The Juneau Chamber of Commerce issued a statement Friday distancing itself from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s political advertisements in Alaska.
The statement says:
“The Juneau Chamber of Commerce is independent from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and has no affiliation with its political ads. We do not endorse candidates, nor do we contribute to the U.S. Chamber’s election related activities.”
It was signed by Juneau Chamber President Max Mertz.
The U.S. Chamber has been running television attack ads in Alaska targeting incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Begich and supporting Republican candidate Dan Sullivan.
The Juneau Chamber’s message follows a similar recent statement by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.
- It aims to preserve Alaska Native culture by giving tribes and tribal organizations the ability to oversee local child welfare problems, rather than social workers coming in from outside their communities. That often results in children being removed from their communities.
- Dressed in full Gwich’in regalia, Potts recounted growing up in a modest dirt-floor hunting cabin in Eagle, losing someone close to suicide, and taking the conventions theme of strength in unity to get back to enjoying life again.
- The Juneau School District wants to consolidate its two high school football programs and cheer squads. Superintendent Dr. Mark Miller said at a press conference Thursday afternoon that the decision to send a formal request to the Alaska School Activities Association has been two years in the making.
- Three helmets, two hats, a headdress and a beaded shirt are from as far back as the 1600s to about 1890. They will be stored through the National Park Service, with access being granted to the Tlingit clans.