Reality Check: Remembering Sen. John McCain

Reality Check: Remembering Sen. John McCain

In this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy remembers the Arizona senator and his relationships with and influence on Alaskans.

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Reality Check: All the president’s mayhem

Reality Check: All the president’s mayhem

In this week’s Reality Check John Tracy examines the fallout from Michael Cohen’s guilty plea and wonders if the President is playing the long game.

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Reality Check: Baked Alaskans?

Reality Check: Baked Alaskans?

In this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy examines why Alaska’s marijuana industry is blossoming.

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Reality Check: Are you an optimist?

Reality Check: Are you an optimist?

John Tracy is. But it might take more than optimism to convince him that an economic recovery is underway.

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Reality Check: What stolen guns?

Reality Check: What stolen guns?

In this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy questions the penalty faced by two men caught with six stolen guns after a wild night of target practice.

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Reality Check: What the Helsinki?

Reality Check: What the Helsinki?

In this week’s Reality Check John Tracy weighs in on the President’s controversial press conference, but is more concerned about what the President might have said in private.

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Reality Check: What will Lisa do?

Reality Check: What will Lisa do?

Senator Lisa Murkowski is considered a swing vote in the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. John Tracy says anyone who thinks they can predict how Murkowski will vote needs a Reality Check.

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Reality Check: Trading tariffs and insults: America's at war with itself

Reality Check: Trading tariffs and insults: America's at war with itself

In this week’s Reality Check John Tracy examines the impacts of the trade and culture wars America is inflicting on itself. He’s calling for a ceasefire.

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Reality Check: Zero tolerance for zero tolerance or God wants kids in cages!

Reality Check: Zero tolerance for zero tolerance or God wants kids in cages!

In this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy looks back at the lengths the Trump Administration went to justify separating families at the border.

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Reality Check: A tale of two summits

Reality Check: A tale of two summits

In this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy looks at a confusing week in U.S. diplomacy, and he has trust issues. 

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Reality Check: Separating families with new immigration policy

Reality Check: Separating families with new immigration policy

The Trump administration has a new strategy to discourage illegal immigrants from crossing the border.

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Reality Check: Should media stop using the names of school gunmen?

Reality Check: Should media stop using the names of school gunmen?

In this week's Reality Check, John Tracy examines when the media withholds information and why.

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Reality Check: When journalists become part of the story

Reality Check: When journalists become part of the story

In this week’s Reality Check John Tracy weighs in on the decision by a KTVA TV crew to put themselves between an angry moose and a fallen cyclist.

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Reality Check: It’s possible! Lawmakers finish under deadline

Reality Check: It’s possible! Lawmakers finish under deadline

In this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy looks at the reasons lawmakers finished their work on time and managed to avoid highly partisan battles.

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Reality Check: Alaska profits from nonprofits

Reality Check: Alaska profits from nonprofits

In this week's Reality Check, John Tracy discovers the surprising economic impact of Alaska's nonprofit community.

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Reality Check: Politics and pandering in the Legislature

Reality Check: Politics and pandering in the Legislature

In this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy puts this year’s session in perspective, from how the dividend was determined to the apparent end of budget cutting.

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Reality Check: Taxis versus technology

Reality Check: Taxis versus technology

In this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy looks at the challenges facing Anchorage’s taxi industry and their biggest threat: technology.

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Reality Check: Voters define what kind of city we live in

Reality Check: Voters define what kind of city we live in

In this week’s Reality Check John Tracy says voters demonstrate what they’re willing to invest to make Anchorage a livable city.

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Reality Check: LeDoux, Part Deux

Reality Check: LeDoux, Part Deux

In this week’s Reality Check John Tracy looks at an Anchorage lawmaker’s ongoing roadblock of a popular public health bill.

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Reality Check: Will voting by mail deliver for Anchorage?

Reality Check: Will voting by mail deliver for Anchorage?

Today is election day in Anchorage. So is tomorrow, and every day until April 3. That sounds a little strange to us, but if you’re a registered voter in the municipality you will soon receive your ballot in the mail-- if you haven’t already.

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Reality Check: The end of mankind?

Reality Check: The end of mankind?

In this week’s Reality Check John Tracy ponders the consequences of the disappearing Y chromosome.

