Friday: Supreme Court hearings on redistricting maps

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On Friday, the Alaska Supreme Court has scheduled three hearings on disputes over the Alaska Redistricting Board maps as they pertain to Valdez’s inclusion in a Matanuska-Susitna Borough district; the position of Skagway as it relates to Juneau-centric House districts; and the disposition of a Muldoon-Anchorage neighborhood as part of a primarily Eagle River Senate district.

The hearings begin at 9 am at the Boney Courthouse in Anchorage. They can be watched on the public broadcasting website at this link. The Supreme Court will issue a decision no later than April 1.

9 am – The proceedings will begin with the Alaska Redistricting Board’s petition for review regarding Senate District K, which is wha the new Eagle-River district is named. 30 minutes will be allowed for each side — the Redistricting Board and East Anchorage plaintiffs who are surrogates for the Alaska Democratic Party’s far left wing.

10:15 am – The hearing will take up Alaska Redistricting Board’s petition for review of a decision regarding House District 3 and 4-Juneau, Skagway’s mayor and at least one business leader don’t want to have his city linked with the contiguous north Juneau district, but wants to jump over the Mendenhall Valley and Auke Bay and instead be tied to the hipper downtown Juneau, although other leaders in Skagway are fine with the way the lines are drawn. 30 minutes will be allowed per side: Redistricting Board and Municipality of Skagway.

11:30 am – Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s and City of Valdez’s petitions for review regarding House Districts 29, 30, and 36 will have 40 minutes total for the Borough and City of Valdez (20 min each, absent different agreement); 40 minutes total for Redistricting Board, Doyon Native Corporation intervenors, and Calista Native Corporation parties, to divide by agreement.

Every 10 years the political boundaries are shifted to even out the population that is represented in the Alaska House and Senate. The redistricting process follows the completion of the U.S. Census, which was done late in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and was not made final until August of 2021, when the Alaska Redistricting Board took up the task of redrawing the House and Senate boundaries.

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