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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 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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Anyone arriving in Alaska from outside the state is now required to self-quarantine for 14 days according to a new mandate from Gov. Mike Dunleavy. This applies for residents, workers or visitors. The mandate is effective at 12:01 a.m. on March 25. Businesses involved with critical infrastructure industries, which require workers to enter Alaska, must submit a plan for maintaining operations while outlining how they will avoid the spread of COVID-19. This protocol is due...

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Anchorage Assembly Member Fred Dyson has introduced a resolution encouraging citizens to report the intentional spreading of coronavirus to others. The ordinance is scheduled for debate at the March 24 Anchorage Assembly meeting. It states that COVID-19 is a serious pandemic and that those “with criminal intent to harm or cause death of others, for their benefit, out of spite, or any reason, may exploit the state of public health.” The resolution also notes that the...

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Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, and two others have been charged with voter misconduct by the State of Alaska. Attorney General Kevin G. Clarkson announced March 13 that criminal charges were filed against Rep. LeDoux, Lisa (Vaught) Simpson, and Caden Vaught for voter misconduct. According to a notice from the Alaska Dept. of Law, the charges stem from an investigation started in 2018 after the Division of Elections “identified some irregularities in some of the absentee...

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There’s an opening for a judge in the Fairbanks District Court. The Alaska Judicial Council is taking applications for the post due to the upcoming retirement of Judge Patrick Hammers. Those interested can apply online here. Completed applications must be received by 3 p.m. on April 3. To qualify, applicants must be familiar with Alaska law, procedure and trial practice, a citizen of the U.S. and state of Alaska, and at least 21 years old....

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Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court Joel Bolger has admitted to having made statements that may cause a “reasonable person” to wonder whether he could impartially rule on the merits of a case to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy from office. On March 2, Bolger recused himself from the case which is now before his Supreme Court. Bolger initially asked the parties in the case to file a written motion for his disqualification. Upon further...

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Following an impassioned and sometimes angry public comment period, the Kenai Borough Assembly narrowly approved a resolution on Feb. 25, urging the Alaska Legislature to include “sexual orientation and gender identity” in state hate crimes law. Sponsored by Rep. Andy Josephson, D-Anchorage House Bill 198 would add “sexual orientation and gender identity” to categories like race, sex, religion, national origin and others when determining sentencing for hate crimes. It is scheduled for a public hearing...

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The House State Affairs Committee in Juneau is set to hear a bill on Thursday, Feb. 20 that deals with prostitution and sex trafficking. The bill will be heard at 3 p.m. and will be teleconferenced. No public testimony, however, will be taken. House Bill 225 and its accompanying Senate Bill 156 were introduced at the bequest of Gov. Mike Dunleavy. These identical bills create stiff penalties for sex traffickers, especially those abusing minors. They would...

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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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