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Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced that Dario Borghesan will become the newest member of the Alaska Supreme Court. Borghesan is a former state attorney who argued in 2015 that the state should be able to restrict state funded abortions through Medicaid. While his own views on abortion are unclear, Borghesan supported the state’s claim that it should not have to pay for elective abortions with public funds. After graduating from Michigan Law school in 2008, Borghesan...

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A week after announcing the city would hold its annual 4th of July fireworks show, the Juneau Assembly reversed course and put a stop to the Independence Day celebration. On June 29, the Assembly voted 5-4 to reject an emergency ordinance that authorized the fireworks show by mandating face coverings during the event. Since the ordinance failed, the fireworks will not happen. It typically begins around midnight on July 4. Only seven people spoke during...

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The City and Borough of Juneau will consider whether to establish a review committee to ensure that all proposed legislation is not tainted by so-called “systemic racism.” Assembly Member Rob Edwardson introduced the proposal at the June 29 Assembly meeting and it will be up for public comment and debate next month. Edwardson’s ordinance would create a seven-member committee to alert the Assembly of any legislation believed to be contaminated by “systemic racism.” The Assembly...

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Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s employees are using public resources to promote all things LGBTQ. The municipality’s departmental Facebook pages are now being politically mobilized to stir up support for radical LGBTQ ideologies. Last week, a municipal employee got the green light to use the Health Department’s Facebook page to solicit responses to the question: “What does Pride mean to you?” Residents are asked to text their answers to (907) 830-7368, and if you send your address,...

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The 5-4 Supreme Court June v. Russo decision to strike down a Louisiana law mandating basic medical safeguards in the event of abortion complications was utterly predictable. This column could have been written months ago when Alabama, Louisiana, Ohio and a host of other states passed laws severely curtailing and even completely outlawing abortion. Borrowing a page from the absurd and childish 1992 Casey decision, the court under Chief Justice John Roberts declared itself an...

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What is about to unfold at the Anchorage Assembly is one of the most brazen assaults on parental rights in the history of Alaska. The three openly gay members of the Assembly have introduced an ordinance that would ban parents from being able to secure any type of counseling for children that tries to address unwanted same-sex desires or gender confusion. Assembly members Christopher Constant, Felix Rivera and Austin Quinn-Davidson do not believe that parents...

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People are getting shamed and marginalized for simply stating, “All lives matter.” Affirming the value of all humankind is now seen as taking the air out of the Black Lives Matter protests as Grant Napear, a 32-year NBA announcer found out recently when he lost his job for uttering those words. Perhaps with this delicate situation in mind, Fairbanks Assembly Member Christopher Quist has proposed a strained resolution that tries to thread the socially acceptable...

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The annual July 4th fireworks show is a go in Juneau. Funded in part by the City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ), the event will require all spectators to wear a face covering and maintain at least six feet from non-household members. The Juneau Assembly gave the green light on the show during its June 22 meeting. An emergency ordinance mandating the use of a face covering during the fireworks display will be discussed at...

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Homer police officers got a morale boost earlier this week when supportive signage popped up at the police department. “Thanks for being people who care.” “We love HPD.” “We donut forget about you.” “This … just absolutely made our day,” the police department posted July 24 on its Facebook page. “We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support over the last few weeks from phone calls, emails, cards, letters, treats and flowers. We want...

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A group of freedom loving Mat-Su business owners sprang into action upon hearing that Wasilla canceled its traditional 4th of July celebrations due to COVID-19. “The Valley is an independent place, made up of people who are smart, caring, resilient, and FREE,” an announcement on the Valley Freedom Festival website proclaims. Palmer Mayor Edan DeVries welcomed the citizen-led celebration with open arms. It kicks off with a Freedom Fest on Friday and Saturday, July 3-4...