Saturday, March 23, 2013
Ray Metcalfe on His Initiative and Referendum to Defeat the Corrupt Bastards Club II's SB 21
Back at the beginning of the current legislative session, he predicted that the big oil companies would buy or coerce enough votes in the Alaska Senate to pass Senate Bill 21, which they did on Wednesday. He has conceived of a two-part plan to repeal SB 21 and reinstate ACES, should Alaska's voters want that. Reading through the comments in the Anchorage Daily News article on SB 21's passage, it appears he may have a very willing voting constituency for such a set of moves.
Metcalfe is getting help from members of the Senate who opposed the multi-billion-dollar giveaway. Sen. Bill Wielechowski, who was quoted back on March 12th as stating "If it takes a popular citizens movement, an uprising from the people of this state to show that we're sick and tired of a Legislature that's not going to listen to us, I'm going be behind it 100 percent," is providing support for Metcalfe. He is also getting free legal support from attorneys familiar with both oil company tactics, and with Alaska voting laws and statutes. And - as has been the case for over a decade regarding Alaska oil company corruption of our legislators - the doors to the FBI's top investigators are wide open to Ray.
I interviewed Ray Metcalfe on Friday afternoon, when we got together at the Cafe del Mundo coffee shop on Benson Boulevard in Anchorage.