All nine elected Democrats and eight of the 11 elected Republicans have joined what the incoming Senate President Gary Stevens calls ‘a very healthy majority.’
In both chambers, political observers are wondering if enough like-minded Republicans will get elected to form a majority, or if there will be coalition majorities of moderate Republicans, Democrats and independents.
At least 17 of the Legislature’s 60 members will be in a new position or out of office entirely by next January — and that doesn’t count anyone who loses their seat this fall.
Micciche said his reasoning is simple — he wants to spend more time with his family.
The state’s high court wrote that the Redistricting Board “engaged in unconstitutional political gerrymandering to increase the one group’s voting power at the expense of others.”
The budget proposed by the Finance Committee would have put away $1.2 billion in state savings accounts. But the plan that emerged from the Senate would take almost as much from savings, according to committee co-chair Sen. Bert Stedman.
The increase in cash payments to Alaskans obliterates a previous plan to cover education funding for the 2024 fiscal year, in addition to the upcoming 2023 fiscal year.
Babcock is running for the seat currently held by Sen. Peter Micciche.
Ellis represented neighborhoods near downtown Anchorage in the state Senate from 1992 until he retired for medical reasons in 2017.
Galvin said she will run as an independent interested in joining a multiparty coalition.