Committee Schedules and More!

Here is your committee schedule for this week:


CLEAN UP DAY: This coming Saturday, April 20th, is Litter Free Clean Up Day in Juneau. The Tongass Democrats will meet at 10 a.m. at the Department of Labor parking lot (near the Douglas Bridge and the whale statute). Please join us! Bring heavy duty gloves and wear appropriate footwear and outerwear. We clean the highway section from DOL to the Prospector Hotel. Many hands make light work!


An evening with NPR’s journalist Lakshmi Singh. The event is Tuesday, April 23rd at the JACC. Cost is $25. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets:

Don’t forget the Young Democrats Convention coming up on May 11 in Fairbanks. For further information check out:

DONATE! We are constantly working to build reserves for the next election cycle. If you would like to see reasonable people elected to the Alaska Legislature you can donate via the Tongass Democrats at P.O. Box 240961, Douglas, Alaska 99824.

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Tongass Dem News and Legislative Updates!

AT OUR RECENT Tongass Democrats’ meeting it was announced that the Alaska Young Democrats will hold their first ever YD Convention on May 11th in Fairbanks. Here’s some information from the YD’s Facebook page:

“Alaska Young Democrats (AKYD) is excited to announce our Inaugural State Convention for young Democrats and progressives across the state. More than ever, young Alaskans must organize to rally against state-level budget cuts, prepare for the 2020 elections, and fight for our future. The event will include trainings on advocacy and campaigns, Alaska politics, and creating regional AKYD groups; speakers from local activists and politicians; and opportunities to connect with young progressives across the state….”

Check out the entire YD announcement at, and if you are a young Democrat (35 years old or younger) or a young progressive who would like to attend, please register. Financial aid is available:

ANOTHER ITEM discussed at our meeting was our semi-annual clean up day. Many years ago local Democrats “adopted” the area of highway from the Department of Labor & Workforce Development building, 1111 W. 8th Street (near the Douglas Bridge and whale statue) to the Prospector Hotel. This year the Tongass Democrats will join other community groups in Litter Free’s annual cleanup day. We will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 20th at the DOL&WD parking lot. Please join us as “many hands make light work!” Bring heavy duty gloves and appropriate footwear and outerwear. Litter Free provides trash and recycle bags.

OUR EXCELLENT Democratic legislative delegation is fighting hard to stop the draconian budget cuts put forward by Governor Dunleavy. Here are links to newsletters by Rep. Story, Rep. Hannan, and Senator Kiehl. Please subscribe to their newsletters to get the latest information from them.

Representative Andi Story’s latest newsletter.

Representative Sarah Hannan’s:

And Senator Jesse Kiehl’s:

HERE IS THE legislative committee meeting schedule for the week of April 8th through April 13th:

THE BARTLETT-GRUENING dinner was a smashing success! We had a wonderful line-up of speakers and attendance was awesome. Special thanks goes out to all who participated, everyone who attended, and those who donated funds and their time.

WE ARE WORKING on additional fundraisers. We are up against an unprecedented onslaught of money being shoveled into our state by out-of-state interests including the billionaire Koch brothers. As you know, the Koch brother’s group, Americans for Prosperity, recently hosted meetings around the state featuring Governor Dunleavy and members of his administration, to discuss the state’s financial future. They imposed strict registration requirements, and reserved the right to throw people out who didn’t comply with their rules. Conservative groups also poured money into Anchorage’s recent municipal election. We need to fight them, and unfortunately, we need money to do so. Look for announcements of upcoming events. And if you would simply like to donate, you can write a check in care of the Tongass Democrats, P.O. Box 210961, Douglas, Alaska 99824. Or to the Alaska Democratic Party at 2602 Fairbanks Street, Anchorage, Alaska 99503.

THANK YOU for everything you do!


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We Know You Wait Until the Last Minute

OK, Juneau folks! We know this is a “last minute” town, but the Bartlett-Gruening dinner is this coming Wednesday, April 3rd (Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m.). You know you don’t want to miss this good time.

