TongassDemocrats.com site update

Gratuitous adorable otter picture.
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I’ll be out of town a lot this month, so TongassDemocrats.com will be on a low-volume posting schedule for May. Here is what you can count on from us, plus some resources to help you stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Legislature.
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Chair’s Corner: the ADP and where candidates come from

Jay Parmley, addressing the crowd. Photo courtesy Kim Metcalfe.

The Tongass Democrats had the great fortune of hosting a reception last week in Juneau for the Alaska Democratic Party’s new Executive Director, Jay Parmley. Although I was traveling and unable to attend, by all accounts, it was a great success.

Juneau is used to hosting political fundraising receptions, especially in election years. But it’s not every day that Juneau gets a chance to hear from and talk with the nuts-and-bolts executive leadership of the Party personally, and people took advantage of the opportunity. Continue reading

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Meetings this week (new feature: Legislature public testimony schedule)

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Lots going on this week: Tongass Democrats have our monthly business meeting this Thursday, and the CBJ Assembly calendar shows meetings of three of the big committees (Public Works and Facilities, Lands, and Finance), as well as a Committee of the Whole Worksession and Treadwell Arena Advisory Board meeting.

Also, for the first time, I’ve listed out your opportunities to testify before the Legislature.

Read on for meeting locations, dates and times.
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EXPIRED Action Alert: testify for the University, oil/gas tax, and internet privacy

Alaska State Capital Building, photo by Jay Galvin from Pleasanton, CA, USA – Alaska State Capitol Building, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11491223

Public testimony is one of our most important tools in getting our opinions and concerns across to our Legislators, and the Alaska State Legislature maintains a page of opportunities for public testimony. Here are 2 published meetings (oil tax and internet privacy), plus one that I heard about at last night’s reception (University funding). Contact your Legislative Information Office (or 907-465-4648) if you have questions. Continue reading

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Join us at this evening’s reception

Tongass Democrats is hosting a reception this evening introducing Jay Parmley, the new Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party. Read his post to find out more.

Location: 730 Gold Street, Juneau

Time: 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Dinner and beverages will be provided, and your generous contributions are welcome.

Co-hosted by: Willie Anderson, Chris Ashenbrenner, Marla Berg, Bruce Botelho, Nancy Courtney, Karen Crane, Andy Ebona, John Greely, LaRae and Loren Jones, Jesse Kiehl, Beth Kerttula, Brenda Knapp, Will Kronick, Rich Listowski, Kim Metcalfe, Leslie Ridle & Cindy Spanyers.

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Guest Post: Jay Parmley, coming to town!

Come see Jay tomorrow at the reception at Kim’s!
Image courtesy Jay Parmley.

by JAY PARMLEY – Hey there, Tongass Dems!

As you might already know, I’ll be heading down to the Capital City on Thursday for an event at Kim Metcalfe’s house. I’ve been looking forward to this event for a while, as it’s always fun to see friendly Democrats—and it doesn’t hurt that Juneau is one of the most progressive areas of the state! I am proud of your hard work in electing candidates and building the Party in Southeast. Continue reading

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Reminder: CBJ Assembly meeting on the budget tonight

Downtown Juneau – one part of our beautiful home town. Image courtesy Robert Linder/freeimages.com

Our greatest influence as citizens is at the local level. As I said on Sunday, this is a busy week, and one of the most important things happening is tonight’s special Assembly meeting on the budget at 5:00 PM at the Assembly Chambers and the Finance Committee meeting right after it.

Some of the things on tonight’s agenda include: the 2017 mill rate, school district funding, and the capital improvement program. Here is a link to the agenda; note that it is a download link and will ask you to save a PDF to your computer. Continue reading

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EXPIRED ACTION ALERT: testify today on HB 115 budget bill

We are coming down to the wire on the budget, and your testimony is needed before the Labor and Commerce Committee tonight.

HB 115, the Education Funding Act, is an important part of the State House plan to stabilize our budget and ensure adequate funding for services.

Instructions for in-person, phone, and write-in testimony, plus talking points, below.

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Chair’s Corner: Welcome HD 33’s newest State Central Committee member, Will Kronick!

The Alaska Democratic Party – specifically Tongass Democrats’ House District 33 – has a new Young Democrat serving on our State Central Committee. His name is Will Kronick, he resides in downtown Juneau, and we are very pleased to have him join the TD and ADP team! Continue reading

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Meetings this week (and site maintenance)

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We have a big week coming up!

The Tongass Democrats have committee meetings and a reception, and the City and Borough of Juneau has three meetings on their calendar, including interviews with Airport Board applicants and a special meeting on the budget. Continue reading

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