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APOC special meeting takes up ‘Interior Voters’ case

The Alaska Public Offices Commission scheduled a special meeting for 2 pm Wednesday, Nov. 20 to update the commissioners on the status of Donna Patrick, et al. v. Interior Voters for John Coghill.

In October, an Anchorage Superior Court judge extended Alaska’s $500 contribution limits to not just campaigns, but to independent political speech. Judge William Morse ruled that the $500 limit also applies to independent expenditure groups and super PACs.

The lawsuit was brought by a political advocacy group in Washington, D.C., and would have a stark impact on Alaska elections.

The State of Alaska has challenged the ruling, asking for a rehearing because some important elements were left out.

The case stems back to the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision; the Anchorage judge’s decision seems to defy that ruling.

Wednesday’s meeting is meant to answer questions of commission members and update them on the court case.

Teleconference number: 1-800-315-6338, Code 41761#

[Read: State asks for rehearing on Interior Voters case]

[Read: Outside group complains about Alaska super-PACs]

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Laws already enacted, should never be changed except by a public vote of the people. And even then require a 75% majority vote of approval.

  • Laws already enacted, should never be changed except by the vote of a duly elected government body.

    There, I fixed it for you.

  • If Judge Morse’s decision is overturned, it will open the floodgate for outside manipulation of Alaskan politics and essentially, elections, right down to the local level. Of course, the leftists want control of Alaska and it’s resources and can attain that by buying our elections if Judge Morse’s decision is overturned. Wouldn’t that have a terrific outcome? It’s already bad enough. There’s outside money currently involved in most facets of Alaskan life, especially politics, as I write this. Look at the push to destroy Pebble and all the jobs involved. Look at Lisa M’s financial support. From outside fishermen to the national dim/leftist organization. Outside $$. No question. Aimed at control of Alaska and Alaskans.

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