Election reform measure goes beyond party lines

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Supporters, opponents trade barbs over Measure 2by Peter Segall in the Juneau Empire Supporters and detractors of a state ballot measure to change the state’s election process gave very different portrayals of what the reforms might mean for Alaska in talks this week. Alaska’s Ballot Measure 2, a bundle of three election reforms, which if passed, would either bring clarity …

In display of Dark Money at work, national party insiders spend big in AK primaries

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ICYMI: Republicans Spend Big in Alaska—Against RepublicansRead the full article on THE HILL Alaska voters ousted five members of the state House of Representatives in Republican primaries last month after national groups dropped about $200,000 in spending against several incumbents from their own party. The outside spending from established Republican groups against their own incumbents would be unusual in most …

Yes on Ballot Measure 2, yes on climate action

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ICYMI: Read this Opinion on the Anchorage Daily News website here. Kiera O’Brien is the founder and president of Young Conservatives for Carbon Dividends. She is also a Public Voices Fellow of the OpEd Project and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. She was born and raised in Ketchikan.. Alaska is a state with priorities as diverse and thoughtful …

Open Primaries Reflect Alaska’s Independence from Partisan Politics

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ICYMI: Read this Community Perspective on the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner website here. Ben Kellie, graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, avid pilot, boater, outdoorsperson, and founder of The Launch Company, shared his thoughts on Ballot Measure 2. Primary elections have already come and gone in Alaska. This year, our primaries ran the same as they did everywhere else across …

Constitutionality of Ballot Measure 2

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled definitively on the constitutionality of the open primaries model proposed in Ballot Measure 2.  In Washington State Republican Party v. Washington State Grange, the highest court in the land found that an open primary system did not violate the political parties’ First Amendment right of association. Because the purpose of the primary is a …

Kodiak Crab Festival & Better Elections Recap

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Kodiak is getting ready to vote Yes on 2 this November! In addition to the socially distant outdoor conversation on Ballot Measure 2 between neighbors across the political spectrum pictured above, Kodiak Island Brewing Co. hosted Yes on 2 for a table outside the brewery in the beer garden (note: you can pick up a sign from the brewery!) we …

OPINION: Ranked-choice voting: Will Alaska follow Maine’s lead?

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By Peter Brann (January 23, 2020) For many years, Maine’s gubernatorial election was held in the September of presidential election years. That made it a bellwether for the subsequent presidential election two months later, leading to the phrase, “as Maine goes, so goes the nation.” Maine no longer conducts its gubernatorial election in September or even in presidential years. But …