The Alaska Public Offices Commission has refused to consider a complaint over campaign ads against the group “Vote No on 2” on an expedited basis.
The commission decided instead to handle the matter on a regular schedule after an attorney for the group said the ads had been fixed to comply with state law.
The group behind Ballot Measure 2, the Alaska Sea Party, filed a complaint alleging that “Vote No on 2” TV ads didn’t properly include the names of its top three contributors in the audio narration.
The group wanted the commission to address the issue immediately but Tom Amodio, an attorney for “Vote No on 2,” says the ads were pulled when the group realized there was a problem and new ads will audibly name top donors.
- Juneau Finance Director Bob Bartholomew projected Gov. Bill Walker’s veto of about half of dividend funds will cost the city.
- Only three votes now separate two northern Alaska House candidates. Dean Westlake of Kotzebue has 780 votes, ahead of 777 votes for incumbent Rep. Ben Nageak, who’s from Barrow.
- Bus passes, child-care assistance, work clothing and other resources to get low-income tribal members into jobs are being cut in seven Southeast Communities..
- The U.S. Northern Command and Coast Guard have launched a major field-training exercise off Alaska’s northwest coast. Arctic Chinook is intended to demonstrate how local, state and federal agencies would respond to a simulated cruise ship accident. Coincidentally, a big luxury cruise ship will sail through the area while the exercise is under way. And to further complicate things, bad weather has just set in.