feature candidates for Borough Assembly, School Board, City Council, and City Mayor.
“The first thing in local elections is we need good people to run,” Mitchel said. “And we need to have options, so that’s nice when this year there seems to be enough people to give us some options and good candidates.”
There are plenty of candidates in this years local election, with six people running for two seats on the Borough Assembly. Dan Bockhorst, Austin Otos, Danielle Pratt, Sven Westergard, James Montgomery, and Felix Wong are all battling for those two seats.
Three vacant seats are looking to be filled on the School Board by five candidates. The candidates are Matt Eisenhower, Sonya Skan, Rachel Breithaupt, Bridget Mattson, and Lana Boler.
City Council has two seats and four candidates. Janalee L. Gage, Sam Bergeron, Dragon London, and Spencer Strassburg and looking to fill the two seats.
Bob Sivertsen is the lone candidate for City Mayor.
Mitchel said that voters should vote on the character of candidates, not on political affiliation.
“It’s not based all on ideology,” Mitchel said. “Get to know their perspective on issues and get to know who they are and their character. Have conversations about what they want to do.”

Opinion: ESPN Not CNN

Illustration by Zoe Spencer

Kody Malouf
Opinion Editor

ESPN has been pioneering media for decades, they were the first 24 hour sports network. Now they’re leading the charge again of so-called sports networks, covering politics instead of actual sports. ESPN has become a political news network who happens to cover sports. The network champions opinions and free speech, as long as they align with their left-wing agenda. Jemele Hill, the co-host of “SportsCenter”, can tweet “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists,” and nothing happens. But former ESPN analyst, Curt Schilling, was fired for tweeting a meme about a new transgender bathroom law. The network explained he “violated their policy prohibiting analysts to discuss politics.” is a website hosted by ESPN. It replaced the ground-breaking Grantland, a collection of innovative features that linked sports and pop culture. Fivethirtyeight does something similar, using analytics to dive deeper into sports and the things that surround them. It also has a politics section which is almost exclusively filled with articles like “Reluctant Trump Voters Are Getting More Reluctant,” and “Is Hillary Clinton Right About Why She Lost?” Every time I turn on ESPN it’s always Stephen A. Smith yelling about how unfairly Colin Kaepernick is treated or how much Lebron James hates Donald Trump. We as sports fans, want to watch programming about sports, not Stephen A. and Max Kellerman doing their best Rachel Maddow impressions.
ESPN is shooting itself in the foot here. Their ratings are tanking, they’ve had to lay off massive amounts of high-profile employees, and their credibility continues to drop thanks to political incidents like the network pulling an announcer from a University of Virginia football game because his name was Robert Lee… like the confederate general *facepalm*. Ironic that just like ESPN’s champion of all that is good and right, Colin Kaepernick’s career continues to die, as does ESPN itself. Politics is an inescapable fact of everyday life, and sadly I think ESPN is somewhat of a precursor to a growing epidemic of politics invading every aspect of our society. Don’t expect this trend to fade anytime soon.

Staff Picks

What’s your reaction to the presidential election?

Jackson Pool:
Such a surprising outcome, but a very beneficial one for America. Trump taking some of the usual democratic states was extremely unexpected. The secret Trump voters that were too ashamed to express it publicly came through in the end. But the social media today, especially Twitter, is so hostile and entertaining. Hashtags like ‘#NotMyPresident’ and ‘#Trump’, and people saying that Trump supporters support rape and sexual assault? This is what America has come to without even having Trump in the White House, they’re not giving him a chance and comparing him to Hitler. Americans don’t realize how much power Congress has along with the House of Representatives. Trust the process.

Max Collins:
I didn’t like either candidate but I was pretty sure Clinton would win. When Donald Trump won Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin from there I knew he had sealed the deal. It was crazy. The strange thing was that many of the counties that once voted Obama turned to Donald Trump’s side this year and it was a major key to his success.  America is changing and it definitely will in the next four years. Even without choosing any sides, I was still nervous myself. Maybe Trump will not do as bad as I think with the stocks still being relatively steady. Let’s make America great again.        

Jack Carson:
I am surprised with this outcome because going into this election no one thought that Trump was going to win. All the polls and the news stations were saying that Clinton was way ahead of trump and that she was going to run away with the presidency. The thing is that when people came out from the polls they said they voted for Clinton because they were probably scared to say they voted for Trump, which was exactly what they did and look who ended up winning the presidency. Some people said that “Oh, i’m not going to vote because Clinton is already going to win” so they didn’t vote, then turns out Trump wins so now what are those guys thinking. Donald Trump. New president.  

Joey Karlik:
Another true underdog story was just made last night and I was happy. I’ve never been a political person, I didn’t really have a side mostly because I am 16. All the polls were around 80% in Hillary’s favor but that quickly changed. It started with the biggest key state, Florida, where he won by 1.3% and sent him off and running. Everyone in my household was nervous. My grandparents are Republicans, my dad is Independent, and my mom is the Democrat. Any other day she would have been hated on, but it happened to be her birthday… birthday well spent right? I certainly thought so.

Nate Eisenhower:
Either way people were going to be upset with the election, but he’s not even in office yet so we should be patient before stating the pros and cons. Hillary supporters claimed they supported America, yet protesters are outside the White House yelling expletives at Trump and burning flags then posting videos of it on social media. With every candidate there will be pros and cons. I’m happy Trump won and will patiently wait to see if he really is going to do some of the bad things he’s said. A true business man will listen to the people around him, so if America wants something different from what he originally came up with, he won’t be ignorant like Hillary. She thought everything she believed was so right and nothing could be better than her policies, that’s not democracy, that’s insanity. Time will only tell what America can be.

Kody Malouf :
President Trump, it sounds weird actually saying it. Nobody gave Donald Trump a chance, from the very beginning he led every poll, but all of the news organizations brushed it off, “those poll numbers don’t translate into success in the primaries”, they said. “Trump will implode in a matter of months.” Then, after Trump proved everyone wrong and won almost every primary and secured the nomination, people once again started saying how he couldn’t beat the Clinton machine, yet he went toe to toe with her in polling for a long time and in three debates. But everyone still counted him out, they just couldn’t get their minds around a Trump presidency. Every polling organization had Trump down and out, even up until Monday! Yet once again, Trump has proven everyone wrong and pulled off the biggest political upset in history, except I expected it all along.