In Alaska’s first ranked-choice election, the leader on election night may not be the ultimate winner.
More than 200 candidates are running for state and federal offices.
Recent polling suggests that a majority of Alaskans support easy access to contraceptives. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easy for patients to get them — especially in rural areas.
Taylor noted that the Department of Law’s budget request includes 10 new prosecutors and nine new support staff that would focus on sex crimes.
Lt. Gov. Meyer said the state is encouraging voters to request absentee ballots or to vote early to reduce the lines on election day.
A three-line piece of legislation would prohibit the state of Alaska from selling, transferring or disposing of a state ferry without express approval by lawmakers.
A new state entity analyzed the caseloads of public defenders in Alaska. According to its report, the Public Defenders Agency saw an attrition rate of 23% in the last fiscal year.
Previous Alaska governors have had to hire private attorneys to defend themselves against ethics complaints, but they could be reimbursed when no violation is found.
For years, the Alaska Supreme Court has stymied conservatives’ efforts to limit state-funded abortion. On Friday, GOP Gov. Mike Dunleavy employed a new tactic: He vetoed $335,000 from the Supreme Court’s budget, in a move that critics say threatens the judiciary’s independence.
The compromise bill, which repeals a controversial criminal justice reform law passed in 2016, would lead to longer criminal sentences. The Alaska Legislature plans to take it up next week.