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AK’s Bob and Mark: ACES Wins! … For Today – Devito

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell yesterday abandoned his own effort to destroy ACES in a Special Legislative Session he called for the purpose, Alaskan talk show hosts Bob and Mark reported this morning as they opened their broadcast. Alaska Senator Hollis French was "stunned that Parnell quit on his proposal so soon." Other legislators shared French’s surprise – and relief – the talk show hosts reported. Gov. Parnell assigned blame to the Alaska Senate for the failure of his attempt to provide give-aways to the oil companies and said he "would not rule another Special Legislative Session later this year."

"Parnell is a sneaky SOB. He’s not dumb, but he knows who he works for," Bob and Mark said. "Don’t get too happy. They’ll be back. They plan to wait for people who will do their bidding for them."

Corrupt Bastards Club Version 2.0

Bob and Mark warned their listeners that legislative district lines are being re-drawn and voters should know where their candidates are getting money from. "Re-districting is very complicated, but voters need to know for the August primaries and the November general. The oil companies are going to throw the bank at the candidates they know they can control. It will be the Corrupt Bastards Club Version 2.0. They’re re-grouping. They’ll try [to] dupe you and scare you."

Gov. Palin wrote about the original Corrupt Bastards Club in Going Rogue:

we promised to shine a bright spotlight on ethics reform and to clean up the favor factory known as the Capitol Building. An undercover FBI investigation of the Alaska State Legislature was bubbling to the surface at the offices of state legislators–five Republicans & one Democrat. It turned out that the feds had been investigating links between some lawmakers and VECO Corporation, the oil field services giant. The warrants authorized agents to search computer filed personal communications, and official reports, as well as any items emblazoned with the phrase "Corrupt Bastards Club," or "CBC."

The CBC had started as a barroom joke. The name stuck–and some of the lawmakers thought it was so funny they had hats printed up that said "CBC." It wasn’t so funny after the feds showed up (Palin, 2009, p. 112).

"Pay attention to who’s got all the money," Bob and Mark said. "[AK Representative] Pete Peterson is being redistricted and has to run against Lance Pruitt. The Republican running in my district is wonderful, but I have that little thing that tells me something is going on."

Though ACES went unscathed through two years of attempts on it, Bob and Mark warned that its enemies are "waiting. They’re in no hurry."

The 16 to 20 independent companies are the ones most eager to drill, the duo noted. The big three oil companies have tended toward warehousing the resource.

"Don’t drop your guard. They’re going to strategize during the summer – in the fall election season, it will hit like a ton of bricks. The lobbyists are the point men. Follow the money!"

"Parnell decided to take his ball and go home. Right on! It’s good – for now," they concluded.

ACES is one of Gov. Palin’s signature accomplishments, along with the ethics reform she brought to Alaska’s Executive Branch in the wake of the CBC scandal, and the Randy Ruederich era of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.


Palin, S. L. H. (2009). Going Rogue: An American Life. (New York: Harper). p. 113.

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  • heshtesh

    There’s never an end to the "PIGS" at the trough.

    • CBDenver

      There is when the money runs out

  • saphireak

    Ok you know it’s morning I though that this story was talking about the hockey team Anchorage Aces LOL. The CBC club are trying the B.S agine in Alaska. The people need to pay close attention. 

    • aaron66krohn

      I believe Sarah actually named her ACES program after the Anchorage hockey team!!!!

      As America’s # 1 "hockey mom", the Governor was wanting to find a name wherein she could use that acronym!!!!

      Thus was born ACES, or Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share….A.C.E.S.!!!!

      • saphireak

         LOL I think you right about that.

        • devitor

           Aaron is indeed correct. I saw it as I went through Going Rogue last night when doing this story.

  • Jean_A

    Boy! Parnell a CB?  Who would have thought?

    He only backed off for now because of the price of oil.

    I would think he is going against the will of the people.  So why is his risking it all?

    What is he getting in return for being voted out of office in 2014?

    • Kalena

       I don’t get it either.  Why would he want to do this?

  • aaron66krohn

    Note that the acronym C.B.C has a FEMALE version!!

    For the men, it’s "Corrupt Bastards Club", or CBC!!!

    For the women, it’s "Corrupt B….ches Club, or again CBC!!!

    No discrimination here!!!


  • Lennart Bilén

    You know Alaska is corruptible when Lisa Murkowski could win as a write-in candidate.
    She exemplifies the Corrupt Bastards.
    Sarah Palin did a herculean job in cleaning up the mess.
    She alone is incorruptible among politicians.

    We need her to do the same in Washington.

    Can Romney do it? Only in a very limited fashion.

    • Canus

       If I may suggest, I think another question should read "Will Romney do it?" Answer would be the same

  • nkthgreek

    Sarah leaves office, and her replacement shows no backbone. Apparently testosterone is in short supply these days.

  • MaMcGriz

    Man this is good news. And although the danger remains that there’ll be other attempts to take down ACES, it’s great to see the attention being focused on it.

    Hopefully the people of Alaska won’t allow the CBC to revive itself. That would be a travesty.

    Thank you, Ron. You’ve really been on fire lately. You’re always hot, but recently something seems to be really fanning your flame, bro. It’s a fire that warms us all and brings much-needed light to a dark time. 


    • devitor

      Ma…thank you so much.

  • palintologist

    One of Alaska’s infamous politicians is also mentioned in the Rumors of War III documentary.  When EMP bombs and their consequences were being discussed (back to living in the 1800s with no electricity) in Washington, the House, by a unanimous voice vote, voted to consider measures to prepare.  In the senate, Lisa M. was the lone voice that KILLED it.  She instead substituted "green" legislation. 

    The military estimates that 80-90 percent of the country will die within 18-20 months of EMP detonation.  (The Iranians have them ready to launch.)

    You can watch the entire Rumors of War documentary here.  Every American needs to see this.  With this documentary, no one can say they weren’t warned.

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    Great story, and all the evidence you need that there is only one pol who has proved worthy of our enduring trust.

  • Huge_Heffner

    Alaska’s oil wealth will always be too tempting to keep from being exploited by the never-dying weedy power-brokers ever at-the-ready and lying still, just underneath the visible surface. They are like weeds. You can kill them off at some point, but they are always ready to grow back at the right time and spread uncontrollably all over right under your nose.

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