By the time Violet Kaye dreamed up her plan to host a protest rally in Town Square Park on Saturday, the immediate crisis had already been averted. HB178, introduced a day earlier by Rep. David Eastman (R-Wasilla) wasn't going to see the light of day anytime soon for a number of reasons.
One was that the 30-day overtime legislative session called for by Gov. Mike Dunleavy was meant to address the unsolved issue around the state budget and crime laws, expressly not an opportunity to introduce a bill tackling the most contentious social issue of our time.
Secondly, the bill was introduced by Eastman, the designated assclown of the Alaska legislature, who’s never successfully authored a piece of legislation but has been censured by the body for behavior that’s either sexist, racist, or otherwise bigoted — sometimes all at the same time — and embarrassing for the minority caucus in the House.
Thirdly, Alaska’s conservative streak is decidedly more libertarian than Bible-thumping impulses in states like Georgia and Alabama, which have recently passed draconian laws meant to start a judiciary showdown they hope will land in the Supreme Court as a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.
Fourthly, in the blockbuster Hulu series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, Elisabeth Moss’ character Offred tells us as a point of reference that in this dystopian future, the capital city of what little remains of the United States of America is Anchorage, Alaska, perhaps an homage to that libertarian spirit, or, more likely, a recognition of just how far away Anchorage is from the rest of what is to become Gilead.