alaska politics

What experiments show is the best way to win campaigns…Why isn’t anyone doing it?

There’s a refrain we hear about political campaigns every election cycle: “this year, campaigns waged an unprecedented ground game, having a face-to-face conversation with almost every single voter.”

Baloney. As academics who study campaigns, we hear this claim all the time. But we also know it’s important to investigate whether data backs it up. We did. And it doesn’t.





Cruz Shocks Nation, May Reflect Alaska Faith Based Voters

It was a shocking moment, but delegates shouldn’t have been shocked by the comments themselves.

At least the Alaska delegates shouldn’t. They have been hearing them, complete with a non-endorsement, from the faith-based wing of their own state party.







Sweeter Look Into Juneau Candidates’ APOC Reports

According to new campaign finance disclosure reports, Rep. Cathy Muñoz is enjoying the support of some of Juneau’s dentists, while her electoral opponent, Justin Parish, reported his biggest expense was a dentist’s devil: candy and snacks to pass out at Juneau’s Fourth of July Parade.








Early Takeaways From APOC 30-Day Filings

The 30-day filing period ended on July 15, but campaigns and groups have until July 18 (Monday) to file their reports. Most wait until the last minute to file, but some already have.

Here are a few things we can already glean from those early filers.