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News Roundup: February 19, 2016

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Alaska news

The current legislative session is supposedly all about the budget, so naturally the majority is prioritizing a bill that would force the University of Alaska to allow open carry of firearms on campus. [Alaska Commons]

As part of its budget cutting measures, the Anchorage School District is considering closing three schools rather than rehabilitating them: Inlet View Elementary, Central Middle School, and Gruening Middle School could be on the chopping block. [KTVA]

The House Resources Committee is pushing back against Gov. Walker’s proposal to reform Alaska’s oil and gas taxes. [Alaska Commons]

Bree Newsome, who became famous for personally removing the confederate flag from the grounds of South Carolina’s state capitol after the racially motivated murder in a church there last year, gave an inspiring speech at the University of Alaska Anchorage this week. [Alaska Commons]

In memoriam

Rep. Max Gruenberg died on Valentine’s Day, and Alaska lost one of its best legislators. [Alaska Commons]

February 16th was Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, our annual reminder that Alaska Native women don’t have time for BS. [Alaska Commons]

This week in Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, age 79, was found dead in his room at a luxury ranch in West Texas. [NPR]

Most of the Republican party in the U.S. Senate has said that they should ignore their constitutional duty to advise and consent to a Supreme Court nominee when President Obama puts one forward. Lisa Murkowski is one of the few Republican senators who thinks she should do her job. [Alaska Dispatch News]

John Boehner revealed that he tried to get Scalia to be Bob Dole’s running mate in 1996. [The Hill]

Keeping it classy as always, Donald Trump suggested that Justice Scalia might have been murdered. [The Hill]

Everything else

Former President George W. Bush hit the campaign trail in South Carolina, hoping his self-deprecating jokes might help his brother’s increasingly quixotic campaign for the presidency. [Washington Post]

Pope Francis said that Donald Trump’s espoused views on immigration are incompatible with Christianity. [Al Jazeera]

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that expands the ability of police to circumvent the Fourth Amendment when gathering evidence, which is extra awkward because the judge who cast the deciding vote wasn’t on the court when oral arguments were heard. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

Google now has a division called Jigsaw dedicated to leveraging technology to address “the toughest geopolitical challenges,” led by a former U.S. State Dept. official. China and Russia are gonna love this. [Pando]

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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