Category Archives: Opinion

Opinion: Local elections make a difference in your life

In 2016, Juneau voters made decisions about marijuana laws and a 3% local tax. Well, actually, 1 out of every 3 Juneau voters made that decision, because only 33.5% of us voted. I’d like to see that change.

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another serious ACA repeal attempt under way

Last summer, I wrote about the Senate’s ACA-busting Better Care Reconciliation Act: “Remember: Republicans cannot give up on this, they can only hope to wear us down.” Well, they are at it again with the Cassidy-Graham bill, and it is … Continue reading

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Year of Kindness: thanks for supporting Front Street Clinic!

The Tongass Democrats’ Year of Kindness event for Front Street Clinic officially happened at the beginning of August. Our largest drive, organized by The Amazing Jenny and staffed by her and other volunteer Democrats, was at Foodland IGA during the … Continue reading

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Opinion: the joyous work of citizenship

“All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into that work — the joyous work of citizenship. Not just when there’s an election, not just when our own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a … Continue reading

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Chair’s Corner: Shine in the Darkness

As I mentioned last time, I recently had the opportunity to visit with Jon Bauman, who you may remember as “Bowzer” of the musical group and TV show Sha Na Na.) The morning Jon and I met, the U.S. Senate … 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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UPDATED: ACA repeal back on the table in the Senate

UPDATE: Sen. Murkowski voted No and Sen. Sullivan voted Yes on the motion to proceed. It is important to take the time to thank Sen. Murkowski and say “shame” to Sen. Sullivan for their votes, and to urge them to … Continue reading

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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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