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On Nov. 5 in the Boney Courthouse in downtown Anchorage, Superior Court Judge Jennifer Henderson heard oral argument on the State of Alaska’s motion to dismiss the case ACLU v. Dunleavy. Prior to the hearing, about 35 supporters listened to ACLU demonstrators on the plaza abutting 4th Avenue, their ranks dotted with “I Stand With Planned Parenthood” picket signs. A few “Dunleavy for Governor” partisans stood close by. At issue is Governor Mike Dunleavy’s veto...

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The student-led Wisdom Club at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, is hosting a seminar on “The importance of apologetics for Christian youth.” Part of a monthly series, the upcoming event takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at UAA’s Rasmuson Hall – room 117 – at 7 p.m. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A. The Wisdom Club was established to provide scientific, philosophical, historical and religious evidence for the truth of the Bible and...

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In the lead up to its Nov. 5 court date the ACLU of Alaska is attempting to drum up support for a lawsuit it filed against Governor Dunleavy veto of $334,700 from the Alaska Court System’s 2020 budget. The governor’s action came after the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the state had to pay the exact amount for so-called “medically necessary” abortions performed in 2018. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m., the ACLU is...

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Katrina Jackson, a representative in the Louisiana State House, boldly proclaims that she is a black, Democrat and unapologetically pro-life. She brought that message to Alaska last week during a fundraising event for the Alaska Family Council in Anchorage. Speaking to an audience that included Gov. Mike Dunleavy and many movers and shakers in the conservative and pro-life community, Jackson challenged Alaskans to think outside party lines when it comes to core issues like marriage,...

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Governor Mike Dunleavy expressed admiration for President Donald Trump’s methodical reshaping the nation’s federal courts with the appointment of pro-life, constitutionalist judges. The governor also reaffirmed his commitment to fight against state funding for abortions in Alaska. Speaking in Anchorage for an Oct. 26 gathering of roughly 150 conservative and pro-life leaders at a fundraising banquet for the pro-life Alaska Family Council, the governor said Trump’s appointees to the federal courts represent a “once in...

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The Alaska Supreme Court made headlines again when the Anchorage Daily News published a report showing Chief Justice Joel Bolger appealing to the Alaska Federation of Natives for help in the Court’s ongoing budgetary dispute with Governor Mike Dunleavy. At issue is the subject of abortion, abortion funding, and the governor’s veto of $334,700 from the Supreme Court’s budget – the exact amount the Court ordered the state to pay abortionists for killing 805 babies...

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The “hierarchy of law” is an ancient concept that some laws are more important than others. In our rancorous and increasingly nonsensical political climate, everyone accepts this idea. Just which laws are more important than others, however, is where the argument hinges.   RELINQUISHING NATURAL LAW Once upon a time, in order of priority, the Natural Law reigned supreme, followed by constitutional law, statutory law, common law and, way down at the bottom, case law....

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As everyone knows, there are three co-equal branches to government: legislative, executive and judicial. Except they’re not. As in co-equal. Understanding correct constitutional principles is about as rare as finding an uncut diamond while walking the beach. The fact that civics textbooks, law schools, judges and the mainstream press contribute to this woeful ignorance cements it all in place, of course. Governor Dunleavy’s recent move in docking the judiciary’s administrative budget the sum of their...

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The great 2019 Alaska budget war has seen deep spending cuts by Governor Mike Dunleavy through his line item budget vetoes. Many “sacred cows” have been gored, and there are howls of disapproval from beneficiaries of state spending. Oddly, one of the most insignificant of the vetoes resulted in some of the loudest complaints. The Alaska Court System was cut $334,700 of the original appropriation of over seven million dollars. One would think that the...

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Did the Alaska Supreme Court overstep in striking down a measure duly approved by the Alaska Legislature and signed into law by the governor defining “medically necessary abortions” for the purpose of clarifying when the state would pay for the procedures? Or was Governor Mike Dunleavy out of line for responding to the high court’s ruling by vetoing $335,000 – the exact amount the state spends annually on abortion payments – from the high court’s...

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