Category Archives: democracy

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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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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Chair’s Corner – exciting news from the State Central Committee!

Our State Central Committee meetings are wonderful opportunities for fellowship with other Democrats as we tackle the business aspects of being a political party. While the things we do may sound mundane, they are the necessary tasks that keep the … 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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Meetings this week (6/5 – 6/11)

Summer is here, and so naturally it is time to think about money! The City and Borough of Juneau will vote on our annual budget tomorrow, and the Legislature has less than two weeks to get a budget passed for … Continue reading

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Stronger Together

In honor of Memorial Day, I am republishing a post I wrote about patriotism. I hope you enjoy it. – Mary Like me, you probably heard “Stronger Together” during Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for President. With the painful end of … Continue reading

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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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EXPIRED Action Alert: Juneau Public Library outreach budget targeted

I just heard that CBJ Mayor Ken Koelsch has tasked the Finance Committee with deciding whether or not to cut the Juneau Public Library’s Outreach budget. The Finance Committee will be meeting to discuss the idea this week. Check out the library’s Youth … Continue reading

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