Municipal election resources

The surest way to be represented in the local community is to cast your own vote! While we of the Tongass Democrats prefer candidates who hold progressive values, what is most important that those elected represent the true will of the Juneau people.

There are so many ways to cast your ballot from now until October 3, and it’s so important that you do!

Read on for information about where and how to vote, as well as timelines and resources for any extra questions you might have. Continue reading

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Opinion: Local elections make a difference in your life

In 2016, Juneau voters made decisions about marijuana laws and a 3% local tax. Well, actually, 1 out of every 3 Juneau voters made that decision, because only 33.5% of us voted.

I’d like to see that change. Continue reading

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Meetings this week (9/18 – 9/24)

photo of a calendar with a date circledThe Tongass Democrats have no meetings or events this week. The City and Borough of Juneau meetings this week include the regular Assembly meeting and Manager’s Report, and the Public Safety Task Force. The Lands Committee meeting and Committee of the Whole Worksession have been canceled.

Reminder: CBJ elections will take place on October 3. Early voting starts September 18. Three Assembly seats, two School Board seats, and 2 propositions (Prop. 1: 1% sales tax, Prop. 2: exemptions from competitive bidding) are on the Sample Ballot.

Read on for meeting dates, times, and locations. Continue reading

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another serious ACA repeal attempt under way

Zombie Trumpcare is back again. Image courtesy Pixabay

Last summer, I wrote about the Senate’s ACA-busting Better Care Reconciliation Act: “Remember: Republicans cannot give up on this, they can only hope to wear us down.”

Well, they are at it again with the Cassidy-Graham bill, and it is arguably even worse than the BCRA. This new plan appears to be “sabotage now and defund later.”

Or, as Slate.com said: “As policy, it’s a bit like walking into somebody’s house, lighting the whole ground floor on fire, then telling them, ‘Hey, you can keep living here—if you like it.'” Continue reading

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5 questions with … Rep. Sam Kito III

Photo courtesy Rep. Sam Kito III

Now that the legislative session has – finally! – ended, TongassDemocrats.com asked our Southeast delegation how things went. 

This week, we share the responses we received from Rep. Sam Kito III (D – District 33). If you would like more information about Rep. Kito, you can visit his official page at the Alaska State Legislature, his website at the Alaska House Majority Coalition, or his Facebook page.
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Municipal ballots won’t tell you candidate party

sign with the word vote on itIn roughly three weeks, eligible voters in Juneau will go to the polls to elect three of our neighbors to our Assembly and two to serve on the school board (AKA, the Juneau Board of Education).* If you have already looked at the Sample Ballot, you might have noticed that party affiliation doesn’t appear anywhere.

Ever wondered about that? Continue reading

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Meetings this week (9/11 – 9/17)

photo of a calendar with a date circledThe Tongass Democrats have no meetings or events this week. The City and Borough of Juneau has canceled and/or rescheduled all meetings whose ordinary schedules would have resulted in meeting on Monday, September 11th. CBJ meetings this week include the Planning Commission, the Task Force on Homelessness, and the Finance Committee.

Read on for dates, times, and locations. Continue reading

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Monthly meeting reminder: September 7th

Be there or bee-square!

Don’t forget that the September meeting of the Tongass Democrats will be held tomorrow. This is how we as a party do our portion of the work of democracy, so I hope you can make it.

When: 5:15 pm Thursday September 7

Where: IBEW Hall, 813 W. 12th Street

See you there!

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Meetings this week (9/5 – 9/10)

photo of a calendar with a date circledThe Tongass Democrats will hold our monthly meeting this week, so if you are a Democrat interested in doing some of the work of democracy, click to get the details.

In addition, the City and Borough of Juneau has three meetings coming up related to the Treadwell Arena, school facilities, and public safety.

Links to the relevant calendars and additional information sources are included below.
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annual Democratic picnic a delicious success!

Last Sunday, the Tongass Democrats’ held our Annual Family Picnic at Sandy Beach, and a grand time was had by all!

  • Thanks to everyone who volunteered, set up and clean up was fun and fast –
  • Thanks to everyone who brought a dish to share, there was plenty of delicious food to go around –
  • Thanks to everyone who attended, there plenty of great conversation and fellowship!

A local Democrat provided a photographic record of the fun, and we thought you might enjoy seeing it too! – Mary Continue reading

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