SIGNAL BOOST: ADP action alert on Trump budget

Jay Parmley, Executive Director of Alaska Democratic Party, doesn’t often send out an Action Alert, so when he does, my ears perk up. Continue reading

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Meetings 5/22/17-5/28/17

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There are three City and Borough of Juneau meetings this week: Committee of the Whole, Public Works & Facilities, and Planning Commission. The Lands Committee and Finance Committee meetings have been canceled. Details below the fold.  Continue reading

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Fairbanks to host ADP State Central Committee meeting

The Alaska Democratic Party’s governing body — our State Central Committee (SCC) — is holding its spring meeting in the Golden Heart City May 19-21. I am thrilled to report that of the nine SCC members residing in Juneau, six are attending in person and three by proxy, so all of our members’ votes are accounted for! Continue reading

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Chair’s Corner: key take-aways from Rep. Parish’s Town Hall on the State budget

If you want to guarantee a sunny evening in Juneau, schedule a town hall meeting!

Last Tuesday night, Representative Justin Parish (a Democrat serving House District 34 in the Juneau valley) hosted a town hall meeting with guest speaker Randy Hoffbeck, the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue, to talk about Alaska’s fiscal situation. Continue reading

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Meetings 5/15/17 to 5/21/17

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Meetings this week include one public testimony opportunity at the Legislature and a regular Assembly meeting. I notice that there seems like a lot of zoning-related information on the agenda for the Assembly meeting this week.

The details below the fold also include information about the two canceled CBJ meetings, in case you were planning to attend them.

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thanks, Don: helping Alaskans die preventable deaths edition

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Last week, Rep. Don Young and his Republican colleagues voted for the American Health Care Act, which will free many of us from the terrible burden of finally being able to afford health insurance. They had a party, and I hear that they’re planning to sell this as a tax cut.

Of course, you only get the tax cut if you’re rich:

The lion’s share of the tax savings would go to the wealthy and very wealthy. According to the Tax Policy Center, the top 20 percent of earners would receive 64 percent of the savings and the top 1 percent of earners (those making more than $772,000 in 2022) would receive 40 percent of the savings. (source)

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Republicans own Alaska’s deficit

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One of the major Republican talking points is that they are the fiscally conservative party, the one that insists on people taking responsibility for their own actions. So why aren’t they stepping up and accepting responsibility for Alaska’s deficit? Continue reading

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Meetings in the week of May 7, 2017

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There are no Tongass Democrats meetings this week, but Tuesday is shaping up to be a very busy day, with two public testimony opportunities at the Legislature, an important Town Hall on the budget by Rep. Parish (see the Action Alert), and a CBJ Planning Commission meeting with variances on Stark Street and possibly other locations on the agenda. Details on all this, plus additional meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, below.  Continue reading

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EXPIRED Action Alert: go to Rep. Parish’s town hall on the budget (updated)

Flyer for Tuesday’s town hall on the budget.

As you all know, this year’s House budget is a multi-bill plan to get Alaska’s balance sheet back into the black while preserving vital services and the PFD. Because the House’s sensible plan involves taxing oil and gas companies appropriately, it is facing heavy opposition in the Senate.

Rep. Parish has set up a town hall for constituents on the budget. He’s bringing Randall Hoffbeck, Commissioner of the AK Dept. of Revenue, and he needs people – especially Valley residents – to come. Learn about the real plan, get your questions answered, tell him what you are worried about.

Details below.

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Bruce Botelho: Is there a role for the Party in non-partisan politics?

by BRUCE BOTELHO – Since statehood, Alaska has required that candidates for local public office be elected on a non-partisan basis. Some have concluded that this requirement somehow prohibits political parties from becoming engaged in local races. There is no such prohibition and, in fact, there are ample reasons for active participation. Continue reading

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