Ric Dolphin is president of Dolphin Media, Inc. and the editor and publisher of Insight into Government, a weekly newsletter available by subscription. He reports on Alberta political affairs from the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, AB, Canada.

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Week ending June 26th, 2015 Vol 29, No 40

JUST FOLK — At the close of their first two-week session in the Legislature, Rachel Notley and her NDP caucus frolic for a photo that will be used for an ad in the program for this year's Edmonton Folk Festival, an event attracting a predominantly Dipperish crowd. In 2012 when the NDP caucus ballooned from two to four members, the NDP placed an ad in the Folk Fest program with the quartet on a tarpaulin and the tagline "It's getting a little more crowded on the tarp." This year they're gonna need more tarps.
We’re building the plane while we’re flying it because we really didn’t have much of a transition into government. That’s why I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish as we become airborne.
Premier Rachel Notley after the first 30 days.

Inside this week

Carbon is the enemy and Enviro Minister Shannon begins her offensive
Will Notley-itis help the federal NDP in Alberta? Doubtful, but we've been wrong before.
Trepidation in the oil patch following the NDP's initial volley of taxes
SEASON FINALE: THE JUNE 26 ISSUE OF INSIGHT SIGNALS THE BEGINNING OF OUR SUMMER BREAK. WE RETURN FOR OUR 30TH SEASON ON SEPT. 4.

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Fear and loathing? Not quite yet. But trepidation and consternation are definitely abroad on the quietening streets of Calgary as the oilpatch, hobbled by eight months of depressed prices, braces for the fecal flurries it worries will soon emanate from Edmonton where unsteady hands hover over the dials and levers of policy. “Ooh,” to quote the last words of Challenger astronaut Christa McCauliffe from that tasteless joke of 1986. “I wonder what that button does?”…

Political Pulse

As the three main federal parties jostle for poll position in the ten weeks until the writ is dropped, the question in our province is: will Tom Mulcair’s NDP get a Notley bounce and win more than the single lousy seat that is its electoral record in Alberta? (A seat currently occupied by Edmonton-Strathcona MP Linda Duncan.) Short answer: unlikely in Calgary and the sticks, but possible in Redmonton.

Certainly the Dipper brand has been burnished by the Notley victory. There is actual competition for the federal NDP nominations this time—a most unusual, indeed historic, circumstance.