Category Archives: AK Leg 2017

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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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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Meetings this week (6/12 – 6/18)

Tongass Democrats’ Year of Kindness and Strategic Planning committees will be meeting this week. The Alaska State Legislature reconvenes tomorrow morning at 11 AM, but their public testimony calendar is blank this week. However, the House appears to be soldiering … Continue reading

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#MakeTheCall: AK Republican Senators need an earful

The State Legislature is back in session tomorrow, so today is a good day to make sure Senate Republicans feel appreciated upon their return to their offices. And by “appreciated,” I mean that they need to feel like we are watching … Continue reading

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the free ride is over, Senate Republicans

I’ve heard that there are still Republican Senators running around telling people: “The Senate is the only thing standing between you and an income tax!” Let’s break that down and decode what they’re really saying.

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Meetings this week (5/29 – 6/4)

This week the Tongass Democrats have our monthly business meeting on Thursday, and the CBJ Assembly has an important Finance Committee meeting where they will consider the future of the Juneau Public Library’s outreach funds (Action Alert). Meeting locations, dates, and … 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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Meetings in the week of May 7, 2017

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 … Continue reading

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

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, … Continue reading

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