Serving the people of Southeast Alaska

About Pat Watt

Pat Watt has been a LWV member (on and off) for almost 50 years. She is currently Chair of the LWVJ Communications Committee, and Chairs the Website Subcommittee.

Tracking and Impacting AK Legislation

This post is the first in a series designed to give readers a few tools to begin becoming effective advocates for policy direction at the local, federal, and state level. This post focuses on the state level. Generally, the process boils down to a few stages. However, the details of each process at the local, state, and federal level [...]

2020-07-09T17:10:02-08:00Advocacy, Archive, Member Info|

Democracy Requires Transparency

The recent election has raised the issue of transparency in government to a high priority. What is government transparency – and why does it matter? Transparency measures the amount of openness, accountability, and integrity of a government entity. Without transparency, corruption can easily, and usually will, flourish.  “Governments exist to serve the people. Information on [...]

2020-07-09T17:10:13-08:00Advocacy, Archive, Corruption|

Soccer Moms Attend First LWV Meeting

This Post was contributed by LWVJ member Pat Watt The LWV Juneau Board has come up with different ways to engage potential members and educate members and the public. Over the past two years we have undertaken several new initiatives. Our second Downtown Lunch and Learn will be held on Wednesday, December 14th, from noon to 1:00pm [...]

Capitol Visits: A Civics Education Initiative

This post is contributed by LWVJ member Marjorie Menzi. During January-March of 2016, five members of the Juneau LWV introduced 365 students in our school system, and their teachers,  to the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of Alaska’s governmental system. The instructors all had previous teaching experience related to state government. The Program included: A tour of [...]

2020-07-09T17:13:03-08:00Archive, Program Update|

We Have a New Website!

Welcome to the new LWVJ website! We hope this expands accessibility to information about the LWV and makes it easier to find what you are looking for.  We built this website to ensure that all members can keep up-to-date with LWVJ happenings, and to provide non-members with a full understanding of what the LWV is [...]

2020-07-06T15:24:53-08:00Archive|

It Takes a Community to Make and Keep a Democracy 

This post is contributed by LWVJ member LaRae Jones. Various scholars and social scientists remind us that our middle class is eroding, along with our roads, our bridges, harbors, and – most alarmingly – schools. Some see the solution in renewed isolationism that reduces the huge budget drain of foreign wars and arms races. The more [...]

2020-07-09T17:13:32-08:00Archive, Empire My Turn|

Redistricting

This post is contributed by LWVJ member Margo Waring. The Alaska Constitution requires that the State redraw the lines of legislative districts every ten years, using census data to ensure that each legislative district has the same number of residents as every other district. Each time that redistricting occurs, there is great concern that minorities could [...]

2020-07-09T17:13:42-08:00Archive, Empire My Turn|

Things To Do To Make Democracy Work

This post is contributed by LWVJ member Ann Fuller. Let’s make democracy work by improving civics education in our schools and community.  Our future well-being depends on people sensibly cooperating for effective action and engaging in open debate.  Helping students learn to think critically, monitoring school programs,  and including young people in practical democracy are important [...]

2020-07-09T17:14:01-08:00Archive, Empire My Turn|

Non-Partisanship in Local Elections

This post is contributed by LWVJ member Pat Watt. Our Assembly and School Board members are elected on a nonpartisan basis. Why is that – and does it matter? State statutes require Alaska’s local governments to adopt rules for conducting local elections - but allow them plenty of flexibility about how they conduct those elections. Juneau’s [...]

2020-07-09T17:14:12-08:00Archive, Empire My Turn|

Citizen Responsibility

This post is contributed by LWVJ member Judy Andree. Freedom, patriotism, the Bill of Rights, the Founding Fathers — all rallying cries when talking about politics in the USA. But we don’t hear much talk about our responsibilities as citizens in a free society. Every freedom we enjoy comes with citizen responsibilities.  Here are three points [...]

2020-07-09T17:14:24-08:00Archive, Empire My Turn|

Photo ID Not Required

This post is contributed by LWVJ member Chris Niemi. While listening to the radio the day before our primary election, a KINY radio announcer said that picture ID was required to vote.  Shocked, I called the radio station and was told that photo ID would “speed up the process”.  The announcer misinformed the public at least [...]

2020-07-09T17:14:34-08:00Archive, Empire My Turn|

What’s A Girl To Do?

This post is contributed by LWVJ member carolyn Brown. When I was a kid in early years of learning the saga of U.S. history, I had trouble understanding the meaning, relationship and difference between the words ”suffrage” and “suffering.” They sounded alike to me. Now, these several years later, I find myself similarly troubled to understand [...]

2020-07-09T17:14:42-08:00Archive, Empire My Turn|
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