The Reality Party took another beating in August. Here’s how to up its chances.

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Charles Wohlforth, read on the Anchorage Daily News Alaska took a step toward insolvency and collapse with last month’s primary election. The Big Dividend Party won. Traditionally, Alaska had two major parties, the Republicans and Democrats. Since 2016, however, when the state’s dire financial problems forced reduction of Alaska Permanent Fund dividends, our politics have devolved into a war between …

An initiative proposes to overhaul Alaska’s elections. But not everyone thinks they’re broken.

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By Nathaniel Herz, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage – September 28, 2020Read the full article on Alaska Public Media Last month, a longtime Alaska state senator, John Coghill of North Pole, lost his seat. Coghill came from a longtime Republican family, and over 22 years in the Legislature, he repeatedly pushed socially conservative bills. But his colleagues also came to …

Second complaint alleges Defend Alaska’s Elections violated election law

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ICYMI: Read on The Midnight Sun Posted By: Matt Buxton September 23, 2020 At a state-sponsored initiative hearing on Monday, Scott Kendall and Brett Huber sparred over the mechanics of Ballot Measure 2, a voter initiative that seeks to make several changes to how Alaska’s elections are handled. Though they sparred over the purpose and impact of ranked-choice voting and …

Let’s honor RBG and shine up our precious democracy by Dr. Emily Kane

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We the people can help by voting Yes on 2 on Nov. 3, or as soon as our mail-in ballots arrive The partisan hypocrisy currently on display over the nomination of a lifetime justice to replace the utterly inimitable Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a perfect demonstration of how polarization threatens democracy. I was recently exposed to the collective work of …

LETTER: In support of Ballot Measure 2

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ICYMI: Read this on the Anchorage Press Ballot Measure 2 is about one thing and one thing only: election reform that puts more  power into the hands of voters and excludes the influence of anonymous monied interests and  party elites. In these times of growing tension where political leadership on a national level  believes they deserve the loyalty of their …

Republicans bankroll group opposed to election-reform measure, while Outside groups spend heavily to support it

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Republican-affiliated groups and donors contributed nearly $250,000 to oppose Ballot Measure 2 in early September, while Outside election-reform groups continue to be the main supporters of the proposal, according to campaign finance reports published this month. If approved by voters Nov. 3, Ballot Measure 2 would put state candidates into a combined primary election for each office, and the top …

Why I support Ballot Measure 2 by Daniel Swift of Fairbanks

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ICYMI: Read ‘Why I support Ballot Measure 2’ on the Fairbanks Daily News Miner Ballot Measure 2 has three major provisions. One pertains to the primary election; another is a ranked choice provision that applies to the general election; and another is for financial disclosure. Over the past decade we have seen an increasingly dysfunctional Congress. The current primary system …

Begich and Parnell are mistaken on Ballot Measure 2 by Kimberly Waller

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ICYMI: Read ‘Begich and Parnell are mistaken on Ballot Measure 2’ on the Anchorage Daily News Former Sen. Mark Begich and former Gov. Sean Parnell signed onto an op-ed in a national publication calling for voters to reject Ballot Measure 2, the Alaskans for Better Elections initiative. Many Alaskans trust these two well-known voices, and their concerns are likely shared …