Yesterday, state attorneys filed a challenge to the federal Voting Rights Act in district court in Washington, DC.
The groups sparring over a ballot measure to restore the Alaska Coastal Management Program traded barbs today (Friday), accusing each other of campaign disclosure violations.
The group behind a ballot measure to restore Alaska’s Coastal Management Program says the “Vote No on 2″ TV ads feature outdated information about the campaign’s top three contributors, and don’t audibly name those donors as required by the law.
Assembly members last night (Monday) approved the measures without making any changes.
The slate of candidates for Juneau’s October 2nd municipal election is now set. On Monday, the last day for candidates to file for office, Cheryl Jebe joined the race for mayor, and Will Muldoon and Phyllis Carlson joined the race for school board.
Opponents of Ballot Measure 2 are using their sizable financial advantage to flood the airwaves. Backers of the citizen’s initiative say they’re not trying to compete with the full on media blitz, but believe their support in coastal communities will help them prevail.
The approval – known as “preclearance” under the Voting Rights Act – comes in the midst of a federal lawsuit, filed by Alaska Native groups to keep the state from implementing the plan until the Justice Department weighs in.
The Alaska Supreme Court says the candidate filing deadline for the August primary will remain June first.
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.
Some Southeast Native leaders are relieved that the latest redistricting plan was thrown out in court. Tuesday’s action by the Alaska Supreme Court restored a Native-influence district in the region.