Rep Gara Earns National Award from Federal Government for Foster Care Work

“Les Gara has dedicated his legislative career to improving outcomes for children and families in Alaska’s child welfare system. He has always been focused on ensuring foster youth have opportunities for a better life and finding them a loving and permanent home,” said Amanda Metivier. “Through his experience in foster care, Les Gara knows what the young men and women in foster care are going through and how to improve their lives. The bills he sponsored and passed through the Alaska Legislature will continue to improve their lives long after his legislative career is over.”

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Brett Kavanaugh Not “An Inspired Choice” for the Supreme Court

I believe in a United States Supreme Court that does justice, not one filled with biased party loyalists. And especially at this time in American history, I do not believe in a Supreme Court justice appointment process that sides with a man who may have committed a horrific attempted rape. That is the wrong message to send to Americans. It always has been and it still is today when we have a President who minimizes the indefensible, as he has done here.

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Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters: Thank You for Attending Alaska State Forum on Public Safety

Thank you to all who attended the Alaska State Forum on Public Safety on Tuesday. The Forum drew over 80 people in the audience and many more online, with our live-stream receiving over 700 views so far. Each day and every day, people who care about our communities work to make wise use of our public safety resources and to improve public safety. The solutions are complicated and the path is long. It calls on all of us to work together as a community. Our speakers and panelists at the forum included police officers, prosecutors, public defenders, mental health providers, substance abuse counselors, university professors, and legislators.

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Tarr’s Times: Last Week’s Events, HB 217 Bill Signing, and Save the Date: Constituent Meeting 9/22

Last week was very special for me, as progress was made on two issues I’ve been working on for a long time. I spent a whole day at a meeting with leaders from many state agencies discussing how to implement the state’s new trauma informed policy that passed in SB 105. Many thanks to the many groups involved with the Alaska Resilience Initiative for helping to make this lasting and systemic change in state government and delivery of services. We will now be more prevention focused!

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