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Open Meetings group cancels next meeting due to new city limitations on gatherings

The new group called Alaskans for Open Meetings has had to cancel its Tuesday meeting due to the new emergency order from the acting mayor of Anchorage.

Due to the new meeting limits put in place by Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson, the Nov. 10 meeting at Gwennie’s Restaurant in Anchorage was cancelled to protect the restaurant owner from harassment by code enforcers.

Quinn-Davidson has set new emergency rules prohibiting gatherings of more than 15 inside, when no food or beverages are being served, or 10 when food and beverages are being served. This is to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which is now spiking in Alaska.

The group has filed a lawsuit against the Anchorage Assembly for breaking the open meetings laws for several weeks this summer, when the Assembly locked the public out of meetings.

The board of the Alaskans for Open Meetings organization will still be meeting on Tuesday to consider its next move. More about the lawsuit and the organization is at AlaskansforOpenMeetings.com.

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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.

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  • Huh. So political suppression?

    What a surprise, Austin Quinn-Davidson.

    How does that go again???

    Amendment I

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

  • Alaska a Constitution:
    6. Assembly; Petition
    The right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government shall never be abridged.

  • And Austin Quinn Davidson runs lickety Split down the Road with the San Fran transplant Ethan.

  • Scott,you are correct. My question is: where are all the brave American Alaskans willing to gather in spite of the illegal activity and tyranny of our corrupt govt in Los Anchorage?

  • Yeah, seems like the Marxists don’t understand what “abridged” and “shall not” mean. They only understand my way or the highway.

  • Perhaps they could sneak into some shuttered businesses to meet. Plenty of them around now.

  • Just convene the meeting in the valley out of reach of the MOA Mandate squad

  • Seems cowardly, a signal of self-imposed weakness…
    .
    Lost a grand opportunity to ridicule the hyphenated-mayor on national news…
    .
    Thank God this lot weren’t around when our Declaration of Independence needed to be signed… or when our Constitution with that First Amendment thing needed to be ratified.
    .
    Maybe they should re-name themselves “Alaskans for Open Meetings Unless Anchorage’s Hyphenated-Majesty Says No”.
    .
    Oh well, things could change. Even the Cowardly Lion found his moment of courage.

  • Tell the group they can meet out in the Valley without any sanctions or problems from the self-anointed mayor of Anchorage. Plenty of great restaurants open for business that will gladly welcome you with open arms. Well worth the drive for you to be able to practice your rights as a U.S. Citizen rather than to be controlled by a dictatorship in Anchorage

  • Have a party for friends… my neighborhood last weekend a Samoan family had a dozen of cars outside home having some sort of party. While the muni leaders can control public gatherings, they can’t really control private parties

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