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Reality Check: Who should the NRA fear more, Trump or teens?

Reality Check: Who should the NRA fear more, Trump or teens?

In this week’s Reality Check John Tracy looks at the gun reform debate started by Florida teens, and why they’re making a difference.

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Reality Check: The battle for Senate seat E finally ends

Reality Check: The battle for Senate seat E finally ends

In this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy takes a closer look at the messy process to fill the seat of Former Senator Mike Dunleavy.

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Reality Check: A military parade is out of step with American values

Reality Check: A military parade is out of step with American values

In this week’s Reality Check John Tracy looks at the President’s desire for a military parade, and questions who it’s intended to honor.

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Reality Check: Get out of jail free!

Reality Check: Get out of jail free!

In this week’s Reality Check John Tracy looks at a courtroom loophole that looks the other way at out-of-state felons. 

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Reality Check: 'Build the wall! Build the wall!'

Reality Check: 'Build the wall! Build the wall!'

In this week’s Reality Check John Tracy says Congress should approve the border wall knowing it may never be completed.

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Reality Check: Alaskans ignore the economic tsunami at their peril

Reality Check: Alaskans ignore the economic tsunami at their peril

In this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy says that Alaska’s refusal to balance its budget is taking a toll on businesses and property values.

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The day an Alaskan held the White House accountable

The day an Alaskan held the White House accountable

“The Post” recounts The Washington Post’s decision to publish the Pentagon Papers. In this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy tells the rest of the story: how Alaska Senator Mike Gravel stood up to his colleagues and the White House. 

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Reality Check: Oprah Winfrey for president? How Sarah Palin paved the way

Reality Check: Oprah Winfrey for president? How Sarah Palin paved the way

In this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy says Oprah Winfrey has the one quality that Americans value the most.

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'John Tracy is an idiot!!'

'John Tracy is an idiot!!'

In this special edition of Reality Check, John's family reads some of the more heartwarming comments from viewers.

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Reality Check: The war on Christmas: Fact or fiction?

Reality Check: The war on Christmas: Fact or fiction?

This is my favorite time of year. It's a time for holiday traditions like eggnog, family gatherings, and of course, the war on Christmas.

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Reality Check: How Roy Moore survived charges of sexual misconduct to lead Senate race

Reality Check: How Roy Moore survived charges of sexual misconduct to lead Senate race

By this time next week, there’s a very good chance, that Alabama will be represented in the U.S Senate by Judge Roy Moore.

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Reality Check: Are teens ready to learn at 7:30 a.m.?

Reality Check: Are teens ready to learn at 7:30 a.m.?

The Anchorage School District is considering changing high school start times back to 8:30 am. In this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy says there are plenty of reasons to give teens that extra hour of sleep.

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Reality Check: When the math doesn't add up for Alaska

Reality Check: When the math doesn't add up for Alaska

In this week's Reality Check, John Tracy says some lawmakers are using fuzzy math to avoid making hard decisions.

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Reality Check: Alaska gives President Trump the cold shoulder on climate change

Reality Check: Alaska gives President Trump the cold shoulder on climate change

In this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy says it's time Alaska take climate change more seriously than the White House.

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Reality Check: What do Alaska LNG plan, Iran nuclear deal have in common

Reality Check: What do Alaska LNG plan, Iran nuclear deal have in common

In this week's Reality Check, John Tracy discovers that Iran's differences with President Trump are the same differences Rex Tillerson had with Governor Bill Walker just two years ago.

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Reality Check: When journalism makes a difference

Reality Check: When journalism makes a difference

In this week's Reality Check, John Tracy looks at the 60 Minutes/Washington Post investigation into how America became flooded with prescription opioids and says the Trump Administration has a chance to succeed where the Obama administration failed.

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Reality Check: SB 91 puts budget cuts before public safety

Reality Check: SB 91 puts budget cuts before public safety

In this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy examines how a bill with all the best intentions ended up being hated by the people it was meant to protect.

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The governor’s wage tax is not the worst idea

The governor’s wage tax is not the worst idea

In this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy takes a closer look at Governor Walker’s proposed wage tax, and why the legislature should give it a fair hearing.

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What can Alaska learn from Seattle?

What can Alaska learn from Seattle?

