I, Art Chance (b. 1949), was born in rural Georgia and being of relatively sound mind got the Hell out via first Atlanta - in The South your first born son, your good-looking daughter, and all your money goes to Atlanta - and then on to Anchorage and Pipeline Era Alaska in '74.
I did the Alaska adventure and misadventure back in the days when it still could be an adventure and finally settled down in Juneau as a State of Alaska bureaucrat in '87. I went through the oil price crash and the Democrats' "all bets are off" period, Governor Hickel's "owner state," Tony Knowles' best government Greenies and Unions could buy, a stint working for the Republican-controlled legislature when I couldn't stand the Knowles people any more, and finally became Governor Murkowski's director of labor relations, from which I retired on July 1, 2006.
Along the way I saw most everything that is stupid and venal about running a government. Alaska is one of only a handful of states that has a fully unionized workforce and, at least some of the time, Republican governance. I learned to prefer the Republicans' ham-fisted attempts to steal to the ever-so-much more sophisticated Democrat methods; they were in power long enough to make most of their corruption not only legal but admirable in many circles.
Red on Blue is my observations of how Democrat structured governments work and why Republicans can't run them. A few friends and I tried to restructure Alaska's government in the early days of the Murkowski Administration so that it could actually be run by a Republican governor. Some things we got right, some not, but we got it better than it had been.
I sat on the Red on Blue manuscript for a long time because Murkowski managed to finish third in his own primary and who cares what some guy who worked for him thinks. I stayed out of the whole Palin mess except for writing enough of the truth about her to get myself banned from more than a few conservative blogs. But with the turn that our nation has taken and with the attempts to actually run some states in a responsible manner I decided that since I was one of the very few people in the US with experience in running a Republican government in a union state, it was time to speak out so that maybe some others can get it right the first time.
Besides all that I'm just your standard mouth-breathing redneck that likes guns and trucks and NASCAR - gotta' live up to the lefty expectations.