Regardless of what you think about Alaska State Rep. David Eastman, the trial unfolding in Palmer this week should be of grave concern to anyone who cares about the First Amendment, and the right of citizens to choose their elected representatives in Alaska.

If the plaintiff has his way, a judge will find Eastman ineligible to hold public office – despite being reelected by his constituents – simply for being loosely connected to the national Oath Keepers organization. Plaintiffs claim Oath Keepers – as an organization – advocates for the violent overthrow of the government, which they assert runs afoul of the Alaska Constitution’s disloyalty clause barring individuals from public office if they are members of such a group.

On Wednesday morning, presiding Anchorage Superior Court Judge Jack McKenna asked both parties to answer two questions in helping him determine whether Alaska’s disloyalty clause could be invoked to disqualify Eastman from office.

McKenna asked the parties to weigh in on the following:

1.) Did the Alaska founders intend to establish that membership alone in an organization is enough to bar someone from public office?

2.) Does the First Amendment or the 14 Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, or other parts of the Alaska Constitution, require more than simple membership in order to disqualify someone from public office?

The parties have until Monday to provide answers.

The trial is being livestreamed here.

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Day 3 underway in trial aimed at ousting Rep. Eastman for his ties with Oath Keepers

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.


  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Saying it again: Rep. David Eastman is innocent of any charges. Oath Keepers are innocent of any charges. This is all a set up by the globalists to take over Alaska and Rep. Eastman is one of the people standing in their way.

    • Terry Stires says:

      FoH. Eastman may have violated the state constitution – that’s what the trial is about. We should let justice play out. Law and order, right?, formerly conservative values. And Elmer Stewart Rhodes – Big Gun at Oath Keepers, just got convicted of seditious conspiracy, which is opposite of innocent.

      • Steven Chappell says:

        Even your grandmother could be convicted in the DC circuit court. Lived around DC for the first 16 years of my life and there is nobody there that doesn’t want to control you.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Terry Stires, the only violation that Rep. David Eastman made was in yours and the lefties hive minds. Rep. David Eastman stands up for integrity and honor and is innocent of any charges. The Oath Keepers Organization stands for integrity and honor. It is too bad that there were/are bad apples in that group – probably CIA or FBI creating havoc to take down conservatives. The left accuses the right of what the left is doing. That judge sitting in on Rep. Eastman’s case is no better then MR. KOWALKE – they both belong to your hive mind also. I pray to the Almighty Creator of All Creation to help those who are stuck in the hive mind – there’s still time to accept our Heavenly Father as your savior. Our Heavenly Father wants everyone to be saved.

      • Steve says:

        So Mr. Terry Stires, what does Stewart Rhodes conviction have to do with Mr. Eastman’s qualification? Does that mean I am also guilty of a crime if I took an oath to protect this country? What you may not understand is when you take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of these United States there isn’t an expiration date on that oath. Anyone that holds truth to that oath is naturally going to band with others. Some of those that haven’t sworn an oath will use any means possible to subvert the Constitution. Which are you?

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  • Kathy L. says:

    The Left always accuses the Right of things they, themselves are doing.

  • Sammie says:

    You failed to mention that the oath the oath keepers are swearing to keep is the oath to uphold the US constitution…. So if he’s being disloyal to the government by being an oath keeper what does that say about the current government?

  • Steve says:

    McKenna is either corrupt or needing public attention for not dismissing this lawsuit.

  • Molly says:

    Judge McKenna is BIASED and looking for a reason to strip us all of our First Amendment, Mr. Eastman is a start. This is a complete travesty of justice and has zero merit. They (judge, plaintiff, et al) all know it, just looking for any way they can to take us all down, strip us all of our rights. This should scare everyone, this is the beginning. Judge McKenna, while you are contemplating Mr. Eastmans current predicament, how about refreshing YOUR memory of the OATH OF OFFICE YOU TOOK to become a judge? You are now completely guilty of breaking your oath of office, how do we get you out of office for your oath breaking? See how this works? Good for the goose, good for the gander.

  • Clown World says:

    The Democrats abundantly partook (and likely still partake) in the “violent overthrow” of the government by endlessly colluding with Big Tech for years; yet they somehow get coddled and shamefully skip along with endless hall passes while pressing into someone like Eastman. The Gaul of anyone on the left to press into someone like this is mind blowing and is the epitome of hypocrisy. With this logic all self professed Democrats should be thrown out of office for being affiliated with such malevolence. It’s a slippery slope.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Soros backed Treason – SGT Report w/Mel K