In this week’s Reality Check John Tracy says Alaska can learn a thing or two about economic survival from the Emerald City.

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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Why the Alaska State Fair is going smoke-free

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Why the Alaska State Fair is going smoke-free

Recently, the Alaska State Fair announced that this year the event is going smoke-free. No tobacco, pot or e-cigarettes will be allowed at the Palmer Fairgrounds. The policy was adopted by fair management with the approval of the Board of Directors. In the interest of total disclosure, I have been on the board for more […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Does Stacey Graham deserve reduced sentence?

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Does Stacey Graham deserve reduced sentence?

Stacey Graham is appealing his sentence for killing two teen girls in a drunk driving accident.

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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Sen. McCain calls for bipartisanship, but is Washington listening?

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Sen. McCain calls for bipartisanship, but is Washington listening?

There must be something about facing your own mortality, that provides a bit of clarity on the value of your life’s work. I think that’s what we were seeing on Tuesday when Senator John McCain cast the deciding vote on advancing his party’s healthcare bill and then proceeded to take his colleagues to the woodshed […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Murkowski holds out on Obamacare repeal

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Murkowski holds out on Obamacare repeal

This was a good week for Senator Lisa Murkowski. First, she did not have to take the blame for killing the Senate’s healthcare bill. She stayed on the fence until four of her fellow Republicans announced they would vote no if it came to the floor. Even after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to buy her […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Got a passport? Alaska’s Real ID extensions are about to expire.

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.

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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Mother's Day

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.

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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Indigenous Peoples Day

Come next October Alaska will not be recognizing Columbus Day, but rather the real first Americans.

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

The irony of the president’s relationship with the press is that the disdain they share for each other is equaled only by the need for attention they crave from each other.

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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Will Sen. Dan Sullivan protect Alaskans' health care?

When it comes to his vote on healthcare, for whose side will the good soldier fight?

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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Is it time to turn off water at Mile 109?

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Is it time to turn off water at Mile 109?

If you’re lucky enough to live in this part of Alaska, you know a couple of things about the drive on Turnagain Arm: if you’re here very early in the morning, you’re likely to get a close encounter with Dahl sheep. And, if you’re thirsty, you’ll find a popular watering hole at mile 109. It’s a […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Indigenous Peoples Day

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Indigenous Peoples Day

I hope you enjoyed your Fourth of July holiday. Of all the holidays we Americans celebrate, the meaning behind Independence Day is pretty clear. Less clear, is the reason we recognize Columbus Day. Governor Bill Walker recently signed legislation replacing Columbus Day in Alaska with Indigenous Peoples Day, joining South Dakota in recognizing the contributions […]
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Will Murkowski and Sullivan live up to the promises they made on the health care bill?

Will Murkowski and Sullivan live up to the promises they made on the health care bill?

In this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy explains why the vote on health care could have a big impact on Alaskans, and the politicians who approve it. In the 2014 election, Mark Begich was one of the several Democratic Senators portrayed as the final vote that inflicted Obamacare on America. It was a factor in […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Drug disclaimers

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Drug disclaimers

If you watch a lot of television, they are hard to ignore. Those ads for prescription medicine that spend more time telling you about the side-effects, than the drug’s benefits. On this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy gives a reality check on the side effects of those TV ads. John’s opinions are his own, and […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Motorists or cyclists? Who’s King of the Road?

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Motorists or cyclists? Who’s King of the Road?

Summer is here and with it comes bike season in Anchorage. With so many people outside enjoying the sun and so much construction, motorists and cyclists are being asked to be patient and share the road. On this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy educates John Tracy on how each of them can best share the road. […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Will Sen. Dan Sullivan protect Alaskans’ health care?

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Will Sen. Dan Sullivan protect Alaskans’ health care?

The so-called American Health Care Act passed by the U.S. House last month will not be the bill that passes through the Senate. The Obamacare replacement, as written by the House, would cost Alaskans more than anyone else in the country. Thousands of Alaskans who are forced to buy coverage on the exchange market would […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: When does fake news stop being fake news?

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

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

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Mother’s Day

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.

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

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

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

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

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Education funding

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

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

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

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: US Senate goes nuclear

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?

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The audacity of Obama

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

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: That was so 2016

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. […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Is Santa from Siberia?

