The race won’t affect the balance of power on the assembly, but that’s not the point.
With reports of rising harassment, threats and physical attacks on health care workers fueled by the very conspiracy theories Bronson has repeated and legitimized with his office in recent weeks, he now claims there’s some very fine people on both sides.
The mask mandate goes into effect immediately, but contains several exemptions like for young children, religious gatherings and Bronson’s executive team.
Things are set to get back on track this week.
It’s unclear when the Anchorage Assembly will finally reach a vote on its proposed mask mandate thanks to an outbreak of covid-19 among Bronson’s administration, but when it does it will almost assuredly have a veto-proof supermajority.
The Bronson administration and its allies have been using the hearings to rile up anti-mask and anti-science testimony over the course of the last two weeks.
“To hell with politics, just do what’s right for Fairbanks.”
We talked with Travis Neff about his fiery testimony from Monday night’s hearing that put Bronson and his allies on blast for encouraging and supporting a “plagued arena of science-denying bullies.”
The outrage and anger targeting the Anchorage Assembly—who Bronson sees as his primary political opponents—is far too valuable.
An innocuous-looking alert breaks all sorts of laws and norms. It also happens to be promoting the recall election against one of Bronson’s biggest opponents on the Assembly.