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The Municipality of Anchorage has partnered with a left-leaning political activist group to inform voters about candidates and ballot initiatives in the April 7 election. The mail-in election is currently underway. The city’s website includes a “Ballot Review” provided by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Anchorage. The local branch is part of a national group that advocates for liberal policy positions including abortion, carbon emission taxes, climate change regulations, gun control, abolishing the...

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The Alaska Legislature’s latest operating budget, approved March 29 and sent to Gov. Mike Dunleavy for his signature, once again clearly bans any state funding of abortion, except in rare cases. As in past years, the budget includes money for the Department for Health and Social Services, the branch which has distributed money to pay for abortion through state Medicaid funds. The Legislature, fully within its guaranteed constitutional powers, has unequivocally stated that “no money...

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How much can a pastor say from the pulpit regarding politics, candidates and ballot initiatives? Can clergy educate their congregation on key political and social issues? When do religious leaders cross the line and put their churches in jeopardy of losing tax exempt status? All these questions and more are answered by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) in a new detailed legal guide provided for pastors and churches. ADF is a national group of nearly 3,400...

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Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, details the Alaska Legislature’s plan to eliminate the $1,000 coronavirus stimulus to Permanent Fund Dividend recipients. He also explains the move to reduce this year’s PFD to just $500, withhold all money appropriated for responding to the coronavirus emergency, and only fund the state for two thirds of the year, unless conservative legislators recant their commitment to protect the Constitutional Budget Reserve. Read Eastman’s column here. Click here to support the...

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued his 11th and 12th statewide health mandates on March 27, ordering all Alaskans who are not engaged in critical infrastructure or essential services (see list here) to stay home and cease most intrastate travel in order to slow the spread of coronavirus. As of Sunday there were 114 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Alaska, the first being announced 18 days ago. Seven cases (6.1%) have required hospitalization and three cases (2.6%)...

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The largest provider of abortions in Alaska is throwing its support behind Prop. 13 which would institute a 5% flat tax on alcohol sales in Anchorage to raise funds for programs that help prevent child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence and substance abuse, as well as money for mental health treatment, homeless populations and funding for emergency responders and police. Jessica Cler, the Alaska director of Planned Parenthood, sent a notice to the abortion business’...

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The Anchorage Assembly overwhelmingly rejected a resolution encouraging the public to report on those suspected of knowingly, intentionally and recklessly” spreading coronavirus. Introduced by Assembly Member Fred Dyson, the resolution sought to encourage Anchorage residents to act when they observe criminal infection of others. “It’s not unlike when we see a reckless driver, speeding and weaving in and out of traffic, and acting erratically,” Dyson said at the March 24 Assembly meeting. “Or we see...

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Alaska, like most states, has ordered a halt to all non-essential surgeries. Despite the emergency order, Planned Parenthood in Alaska is continuing operations as normal. The state is concerned that non-essential surgeries are taking up valuable medical supplies needed to fight COVID-19, and now pro-life organizations in Alaska are urging Governor Mike Dunleavy to enforce his mandate with respect to abortion clinics. “We have reached out to the Dunleavy Administration and are awaiting a response...

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Despite city and state orders to postpone all non-emergency surgeries in Alaska during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Anchorage is “operating as normal,” according to clinic staff. In a March 23 phone call, a staffer at Planned Parenthood on Lake Otis Blvd. in Anchorage was asked if the clinic is continuing to provide abortions during the health crisis. “Yeah. No, we’re still open right now,” the staffer replied. “If anything changes,...

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The Alaska Supreme Court will hear oral arguments at 1:30 p.m. today (March 25) on the merits of the recall campaign against Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Proceedings will be in Anchorage’s Boney Courthouse. Chief Justice Joel Bolger will sit this case out, having recused himself on March 2 after making statements earlier that may cause a reasonable person to wonder whether he could impartially rule on the legal merits of the recall. Oral arguments will be...

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