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Gov. Mike Dunleavy has agreed to join Alaskans in prayer to seek healing and racial reconciliation. The online prayer gathering will occur on July 16 and will be hosted by Alaska churches and ministries. “Let us mobilize all pastors, prayer warriors, and Christians across Alaska to come together in one accord to pray for and bring racial reconciliation and healing to the state of Alaska,” Pastor Prince Nwankudu of Revive Alaska Community Services said in...

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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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Gov. Mike Dunleavy waded into the mask mandate controversy during his June 30 press conference. Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz imposed a mask mandate across Alaska’s largest city, which prompted the governor to exempt state employees working in state buildings. Dunleavy didn’t directly address his differences with the mayor but did reiterate his consistent message of encouraging mask wearing, an approach he says has yielded impressive results. He also said he has no current plans to...

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On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that states cannot prohibit tuition grants or scholarships to private religious schools if they award the same grants to secular private schools. The court’s ruling dealt with a state scholarship program in Montana which banned the use of taxpayer funds at religious or sectarian schools. The high court noted that states have the right to decide whether to fund private schools, but if they do, they...

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Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson has told all state employees that Anchorage’s new emergency order mandating face masks in public doesn’t impact those working at state facilities located in Anchorage. “The recent enactment by Mayor Ethan Berkowitz of the facemask mandate for the Municipality and Borough of Anchorage in response to COVID-19 does not apply to State of Alaska buildings and facilities within the Municipality of Anchorage,” Clarkson wrote in the June 26 memo. A...

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he will not defund Alaska’s law enforcement officers as some have called for after the death of George Floyd – an unarmed black many who died last month while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers. “The vast majority of us looked at that video – could barely look at that video – and couldn’t help but think that there was a wrong done, there was an injustice done to that man,”...

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy held a special press conference on Sunday to address the report that there were 27 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska reported on May 30. While the number was the largest single day jump in positive test results, Dunleavy said the new figures are no cause for panic as they do not come close to overburdening the state’s health care capacity. As of May 30, the state had only 82 active cases...

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Some 300 men, women and children stood under gray skies and steady rainfall to attend a packed Memorial Day ceremony in downtown Wasilla. Gathered at the Mat-Su Veterans Wall of Honor, attendees witnessed a 21-gun salute to the fallen dead. In attendance were Rep. Don Young, Gov. Mike Dunleavy and a host of local dignitaries. Speakers sat under a canopy surrounded by seven granite walls with the names of hundreds of veterans etched in stone....

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Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz is doubling down on his so-called “slow but steady” approached to gradually reopening Anchorage’s economy, churches and other entities. Despite the fact the Gov. Mike Dunleavy lifted nearly all state health mandates on May 22, Berkowitz has chosen to keep Alaska’s largest city under more strict health orders. He did announce, however, that Anchorage will ease COVID-19 restrictions beginning Monday, May 25, to permit businesses and other entities to operate at...

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Alaska is among just 10 states that failed to provide religious exemptions to protect First Amendment liberties of churches during the COVID-19 pandemic. Every state in the union implemented guidelines and mandates limiting social gatherings but some took greater care to safeguard citizens’ Constitutional rights. An April 24 study by the Pew Research Foundation reports that several states, such as Florida, South Carolina and others, classified religious worship as “essential,” along with grocery stores and...