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Is Santa from Siberia?

In 1897, 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote the New York Sun a letter, asking simply, “Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?” Almost a hundred years after Virginia’s letter, I had the privilege as a journalist to travel around the Arctic Circle as part of a circumpolar outreach. We visited 14 Arctic cities […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Tennys Owens made Anchorage her canvas

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Tennys Owens made Anchorage her canvas

Thursday, Anchorage’s premier art gallery Artique closed it’s doors for the last time, after 45 years in business. Artique is the love child of owner Tennys Owens. If the modern history of Anchorage could be painted on canvas, Tennys Owens and her husband, Tom, would be primary colors. The Air Force sent the young couple […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Will you get the remainder of your PFD?

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Will you get the remainder of your PFD?

What are the chances you’ll be seeing the other half of this year’s Alaska Permanent Fund dividend? Recently, an Anchorage superior court judge upheld Gov. Bill Walker’s authority to cut this year’s dividend in half by exercising his veto power. The lawsuit, challenging Walker’s authority, was filed by Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski. The case is being […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: What is the ‘alt-right’ movement?

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: What is the ‘alt-right’ movement?

I don’t know about you, but I had never heard of the “so-called alt-right” movement until the last election. But it’s getting a lot of attention these days, so I’ll share what I’ve learned with you. “Alt-right” is shorthand for “alternative right.” The president of the National Policy Institute, 38-year-old Richard Spencer, describes it as […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The problem with fake news and its role on social media

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The problem with fake news and its role on social media

Here’s a piece of news that ought to concern you: A Pew Research Center survey, reported earlier this year, found that 44 percent of U.S. adults now get their news from Facebook. Facebook works great as a way to keep up with friends and family, but it fails miserably as a news source. Why? Because Facebook […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Campaign 2016 takeaways

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Campaign 2016 takeaways

What did Americans learn from Tuesday’s election. For what it’s worth, here are some of my top takeaways. Donald Trump is the greatest salesman of our time — and that’s a compliment. To succeed at sales you have to believe in the product, and Trump never wavered in his belief that he alone could pull […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Voter fraud — fact or fiction?

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Voter fraud — fact or fiction?

So, have you heard the latest? Billionaire George Soros, a huge Hillary Clinton supporter, owns voting machines in 16 states. It’s all over the internet. Word is that Soros owns Smartmatic voting machines, providing proof that this presidential election is rigged and that voter fraud is real. The threat of voter fraud looms large over […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: What’s in a name?

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: What’s in a name?

The residents of Utqiagvik have about four more weeks of sunrises until the sun disappears for another winter. Utqiagvik is the Inupiat name for Barrow and, as voters recently decided, will be the official name of Alaska’s northernmost village. The vote was close — passage came by just six votes. Many of those opposed to the […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: It’s time Anchorage gets excited about Uber

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: It’s time Anchorage gets excited about Uber

On a recent trip outside Alaska, I decided to find out what all the fuss was about concerning the ride sharing company Uber. I’m not the most technically savvy guy, but even without the help of my teenager, I downloaded the app and reluctantly gave Uber my credit card number. When I arrived at the […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The Republican dumping of Trump

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The Republican dumping of Trump

I haven’t weighed in on the presidential race over the past year for a couple of reasons. First of all, I find it hard to believe that anybody is undecided in this election, nor do I believe that I, nor KTVA should start endorsing candidates. But to ignore the events of the last week and […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Avenging angel or tormented criminal?

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Avenging angel or tormented criminal?

One of the great things about social media is the ability to post an opinion. What you learn when you read comments after a story online is that those opinions can be downright frightening. Case in point is the story of Jason Vukovich, the self-described avenging angel, charged with barging into the homes of three […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: You shouldn’t blame Walker for half of a PFD

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: You shouldn’t blame Walker for half of a PFD

On Friday, we found out that this year’s dividend will be $1,022 instead of $2,052. All because Governor Bill Walker unilaterally cut the dividend in half, keeping nearly $700 million in the earnings reserve. Walker says that money might be needed for future dividends or for state spending after we’ve blown through our savings, which we’re […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: A star-spangled debate

