This news was found in the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, located in Wasilla, Alaska. You’ve heard of that town — Sarah Palin was once mayor.
The headline is Gattis to resign from school board to chair House Education Committee. We know what you’re thinking: Oh no, another boring tale about a boring politician in a far away boring place. Yes, that’s often true, but this time you’re wrong. There can be hidden nuggets buried in such stories, so stay with us, dear reader. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added for emphasis:
WASILLA — Lynn Gattis, the incoming state representative from greater Wasilla, will serve as chair of the House Education Committee when the Legislature convenes in Juneau.
You’re still bored, right? Hold on, it gets better:
Gattis, a Republican, says she favors school vouchers. She said she backs equal time in the classroom for creationism and evolution. And she’s open to the idea of regional schools for rural areas.
Aha! She’s a creationist state legislator. Let’s read on:
Gattis has served on the Mat-Su School Board since 2010, but said that she plans to resign from the board in mid-January. Originally, Gattis told other school board members she hoped to remain on the school board even if elected. It’s legal in Alaska to serve on local boards while serving in the Legislature.
It’s good that a creationist is resigning from the local school board, right? Well, not necessarily. The story continues:
But, Gattis said, she decided over the weekend to resign from the board after she learned of her appointment as Education chair; a plum position in the Legislature for an incoming freshman.
Aaaargh!! She’s a brand-new state legislator — and a creationist! — and they’re making her the chairman of the House Education Committee. A creationist chairman!
The rest of the story is about her decision to resign from the local school board and how the resulting vacancy will be filled. That really is boring, so this is where we’ll quit. But now we know — Alaska’s House of Representatives is run by idiots!
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