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
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
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.
The 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