NEWS: Alaska Foster Youth Champion Receives National Award

Anchorage – Next month, the United States Department of Health and Human Services will honor Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) for his career of work to improve the opportunity and lives of foster youth and families. Rep. Gara will receive a 2018 Adoption Excellence Award during a ceremony in Washington D.C. In being chosen for the award, Rep. Gara was praised for his extraordinary contributions to provide permanent, healthy outcomes for children in foster care in Alaska, including through landmark reform legislation passed this year. Rep. Gara was nominated for the prestigious national award by Amanda Metivier, who founded the foster youth advocacy and support organization, Facing Foster Care in Alaska. Metivier has garnered praise for her child protection work at the Child Welfare Academy at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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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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Don’t Forget To Vote Tomorrow (Tuesday): Alaska’s State and Congressional Primary Election

Don’t forget that tomorrow (Tuesday) is our state and federal Primary Election. I scheduled a fishing day tomorrow – and almost forgot! So I’m about to go vote now at an early voting station. And remember, unlike Anchorage city elections, which are now vote by mail, you vote in person at your voting precinct for state and federal elections like tomorrow’s (or at the very few centralized election stations around the state). That’s unless you’ve already voted with an absentee ballot.

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Governor Walker Signs Legislation Honoring Veterans Who Have Earned Medals for Valor in Combat

Fairbanks – Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed Senate Bill 204 into law during a ceremony in Fairbanks. The bill, sponsored by Senator Dennis Egan (D-Juneau), allows Alaska chiropractors to sign Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) forms proving that a person is disabled. This will help disabled persons obtain specialized license plates and parking permits. During the legislative process, the bill was amended by Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) to honor Alaskans who earned medals for valor in combat by creating license plates reflecting those medals.

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