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!
Links to the relevant calendars and additional information sources are included below. Continue reading
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).
Where is our message and who is getting it out? Continue reading
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
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
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
Photo courtesy Rep. Justin Parish
Now that the legislative session has – finally! – ended, TongassDemocrats.com asked our Southeast delegation how things went.
This week, we share the responses we received from Rep. Justin Parish (D – District 34). If you would like more information about Rep. Parish, you can visit his official page at the Alaska State Legislature, his website at the Alaska House Majority Coalition, or his Facebook page. Continue reading
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
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!
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