I was born in 1950 on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana. I left home at age 15 and spent the next few years hitchhiking around the country. After attending high schools in various states, I graduated from Billings Senior High School in Billings, Montana, in 1969.
I then decided to hitchhike to Alaska with a bedroll, a backpack and $53 to my name arriving in June, 1969, just as Alaska’s oil boom was surging. I worked for years in the state’s oil fields and also studied business and history in college, before opening Metcalfe Commercial Real Estate Company in 1974, which I still operate.
I was twice elected to the Alaska House of Representatives, serving from January, 1979, to 1983 serving as a Republican. While in the legislature I chaired hearings on then Governor Jay Hammond’s Permanent Fund Dividend Bill, and was a primary author of the investment strategy for the Permanent Fund.
After a few years I became disaffected with the state Republican party and in 1986 I formed the Republic Moderate Party of Alaska to oppose the religious right, which I believed had begun dominating and corrupting the state GOP. The state Republican Party sued me for creating a group using the term “Republican” without their permission, but I won in Superior Court. The Republican Party did not appeal, and ultimately the party was ordered to pay all of my attorney fees.
More recently, in 2014, I helped initiate the state’s “Yes on One” Alaska ballot proposition which aimed to overturn the state legislature’s controversial 2013 “oil tax giveaway” law and attempted reinstating a more equitable oil and gas tax structure to benefit not just the oil companies, but the citizens of Alaska as rightful owners of the oil.
I spent three years helping Federal Investigators and Prosecutors with the investigation of Former US Senator Ted Stevens, six Alaskan legislators, and four lobbyists. Twelve were indicted for bribery, two got off on technicalities and ten were convicted. All over payments for the kinds of political favors the honest among us do not get. I have made a career of exposing political bribery in Alaska. Mostly oil company bribery. If elected I will continue my effort to rid this country of pay to play corruption while focusing on what is good for all, not a handful of big contributors.
I worked on Bernie's campaign almost full time December 2015, through the State convention where we got 82% to Hillary's 18%. If elected I will be the closest ally in the US Senate Bernie Sanders' and Elizabeth Warren could ever hope for while representing the Last Frontier in Washington DC.
RAY IS IN-LINE WITH BERNIE’S PLATFORM!
Questions & Answers
With Ray Metcalfe
Please describe a little bit about your background:
I am the guy who exposed VECO for bribing Ben Stevens, and connected the dots for federal authorities, demonstrating that Ted Stevens was laundering federal dollars through the Alaska Fish Marketing Board, into the pockets of his son Ben Stevens.
I have been elected to the Alaska State House twice and have fought as a public interest litigant in defense of civil liberties in state and federal courts on numerous occasions. I have litigated in defense of free speech, ballot access, open primaries, separation of church and state, wrongful appropriation of public assets into the hands of contributors, access to public information, defending a petitioner's right to remove Ben Stevens from the Presidency of the Alaska State Senate for corruption, and defending the right of civic minded people to access the courts on matters of public interest without concern for retribution.
My demonstrated commitment to eliminating corruption and promoting a government that is open honest fair and compassionate is unsurpassed by anyone. You need go no farther than GOOGLE to verify any of the above. I believe that my experience and accomplishments demonstrate that I am uniquely qualified to serve Alaskans in the US Senate.
Why are you running? What are your goals in office?:
When George Bush stole the Presidential election this nation had a huge revenue surplus on the horizon. A surplus that could have fixed Social Security and Medicare, paid off the national debt, and provided health care to every American. A beautiful future was before us but George Bush threw it all in the toilet with tax cuts for his rich friends and a misguided war that drained our treasury and exhausted our military.
We now have a government that listens to my phone calls, reads my emails, and monitors my bank account. These are things that need to change.
What are the top three issues that you are running on?:
Removing our troops from Iraq as rapidly as they are able to safely disengage. Repairing the damage the Bush tax cuts have done to our economy, and recognizing health care as a right rather than a privilege. I will vote to usher in a single-payer system of universal medical care caring for all Americans from cradle to grave. Health care is a right not a privilege.
How are you socially progressive and fiscally responsible?:
I’ve spent thirty years giving speeches and writing articles to educate Alaskans on the value of the resources they were being relieved of by Oil Companies. Oil companies who consistently advertised that we Alaskans should thank our lucky stars that they are here and giving us jobs. Over time, the public began to realize that they were being paid to help the Oil Companies steal our jewels. But public awareness wasn't enough. Several of Alaska’s legislators were also being paid to help oil companies relieve Alaska of its jewels. One of them was Ted Stevens’ son Ben Stevens. I sat out to prove that in April of 2005 and said so publicly. Sixteen months later, in August of 2006, the FBI raided the legislative offices of Ben Stevens and VECO, the oil service company I accused of bribing him. VECO’s owners have since admitted bribing Ben Stevens and agreed to testify so at his trial. In the meantime, we Alaskans have seen three convictions and four guilty pleas and a legislature that has done an about face in the way it does business with oil companies. Anything I have said in this paragraph, including my hand in the exposure of the bribery, can be verified through Google.
Name twenty five contentious issues which voters can depend on you to vote for:
- Stem-cell research.
- Universal health care.
- Reproductive rights.
- Keeping promises to veterans.
- Civil rights.
- Privacy rights.
- Workers rights.
- The Bill of Rights.
- Gun rights.
- Fair trade as opposed to free trade.
- Employee's free choice.
- Retraining for displaced workers.
- Quality public education.
- Affordable higher education.
- Scientific research.
- Space exploration.
- Addressing global worming.
- Ending the war on drugs.
- Ending corporate welfare.
- Repealing the Patriot Act.
- Power cost equalization.
- A complete and modernizing overhaul of America’s transportation and communication systems.
- Reversing Ted Stevens' privatization of Alaska's fishing rights into the hands of a few of his friends.
- A judicial system that places a higher value on dispensing justice and getting it right than it places on winning for the sake of winning.
- Ending our current tax system and replacing it with a progressive tax system that can be explained in 1000 words or less and favors no one except those who struggle to feed their families.
Who do you support for president and why?:I want people who will stand on principle, even when it’s tough. Barack Obama did that. Hillary Clinton capitulated to her fears of confronting a president who appeared powerful at the moment. To this day, she can’t admit she was wrong and professes to have been duped by bad information. Barack Obama judged that information to be unbelievable and so did I. And I don’t believe that Hillary Clinton ever believed it either.
What are your predictions for Alaska’s future?:
For twenty five years the majority of Alaska’s resources have been harvested for the benefit of three oil companies and a greedy few Alaskans who did their bidding. Alaska is now at a crossroads. Until we voters end the political careers of those who exchange political favors for money, honest politicians will always be out gunned by corruption money at election time.
The door is now open for a Democratic majority in Juneau and in Washington. We can continue this revolving door of responding to voter outrage by replacing the corrupt with the corrupt of a different label, or we can make a change. If we make a change their will be room for every Alaskan at Alaska’s bountiful table of plenty. If we don’t, the only thing that will change is who gets the graft.
What can those who care do if they want to help make things change?:
Donate, volunteer, post to social media, call Ray's Campaign HQ and ask what you can do to help.
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