We have an impressive group of speakers including Master of Ceremonies Larry Persily, House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, Senate Minority Leader Tom Begich, Alaska Democratic Party Executive Director Jay Parmley, and our keynote speaker, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz! Proceeds are used to fund Democratic candidates throughout the state, and if there was ever a time when we need to elect Democrats, it is now.

You can still get tickets by contacting the or texting 907-321-2936. General admission is $125, Young Democrats (age 35 or younger) is $60.

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Legislative Hearing Schedule

Attached find a link to the Alaska Legislature’s hearing schedule. Please note that today’s meetings include a State Affairs hearing to consider increasing rates at state Pioneers Homes. That happens at 3 p.m. in room 120 of the Capitol.

(H)STATE AFFAIRS Standing Committee*
Mar 28 Thursday 3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120
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— Public Testimony —
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled
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Bartlett-Gruening Dinner Tickets

The Tongass Democrat’s Bartlett-Gruening dinner is being held Wednesday, April 3rd. That’s next week! Are you serious about electing Democrats? Do you want to change Alaska and prevent the election of right-wing, radical, Koch-funded political operatives who want to destroy our state? Are you deeply disturbed by a governor who wants to de-fund education, Medicaid, the ferry system, and who refuses to make industry pay their fair share? Then you will surely want to buy a ticket or a table for the Tongass Democrat’s dinner party.

Proceeds from the dinner are used to elect Democrats from around the state. Do your part and have fun at the same time! We have a great line up of speakers and you’ll get to hang with a 100% liberal crowd! Call or text 907-321-2936 or email We will deliver tickets to you!

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Help elect Democrats – Get your tickets for the Bartlett Gruening Dinner today!

Our main fundraiser for the year is coming up in just over a week! There’ll be great food and an important keynote from Anchorage Mayor and former House Minority Leader Ethan Berkowitz – not to mention fun live music and our MC, the ever-entertaining Larry Persily.

Funds from this event build the campaigns of strong, progressive Democratic candidates across Alaska. We all heard from Alaska Democratic Party Executive Director Jay Parmley last week about massive infusions of out-of-state Republican cash coming in the next election cycle to undo all of our hard work – so if you were wondering when you should step up, the answer is now!

Read on to see what event organizers Beth Kerttula and Chris Ashenbrenner say that you can do to make the 2019 Bartlett Gruening Dinner a success – and make a difference for Democrats working to make change across Alaska! Continue reading

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Bartlett-Gruening Dinner Update

The Tongass Democrats’ annual Bartlett-Gruening Dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3rd at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. Cocktails at 6 p .m., dinner at 7 p.m. To reserve a seat ($125 general/$60 young Democrats) or an entire table of eight, email the, or call or text 907-321-2936.

Unfortunately our original keynote speaker, former Lieutenant Governor Val Davidson, had to cancel. The good news is, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has agreed to step in! The event has an impressive list of speakers in addition to Mayor Berkowitz including Master of Ceremonies, Larry Persily, House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, Senate Minority Leader Tom Begich, and Alaska Democratic Party Executive Director Jay Parmley. Don’t miss the social event of the season!

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Legislative Hearing Schedules March 11 through March 16

Here is the legislative committee hearing calendar for March 11 through March 16. Please plan to testify on bills of importance to you!

Legislative Calendar March 11 through March 16

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Bartlett-Gruening Dinner Tickets on Sale NOW!

Tickets are now on sale for the April 3, 2019, Tongass Democrats’ Bartlett-Gruening Dinner, one of our most important fundraisers of the year. The dinner features keynote speaker Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson, and master of ceremonies Larry Persily. Proceeds of the event are used to elect Democrats from around the state. If the #DunleavyDisaster has taught us one thing, it’s that reasonable Democratic leadership is needed now more than ever. Please do your part to help and enjoy a wonderful evening among a great group of liberals and progressives! General admission is $125, Young Democrats (35 and under) $60. Join us Wednesday, April 3, Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, 6 p.m.cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner. Call or text Kim at 907-321-2936 to reserve your ticket, or email We look forward to seeing you!

Ernest Gruening, Territorial Governor and later one of Alaska’s first U.S. Senators

Bob Bartlett, Territorial Alaska Delegate to Congress and later, one of Alaska’s first U.S. Senators. (photo credit)

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