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Mat-Su residents are meeting this Saturday, Feb. 15, In the first of what will be a monthly meeting to educate and mobilize area Christians to engage politics and culture. Organizer Candy Sunderland said inspiration for the event came on the heels of a past prayer breakfast she attended for Palmer Mayor Edna DeVries in which pastors, politicians and Gov. Mike Dunleavy gathered to pray for elected officials. “Valley pastors and others asked if we would...

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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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Religion and politics seamlessly merged during the sixth annual Revive Alaska Prayer Conference held at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Pastors, evangelists and politicians joined members from local churches to pray for spiritual revival in culture and politics. The broad theme was to mobilize believers to transform Alaska from “70% non-religious to 70% Christian.” Under this overarching mission, participants in the Feb. 8-9 event also prayed for the application of godly principles in Alaska politics....

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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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In 1978, the Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), otherwise known as the Hatch Amendment was passed after parents were shocked and outraged to learn that trusted teachers were using the classroom for therapy instead of education. Teachers pried into the private lives of students and their family by asking sensitive information about political, religious and personal beliefs. Little did parents realize that teachers would overstep their bounds once again by asking questions of a sexual nature...

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In just two weeks Alaskans can begin weighing in on the mission, core values and platform priorities of Alaska’s Republican Party. In gearing up for the 2020 campaign season, local legislative districts will start conducting district conventions next month. These gatherings are a key first step in determining the direction of the party. District conventions also elect statewide delegates to attend the state convention, April 2-4, in Juneau. There statewide delegates chosen from each district...

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The big issue in Fairbanks this week was the pornographic LGBT curriculum the Fairbanks North Star School District’s curriculum committee is trying to add to literature classes. A lot of concerned citizens showed up for the Jan. 21 School Board meeting to testify. The room was standing room only with people out the door. They then found out that the school board only allows one hour of testimony, so most didn’t get to speak, and...

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Despite a majority of Republicans in both houses of the Alaska Legislature, bills intended to promote pro-life laws, parental rights, religious liberty and restrictions on pornography and sex-education in schools are not likely to land on Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s desk for his signature. With leadership of the House once again organized into a multi-party majority, socially conservative legislators have far less influence than they would if House leadership was traditionally structured according to party affiliation....

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy lent his voice to the growing chorus of those fighting to protect unborn Alaskans from abortion. With various pro-life rallies scheduled across Alaska this week, the governor issued a statement on Jan. 22, the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion across the nation. He noted that President Trump also proclaimed Jan. 22 as “National Sanctity of Human Life Day.” Later this week Trump will become the first sitting...

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A pro-life prayer rally is set for noon today, Jan. 22, on the steps of the Alaska State Capitol building in Juneau. The annual event, which has been held for more than 40 years, includes prayers and speeches aimed at bringing an end to abortion in Alaska. Pro-life legislators typically attend the gathering. Last year, Gov. Mike Dunleavy participated by standing alongside the crowd of pro-life supporters. Jan. 22 marks the 47th anniversary of the...

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