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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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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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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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A bill to establish that all Alaskans, from the moment of conception, have a natural and protected right to life remains stuck in the Health & Social Services Committee (HHS) after a failed vote to move it out last week. Rep. David Eastman’s House Bill 178, known as the Alaska Life at Conception Act, recognizes that all Alaskans, born and unborn, are entitled to equal protection under the law. The legislation would outlaw abortion, including in...

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In 1980 Ronald Reagan got my vote and that of many Alaskans because he was pro-life. His sweeping victory had Democrats, feminists and abortionists figuring it was all over for them. Reagan Democrats were essentially pro-life anti-communists. Both enemies and friends of Reagan expected – something. North Carolina’s U.S. Senator Jesse Helms introduced a Human Life Bill, in essence exercising the Congressional prerogative found in Article III, Sec. 2 of the Constitution. Then in 1982...

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The Alaska Watchman is keeping a close eye on the Alaska Legislature this session in order to alert Alaskans of measures that impact parental rights, sex education, abortion, religious liberty, human sexuality, education, marriage and family law, pornography and other social issues. Our goal is to keep Alaskans informed of committee hearings and opportunities to publicly testify on critical legislation that could shape the cultural and social life of Alaskans. Below is a brief summary...

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Sen. Shelley Hughes kicked off the legislative session on Jan. 21 with a pro-life resolution to amend Alaska’s Constitution by clarifying that “nothing in this constitution may be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the State to fund an abortion.” If approved by two-thirds vote of the House and the Senate, it would then be placed on the ballot for the Nov. 3 general election. If a simple majority of...

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Planned Parenthood and other left leaning groups must pause their campaign to remove Gov. Mike Dunleavy from his elected office. On Jan. 21, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth put a halt to the effort until the Alaska Supreme Court has a chance to hear an appeal from the Stand Tall With Mike groups which is defending the governor and challenging the recall push for lacking legal grounds. The Anchorage Daily News published Judge Aarseth’s...

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On Jan. 10 the Recall Dunleavy group won its latest court battle when Anchorage Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth dismissed arguments by state lawyers that grounds for the recall were legally flawed. With the court victory, Dunleavy’s opponents can resume their attempt to remove him. The governor’s administration, however, is expected to appeal the decision to the Alaska Supreme Court, which could delay the campaign. …many of the key supporters are abortion activists and other...

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