On Jan. 19, the 60 public servants who represent the people of Alaska in our State Legislature will resume the messy work of representative democracy down in Juneau.

If recent history is any indication, the Republican majorities in both the House and Senate will have a difficult time advancing a meaningful conservative agenda with regard to election reform, pro-life protections, PFD legislation, personal liberty, judge selection reform or anything else of considerable consequence.

Despite holding a 13-7 advantage in the Senate and a 21-19 edge in the House, Republicans have little chance of passing solid bills onto the governor’s desk. The reasons for this have become abundantly clear over the past few legislative sessions. Truly principled conservatives are in the minority, while RINOs, Independents and Democrats hold nearly all the power, as evidenced by committee assignments and chairmanships – the true levers of power that decide which bills ever see the light of day.

Given that nearly every lawmaker is up for election this year thanks to redistricting, there are several things to keep an eye on in attempting to overcome this problem.

First, we must pay close attention to how the House and Senate organize this year. On the Senate side, which is technically controlled by the Republicans, we must observe whether conservative members are once again barred from key committee spots and chairmanships. If so, leadership needs to pay the political price in the 2022 elections.

On the House side, which is controlled by a Democratic-led coalition of RINOs and Independents, we must continually highlight those “Republicans” who have deliberately chosen to empower Democrats to control the House and its committee structure.

Then when November rolls around, voters must hold the RINOs accountable at the ballot box – both in replacing them, and in calling for a Constitutional Convention so we can finally address Alaska’s pressing issues directly, with or without the Legislature.

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Dysfunctional Alaska Legislature preps to gavel back in

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.


  • Neil DeWitt says:

    What really needs to happen is GET TO WORK when you get their. This B.S. of sitting on your thumbs for 30+ days needs to stop. Your their to do a job. If you can’t perform your duties STEP DOWN. there are plenty to replace your worthless selves. We the people don’t get paid for not working at our jobs so WHY do you think you should. I’m all for no work no pay. Day one gavel in and get to work. End of story.

  • Ed Martin Jr says:

    This picture shows only one real AMERICAN / Alaskan not hiding behind a MASK !

  • Jeff says:

    If you want to defeat the rhinos you need to vote them all out…even in the general election. As long as they hold elected office, they will use that position/power to defeat real conservatives. If you can’t defeat them in a primary (which we apparently don’t have anymore) then you must defeat them in the general. Yes, that means a Democrat will win, but the short term “loss”, which is not really a loss, is made up by the long term gain of eventually getting a real conservative in.

  • Steve P Peterson says:

    A ship of fools.

  • NAV says:

    They have all participated in demonizing Senator Reinbold because she is the only one asking hardline questions about the violations against Alaskans civil liberties and the Un Constitutional mandates and corruption with this administration. Juneau is a cesspool of corruption hidden away from the public.

  • Natural Alaskan says:

    Make it simple. Start a short list of whom to keep, beginning with Eastman and Kurkas. Vote everyone else out

  • jh says:

    The Busload of Dem Crazies can move over, Hillary Clinton’s is re-surfacing in the 2024 presidential election. She is trying to take Biden’s splinter bench with Liz Cheney.
    Google this- it is hilarious:
    Fox News Laura Ingraham suggests running mate for Hillary Clinton’s potential 2024 presidential campaign

    • hoftroy says:

      Hillary got men murdered at Benghazi. She belongs in prison.
      The country rejected her!!!
      Is Hillary circling around Biden like a buzzard looking at a carcass on the ground?

  • jh says:

    Everyone must watch this on YouTube (or if you can find it on Fox news)
    Google: Fox News: Biden’s Rhetoric Undermines Democracy
    Mitch McConnell tears into Biden’s unpresidential attacks
    Best speech from Mitch!! He is spot on!! Standing ovation for Mitch McConnell!!! He finally came to his senses!!

  • hoftroy says:

    What’s up with Big, Bulging Eye liberals-they all have wild-eyed expression of insanity?

  • hoftroy says:

    Thanks to the leftist liberal feminism,
    We now know anything a girl can do, a girl born with a pen$s can do way much better, right?
    Did you know that liberal men make the best women?
    Liberal men are better swimmers, have better looking bodies, better looking feet and hands, and much better at breast feeding.
    They also have better DNA.
    Is there a cure for Feminism cancer?
    I am asking someone who believes in science…???????

  • hoftroy says:

    Google this on YouTube – it is BEYOND hilarious: Must See Hilarious Public Speaking Challenge: Biden Vs. DeSantis
    (Who would you rather have leading you?)

  • JH says:

    President Trump’s AWESOME speech at his 2022 Save America Rally in Arizona, made a VERY POWERFUL statement to the crowd of 50,000 people but he said more like 100,000 people at his rally, stated “America BELONGS to all of YOU, pointing to the crowd, and DOES NOT belong to THEM!”

  • jh says:

    Let’s apply Federal Mandates to smoking, mental illness, OBESITY, excessive drinking and marijuana use, excessive eating, promiscuity, hyper sexuality, gender confusion and anything classified as a “risky” behavior that could impede someone’s health because a person’s health is now PUBLIC health. Including the lunatics that wear PINK VAGINA HATS!!!!