Meetings this week (11/20 – 11/26)

photo of a calendar with a date circledThe Tongass Democrats have no meetings scheduled this week. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly has four Committee meetings scheduled  this week. The Alaska State Legislature is still in its fourth Special Session (!!) and has a Legislative Council meeting scheduled in Juneau on Tuesday (but be sure to check at the calendar link down below before heading to the Capital Building as these things change).

Note: If you or someone you know gets their health insurance from the Exchange, remember that open enrollment ends on December 15 this year. Check out http://getcoveredAlaska.org for more information.

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Meetings this week (11/13 – 11/19)

photo of a calendar with a date circledThe Tongass Democrats have no meetings scheduled this week. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly has no meetings scheduled for the week. The Board of Education and the Juneau Commission on Sustainability have meetings this week.

If you or someone you know gets their health insurance from the Exchange, remember that open enrollment ends on December 15 this year. Check out getcoveredAlaska.org for more information.

Links to the relevant calendars and additional information sources are included below.

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Meetings this week (11/06 – 11/12)

photo of a calendar with a date circledThe Tongass Democrats have no meetings scheduled this week. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly has a number of meetings including: Human Resources, Public Safety, Parks & Rec, Finance, and Mining Committees.

If you or someone you know gets their health insurance from the Exchange, remember that open enrollment ends on December 15 this year. Check out getcoveredAlaska.org for more information.

Veterans’ Day is coming up this week; our heartfelt thanks go out to all of our fellow Alaskans who served their country in this way.

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November business meeting – now with 100% more library!

Tongass Democrats will have our monthly meeting tomorrow, but it’s not at the usual place. Hope you can make it to the downtown public library!

The City and Borough of Juneau has no committee or Assembly meetings on their calendar this week, but the 4th special session of the Alaska State Legislature is still underway. This one is about the crime bill and revenue.

Say, did you go to the public hearing on Monday night about SB 54, the crime bill?  Leave us a message in the comments about how it went!

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Chair’s Corner: Finding the DNC’s message

I’m a political junkie, plain and simple. I read and watch far too much political insight and analysis.

Some of it is actually useful information I should know about, such as how much the Russians interfered in our 2016 national election and how little the current administration is doing to fight against it happening again in 2018. But so much of it is unadulterated garbage focused on the vitriolic, childlike temper tantrums that occur daily in the Trump Administration and Republican led Congress.

Unfortunately, in all the political information I take in, I see and hear nothing from the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

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Opinion: More Democrats should volunteer for CBJ boards

Here is a list of the open seats in CBJ Boards & Commissions right now. This isn’t a great image; the original is here.

Keeping our community operating smoothly requires many people working together. Naturally, a lot of these people are paid employees, but a surprisingly large number of our fellow citizens volunteer their time to help keep things running.

From our hospital to our arboretum, our community resources depend on the volunteers who work on their boards and commissions.

Government and politics are about values*, and therefore it is important for Democrats to put their own time on the line if we want our values to be lived within our communities.  Continue reading

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Chair’s Corner: What now for the ACA?

I have been remiss in not posting regularly. My apologies for my silence; there certainly has been a lot going on in our world which we should all be actively talking about.

First, I must express my most sincere condolences to all those who experienced the tragedies of Harvey, Irma and Maria, and the unspeakable mass shooting in Las Vegas. Our country will be on its heels because of these events for a lot time. Although these are critical topics for discussion, I won’t speak to them directly, as there is plenty of discussion in other venues.

Today, I am writing about the ACA to ask “Where do we go now?” Continue reading

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Meetings this week (10/23 – 10/29)

photo of a calendar with a date circledThe Tongass Democrats have a meeting of the Website Committee this week. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly has a number of meetings including: Committee of the Whole, Public Works and Facilities Committee, Lands Committee, Planning Commission, and Public Safety Task Force.

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Opinion: A newcomer’s perspective on Juneau’s election

This month’s election prompted one new Juneauite to consider the differences between his new community and his old one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Paul! – Mary

As a newcomer to Juneau it’s hard for me to say what is in Juneau’s best interest. I recently moved here from my hometown of Anchorage, a city more than 9 times the size. Up there we don’t need a ferry to access the road system, and driving to “the valley” during rush hour can take more than an hour depending on traffic and road conditions. Oh, and there’s no sales tax. Continue reading

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Meetings this week (10/16 – 10/22)

photo of a calendar with a date circledThe Tongass Democrats have no business or committee meetings this week. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly has a regular meeting and the Board of Education has a regular meeting.

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