Alaska’s Supreme Court was in Ketchikan this week – all five members. They were here for Supreme Court Live, during which the court hears oral arguments for a real case.
Begich proposes to expand the “Do Not Call” registry to superPACs and political non-profits. Americans have registered more than 217 million phones on the “Do Not Call” list, but that only keeps commercial telemarketers at bay.
Though little progress has been made at a state level on the issue, the state’s social and political climates have changed over the last 15 years.
The state of Alaska has lost another attempt to reinstate a ban on same-sex marriage, and Gov.-elect Bill Walker has changed his stance on the issue.
"I’m going to miss the input. We had several community members who, over the years, have contributed a great deal to the discussion," says Barbara Thurston.
The Alaska Dispatch News reports plaintiffs are seeking nearly $259,000 in legal fees from the state. If those fees are awarded, the cost to the state would total more than $360,000.
The latest results from the Division of Elections showed turnout for the Nov. 4 election at 56 percent. The 1994 midterm saw turnout of 64 percent.
American Indian and Alaska Native children see so much violence in their homes and communities that they suffer Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at triple the rate of the general population, akin to veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The assemblywoman says the city shouldn't be a guinea pig for commercial marijuana in Alaska.
"This one is going to be a bit of a mess. It could be several hours before water is back on," says Public Works Director Kirk Duncan.