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End of Boy Scouts' ban on gays prompts elation and alarm

...church can't start their own boys' program - one that will teach the same things," she said.Brad Daw, a Republican legislator in Utah who's been involved in Scouting since he was 11, said he was disheartened by the BSA vote to allow gay leaders...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-29/end-boy-scouts-ban-gays-prompts-elati
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Walker discusses decision to expand Medicaid

...a kabuki theater I arrange in my committee," Hawker said. "I am not one to support theater. I want policy action."Legislators and the public have to accept that Walker has the right to do what he's planning, and Walker has to recognize that there...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-07-29/walker-discusses-decision
Local
Alaska Editorial: Time for Alaskans to engage in budget process

...in May, when the peninsula's state legislators shared their thoughts on the then-ongoing...session and budget debate. At that time, legislators invited constituents to call their offices...ideas for things they might be missing. Legislators have also noted that they get a lot...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-07-28/alaska-editorial-time-alaskans-engage
Opinion
'The conversation we're stuck with'

...system, and emergency mental health services have been bolstered. But Deeds and his allies are frustrated that Republican legislators have blocked the state from expanding Medicaid, a step which would enable large numbers of low-income people to obtain...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-28/conversation-were-stuck
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Court orders review of video testimony in sex abuse case

...cross-examine the children or Howell on her methods.Appeals Court judges, however, said that was not the intent of legislators in 2005 when they approved rules concerning children's video testimony. The chief sponsor, former Sen. Hollis French...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-07-28/court-orders-review-video-testimony-sex
State
Letter: Rep. Gattis, writer unfairly attack charity golf event

...funds has been happening for years. When I complained to the legislator that I objected to buying clothing for staff and the time...Exactly how much was spent during the special session because legislators spent way too much time talking about daylight savings time...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2015-07-20/letter-rep-gattis-writer-unfairly-att
Letters
Munoz: Juneau can host next special session

...regular legislative session was scheduled to end in April, but legislators weren't done meeting.They ended up packing up and moving...developed a very nice working campus," Munoz said. "When legislators are (in Juneau), they're there to do the work. You...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-07-24/mu%C3%B1oz-juneau-can-host-next-special
Local
Flag down, but what happens now?

...in political willingness to take down the flag came just weeks after nine black people - including a revered minister and legislator - were shot to death during Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston; photos of the white...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-13/flag-down-what-happens-now
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Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announces intent to expand Medicaid

...adding more people to a system they saw as broken.Some legislators wanted to see reforms before moving toward expansion.Critics...formality, hearings "may be the only available forum for legislators to further discuss the governor's action."While he said...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-07-16/alaska-gov-bill-walker-announces-intent
State
Catholic Church gets win in liberal California Legislature

...involved. Parishioners and seminarians called and met with legislators. Using English and Spanish, the Diocese of Orange urged...year.The key is "constituents and voters contacting their legislators," he said. "Because of the size and diversity, the sheer...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-09/catholic-church-gets-win-liberal-cali
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