Stutes was elected on a 21-19 vote after a lone party-line Republican broke ranks to support the moderate Republican member of the House bipartisan coalition.
“A sense of safety and security trumps every other need Alaskans have,” said Sen. Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer.
The record-long impasse comes to an end.
Another day without progress.
He’s proving Rep. Gary Knopp’s inclination to form a truly bipartisan coalition right.
Things are off to a rocky start.
Jackson, if seated, would bring the numbers of the party-line Republican caucus to 20, still one short of claiming a majority.
Today’s the day.
The Legislature’s only independent legislator to survive the 2018 elections is the first to endorse the proposal to cross party lines.
The state’s right to argue that House District 1 race will impact the landscape of the House, but it’s not entirely convincing that a week isn’t enough time for the legislators to organize.