Some plaintiffs in the Alaska Redistricting lawsuit have asked the Alaska Supreme Court to halt implementation of the plan until the U.S. Department of Justice rules on it.
Attorney Michael Walleri filed a motion on Tuesday to stay the court’s ruling. The Fairbanks North Star Borough joined in the motion. The court has not yet ruled.
Walleri’s motion says the state should have federal pre-clearance on the plan for Alaska election district’s before they go into effect. Pre-clearance means the Justice Department has ruled that the plan conforms to the U.S. Voting Rights Act. Justice Department approval could take 60 days once the plan is filed with D-O-J.
The Division of Elections will be using the new maps in the August primary and November general election. Walleri argues that implementing the political districts prior to pre-clearance violates the federal Voting Rights Act.
Petersburg also will ask the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision. The City Council on Wednesday authorized its attorney to formally object to the court’s decision. Attorney Tom Klinkner said the only recourse is to file a motion for reconsideration, or rehearing.
Petersburg officials have repeatedly objected to being in a new legislative district with Juneau. They maintain the rural fishing town does not have enough in common with the much larger Capital City.
- Details are emerging slowly on the fire at the Peter Pan Seafoods processing plant in Port Moller. The 100-year-old plant caught fire late Tuesday night, and the blaze continued to burn Wednesday. The full scope of the damage is still unclear, but witnesses say it is extensive.
- For five years, Sharon Livingston has organized “Camp A”, where first-, second- and third-graders immerse themselves in traditional stories, crafts and foods. By encouraging kids to explore Unangan culture, she said they learn to see the value in cultures of all kinds.
- The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into the safety of Alaska skies during a hearing will take all today. The NTSB is looking into the wider issues surrounding the continued persistence of high numbers of accidents involving small planes and air taxis in Alaska.
- The Sun’aq Tribe won a grant to study the kind of threat that invasive crayfish in Alaska pose to subsistence resources. The award was announced Tuesday.