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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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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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While Alaska’s House conservatives may have lost considerable power in the current session of the Alaska Legislature, the more liberal wing is already scheduling some hot-button legislation for committee hearings. On the docket for this week is a hearing on a measure that would lower the number of votes needed in the Legislature to override a governor’s veto. House Joint Resolution 15 would reduce the required votes from three-fourths to just two-thirds of the full...

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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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After 46 years, countless laws and vigilant prayers, abortion is still performed in Alaska and across most of the United States. On Thursday, Jan. 9, former U.S. Senate candidate and past president of Alaska Right to Life – Bob Bird – will deliver a presentation on “The Proper Constitutional Understandings of Abortion at both State & Federal Levels.” Bird will look at why abortion is still considered the law of the land – both in...

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In part I of this series on Roe v Wade we explored the false notion that the supreme court – on either the federal or state level – has the constitutional power to negate or cancel statutory laws that are passed by the legislature and signed into law by the executive branch. While the courts might have an opinion, the executive possesses the power of enforcement, and is not obliged, according to his own constitutional discretion,...

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As the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade approaches next month, many remain unaware of what made this decision such an outrage. For the moment, let’s skip over the blood of the unborn and the broken mothers and families, and investigate why Roe is utterly unconstitutional. The ruling shocked many honest liberals in 1973 – those who wanted to expand abortion. The construction and growth of judicial power that began back in 1803 with Marbury...

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The great 2019 Alaska budget war has seen deep spending cuts by Governor Mike Dunleavy through his line item budget vetoes. Many “sacred cows” have been gored, and there are howls of disapproval from beneficiaries of state spending. Oddly, one of the most insignificant of the vetoes resulted in some of the loudest complaints. The Alaska Court System was cut $334,700 of the original appropriation of over seven million dollars. One would think that the...

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