On Alaska Flip N Move, an Alaska-based team buys run-down homes at auction and then transports them across frozen lakes and icy roads to their final destination. Each episode highlights the thrilling journey of hauling a home through ice and snow, as well as the whole-home renovation that follows.
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Alaska Flip N Move - Gravina Island Bridge - Netflix
The Gravina Island Bridge, commonly referred to as the “Bridge to Nowhere”, was a proposed bridge to replace the ferry that currently connects the town of Ketchikan, Alaska, United States, with Gravina Island, an island that contains the Ketchikan International Airport as well as 50 residents. The bridge was projected to cost $398 million. Members of the Alaskan congressional delegation, particularly Representative Don Young and Senator Ted Stevens, were the bridge's biggest advocates in Congress, and helped push for federal funding. The project encountered fierce opposition outside Alaska as a symbol of pork barrel spending and is labeled as one of the more prominent “bridges to nowhere”. As a result, Congress removed the federal earmark for the bridge in 2005. Funding for the “Bridge to Nowhere” was continued as of March 2, 2011, in the passing of H.R. 662: Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011 by the House of Representatives, and finally cancelled in 2015.
Alaska Flip N Move - 2008 campaign issue - Netflix
On August 29, 2008, when introduced as Republican presidential nominee John McCain's running mate, Governor Palin told the crowd: “I told Congress, thanks but no thanks on that bridge to nowhere” – a line that garnered big applause but upset political leaders in Ketchikan. Palin's campaign coordinator in the city, Republican Mike Elerding, remarked, “She said 'thanks but no thanks,' but they kept the money.” Ketchikan's Democratic Mayor Bob Weinstein also criticized Palin for using the term bridge to nowhere, which she had said was insulting when she was in favor of the bridge. Although Palin was originally a main proponent of the bridge, McCain–Palin television advertisements claimed that Palin “stopped the Bridge to Nowhere”. Palin's Chief of Staff, Billy Moening, has been praised by many Republican strategists for recommending Palin change her stance on the bridge. These claims have been widely questioned or described as misleading in several newspapers across the political spectrum. Howard Kurtz called this a “whopper”, writing: “She endorsed the remote project while running for governor in 2006, claimed to be an opponent only after Congress killed its funding the next year and has used the $223 million provided for it for other state ventures.” Newsweek, commenting on Palin's “astonishing pivot”, remarked: “Now she talks as if she always opposed the funding.” McCain also weighed in on the Gravina Island Bridge. In advertisements, McCain labeled the bridge as wasteful spending, and in an August 2007 town hall speech recorded on video and quoted again on April 30, 2008, he blamed the Minneapolis I-35 bridge collapse on the Gravina Island Bridge. His advertising and comments that (before September 21, 2006) contradicted Governor Sarah Palin's support of the bridge drew the attention of the media when he chose Palin as his running mate, opening the ticket to charges of hypocrisy. While discussing the Gravina Island Bridge during an ABC News interview that aired on September 12, 2008, Charles Gibson made the following comment: “but it's now pretty clearly documented. You supported that bridge before you opposed it. You were wearing a T-shirt in the 2006 campaign, showed your support for the bridge to nowhere.” Palin interrupted Gibson and insisted, “I was wearing a T-shirt with the zip code of the community that was asking for that bridge. Not all the people in that community even were asking for a $400 million or $300 million bridge.” Many media groups in the U.S. noted that Palin changed her position regarding the bridges, and concluded that she exaggerated her claim that she stopped the proposals from going through. According to the Los Angeles Times, for instance, while seeking votes for her governorship race, Palin told Ketchikan residents that she backed the “bridge to nowhere”; as governor, she spent the money elsewhere and moved ahead with a $26-million road to the nonexistent bridge.
Alaska Flip N Move - References - Netflix