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  • Reality Check w/ John Tracy

    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. […]

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

    by John Tracy on Dec 22, 15:54

    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

    by John Tracy on Dec 15, 17:37

    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?

    by John Tracy on Dec 08, 17:11

    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?

    by John Tracy on Dec 01, 17:25

    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

    by John Tracy on Nov 17, 15:43

    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

    by John Tracy on Nov 10, 17:49

    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?

    by John Tracy on Nov 03, 17:05

    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?

    by John Tracy on Oct 27, 16:57

    The residents of Utqiaġvik have about four more weeks of sunrises until the sun disappears for another winter. Utqiaġvik 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

    by John Tracy on Oct 20, 16:26

    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

    by John Tracy on Oct 13, 16:30

    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?

    by John Tracy on Oct 06, 16:20

    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

    by John Tracy on Sep 29, 17:33

    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

    by John Tracy on Sep 15, 16:47

    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’

    by John Tracy on Sep 08, 15:26

    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

    by John Tracy on Sep 01, 17:14

    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

    by John Tracy on Aug 25, 15:27

    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

    by John Tracy on Aug 18, 15:51

    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 […]