Joel Davidson

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In just two weeks Alaskans can begin weighing in on the mission, core values and platform priorities of Alaska’s Republican Party. In gearing up for the 2020 campaign season, local legislative districts will start conducting district conventions next month. These gatherings are a key first step in determining the direction of the party. District conventions also elect statewide delegates to attend the state convention, April 2-4, in Juneau. There statewide delegates chosen from each district...

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Despite a majority of Republicans in both houses of the Alaska Legislature, bills intended to promote pro-life laws, parental rights, religious liberty and restrictions on pornography and sex-education in schools are not likely to land on Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s desk for his signature. With leadership of the House once again organized into a multi-party majority, socially conservative legislators have far less influence than they would if House leadership was traditionally structured according to party affiliation....

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy lent his voice to the growing chorus of those fighting to protect unborn Alaskans from abortion. With various pro-life rallies scheduled across Alaska this week, the governor issued a statement on Jan. 22, the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion across the nation. He noted that President Trump also proclaimed Jan. 22 as “National Sanctity of Human Life Day.” Later this week Trump will become the first sitting...

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A pro-life prayer rally is set for noon today, Jan. 22, on the steps of the Alaska State Capitol building in Juneau. The annual event, which has been held for more than 40 years, includes prayers and speeches aimed at bringing an end to abortion in Alaska. Pro-life legislators typically attend the gathering. Last year, Gov. Mike Dunleavy participated by standing alongside the crowd of pro-life supporters. Jan. 22 marks the 47th anniversary of the...

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Sen. Shelley Hughes kicked off the legislative session on Jan. 21 with a pro-life resolution to amend Alaska’s Constitution by clarifying that “nothing in this constitution may be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the State to fund an abortion.” If approved by two-thirds vote of the House and the Senate, it would then be placed on the ballot for the Nov. 3 general election. If a simple majority of...

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With hundreds of flights out of Anchorage each week, thousands of Alaskans are shedding winter layers in January and February to don flowery shirts and pack into commercial airliners headed for Hawaii. These flights are depositing sun-starved Alaskans all across the islands. While sandy beaches, snorkeling and tropical hikes sit atop most vacationer’s to-do lists, they might also want to check out two historic churches – still in use – which helped bring Christianity to...

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Mat-Su residents are invited to gather at St. Michael Church in Palmer on Jan. 24 to pray a Living Rosary for the protection of unborn life. The annual event begins at 7 p.m. and last about 45 minutes. It is one of many being held around the nation as the country marks the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion across the U.S. Since then, 65 million unborn babies have been...

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Fairbanks residents will have three opportunities this week to pray and protest for an end to abortion. The first event invites pro-life residents to hold signs and pray on street corners across the city on Jan. 22, which marks the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion across the nation. Since the 1973 ruling, 65 million unborn babies have been killed through abortion. For roughly 40 years Bible Baptist Church has...

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Planned Parenthood and other left leaning groups must pause their campaign to remove Gov. Mike Dunleavy from his elected office. On Jan. 21, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth put a halt to the effort until the Alaska Supreme Court has a chance to hear an appeal from the Stand Tall With Mike groups which is defending the governor and challenging the recall push for lacking legal grounds. The Anchorage Daily News published Judge Aarseth’s...

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A storm is brewing in Fairbanks as residents mobilize to oppose the Fairbanks North Star School District’s plan to introduce radical LGBTQ sexual themes into classroom courses. On Jan. 21 a group of concerned parents and community members plan to attend the school board meeting to express their concerns. They hope to encourage others to join. In the process of updating its literature and social studies classes, the district is attempting to add classes that...

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