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UPDATED: Trumpcare zombie still dangerous

Update: Now that two additional Republican Senators have said they will vote “NO” on the BCRA, we are once again hearing that Trumpcare is dead. But it’s been reanimated several times before, and we can’t count on it staying down. … Continue reading

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Meetings this week (7/17 – 7/23)

There are no Tongass Democrats meetings this week; however, the City & Borough of Juneau has meetings of the Mining Committee and Planning Commission. Links to the relevant calendars and additional information sources are included below.

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Opinion: A time to heal

by KIM METCALFE – In his June 10th speech to the annual People’s Summit in Chicago, Vermont independent Bernie Sanders lashed out at the Democratic Party saying the party’s current model and direction is “an absolute failure.” Sanders further stated, “The … Continue reading

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Chair’s Corner: monthly business meetings – the work of democracy

As a local political party, the Tongass Democrats has to do a lot of behind-the-scenes work if there are going to be Democrats on the ballot. I’ve written in the past about what we do in our State Central Committee, … Continue reading

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

This is a reprint of a previously posted article. Stay tuned for new posts coming next week! – Mary by BRUCE BOTELHO – Since statehood, Alaska has required that candidates for local public office be elected on a non-partisan basis. … Continue reading

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How about we call it “disruptive innovation” instead of “whoops, I broke the site”?

Apologies for the crickets you’ve been hearing around here: I was traveling for a couple of weeks and, unfortunately, we found some bugs in the system that I had set up to take over while I was gone. Or, as … Continue reading

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Meetings this week (7/3 – 7/9)

Happy Independence Day! There are no City & Borough of Juneau meetings on their official calendar or agenda sites this week. The regular monthly business meeting for Tongass Democrats is held the first Thursday of every month. Please plan to attend … Continue reading

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Meetings this week (6/19-6/25)

Apologies for the late update: I’m heading out of town tomorrow. We have an oddly quiet week coming up: neither the Tongass Democrats, nor the City Assembly, nor the State Legislature websites show any meetings. Naturally, this could change at … Continue reading

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Opinion: can the language of war build a future of peace?

Many people frame the current work of governance – particularly the reaction to the Trump agenda – in military terms. They talk of fights, of battles, and of a war. I resist this imagery, for very specific reasons.

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report from the Juneau “Keep Alaska Open for Business” rally

As you may have heard, the Alaska State Legislature is in Special Session because they don’t have a budget passed. As a result, 17,000 State employees (including yours truly) received layoff notices, which will take effect on July 1 unless … Continue reading

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