Senate Judiciary Chair Lora Reinbold will preside over a meeting today (Feb. 24) that is sure to address controversies about how governments have dealt with COVID over the past year – both through controversial COVID mandates and last-minute changes to election protocols.

At 1:30 p.m., nationally recognized historian Dave Barton will deliver a presentation – “History of Pandemics” – to provide the Senate Judiciary Committee with a historical context for how America has dealt with pandemics in the past. Barton is the founder of WallBuilders, a national pro- family organization that “presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage.” The group’s website adds that Barton has authored numerous best-selling books, with the subjects drawn largely from his library of tens of thousands of original writings from the nation’s founding era. He addresses more than 400 groups each year. Considered an expert in historical and constitutional issues, he also serves as a consultant to state and federal legislators.

Barton has criticized the widespread lockdowns and mandates that have swept the nation in response to COVID, and argues that legislators could learn much from how America has dealt with pandemics in the past.

Immediately following Barton on the Senate Judiciary’s docket will be Phil Kline, a former Kansas attorney general who now works for the Thomas More Society, a nonprofit, national public interest law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty.

Kline, a professor at Liberty University, serves as director of the Amistad Project which has supported lawsuits challenging the results of the 2020 presidential election. The group has also raised legal objections to the way several states hastily altered election policies and protocols in the wake of COVID.

The two presentations come at a time when Sen. Reinbold and Gov. Mike Dunleavy are embroiled in a public standoff. Reinbold has criticized the governor and his administration for overreacting to COVID through emergency declarations, restrictions and mandates. On several occasions these disputs have taken place during heated hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Last week, Dunleavy released a letter telling Reinbold that his administration would have nothing more to do with her in her capacity as a state senator. Reinbold responded with a video. This standoff has raised concerns about how whether the senate will be able to effectively communicate with the Dunleavy administration as it crafts key legislation during the current legislative session.

Click here to watch the Senate Judiciary presentations at 1:30 p.m. today (Feb. 24).

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AK Senate Judiciary to hear from leading conservatives on ‘history of pandemics,’ COVID court cases

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Patrick Dalton says:

    Senator Reinbold is good. Alaskans need to recognize the discernment she has on these issues and support this direction she is leading.

  • John B says:

    Reinbold is the type of human who piled on the wood, added oil and burned witches once upon a time…and she would like to reimplement the practice today. It is a Ron White moment though, as he says “You can’t help stupid.” Her committee has nothing to date to do with the states CV19 actions…nor does she as an individual has any insight in to how to run/manage a national airline…like Alaska Airlines…but you can’t contain ignorance when it is combined with arrogance. Sheeesh…Eagle River voters should be embarrassed….as should Micicchee (sp) for failing to correct this chairship abuse.

    • Ed Martin Jr says:

      Spell it out ” B ” I totally disagree with your Kool Aid WONK comment here ! 907-252-7857 Lets debate truth !

    • Steve willis says:

      Really? She definitely shows more sense and courage than you could muster, based on your comment! She refuses to be led around with a ring in her nose, and based on your comment, you dislike her views because she’s not a sheep like you must be. Am I wrong here? One good person working hard for freedom gets this kind of response. Reprehensible! People with such views as yours are why our nation has become a nation of cowards, who must have protection from the government, no matter how much freedom it costs. Truly disgusting

  • Ed Martin Jr says:

    Keep up the good work Lora ! Go at Light Speed, Your my Liberty Hero! I will be watching .

  • Francine says:

    Why is asking questions ignorant or arrogant? Isn’t discourse what our country is founded on? Is it not un-American if leaders are not asking questions and discussing ALL data and interpretations? Only allowing a single opinion/interpretation is expected and accepted in communist countries. It seems to be common human behavior to attack a person’s IQ and spread shame in hopes of silencing the” offender.” Again, this okay in a communist country. Thank God, Alaska is part of the United States of America!

  • BurtG says:

    Lora 2024!