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Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau

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Volume 8: Issue 9 April 1st, 2016

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

No Joke!

We Don’t Need A Special Session

We Don’t Need A Special Session

This week we had to spend time debating a resolution asking the Governor to call any special session this summer on the “road system.”  We don’t need to have a special session at all!  We should get business done now and not put if off.

If we do have to put in extra time for some reason, we should do it in the capital city.  First of all, it’s cheaper.  There are some numbers floating around claiming otherwise, but they’re comparing apples to oranges.  In a fair comparison, it costs less to have special session here.  It also gives Alaskans better access because Juneau has Gavel to Gavel Alaska.  That means Alaskans can keep an eye on every committee meeting on cable, live on the Internet, or online on demand. That’s not available anywhere else in the state. That’s why I opposed SCR 16, and I thank the six other members of the Senate who agreed with me.

Juneau Youth Services Promoting Foster Care This Weekend

Lori King and Sen. Egan
Lori King and Sen. Egan

Lori King stopped by this week to talk about the challenges facing foster children – and foster families – in Alaska.  She’s working with Juneau Youth Services to organize an event on Saturday from 3-5 at DIPAC.  Swing by and see what you can do!

Rally on the Steps

The Capitol “went blue” to prevent child abuse today. Thanks to everyone who came out for the rally!
The Capitol “went blue” to prevent child abuse today.  Thanks to everyone who came out for the rally!

A Good Time for a Good Cause

Sham Jam proceeds and team

My colleague Sen. Ellis has worked with young Democratic staffers to help organize a dance since he was a staffer himself.  And that was a long time ago.  This year’s “Sham Jam” donated all the profits to The Canvas, which provides art classes for people with developmental disabilities.

Kudos from Juneau

Thanks to these community members for
helping make Southeast
a great place to live!

Hizzoner – The Judicial Council forwarded four names to the Governor to fill the vacancy Dana Fabe is about to leave on the Alaska Supreme Court.  One of them is Juneau’s own Superior Court Judge Phil Pallenberg.  It’s a tremendous recognition of his skills as a legal thinker and judge.

Ballers – The Juneau-Douglas High School Boys Basketball team won the championship!  The Crimson Bears won a hard-fought tournament for the first time in 18 years.  And Coach Casperson was named Coach of the Year.  Kudos for all the training and teamwork it took to get there! 

OK, One Joke – Kudos to Mattel and the “City & Borough of Uno” for their April Fool’s joke.  The company gave $15,000 to charity in honor of late Mayor Greg Fisk – the Juneau Community Foundation will use the money for youth activities – in exchange for “renaming” the capital city after one of Mattel’s card games for a day.  A little fun to benefit kids is always worthwhile.

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[signed] Dennis Egan

Dennis Egan
Alaska State Senator
District Q

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