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  • Reality Check w/ John Tracy

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: When does fake news stop being fake news?

    by John Tracy on May 18, 17:37

    It’s long past time to drop the term fake news when it comes to covering the White House. Without the mainstream media, we would not have learned President Trump was thinking of the FBI investigation into his campaign’s connections to Russia when he decided to fire FBI director James Comey. And we would not have […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Mother’s Day

    by John Tracy on May 11, 21:09

    This Sunday is Mother’s Day. The one day of the year that we’re supposed to recognize moms for taking care of us every other day of the year. Father’s Day is easy. Get dad anything that requires batteries or safety glasses and you’re good. But, if you’re like me, you never know what to get “her”. […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Got a passport? Alaska’s Real ID extensions are about to expire.

    by John Tracy on May 04, 18:23

    You’ve no doubt heard a lot of the debate over Real ID, but chances are you haven’t thought that much about how it could affect you. Simply put, the real ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005. It was part of the recommendations of the 911 Commission. The intent was to establish uniform security standards […]

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    Reality check w/ John Tracy: Grading Trump’s first 100 days in office

    by John Tracy on Apr 27, 16:57

    The press is fixated this week on grading Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. The grade depends on exactly what you’re grading the president on. First, by objective standards, the president has signed 28 bills into law — far more than his two predecessors, and more than Bill Clinton. He’s also signed more executive […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Education funding

    by John Tracy on Apr 20, 21:29

    Who says the state Senate can’t come together and find fiscal solutions? Last Friday, the Senate on a 19 to 1 vote approved what amounts to a raffle to help fund education. Like the Pick, Click, Give program, you could buy a $100 raffle ticket by checking it off your PFD application, and you could gamble […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Pioneer Homes are pawns in the battle over budget cuts

    by John Tracy on Apr 13, 16:46

    State lawmakers shook up Alaska pioneers this week, threatening to toss them out of the Pioneer Homes in Juneau and Palmer. The hubbub demonstrates what happens when your public policy becomes a public relations nightmare. The Senate last week approved a 10 percent budget cut, nearly $6 million to the State’s Pioneer Homes Division. The […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: US Senate goes nuclear

    by John Tracy on Apr 06, 18:26

    Any hope you may have had that members of Congress can put their country before their party is about to be blown apart by the so-called “nuclear option”. The floor of the House of Representatives has long reflected the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones. An unruly mass of ideologues who measure success, not so much […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Can America be run like a business?

    by John Tracy on Mar 30, 18:13

    It’s about time we had a businessman in the White House. Remember that? It’s why a lot of blue-collar workers voted for Donald Trump. He was going to drain the swamp. Obamacare would be repealed starting the day he took office. “You’re going to have such great health care at a tiny fraction of the […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: To vote or not to vote

    by John Tracy on Mar 23, 18:31

    So, here’s a question for you. Do you know who’s running for Anchorage Assembly in your area? Chances are you don’t. Don’t feel bad about that. I have to confess that up until I started writing this commentary, I didn’t know the candidates in my area either, and the election is just 12 days away. […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Have the Seaveys created an Iditarod dynasty?

    by John Tracy on Mar 16, 18:30

    The term dynasty is bestowed too easily in the world of sports. To claim a dynasty, a team or an individual has to prove their dominance over an extended period of time. Which is why I think it’s time to consider the word dynasty when describing the Seaveys and how they continue to dominate the Last […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Lawmakers are finding common ground on budget deficit

    by John Tracy on Mar 09, 18:42

    It’s often difficult to see progress, but it’s worth recognizing it when it happens. Believe it or not, lawmakers in Juneau are beginning to find some common ground in their efforts to close Alaska’s $3 billion budget gap. And that’s worth noting. First and foremost, a restructuring of the Permanent Fund, and making it’s earnings […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: It’s time for transparency on health care costs

    by John Tracy on Mar 02, 17:07

    I used to work as a salesman for a big name music store in Seattle. It’s the kind of job you take between gigs as a semi-working musician. If you came in to buy a guitar or a drum set from me, we were instructed not to give you the sticker price, but rather, find […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The uncivil war over the Confederate flag

    by John Tracy on Feb 23, 15:58

    You know the saying; a picture is worth a thousand words. The use of symbols is possibly worth a thousand times more. Recently, a group of kids from Chugiak High School got in hot water for posting a photo of themselves posing with a confederate battle flag. The photo made the rounds on social media […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Let’s talk about climate change

    by John Tracy on Feb 09, 18:19

    Imagine what it must have been like to have been a dinosaur. Lords of their universe. Top of the food chain. They were going to live forever, only to be taken out by a glitch in the system called global climate change. It’s little more than hubris to think that we humans will be around […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Will Congress meet Trump’s promises on Obamacare?

    by John Tracy on Feb 02, 17:36

    You can always tell where people stand, depending on if they refer to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare. Thousands of Alaskans are insured for the first time thanks to the ACA. Thousands of others hate Obamacare. Individual health plans are the most expensive in the country and Alaska is down to just one […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Will the refugee ban make us safer?

    by John Tracy on Jan 30, 20:39

    Consider the iPhone. Who could imagine a computer for your pocket? Mine started blowing up on Friday with news of President Donald Trump’s executive order to halt the U.S Refugee Resettlement program until our country’s vetting process is improved. We witnessed the protests across America as we detained refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries, as well as […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Lawmakers will get serious this session

    by John Tracy on Jan 26, 17:13

    I’m an optimist by nature and a cynic by experience. But this year, I’m optimistic the Alaska Legislature will finally take steps to put the state on a sustainable path; optimistic because after blowing through $13 billion of our savings in the last 4 years, there are only two years of funding left in the […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The legitimacy of Donald Trump

    by John Tracy on Jan 19, 16:38

    America will swear in a new commander in chief Friday. The ceremony in Washington, D.C. is intended to demonstrate, once again, that a peaceful transition of power is central to our democracy. However, many members of Congress now say they will boycott the inauguration. When Georgia Rep., and civil rights icon, John Lewis said he […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The audacity of Obama

    by John Tracy on Jan 13, 10:23

    If Tuesday night’s address was his last to the American people, President Barack Obama left on a high note. It was a speech that was as notable for the ideas it expressed, as much for what was left unsaid. What could have been a litany of victories won and excuses for battles lost — surely […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: That was so 2016

    by John Tracy on Dec 29, 17:35

    I thought hard about what to talk about this week. A look back at the top stories of 2016 would be a little depressing in my opinion. We lost icons like Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer and John Glenn. We witnessed the worst mass shooting in the history of America, in the name of Islamic terrorism. […]