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

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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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Meetings this week (9/18 – 9/24)

photo of a calendar with a date circledThe Tongass Democrats have no meetings or events this week. The City and Borough of Juneau meetings this week include the regular Assembly meeting and Manager’s Report, and the Public Safety Task Force. The Lands Committee meeting and Committee of the Whole Worksession have been canceled.

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: exemptions from competitive bidding) are on the Sample Ballot.

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

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another serious ACA repeal attempt under way

Zombie Trumpcare is back again. Image courtesy Pixabay

Last summer, I wrote about the Senate’s ACA-busting Better Care Reconciliation Act: “Remember: Republicans cannot give up on this, they can only hope to wear us down.”

Well, they are at it again with the Cassidy-Graham bill, and it is arguably even worse than the BCRA. This new plan appears to be “sabotage now and defund later.”

Or, as Slate.com said: “As policy, it’s a bit like walking into somebody’s house, lighting the whole ground floor on fire, then telling them, ‘Hey, you can keep living here—if you like it.'” Continue reading

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5 questions with … Rep. Sam Kito III

Photo courtesy Rep. Sam Kito III

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. Sam Kito III (D – District 33). If you would like more information about Rep. Kito, you can visit his official page at the Alaska State Legislature, his website at the Alaska House Majority Coalition, or his Facebook page.
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Municipal ballots won’t tell you candidate party

sign with the word vote on itIn roughly three weeks, eligible voters in Juneau will go to the polls to elect three of our neighbors to our Assembly and two to serve on the school board (AKA, the Juneau Board of Education).* If you have already looked at the Sample Ballot, you might have noticed that party affiliation doesn’t appear anywhere.

Ever wondered about that? Continue reading

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