It has big impacts for recall efforts as well as the governor’s veto power.
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Winfree was born in territorial Alaska and worked on the pipeline.
The immediate impact of the lawsuit means actions taken by the appointees during the window cannot be invalidated on the grounds that the appointments were unconstitutional.
“No one has done more harm to the perception of (the Division of Elections) than the (Division of Elections) themselves this year.”
The court seemed skeptical that it would be impossible to reprint the ballots in time but ultimately said it’s fine to proceed as-is.
The court upheld a lower court’s ruling that Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer, a former oil company employee, had biased the summary of the oil tax initiative.
Signature collection has already been underway.
The Alaska Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Recall Dunleavy case while social distancing.
In a two-page order issued today, Bolger said his public statements such as his address to the Alaska Legislature where he pledged “to do our work independently of any outside political interests or financial influence” could cause someone to questions his fairness in the case.
The ruling finds the Recall Dunleavy campaign would face “not inconsiderable” injury if the signature-gathering process was delayed any further.