As we reported earlier this month, the 17 seat Anchorage Superior Court had become almost entirely male, with 16 men and only 1 woman. That disparity provided good reason to believe Governor Bill Walker would lean towards appointing one of the two female nominees put forward by the Alaska Judicial Council for the seat being vacated by the retiring Judge Michael Spaan.
The group is asking the Governor to issue a stern, but completely unenforceable, statement to President Obama â€œrejecting the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Alaskaâ€.
According to the ballot initiative group PFD Voter Registration, they have gathered half the signatures required to put the issue before voters next year.
The Alaska Republican Party is moving to join Sen. Dan Sullivan and State Senator Mike Dunleavy in opposing Syrian refugees seeking assistance from the United States.
The Alaska Chamber is pleased to announce the selection of life-long Alaskan Curtis Thayer as President and CEO. He replaces Rachael Petro, who moved out of state after guiding the Chamber for almost five years.
The allegation that organizers created a blatantly obvious front-group with no purpose but to funnel anonymous money to a specific set of candidates gets at the very heart of why we have campaign disclosure laws.
Governor Bill Walker is set to appoint a new judge to the Anchorage Superior Court in the wake of Judge Michael Spaanâ€™s retirement, and gender politics could play a role in the Governorâ€™s decision.
The facts show Hawker made a rightfully troubling and politically tone deaf deal, but singling him out is both unfair and misses the true context of the situation. For Alaska Democrats to themselves call him out is downright hypocritical and gross.
Rep. Mike Hawker’s primary opponent Ross Bieling has called for his resignation. The call comes in response to emails being made public showing collaberation between Hawker and developer Mark Pfeffer to close a $44 million deal to renovate the Anchorage Legislative Information Office.
State records show developer Mark Pfeffe donated heavily to elected decision makers while pursuing a deal to renovate the Legislative Information Office.