Few political insiders doubt that Palin will win enough votes in Alaska’s new nonpartisan primary system to finish in the top four, which would advance her to the August general election to finish Young’s term.
Some lawmakers are now asking whether the 2007 ethics reforms need to be updated again to more effectively guard against conflicts of interest.
Public media journalists based in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Washington will moderate the debates and provide analysis.
The three-day convention in Fairbanks will open with a healing ceremony from the Alaska Suicide Prevention Council.
The incumbent senator chairs a subcommittee that funds the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service and serves on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
Some board members abstained from voting on the Clinton endorsement, as did some in 2014.
As expected, Sen. Lisa Murkowski easily beat three lesser known Republican candidates. Congressman Don Young had no trouble in his race Tuesday.
We found two undaunted optimists running shoestring campaigns, and a third candidate who rebuffed our interview request on the grounds that he had too much to say.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has two new Democratic challengers: UAA professor Edgar Blatchford and former legislator Ray Metcalfe. Both men have Republican roots.
Former state Republican representative and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Ray Metcalfe is leading the effort.