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  • Reality Check w/ John Tracy

    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. […]

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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 […]