Note from Rep. Gara: Book Drive! Register to Vote for August 19 Primary by Monday! Oil Facts Not Sound Bites!

I just wanted to let you know that, first, Thread’s summer book drive is happening this month. Thread, a non-profit, does great work for families on early childhood education. Also, Monday is the deadline to register to vote for the August 19 Primary Election. You can register 30 days before the election, and if you don’t register for the Primary, you can still register 30 days before the November General Election to vote then.

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NEWS: House Democrats Congratulate Arctic Appointees

Alaska’s Democratic State Representatives today congratulated former Lieutenant Governor, Alaska Representative, University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor, and Juneau Mayor Fran Ulmer, along with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. (Ret.) on the announcement of their appointments to serve the United States on Arctic issues.

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NEWS: House Democrats Oppose Increased LIO Expenditure

House Democratic Leader Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) today reiterated his caucus’s position regarding yesterday’s Legislative Council vote to authorize increased spending on the Anchorage Legislative Information Office (LIO). 

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Note from Rep. Gara: Foster Care Numbers Spike, Need for Laptops Rises; Good East High Stadium Progress

As you know, we’ve spearheaded a volunteer effort with Facing Foster Care in Alaska to get the word out that foster youth face yet another disadvantage in life. Many of them – probably most – don’t have a computer to do school work with. We want foster youth to succeed. That’s both our job as the legal guardian of Alaska’s foster youth, and the moral thing to do.

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NEWS: OIL COMPANIES REFUSE TO PULL FALSE RADIO, TV ADS

Anchorage – Last week Representative Les Gara (D, Anchorage) wrote oil companies calling on them to pull radio and TV campaign ads they are funding, falsely implying oil production is going up under the 2013 oil tax law they are campaigning for. ConocoPhillips responded directly, refusing to stop the deception. The other three have not yet replied. “Oil companies should level with voters, not mislead them,” Gara said. 

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