On Aug. 30, amid the lengthy debate over PFD payments, oil tax credits and various spending items, an attempt was made by some Alaska lawmakers to protect residents who decline to take the experimental COVID shots. Enough Republican members of the Alaska State House, however, joined Democrats to successfully kill this attempt.

Wasilla Representatives David Eastman and Christopher Kurka, along with Rep. George Rauscher (Palmer) offered an amendment to a budget bill that deals with the PFD and other spending items. The amendment stated that it is the Legislature’s intent that financial appropriations only be disbursed to “entities that establish a policy stating that an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status is considered confidential information and that the entity will not solicit, collect, or maintain that information.”

The amendment initially passed 21-19, but Rep. Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage) later ask the House to rescind this action and allow members to revote on the amendment. Spohnholz successfully convinced enough Republicans to side with her, and the amendment was rescinded on a 25-15 vote with seven Republicans voting to rescind and revote. These Republicans were DeLena Johnson (Palmer), Bart LeBon (Fairbanks), Kelly Merrick (Eagle River), David Nelson (Anchorage), Sara Rasmussen (Anchorage), Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak) and Steve Thompson (Fairbanks).

At that point legislators voted again on whether the amendment should be adopted. This second vote resulted in it being narrowly defeated – 21-19 – with Rep. Sarah Rasmussen (R-Anchorage) and Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) switching their original yea votes to nays.

While Republican lawmakers Johnson, Lebon, Nelson and Thompson ultimately voted in favor of keeping the amendment in place, they also first voted to rescind the amendment and let their colleagues revote. This ultimately allowed Rasmussen and Tuck to flip their votes and kill the amendment.

The notion of withholding public funds from groups that mandate COVID vaccines or passports is playing out across the nation. According to the National Academy for State Health Policy, 20 states have now banned vaccine passports, five states have banned COVID vaccine mandates, seven states prohibit mandates for state workers, and three states won’t allow private employers to force employees to take a COVID shot.


Contacts for Republican House members who voted against amendment to protect Alaskans who decline COVID jab

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House Republicans help Dems kill amendment to protect Alaskans who decline COVID jabs

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.


  • Timothy Colbath says:

    Until these politicians Follow the Science and accept that Natural Immunity is as good or better than the vaccines – they are just pissing away OUR money.

    • Neil A DeWitt says:

      I agree!

    • Lobo says:

      We must follow the science…. Unless the subject is masks, and COVID “experimental” jabs.

    • Nita Young says:

      you are so right… is insane and counter productive to wear masks, common sense would tell you breathing in carbon dioxide is causing eye infections and lung damage… not a healthy alternative…..and it does nothing to stop the spread of the virus…..and our medical people are into supporting the medical and government establishment of big money and big pharma and Fauci and Gates and Soros etc. just follow the money trail…..Front Line Doctors whose interest is the American people …… know that Ivermectin cures this Wuhan at every stage but it does not pour in millions of govenrment dollars to the doctors and hospitals who want to poison people with these vaccines that kill their DNA and T-cells permanently….4 out of 5 vaccinated pregnant women miscarry their babies…..just another way to murder the unborn……now, you have the shed spike protein of the vaccinated that is giving this virus not only back to the vaccinated but to the unvaccinated…..just a vicious cycle……natural immunity is 13 times more effective than any vaccine……ny

  • Sharon Turner says:

    Over 30 California school students stranded by (*no American left behind lying traitor, Joseph R. Biden), while Taliban ride on multi million (*your tax paid) heavy equipment) Celebrating death to great Satan” USA . And of course the persistent traitors in Alaska State Legislature- again. Can we recall these traitors who always sell out WE Alaskans? Who somehow think they are above the constitution? I am growing very weary. And fear what actions we will deem absolute Human Rights actions . Perhaps the 2021 Fall “Of love?” grandma

    • Lobo says:

      And, not only that, they are assisting the Chinese by selling the equipment, and weapons to China for reverse engineering. They will wind up using that against us.

  • Andy says:

    Kick em while they’re down eh? You legislators who made this change make me sick. Greedy, money driven insolent pigs. This wasn’t about your dammed districts, this was doing something right for your fellow human and you couldn’t even do that. Disgusting.

    • Nita Young says:

      we have got to get competent people who care about real service to Alaskan….our politicians reek with greed and narcissism to fill their pockets and to heck with the people they serve…..we have got to find real people who want to serve real Alaskans….people of trust and integrity and patriotism and moral values…..

  • Patrick Dalton says:

    Now we know, who can not be trusted to stand for freedom and who can. Great job Eastman, Kurka and Rauscher!

  • Michael S Totten says:

    No legislature is ever going to tell me what to do.

  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    Very disappointing that those elected Republicans Bart LeBon and Steve Thompson are so weak in their resolve to represent the interests of their constituents and consequentlly they are also voting against our freedoms in ignorance. No backbone here.

  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    Please add the contacts for the rest of the Republicans from the Interior who are not helping the conservative voice to be heard. Thank you, Alaska Watchman. We live in the Interior.

  • Neil A DeWitt says:

    Do they draw straws to see which turn coats turn it is to vote with the democrats? This is sicking. This needs to stop. Do these people have any spine? I think an amoeba has more spine than they do.

    We need to send some of this packing!

  • Jen says:

    Rep. David Nelson and Rep. Paktoyak are a disappointment. Although Paktoyak already revealed what kind of man he is. This Bad political move for the young Rep. DavidvNelson. He should had known better by experience, the district he represents elected him because of they thought he would not be turncoat as his predecessor showed herself.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Vote out these looser, plus all the ones who voted against a full PFD too.
    Especially Sara Rasmussen

  • Mongo Love Candy says:

    Tar and Feathers is too good for these RINO/Demonrat/Marxist SOBs.

  • Elaine Richey says:

    Join me for a peaceful protest against vx mandate!

  • G Aleution says:

    The US Constitution remains in tact. Those who are tyrants will not succeed.

  • Viking says:

    Where did my freedom go? Seems like the commies slipped in the back door. We see you now you treasonous scum! We will never forget you. Promise!

  • Billy bob says:

    Call your neighbors out for being demo rats. Do not be quite.
    joe is the terrorist
    52 fighters on Eilson runway. Sitting there
    Ask the question Alaskans
    Why Lisa and Dan why

  • Melinda Osburn says:

    In her defense, when I contacted Rep. Rasmussen about this matter, I was assured that it was a legal matter because this type of amendment is not eligible to be added to an appropriations bill. She is a co-sponsor of HB175, which is a bill that would protect all Alaskans from medical discrimination. We all need to get our vocal support behind the passage of HB175!!!! Write your representatives in Juneau about this bill. It has been introduced but must be supported and passed. Alaskans are historically independent and freedom loving people. Let’s join the other states who have passed a bill for medical freedom and protection!