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News Roundup: January 15, 2016


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The Alaska Supreme Court ruled against Ketchikan in its lawsuit over education funding, preserving our school funding system until the next challenge. [Alaska Commons]

The Rasmuson Foundation and the Rasmuson Family are each donating $12 million to help the Anchorage Museum expand its temporary and permanent collections. [Alaska Public Media]

Anchorage assembly member Jennifer Johnston launched a campaign to run for the House seat being vacated by Mike Hawker. [Alaska Dispatch News]

The legislature released its pre-filed bills, which were fairly unremarkable with the exception of a Kim Davis-inspired bill that could undermine marriage equality and local nondiscrimination laws. [Alaska Commons]

This Week in the Disaster Otherwise Known as the Republican Presidential Race

A new national poll by the Wall Street Journal and NBC found that 65% of Republican primary voters could see themselves supporting the Donald – a massive increase from last spring. (However, Cruz and Rubio are still ranked higher on that question.) [The Hill]

Three young girls performed a Trump-inspired song-and-dance routine at a Pensacola campaign stop, and it’s about as bizarre as you’d expect. [The Hill]

Marco Rubio released a campaign ad calling Jeb Bush “desperate” and promising to make life as difficult as possible for people looking to immigrate to this country. [The Hill]

Everything Else

This week marks National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, and we’ve got some answers for you to share with your closest feline companion(s). [Alaska Commons]

Residents of Whitesboro, New York overwhelmingly voted to keep their village logo, which shows a white man choking a red-skinned Oneida Indian. The village claims the logo actually depicts a legendary wrestling match. [CBS]

Lego changed its bulk-buying policy after a controversy resulting from its decision not to sell bricks to Chinese artist Ai Weiwei for a political art installation. Ai accused Lego of censorship linked to its financial interests in China. [BBC]

The US Supreme Court ruled that Florida’s death penalty sentencing system is unconstitutional. [KTOO]

is an activist, educator, and lifelong Alaskan who makes nonprofit education and advocacy programs work better. Tonei is a four-time Pride Foundation Scholar and received the 2011 Richard L. Schlegel Legion of Honor Award for Emerging LGBT Activist. They have been featured on National Public Radio, and received a 2008 Alaska Press Club award for Best Education Reporting while working with the Alaska Teen Media Institute. Tonei holds an MA in Social Justice and Community Development from Loyola University Chicago and a BA in Political Science and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies from American University.

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