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The Alaska Legislature’s latest operating budget, approved March 29 and sent to Gov. Mike Dunleavy for his signature, once again clearly bans any state funding of abortion, except in rare cases. As in past years, the budget includes money for the Department for Health and Social Services, the branch which has distributed money to pay for abortion through state Medicaid funds. The Legislature, fully within its guaranteed constitutional powers, has unequivocally stated that “no money...

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How much can a pastor say from the pulpit regarding politics, candidates and ballot initiatives? Can clergy educate their congregation on key political and social issues? When do religious leaders cross the line and put their churches in jeopardy of losing tax exempt status? All these questions and more are answered by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) in a new detailed legal guide provided for pastors and churches. ADF is a national group of nearly 3,400...

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Earlier this month the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District published the final draft of its new policies on transgender students. It was going to be presented officially on March 17, but with the COVID-19 panic the meeting was canceled. It remains to be seen when it will be presented and approved by the board. As I will show below, it reaches a new low for the Fairbanks School District, which says a lot since...

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Anchorage Assembly Member Fred Dyson has introduced a resolution encouraging citizens to report the intentional spreading of coronavirus to others. The ordinance is scheduled for debate at the March 24 Anchorage Assembly meeting. It states that COVID-19 is a serious pandemic and that those “with criminal intent to harm or cause death of others, for their benefit, out of spite, or any reason, may exploit the state of public health.” The resolution also notes that the...

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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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Anchorage Assembly Member Christopher Constant is waiting until the election results are in the bag before introducing a ban on counseling for people who wish to overcome unwanted same-sex attraction. Constant, who is openly gay and running unopposed for his current seat on the Assembly, is being strategic about revealing his scheme out of concern it may hurt the reelection of fellow LGBT activists on the Assembly, according to a report last month by NewNowNext,...

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Planned Parenthood sees Anchorage Assembly candidate Stephany Jeffers as a pro-abortion ally and has added her to a list of six candidates the abortion business hopes to see elected on the Anchorage Assembly and Anchorage School Board. Jessica Cler, Planned Parenthood’s Alaska director, sent a March 19 email to supporters in which she framed the endorsements in light of the coronavirus crisis. “The moment we are in calls for elected leaders who believe in facts...

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There could not be greater contrasts among the candidates running for Anchorage Assembly and Anchorage School Board seats, especially with regards to pro-life, parental rights and religious liberty issues. Between March 17 and April 7, Anchorage residents will cast mail-in ballots. Alaska Family Action, a pro-family advocacy group, has released its voter guide for these contests, detailing candidates’ stances on key social issues. ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES Anchorage Assembly candidates were asked if they agree with the...

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A proposed constitutional amendment stating that nothing in Alaska’s Constitution can be interpreted by the courts as granting a right to abortion is set for a fifth public hearing on Friday, March 13 in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The measure, SJR 13, is sponsored by Sen. Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer. It passed out of the Senate Health & Social Services Committee last week after two lengthy public hearings and more than 200 pages of written comments....

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More than 100 people signed up to testify on a bill that would amend Alaska’s Constitution to clarify that nothing in the Constitution can be interpreted as granting a right to abortion or public funding of abortion. The law would not ban abortions outright, but rather clarify that judges cannot construe the law so as to find a right to abortion where there is none. The Feb. 26 hearing in the Senate Health & Social...

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