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: A star-spangled debate

If you’re going to play quarterback in the National Football League, you’re going to have to be prepared for the occasional blitz. Who knows if San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick was prepared for the fallout from his decision to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem. Kaepernick says his protest is meant to […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Why Ted Sadtler is ‘my favorite dancer’

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Why Ted Sadtler is ‘my favorite dancer’

Quick, name your favorite dancer. Baryshnikov? Michael Jackson? Beyonce? Let me add one more name to the list — Ted Sadtler. What Sadtler lacks in style, he more than makes up for with enthusiasm. Sadtler says the dance opens the door. It’s his calling card. And yes, he’s used the calling card to sell a lot of […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: A politician’s letters speak volumes

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: A politician’s letters speak volumes

I don’t know Rep. Cathy Munoz. If I were to judge her based upon what has been written and said about her over the past week, you would think it best to give her a one-way ticket south on the Alaska ferry. The Juneau Republican created a firestorm after writing a letter to a judge, […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Incumbents beware

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Incumbents beware

I’ve been watching Alaska elections for the past 30 years, and based on that experience I made a really bad prediction. I said Alaska incumbents have pretty solid job security. Well, the Alaska primary taught me a pretty humbling lesson. Six incumbents were defeated by opponents, and a seventh is trailing by 3 votes. What each […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: City, media need to work together to solve scanner issue

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: City, media need to work together to solve scanner issue

I’ve been reading with interest the response to the Municipality of Anchorage’s decision to encrypt its police and fire scanners. As usual, the debate has been twisted out of context and boiled down to a basic, but misleading question: Does the public’s right to know supersede a police officer’s right to safety? If that were […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Alaska primary will change little in Juneau

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Alaska primary will change little in Juneau

Next week residents will head to the polls to cast ballots in the Alaska primary. The state primary has never attracted the kind of attention of Pokemon Go. Since 2002 only one in three registered voters, in Alaska, on average cast a primary ballot. But for thousands of Alaska voters, if you don’t vote in the primary, […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The aftermath of the nation party conventions

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The aftermath of the nation party conventions

I’ve been pre-empted the past couple of weeks by the national party conventions. Out of an abiding commitment to you, I forced myself to watch both of them over the eight nights of combined coverage. The parties gave us two distinct visions of America. For Republicans, the message was that America’s best days are behind us […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Whether black or blue, life matters

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Whether black or blue, life matters

Something important happened last Friday, that made me proud to call Anchorage my home. Several hundred Alaskans came together in Midtown for a peaceful demonstration. A demonstration that showed a couple of things. One, that the killing of two black men at the hands of police in Louisiana and Minnesota had an impact here in […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Walker isn’t playing games with second special session

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Walker isn’t playing games with second special session

You can’t say Gov. Bill Walker is being wishy-washy about the state’s fiscal dilemma. By calling a second special session he’s sending a strong signal to lawmakers that he expects them to finish their current job before asking for voters to give them another turn. To be fair to lawmakers, the state Senate considered Walker’s […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Can the US learn from Brexit?

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Can the US learn from Brexit?

Voters in Britain are now reacting to their decision to divorce the European Union much like one does the morning after a bender. Similar to a hangover, they’re now coming to grips with the aftermath of a decision that felt good at the time, but resulted in a massive global headache. Unfortunately, the financial impact […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Everyone sees your mistakes in journalism

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Everyone sees your mistakes in journalism

Imagine if everyone had a chance to witness every mistake you’ve made on your job. Journalism is like that. Over 23 years on the air, I made more than my share of mistakes. Probably the worst was when we ran a breaking story about the untimely death of an Anchorage assemblyman. I apologize to Larry […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Is it finally time to ban assault weapons?

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Is it finally time to ban assault weapons?

Every time there’s a mass shooting in this country, the shock is a little less, the fallout a little shorter, and the reaction from politicians and the media is all too predictable. The president will condemn the shooting and offer thoughts and prayers, and the pundits on both sides of the political spectrum will retreat […]
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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Remembering Muhammad Ali

Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Remembering Muhammad Ali

My first memory of Muhammad Ali was his 1964 title fight against Sonny Liston. I was 6 years old and Ali was still known by his birth name, Cassius Clay. It was the fight in which the boxer exclaimed he’d, “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” While I don’t remember the fight, I […]
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