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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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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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Anchorage business owners will not be forced to require face masks for all employees. The Assembly narrowly defeated the proposal by Assembly Member Forest Dunbar at its June 2 meeting. Dunbar argued that mandatory masks at all businesses were needed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Widespread mask wearing also has a “symbolic value,” he said. “That is, if I go into a store and see other people are wearing masks, I think it helps,”...

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The Anchorage Assembly voted 9-2 on June 2 to extend Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s ability to enact and enforce emergency orders as they pertain to COVID-19. With the extension, Berkowitz can continue to punish residents who violate his orders regarding the wearing of facemasks for certain businesses, as well as businesses that do not adhere to health and safety mandates regarding social distancing, hygiene and cleaning requirements. Violations can be punished through fines as well as...

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The Anchorage Assembly will consider whether to terminate sections of Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s COVID-19 emergency orders at their upcoming June 2 meeting. A resolution submitted by Assembly Members Suzanne LaFrance, John Weddleton and Jamie Allard calls for a review of the mayor’s emergency proclamations. It notes that the Assembly has the power to terminate emergency orders that it deems no longer necessary. The Assembly will consider the impact of the orders on public health and...

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With most votes counted, it appears the Anchorage Assembly will retain its liberal bent, as will the Anchorage School Board. Additionally, it looks like nearly every bond package, save one, and a 5% alcohol tax increase were approved. Pot shops, however, will not be allowed to open smoking lounges on site. As of April 14, more than 71,199 votes had been counted, which is about 31% of the 232,298 registered Anchorage voters. That’s slightly higher...

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The unofficial results of the mail-in Anchorage election were posted late Tuesday night. With thousands of ballots yet to be counted, there are a several razor close races among candidates for the Anchorage Assembly and the Anchorage School Board. Depending on the final outcome these elected bodies could swing more conservative. As of April 7, more than 45,000 voters had cast ballots, but residents had until 8 p.m. to mail in their votes, and many...

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More than a 150,000 Anchorage voters have yet to return their mail-in ballots for the municipal election which ends on April 7. The city sent 215,000 ballots to registered voters on March 17. As of Monday, April 6, just over 50,000 ballots had been returned. This is an election which could reshape the Assembly and school board by replacing left-leaning members with candidates who are pro-life, pro-family and willing to defend religious liberties and parental...

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As of April 1, Anchorage voters have mailed in 35,116 ballots for an election that could drastically reshape the Assembly and school board. Municipal Clerk Barbara Jones said the number of approved ballots submitted is 140% higher than this time last year, and 90% of the all-time high in 2018. To facilitate greater participation, Jones issued a public announcement stating that she is exercising emergency powers “due to the COVID-19 pandemic” to extend the deadline...

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The Anchorage Assembly overwhelmingly rejected a resolution encouraging the public to report on those suspected of knowingly, intentionally and recklessly” spreading coronavirus. Introduced by Assembly Member Fred Dyson, the resolution sought to encourage Anchorage residents to act when they observe criminal infection of others. “It’s not unlike when we see a reckless driver, speeding and weaving in and out of traffic, and acting erratically,” Dyson said at the March 24 Assembly meeting. “Or we see...