Chair’s Corner: Building Momentum

In a past Chair’s Corner, I expressed my personal frustration that since the 2016 election, I have had a hard time rebooting my energy to keep leading the charge to fight for what is right. The 330+ days of the Trump administration have assaulted just about every subject that matters to me personally.

I’m sure that you can list off any number of frightening and overwhelming horrors coming out of the Trump administration. On any given day, I am worried about the impact of the Gorsuch Supreme Court seat on women’s freedom, the mounting evidence of Russian hacking in our election, maintaining meaningful access to health care, the ugly truth about our country’s epidemic of sexual misconduct in all arenas and at all levels (starting with our Commander in Chief), and this execrable tax “reform” bill that will make the poor poorer while adding $1.5 trillion to the national debt.

And, of course, our State’s financial forecast is not good.

But other things are. Continue reading

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Meetings This Week (December 11 – December 17)

photo of a calendar with a date circledThe Tongass Democrats have no meetings  scheduled this week. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly has two Committee Meetings scheduled this week. The Alaska State Legislature will reconvene for the 2nd Regular Session of the 30th State Legislature on Tuesday,

Note: If you or someone you know gets their health insurance from the Exchange, remember that open enrollment ends this Friday,  December 15. Get Covered Alaska informs us that rates are down 20% this year; check out http://getcoveredAlaska.org for more information. Continue reading

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December meeting and post-meeting social tonight

Nancy (probably) won’t be wearing this hat tonight. Probably. No guarantees. Photo courtesy Nancy Courtney.

The December meeting of the Tongass Democrats will be held tonight. This is another way that we as a party do our portion of the work of democracy, so I hope you can make it.

Since it is our last meeting of the year, we will be having a little get together after the regular meeting to just enjoy being around like-minded people. Whether you’ve been a regular attendee at business meetings this year or not, please feel free to be there tonight – we’d love to see you!

When: 5:15 pm Thursday December 7

Where: IBEW Hall, 813 W. 12th Street

See you there!

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Meetings This Week (December 4 – December 10)

photo of a calendar with a date circledThe Tongass Democrats have a business meeting scheduled this week. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly has three Committee Meetings scheduled this week. The Alaska State Legislature will reconvene for the 2nd Regular Session of the 30th State Legislature on Tuesday,

Note: If you or someone you know gets their health insurance from the Exchange, remember that open enrollment ends on December 15 this year. Get Covered Alaska informs us that rates are down 20% this year; check out http://getcoveredAlaska.org for more information.

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Meetings This Week (November 27 – December 3)

photo of a calendar with a date circledThe Tongass Democrats have a meeting of the Website Committee scheduled this week. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly and  Planning Commission have regular meetings scheduled  this week. The Alaska State Legislature has adjourned the First Session of the 30th State Legislature and will reconvene for the 2nd Regular Session on

Note: If you or someone you know gets their health insurance from the Exchange, remember that open enrollment ends on December 15 this year. Check out http://getcoveredAlaska.org for more information.

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Meetings this week (11/20 – 11/26)

photo of a calendar with a date circledThe Tongass Democrats have no meetings scheduled this week. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly has four Committee meetings scheduled  this week. The Alaska State Legislature is still in its fourth Special Session (!!) and has a Legislative Council meeting scheduled in Juneau on Tuesday (but be sure to check at the calendar link down below before heading to the Capital Building as these things change).

Note: If you or someone you know gets their health insurance from the Exchange, remember that open enrollment ends on December 15 this year. Check out http://getcoveredAlaska.org for more information.

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Meetings this week (11/13 – 11/19)

photo of a calendar with a date circledThe Tongass Democrats have no meetings scheduled this week. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly has no meetings scheduled for the week. The Board of Education and the Juneau Commission on Sustainability have meetings this week.

If you or someone you know gets their health insurance from the Exchange, remember that open enrollment ends on December 15 this year. Check out getcoveredAlaska.org for more information.

Links to the relevant calendars and additional information sources are included below.

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Meetings this week (11/06 – 11/12)

photo of a calendar with a date circledThe Tongass Democrats have no meetings scheduled this week. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly has a number of meetings including: Human Resources, Public Safety, Parks & Rec, Finance, and Mining Committees.

If you or someone you know gets their health insurance from the Exchange, remember that open enrollment ends on December 15 this year. Check out getcoveredAlaska.org for more information.

Veterans’ Day is coming up this week; our heartfelt thanks go out to all of our fellow Alaskans who served their country in this way.

Links to the relevant calendars and additional information sources are included below. Continue reading

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November business meeting – now with 100% more library!

Tongass Democrats will have our monthly meeting tomorrow, but it’s not at the usual place. Hope you can make it to the downtown public library!

The City and Borough of Juneau has no committee or Assembly meetings on their calendar this week, but the 4th special session of the Alaska State Legislature is still underway. This one is about the crime bill and revenue.

Say, did you go to the public hearing on Monday night about SB 54, the crime bill?  Leave us a message in the comments about how it went!

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Chair’s Corner: Finding the DNC’s message

I’m a political junkie, plain and simple. I read and watch far too much political insight and analysis.

Some of it is actually useful information I should know about, such as how much the Russians interfered in our 2016 national election and how little the current administration is doing to fight against it happening again in 2018. But so much of it is unadulterated garbage focused on the vitriolic, childlike temper tantrums that occur daily in the Trump Administration and Republican led Congress.

Unfortunately, in all the political information I take in, I see and hear nothing from the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Where is our message and who is getting it out? Continue reading

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