Some of Alaska’s leading political figures praised a Nov. 6 federal appeals court ruling that blocked President Biden’s vaccine mandate on private employers that would have affected more than 84 million Americans.

The court issued a stay on Biden’s plan because of concerns that it may be unconstitutional.

“Because the petitions give cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the mandate, the mandate is hereby STAYED pending further action by this court,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit stated.

The case was filed by several states including Mississippi and Texas. They argued that Biden’s COVID shot requirement was unlawful because it oversteps the legal authority of the Occupational Safety Health Administration, which is restricted to overseeing workplace-related hazards. Petitioners note that COVID is a much wider social issue that far exceeds OSHA’s limited authority.

Notably silent about the court ruling were Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young.

“I’m not surprised to see that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay on President Biden’s vaccine mandate – citing potential ‘grave statutory and constitutional issues’ – an argument I’ve been making for months,” Sen. Dan Sullivan said. “I’m also heartened that businesses throughout the country, including in Alaska, have opted to wait until challenges to this outrageous mandate make their way through the courts before they begin to fire their employees. I’d like to reiterate my respectful call to other business leaders in Alaska and America to refrain from firing any of your employees until the litigation on the mandate has been fully resolved.”

Gov. Mike Dunleavy similarly praised the ruling.

“I applaud the federal court’s decision to block federal overreach,” he said. “It’s an important victory as it validates what states like Alaska have been saying all along – that the recent federal mandate by President Biden to coerce individuals to get a vaccine, or else, is unconstitutional.”

Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson, a vocal opponent of vaccine or mask mandates in Alaska’s largest city also weighed in.

“I applaud this decision from the U.S. Appeals Court,” he said. “The idea that government would mandate businesses to force personal medical decisions on their employees is flat out wrong and immoral, and beyond the authority of the President.”

Notably silent about the court’s decision were Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young.

State Senator Mike Shower, however, issued a strong statement backing the court ruling and encouraging Alaskans to stand strong against vaccine coercion.

“I’ve been warning businesses not to become an enforcement arm of the federal government until this debacle is settled in the Supreme Court – anyone with a modicum of situational awareness knew it was going there,” he said. “I still see massive liability for injury (health & financial) to businesses who’ve played along with this mass shot doctrine on people with unknown long term health impacts. It’s irrelevant what we think about shot/no shot. Coercion is making someone do something they don’t want to do under threat – usually that equals losing something of value. In this case it’s jobs – i.e., the ability to put food on the table, pay rent, survive. The battle is finally moving into the higher courts. I suspect it’ll be expedited to the SCOTUS.”

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Sullivan, Dunleavy and Bronson praise court ruling against Biden vax mandate

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.


  • john otness says:

    Sullivan voted for the communist interior secretary,,,, He is worthless as an Oathtaking to our Constitution Marine… Never forget his treason. Dunleavy is just a Big Pharma slave looky Loo being told what to do by his clown hand holders….. Bronson is the only Patriot standing….

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    State Senator Mike Shower, however, issued a strong statement backing the court ruling and encouraging Alaskans to stand strong against vaccine coercion.

    We Alaskan and many more Americans. Knew this was Wrong, Unconstitutional and Not safe.
    If we did not stand up to these lies, we would be forced to stand in line like little Sheep. Waiting to jump off the cliff.
    Finally Americans standing up. You Woke people will thank us later, for standing up to this Evil.
    Here another reason to vote out the swamp creature Lisa. I didn’t need another reason, I’m voting out Lisa.

  • Ed Martin Jr says:

    Mike, have you forgot the Governors Travel Mandate just months ago ? May I remind you “Coercion is making someone do something they don’t want to do under threat – usually that equals losing something of value. ” Liberty , taken by him by his unconstitutional / illegal travel mandate ” DEMAND TO GO INTO QUARATINE ” ! I remember because my Wife & I had to stay 1 year & 4 months in Hawaii because of it! We lost a whole summer of Construction revenues because of this by not returning ! Besides, deprived of seeing our New Great Grandchild born on Dec.17,2019, while we were at our Hawaiian winter home! When does the Governor get the right to “deprive under the color of law” our civil liberties?

  • Andy says:

    If a elected official cant stand for their constituents what right do they have in office? Murkowski has dealt the state blow after blow, she must have the “kick em while they’re down” down to a science.

  • Linda says:

    Thanks guys…glad to see that YOU’RE NOT RINOS! It’s definitely time for a few politicians to “retire”!

  • Ed Martin Jr says:

    Our Governor is a RINO, wake up Linda!

    • Linda says:

      I believe that you will find out thats he’s NOT a RINO…it’s called diplomacy…something you wouldn’t understand!! Maybe you should GROW up!!

      • Ed Martin Jr says:

        No ASS kisser here Dear ! Mike is a charlatan of the worst kind, goes where the wind blows the hardest( DIRTY MONEY) but has no roots in principal. 🙁

  • Penny Seliger says:

    We Alaskans need to take a stand! Start voting people out who do not have Alaskans needs and concerns as their first priorities!
    Here are some names to consider: Kelly Tshibaka for AK State Senator. Stephanie Taylor for District 5 Assembly position! Still
    looking at who is running against Don Young. After Saturday’s vote Don Young is OUT! Get out and support the above candidates and VOTE! Look and remember what happened in Virginia! WE NEED TO TAKE OUR STATE AND COUNTRY BACK!

  • G Aleutian says:

    I appreciate these conservate’s comments at this time. Very important.

  • Dan says:

    I understand your points on Sen Sullivan and Gov Dunleavy, but since I am staring down a Nov 22 deadline when my job may become forfeit as I refuse the mRNA experimental drug, I say better late than never. Of course Mayor Bronson ROCKS! Any help for those of us whose jobs are soon on the line is welcome.

  • Carol Rook says:

    Too little, too late. We’ve already been forced to take it or lost our jobs. Where were all of you when we needed you? MIA