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Blogger’s partisan lie about redistricting board member makes it into court, offered as truth to judge by lawyer

A lie told by partisan Alaska blogger writer Matt Buxton has also made its way as factual evidence into the official court record in a case involving the political redistricting of Anchorage.

Eva Gardner, the lawyer offering the same lie as Buxton has now presented it in her brief to Superior Court Judge Thomas Matthews. It appears the blogger and the lawyer have been coordinating, with the Gardner letting the blogger lead with the lie, and then the Gardner repeating it as fact to the judge.

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Buxton, who attacks Must Read Alaska as ones of his main lines of business, wrote in a story this week that a writer for Must Read Alaska had labeled two members of the Alaska Redistricting Board “bitches of the first order” in an email to Alaska Redistricting Board member Budd Simpson.

The record unequivocally shows (story below) that the accused MRAK writer made no such statement, and although the Buxton story was picked up by the recently launched partisan blog Alaska Beacon, and by other mainstream media outlets, the lie has now reached even further — into the courts themselves, via a brief filed by the lawyer opposing the redistricting map that places Eagle River and Girdwood into the same Senate district.

Read: Big Oops: Partisan Alaska Beacon passes on lies from partisan blogger

The lawyer promulgating the Buxton lie to Judge Thomas Matthews concluded from the lie that “Member Simpson appears to have been preoccupied by partisan politics and various political parties’ preferences in a way that improperly influenced his vote for Option 3B.”

In other words, Gardner and Buxton made false allegations, allowing Gardner to draw false conclusions:

The Redistricting Board is defending itself against challenges to its final maps for Anchorage, which it adjusted after Democrats filed a lawsuit against the initial Senate districts that the board had drawn.

Every 10 years, the political boundaries change in Alaska, to even out population areas as they are represented by House and Senate members. The current redistricting process began last August and was finalized in November, but lawsuits have prevented the map from being finalized. Only one remaining dispute is before the court, and it involves Anchorage Senate districts that the Democrats are trying to push toward their own interests.

Judge Matthews is expected to rule by Monday, but is working with an argument that uses a partisan blogger as its foundational document, and who has offered up a lie for the purposes of changing the redistricting outcome.

That in itself will open up a line for the Redistricting Board to take the decision to the Supreme Court and expose the coordination between Buxton and the lawyer for the plaintiffs.

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. Knowingly and willfully lying to the court about the facts is grounds for a Bar Complaint, and a review of the fitness of the attorney. Disbar her.

  2. In the relativistic world of the left where truth, facts, honesty, ethics are all subjective and only as important as they can be worked into an agenda, this is just not surprising. The means are only as important as thei effectiveness in achieving the end. What’s a lie if it gets you what you want? This is what we are up against.

  3. They are NOT “bitches of the first order” as that would give some credence unto them…but I will state it, that they act as female canines of the lowest order….

  4. Wow…earth shattering.

    Me, I’m still waiting more on the unqualified ASD superintendent……

    • And this is important because…? Why? Everyone’s a merchant in AK. Got that old-timey corporate schick going on, eh?

  5. All these undereducated lower IQ righties are showing that the Republican war on education has born fruit. They keep labeling Republican tactics and faults as those of “libs.” Poor sad puppies.

    • @WayneShanahan,
      Unlike all the thoroughly brainwashed, overeducated, underdeveloped, single-thought processed, sycophantic, drug-swelled, Marxist-marching, America-hating, Left-wing Democrats who never miss an opportunity to replace the Truth with Fiction and Fantasy.

  6. Every branch of government at all local, state and federal levels has become a private club of the elite who protect each other in their number one priority of stealing as much of the taxpayer’s dollar as possible. It has nothing to do with political parties, only if you’re willing to be a team player with this cesspool of corruption.

    • Which is why everyone is mad at Dunleavy – his whole family including wife Rose work full time except the youngest daughter (still a dependent) so he doesn’t get any help. Check his financial disclosure this year. The legislature would rather stack more billions on his budget, then blame him for it. And forget the PFD he has been fighting for since he was elected. Not as long as Bryce Edgmon controls the House through Stutes. If Dunleavy does get re-elected, which the elites really don’t want, he will be fighting four more years for the PFD and a sustainable government. Wonder how much will get vetoed out? It’s the only real power the governor has, other than appointments.

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