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Sen. Mike Shower of Wasilla introduced measures this week to end the binding caucus system in the Alaska Legislature, whereby legislators are required to vote with their fellow caucus members on certain key issues or suffer the loss of leadership, committee memberships, staff and office space. The binding caucus has grown increasingly controversial over the past year among the more conservative members of Alaska’s Legislature. Both the House and Senate caucuses have shifted to the...

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The more liberal members of the House Judiciary Committee voted to advance legislation to make it easier for the Legislature to override a governor’s veto. Representatives Matt Claman, D-Anchorage, Harriet Drummond, D-Anchorage, and Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, all voted in favor of the measure on Feb. 12. Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, was the lone dissenting vote. Eastman’s fellow Republicans, Representatives Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, Chuck Kopp, R-Anchorage and Laddie Shaw, R-Anchorage had “no recommendation” votes on the...

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On Feb. 11, Republicans in the U.S. Senate initiated the process to vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to ban most late-term abortions on babies past five months gestation. It does not, however, protect babies conceived through rape or incest despite the gruesome nature of the practice. Republicans also began the process to vote on the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act that requires basic medical care for babies born alive during failed abortions....

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Mat-Su residents are meeting this Saturday, Feb. 15, In the first of what will be a monthly meeting to educate and mobilize area Christians to engage politics and culture. Organizer Candy Sunderland said inspiration for the event came on the heels of a past prayer breakfast she attended for Palmer Mayor Edna DeVries in which pastors, politicians and Gov. Mike Dunleavy gathered to pray for elected officials. “Valley pastors and others asked if we would...

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A video (watch below) on the Alaska Bar Association website shows what appears to be an attempt by the chief justice of Alaska’s Supreme Court to enlist lawyers in influencing public opinion on behalf of a lawsuit over which he may ultimately preside. The video reveals Chief Justice Joel Bolger telling members of the Alaska Bar Association to write letters to the editor and post articles on Facebook to counteract what he called “attacks on...

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In his Feb. 12 address to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature, Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court Joel Bolger alluded to the court’s ongoing dispute with Gov. Mike Dunleavy regarding cuts to the judiciary’s budget following high court’s order that Alaska fund elective abortions. He closed his speech saying the courts “must continue to decide cases in accordance with the facts determined by impartial judges and the rule of law based on...

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It could get interesting when the Alaska Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Joel Bolger addresses the full Alaska Legislature this week. He’s set to deliver the “State of the Judiciary” on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 11 a.m. in the House Chamber in Juneau. It’s been a cantankerous year between the three branches of government and there may be more battles on the horizon. Last summer Gov. Mike Dunleavy slashed $334,700 from the Supreme Court’s budget –...

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Sen. Peter Micciche of Soldotna and Sen. John Coghill of North Pole are now co-sponsors of Palmer Sen. Shelley Hughes’ resolution clarifying that there is no right to constitutional right to abortion in Alaska. Senate Joint Resolution 13 states that nothing in the State Constitution may be “construed to secure or protect a right to abortion” or abortion funding. The resolution is currently in the Senate Health & Social Services Committee. It has yet to...

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While the federal budget will certainly look much different by the time it works its way through Congress, President Trump has proposed a budget that strips federal funding from abortion providers. Sen. Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young are generally considered reliable pro-life votes. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, however, is highly regarded by Planned Parenthood for her willingness to break with the Republican party and support public funding of abortion clinics. Released Feb. 10, the president’s...

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It doesn’t matter whether Alaska’s executive branch, legislative branch or the general population is conservative, Alaskans rarely see the appointment of conservative, constitutionalist judges. That’s because none of these groups have much say when it comes to choosing possible candidates to serve on the bench. The real gatekeeper, which determines names the governor can choose from when appointing judges, is the powerful Alaska Judicial Council. This is an unelected, seven-member body made up of three...

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