Opinion: Sen. Sullivan, a second Korean War is a terrible idea

Last month, I ran across a quote from our own Senator Dan Sullivan in an online publication that I highly recommend, called Axios. In it, he discussed with a reporter his belief that Congress should look into an AUMF (Authorization for the Use of Military Force) for a ground war on the Korean Peninsula.

Following is a direct quote from “Trump’s dark view of North Korea options” on September 17, 2017: Continue reading

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Meetings this week (10/9 – 10/15)

photo of a calendar with a date circledThe Tongass Democrats have no business or committee meetings this week. The City and Borough of Juneau Public Safety Task Force and Planning Commission both have meetings.

Links to the relevant calendars and additional information sources are included below.
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Monthly meeting reminder: October 5

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated in their community by voting this year!

The October meeting of the Tongass Democrats will be held tomorrow. This is another way that we as a party do our portion of the work of democracy, so I hope you can make it.

When: 5:15 pm Thursday October 5

Where: IBEW Hall, 813 W. 12th Street

See you there!

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Election Day PSA

VOTE!

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Opinion: local elections are important so please vote

The short version of today’s article is this: our local election this week will determine four important things –

  • our sales tax rate,
  • whether use of the lowest qualified bidder* is always required in CBJ contracts,
  • 1/3 of our Assembly, and
  • 2/7ths of our School Board.

So if you are a registered voter, you should vote. Today, you can vote early absentee at City Hall or in the Mendenhall Mall Annex and tomorrow you can vote at your regular precinct. Here are the details of voting locations: Absentee Voting (today), Regular Voting (Tuesday). You can call the City Clerk at 586-5278 if you have questions.

For a slightly longer version, read on. Continue reading

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Tongass Democrats: Our Vision for Juneau

Image courtesy Hobo at morguefile.com

Politics is about values, and with that in mind, I would like to highlight the brand new Tongass Democrats local platform. This document, which is in harmony with the state party’s platform, explains what we believe to be the building blocks of good government.

These are the values we expect our local leaders to uphold. Continue reading

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Opinion: Why vote?

I voted absentee on Monday by going to the Mendenhall Mall Annex after work. I was in and out in less than 10 minutes, even though I chatted a bit with the volunteers (about how awesome it was that I could vote early, naturally). Afterwards, I thought about the sad fact that only 1 out of 3 Juneau voters voted* in municipal races last year (.pdf).

Municipal races determine important local issues. This time around, there’s a proposition on sales tax for example, as well as an election of the people who decide what to do with those sales taxes. Here’s a sample ballot.

Not sure who you want to vote for? See candidate profiles linked below the fold.

Folks, get out and vote, because around this beautiful country, there are so many people who want to vote but can’t.

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Meetings this week (9/25 – 10/1)

photo of a calendar with a date circledThe Tongass Democrats have one committee meeting next Sunday, and the City and Borough of Juneau has two meetings this week.

Reminder: CBJ elections will take place on October 3. Early voting starts September 18. Three Assembly seats, two School Board seats, and 2 propositions (Prop. 1: 1% sales tax, Prop. 2: related to competitive bidding) are on the Sample Ballot. Additional election resources are available on the front page of TongassDemocrats.com.

Also, the Juneau Votes! is hosting candidate forums tonight (Sept. 25).

Read on for meeting dates, times, and locations. Continue reading

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Municipal election resources

The surest way to be represented in the local community is to cast your own vote! While we of the Tongass Democrats prefer candidates who hold progressive values, what is most important that those elected represent the true will of the Juneau people.

There are so many ways to cast your ballot from now until October 3, and it’s so important that you do!

Read on for information about where and how to vote, as well as timelines and resources for any extra questions you might have. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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