Rep. Harriet DrummondThe
Drummond Dispatch
From the Capitol    E-News No. 8   RepHarrietDrummond.com    Mar 22, 2013

As your representative,
I am here to listen and to help. Please don't  hesitate to contact me.

Rep.Harriet.Drummond
@akleg.gov

IN JUNEAU
Mid-January to mid-April
(907) 465-3875
State Capitol Rm  112
Juneau, AK 99801

IN ANCHORAGE
May to December
(907) 269-0190
716 W. 4th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501

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Contact the Governor
Governor Parnell's Office may be reached at 907-465-3500, or you can email him at sean.parnell@alaska.gov

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Congressional Delegation

Senator Mark Begich
www.begich.senate.gov
Anchorage Office
(907) 271-5915

Senator Lisa Murkowski www.murkowski.senate.gov
Anchorage Office
(907) 271-3735

Congressman Don Young
www.donyoung.house.gov
Anchorage Office
(907) 271-5978

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Packed house at the Save Our Schools Forum
Packed house at the Save Our Schools Forum

Because of recent attacks on Alaska’s public education system, with only a minimal amount of time made available for dialogue from the public, I chaired a Save Our Schools public forum for parents, teachers and concerned Alaskans to testify about Alaska’s school system. Everyone was invited to attend, and we received phone calls from all over the State: Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks, Wasilla, Palmer, Valdez, Kenai, Koyukuk, Homer. We heard from over 30 Alaskans before we ran out of time, and the response was overwhelmingly clear: The public stands firm against school vouchers, against extending the length of time to tenure, against a pointless school rating system, and the people demand proper funding for our public schools. You can watch the entire forum here: http://www.360north.org/gavel-archives/?event_id=2147483647_2013031250

This public outpouring backs up what I learned from the survey I had taken in my district. Answers to the question “Do you support amending the state constitution to allow for school vouchers” prompted some lengthy, thoughtful answers, with the final result being slightly over 80% in opposition of amending the constitution. If you still want to fill out the survey, and I truly hope that you do, visit: http://alaskasenatedems.com/survey/HD16.php

The day after the public forum, a Save Our Schools Rally happened on the steps of the capitol building here in Juneau. You can read about it here: http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-03-27/school-rally-no-vouchers-yes-bsa

Needless to say, another large crowd of Alaskans showed up and, in an outpouring of support for public schools, really rattled some windows in the Capitol.

It can get lonely working in the House Minority here in Juneau, but it warms my heart to know I have the support of the public.

Pay attention this upcoming Thursday, April 4th. Backbone is putting on a state wide Rally to Stop the Oil Wealth Giveaway and is asking Alaskans to show their support for getting a fair return for Alaska’s oil resources. If you want to stand up for Alaska, scroll to the bottom of the newsletter for further details about the rally.

Thank you,

Harriet Drummond[signed]

Is Harriet a Wizard? Click the picture to find out!
Is Harriet a Wizard? Click the picture to find out!

Rally Against the Oil Giveaway

WHEN: April 4, 2013 at noon.

WHERE: Juneau: On the Capitol steps

Anchorage: At the Legislative Information Office
716 W 4th Avenue

Fairbanks: Veterans’ Memorial Park
700 Cushman Street

Statewide on Facebook: Please share photos of Alaskans protesting the giveaway and tearing up the governor’s giveaway check on the Backbone Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AKbackbone

For more information, please contact Malcolm Roberts at (907) 444-9311.

PFD Application Deadline Coming on Sunday, March 31st

It’s that time of year again and the deadline is coming up very soon I just wanted to remind you to apply for your PFD and that the deadline is March 31! You can go to http://www.pfd.state.ak.us/ to start the process. Don’t forget to Pick. Click. Give. while you’re there.