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How the Alaska State Legislature took a good idea in need of fine tuning and used it to repeatedly endorse discrimination against LGBT service men, women, and families.

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How the Alaska State Legislature took a good idea in need of fine tuning and used it to repeatedly endorse discrimination against LGBT service men, women, and families.
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An acrimonious exchange last week, between Senators Hollis French and Cathy Giessel, should call into question the legislature's refusal to swear in witnesses.

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An acrimonious exchange last week, between Senators Hollis French and Cathy Giessel, should call into question the legislature's refusal to swear in witnesses.
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Yes. They're back. No. They're not relevant.

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Last night, the House passed Senate Bill 49, defining "Medically Necessary"abortions and throwing big quirks into what is, and who is waging, the "War on Women."

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Last night, the House passed Senate Bill 49, defining "Medically Necessary"abortions and throwing big quirks into what is, and who is waging, the "War on Women."
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Breast milk, test tube vaginas, Pebble Mine, spiders, and Stephen Colbert. It's been a weird week.

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Breast milk, test tube vaginas, Pebble Mine, spiders, and Stephen Colbert. It's been a weird week, but we're here to hold your hand - everything will be okay.
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Tuesday night, the Anchorage Assembly certified this year's election results, swore in the new and returning members, and elected new leadership.

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Tuesday night, the Anchorage Assembly certified this year's election results, swore in the new and returning members, and elected new leadership. Wild ride ahead.
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Even for someone who grew up dreaming about the places that exist off road, Alaska can take some getting used to.

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Even for someone who grew up dreaming about the places that exist off road, Alaska can take some getting used to.
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One doctor described the scene as "organized chaos" as Alaska Mission of Mercy provided dental care to hundreds of Anchorage residents at the Dena'ina last Friday.

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One doctor described the scene as "organized chaos" as Alaska Mission of Mercy provided dental care to hundreds of Anchorage residents at the Dena'ina last Friday.
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From the name, to the characters, to the story arc, and everything in between, "Divergent" feels like a knock-off. John Seiler breaks it down. (Also, Happy Birthday John Seiler!)

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From the name, to the characters, to the story arc, and everything in between, "Divergent" feels like a knock-off.
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Need a buddy? Check out our weekly feature of adoptable pets. Maybe you’ll find a friend to bring home.

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Need a buddy? Check out our weekly feature of adoptable pets and events surrounding pet adoption from across Alaska. Maybe you’ll find a friend to bring home.
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Introduction

In a resolution entitled “You Are Alaska’s Children,” which accompanied the signing of the Alaska State Constitution in 1956, a clear message was passed down to future residents of the 49th state: “We trust you; you are our future. We ask you to take tomorrow and dream; we know that you will see visions we do not see. We are certain that in capturing today for you, you can plan and build.”

We believe that our responsibility as an active citizenry to uphold this charge is faltering – that the dialog surrounding many current issues and events that we face as a community has turned destructive, incurious, and not reflective of the vision our state’s founders put forth for future generations. And we challenge ourselves to do better.

Our goal, as Alaska Commons, is to shed light on local stories and topics left to the dark, where they are often left in silence or labeled bogeymen or taboo. Our challenge will be to explore every relevant side to a story, seeking to understand and reflect the diversity of perspectives, empowering discussion and debate and seeking to avoid the inclination to devolve the views of a dynamic community into a two-bit playground squabble. The pursuit of a story should revolve around the ideas and proposals whenever possible. Every story is strengthened by the weight given to each of its components, but is dually weakened by the assassination of its characters. That acknowledgement will be a structural foundation of our approach to reporting.

Equal in importance is factual information. Every story published by Alaska Commons will provide citations across all mediums – including instances where there are conflicting sources.

We believe that the Golden Rule applies to journalism as it does in all areas of life, and will be a central tenet of our working model. A sense of humor is also not a crime and will never be treated as such (except in cases of puns).

Above all else, we hope to provide a community dialog on myriad issues that demand immediate attention, but many times find only rushed judgement. Our hope is to start conversations rather than end them; to inspire and cultivate analysis and contemplation; to shy away from no story and doggedly pursue every voice, concern, and hope that comprises the community we love.