Category Archives: democracy

Meetings this week (8/7 – 8/13)

This week is the Tongass Democrats’ Year of Kindness event in support of the Front Street Clinic! The City and Borough of Juneau has a lot of meetings this week: from Youth Activities to Mining, there’s a little something for … Continue reading

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Reminder: check your voter registration

As you can see from the countdown timer on our front page, we have elections coming up. So, now is the time to check that your voter registration is current and active. Did you remember to update your address after … Continue reading

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Chair’s Corner: the ACA is imperfect but alive (for now)

Thanks to 48 stalwart U.S. Democratic Senators, who prioritize the health of all Americans, and three sensible Republican Senators – Collins, McCain and Murkowski – the U.S. Senate’s attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has failed, again. … Continue reading

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Meetings this week (7/31/2017 – 8/6/2017)

The Tongass Democrats will hold our monthly meeting this week, and the City & Borough of Juneau has a regular Assembly meeting, as well as meetings of the Human Resources and Mining Committees. Reminder: If you would like to participate in … Continue reading

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Meetings this week (7/24 – 30/2017)

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

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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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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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