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News Roundup: March 18, 2016

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Alaska News

The Alaska Senate passed a budget full of cuts and no new revenues, but opposition by members of the House Minority may mean another year of legislative gridlock. [Alaska Commons]

The Alaska House is considering a bill that would expand the definition of “navigable waters,” in an attempt to wrest control of some waterways from the federal government. [Alaska Commons]

A vacant lot in downtown Anchorage will turn into a food truck paradise this summer. [Alaska Dispatch News]

The Feds

U.S. House Republicans released their 2017 budget proposal, featuring a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and major cuts to the EPA, Medicare, and the Commerce Department, while increasing military spending by $89 billion. However, the budget is opposed by conservative Republicans, so it’s unlikely to go anywhere. [The Hill]

President Obama nominated centrist appellate court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. However, fulfilling constitutional duties is opposed by conservative Republicans, so it’s unlikely to go anywhere. [New York Times]

Mexicans are responding to Donald Trump’s racism by making him into a piñata and smashing his face in. [Al Jazeera]

The Economist magazine listed a Trump presidency as one of the 10 greatest global threats we currently face. [The Hill]

Everything Else

Michigan’s “rape insurance” law went into effect this week, banning health insurers from covering abortion under any circumstances under standard insurance plans. Some insurers will offer coverage (known as a “rider”) for an additional fee, but these riders will only be available for employer-sponsored plans – not on the individual market. [Huffington Post]

The Vermont Senate passed a bill that would ban so-called “therapeutic” attempts to change the sexual orientation of minors, defining the practice as professional misconduct. [Boston.com]

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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