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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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We’re in the midst of a pandemic, our economy is in turmoil, and Gov. Mike Dunleavy and many other state officials are working around the clock in crisis-management mode. No matter: while the bombs are falling, the Alaska Supreme Court held a March 25 hearing on whether a politically motivated recall campaign against the governor should be allowed to move forward. Even when we lived in normal times, the recall allegations never passed the straight-face...

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The Alaska Supreme Court has received an unusual amount of criticism lately, as it grapples with litigation challenging the effort to recall Governor Dunleavy. Chief Justice Joel Bolger, speaking at the 2019 Alaska Federation of Natives convention, said, “…we are facing a great deal of political pressure.” Under different circumstances, I might empathize with his plight. However, the court’s troubles are mostly self-inflicted. When judges impartially interpret the law, we tend to leave them alone....

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Small businesses across Alaska face unprecedented challenges to stay afloat amid mass closures of restaurants, small businesses and public accommodations. The Watchman has also taken a difficult hit as Alaskans understandably prioritize care for family, friends and their local communities. We have also had to postpone critical fundraiser gatherings. But the reality is that we need your support during this uncertain time. Reporting pro-life, pro-family and pro-religious liberty news has not abated during this outbreak....

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Catholics are now experiencing an unprecedented event in their 2,000-year history: the suspension of Mass, imposed not by government health orders or by dictators but by their own timorous bishops and pope. Interdicts had been wielded over entire kingdoms in the Middle Ages when disobedient monarchs defied church authority, closing parishes and suspending the sacraments. This is different. Catholic and non-Catholics alike have already been repeatedly shocked by the actions of the current Catholic hierarchy....

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As you are probably well aware, coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading in the U.S. and we need to prepare. How do we know who to listen to, and what does it mean to prepare? With countless social media posts, uncertainty about the reliability of mainstream media, questionable reporting about the virus by the Chinese government, conspiracy theories and finger pointing, it’s difficult to know what is really happening. Fear of the unknown can lead to unwise...

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2020 promises to be year full of political drama, especially in the presidential election. The Alaska general election ballot includes not just the presidential race, but also a U.S. Senate and U.S. House race that may be hotly contested, and likely some controversial ballot measures as well. There will also be another set of elections that are usually quiet and under the radar – judicial retention. Under the “Missouri Plan” judicial selection system contained in...

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Alaska Chief Justice Joel Bolger’s “State of the Judiciary” address, his recent AFN speech and the video posting where he asks for partisan letters, articles and columns, is a vanilla-flavored foray into raw, unvarnished lobbying, unworthy of judicial conduct. If Alaska’s legislators were not already part of the problem and actually understood their own interests, and the state and federal constitutions they are sworn to uphold, they might think clearly enough to realize that all of...

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The Dunleavy recall effort is all pomp and circumstance, but the raging of the left because they lost the election just might get them a special election to remove our duly elected governor this summer. According to Ballotpedia, the recall effort has until June 8, 2022 to submit 71,252 more signatures to get his name on the ballot for recall. And all this can proceed even while the merits of the recall effort have yet...

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Target, one of the largest retailers in the country, has three stores in Alaska – two in Anchorage and one in Wasilla. Shopping there, however, comes with a hidden cost according to 2ndVote, an organization that scores businesses based on their support of hot-button social issues like abortion, same-sex marriage, religious liberty and others. “Even though Target is extremely popular, buying products there undermines your values based on their continuous support of the leftist agenda,”...

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