When the framers of Alaska’s constitution were debating how the state should pick its judges, the goal was to remove politics from the process as much as possible.
Campaigns on both sides are investing time and money to fight for votes, although the no campaign is outspending the yes side by a wide margin.
This November, Alaskans will decide whether to revamp the state’s constitution.
Setting multi-year budgets in Alaska requires cash on hand, justices said.
The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly that abortion rights are guaranteed under the right to privacy in the state constitution.
Some correspondence schools have been reimbursing families for private school classes under a law enacted in 2014, but the Alaska Constitution says the state can’t pay public funds to any religious or otherwise private educational institution.
A new bipartisan group has launched a campaign to convince voters to reject a convention that could significantly change the state’s laws and government.
The judge also found that the Alaska Redistricting Board violated the state Open Meetings Act by apparently holding discussions in private that should have been in public.
Making an abortion ban stick would likely take an amendment to the state Constitution.
Vic Fischer, the last surviving delegate from the 1955 Alaska Constitutional Convention, has said now is not the time for another one.