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The Anchorage Assembly is set to proclaim Nov. 20 as a “Transgender Day of Remembrance” at its Nov. 19 meeting. A resolution to this effect is scheduled for a vote to “honor transgender people around the world whose lives have been lost to anti-transgender violence.” The resolution aims to support “a forum for the transgender community and allies to raise awareness of the threat of violence faced by transgender people, and the prejudice and discrimination...

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Sen. Dan Sullivan is among those praising President Donald Trump for nominating an historic number of conservative judges to the federal bench. Last week the president had his 158th judicial nominee confirmed. This includes two Supreme Court justices, 44 Circuit Court judges and 112 District Court judges. Approximately one out of every four active judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals has now been appointed by Trump. “President Trump has nominated a historic number of...

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Last month U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke at the University of Notre Dame Law School, sharing his thoughts about religious liberty in present-day America. Among the many striking statements in Barr’s speech were the following: religious liberty is “a right towards men,” but “a duty towards the Creator,” and a “duty … precedent both in order of time and degree of obligation, to the claims of civil society.” Also, “We have no government armed...

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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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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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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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Editor’s note: At a time when the Kenai Borough Assembly endures prayers mockingly offered by Satanists, atheists and Pastafarians, it is interesting to recall how Alaskans prayed at the highest levels of government just 64 years ago. On Nov. 8, 1955, Alaska Territorial Governor Frank Heintzleman asked Rev. Roy Ahmaogak, of Wainwright, to offer an invocatory prayer to start of the Constitutional Convention, which resulted in Alaska becoming the 49th state on Jan. 3, 1959....

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In an effort to grant tribal leaders greater control over public education in Alaska’s Native villages, Gov. Mike Dunleavy has thrown support behind an initiative called “tribal compacting.” Announced during his Oct. 17 address in Fairbanks to the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, Gov. Dunleavy’s plan would allow tribal governments to operate and oversee K-12 grade schools, while infusing classroom education with a “culturally rich combination of Western and millennia-old tribal education models.” The announcement...

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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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Alaska is one of 16 states that has no laws protecting infants born alive during an abortion. This fact was highlighted in new report issued earlier this month by the Family Research Council (FRC), a national nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to advancing a family-centered philosophy of public life. The organization released a set of maps showing which states protect infants who are born alive during an abortion. Alaska is among 16 states with...

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