May 9, 2012 •

Today’s Redistricting News Roundup

We have news on redistricting issues from four states:

The GerryManderAlaska:  “High court to hear redistricting petition” by The Associated Press in The Anchorage Daily News.

Kansas: “GOP redistricting fight could mean courts make final decision” by John Hanna (Associated Press) in the Lawrence Journal World.

North Carolina: “Redistricting sets stage for fall elections” by Emery Dalesio (Associated Press) in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Washington:  “Supreme Court upholds state redistricting plan” by Warren Kagarise in the Issaquah Press.

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May 2, 2012 •

Here is the Latest Redistricting News

Today we have items from eight states:

U.S. Congressional DistrictsAlaska: “Redistricting map solutions elusive as court battle looms” by Richard Mauer in the Anchorage Daily News.

Kansas: “Kansas Senate OKs redistricting plan” by Brad Cooper in the Kansas City Star.

Kentucky: “Kentucky Supreme Court cites redistricting law as unconstitutional” by Franklin Clark in the Cadiz Record.

Mississippi: “Mississippi Senate unveils its redistricting map” by The Associated Press in the Clarion Ledger.

New Hampshire: “House redistricting plan faces more legal challenges” by Garry Rayno in the Union Leader.

Pennsylvania: “Redistricting panel to receive input on new Pa. maps” by Ali Lanyon (Associated Press) on WHTM.

South Carolina: “Supreme Court considering fate of primary candidates” by Gina Smith in The State.

South Carolina: “SC justices consider fate of dozens of candidates” by Jeffrey Collins (Associated Press) in the Spartanburg Herald Journal.

Vermont: “Vt. lawmakers finish redistricting” on

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May 1, 2012 •

Alaska House Adjourns

Special session officially over

AlaskaThe Alaska House of Representatives adjourned the special session on Monday following the Senate’s adjournment last week.

While lawmakers passed a bill pertaining to human trafficking, the governor pulled his oil tax measure after the bill appeared to be going nowhere.

The Senate adjourned claiming that the governor’s removal of a bill on a special session call, while the session was under way, ended the session.

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April 30, 2012 •

Alaska Senate Adjourns Special Session

House weighs options

Alaska State CapitolMembers of the Alaska House of Representatives are considering their next step after the Senate abruptly adjourned from the special session on Friday.

The Senate adjourned following the Governor’s decision to pull an oil tax bill, which was one of two measures on the special session agenda.Under the state Constitution, the House could remain in session, forcing the Senate to return every three days.

It is not clear how soon a decision will be reached or announced.

Photo of the Alaska State Capitol by Kevin Lam on Wikipedia.

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March 28, 2012 •

The Latest Redistricting News

Today we have news on redistricting issues from nine states:

gerrymanderAlaska: “Alaska Redistricting Board says it has adopted new election districts” by Matt Buxton in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner.

Arizona: “Brewer signs bill to keep Arizona redistricting commission going while new maps are pending” by The Associated Press in The Republic.

Florida: “Redrawn Senate map passes House, scramble for seats begin” by Mary Ellen Klas in the Tampa Bay Times.

Florida: “Legislature ends redistricting session, new Senate map approved” by Mary Ellen Klas in The Miami Herald.

Idaho: “Redistricting will shake up Idaho Legislature” by Sean Ellis in the Capital Press.

Kansas: “Kan. House to debate congressional remap bill” by The Associated Press in the Salina Journal.

Maryland: “Group seeks referendum on new Md. congressional map” by Annie Linskey in The Baltimore Sun.

Missouri: “Missouri Supreme Court upholds House districts” by Elizabeth Crisp in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

West Virginia: “W.Va. lawmakers seek OK of congressional districts” by Eric Eyre in the Charleston Gazette.

Wisconsin: “Judges: Collaboration needed on Wis. voting maps” by The Associated Press on

Wisconsin: Opinion piece “Redistricting decision offers important lesson” by Christine Neumann-Ortiz in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

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February 22, 2012 •

New Campaign Finance Law for Alaska

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell signed a campaign finance bill into law and Super PACs in the news, too!

Gov. Sean Parnell signatureAlaska: “Governor signs campaign finance bill” by The Associated Press in USA Today.

Financial disclosures show power of super PACs” by Fredreka Schouten in USA Today.

Santorum ‘super’ PAC returned big foreign donation” by Stephen Braun in the Boston Globe.



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February 17, 2012 •

Alaska Legislature Makes iPhone App Available

Android app expected by April, before session ends

Alaska iPhone appGood news iPhone owners! NCSL’s blog just noted the Alaska Legislature has come out with an app allowing you to keep up with legislative news on your phone. Best of all, it is free!

According to the blog, this is what you will find: “The app provides information on committee schedules, bill status, the house and senate calendars, and contact information of every legislator in both chambers. It also allows the user to stream committee hearings directly from your phone and watch the proceedings in real time.”

Be sure to take look at “New Alaska iPhone App” by Morgan Cullen on The Thicket.

Here is the iTunes App Store page with The Alaska Legislature App.

Thank you to Research Associate George Ticoras for pointing me in the direction of this news.

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January 26, 2012 •

Alaska Online Lobbyist Filing System Will Be Offline for an Hour

Insight should be back online this afternoon.

Alaska flagThe online filing system, Insight, will be offline today, January 26, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EST). Filers who attempt to access the system during this time risk losing data.

A separate notice will be sent by the Alaska Public Offices Commission if the fix takes longer than proposed.

Questions can be addressed to Joan Mize at (907) 465-4865.

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January 4, 2012 •

APOC Offering Training

To be held January 6

AlaskaThe following announcement  is from the Alaska Public Offices Commission website:

The Alaska Public Offices Commission will be conducting a brief training designed to provide basic information about group campaign disclosure and to introduce filers to the new electronic filing system.

The training is scheduled for Friday, January 6, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Filers may participate in person at the Anchorage office, remotely by computer, or by telephone.

Email or call Attorney Vullnet Greva at or (907) 276-4176 for details regarding participation.

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October 3, 2011 •

Alaskan Lobbyists Can Contribute in New Districts

Advisory Opinion

Alaska State SealOnly lobbyists in Alaska who are constituents in a state candidate’s newly certified district may donate to a candidate’s campaign, an Advisory Opinion from the Alaska Public Offices Commission has declared.

Because a lobbyist residing in a candidate’s district may contribute to a candidate, Representative Bob Lynn requested an opinion regarding whether a lobbyist in his current district could donate to his campaign when he or she may not be a constituent in his proposed new voting district.

Advisory Opinion 11-14-CD concludes candidates “will only be able to accept donations from lobbyists residing in the new district.”

Presently, only candidates for the proposed new districts, and not the current districts, are being certified by the Division of Elections. In its analysis, the Advisory Opinion also articulates, “Whether or not a lobbyist resides in the candidate’s district is determined on the day the contribution is accepted.”

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June 27, 2011 •

Alaska Special Session Called Today

Program Set To Expire

A special session of the Alaska legislature has been called in Juneau to address the state’s Alaska Coastal Management Program, which expires on June 30.

The session is expected to finish this week.

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April 18, 2011 •

Alaska Governor Calls Special Session

Begins Day After Regular Session Ends

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell

The Alaska Legislature was adjourned on its scheduled date, but not in its usual manner.

Because the House and Senate could not agree on the time of the adjournment, which is on the 90th and last day authorized by law, Governor Parnell himself invoked state constitutional authority and adjourned the 27th session of the legislature on April 17. He then immediately called a special session to begin April 18.

The special session is limited by law to a maximum of 30 days.

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March 29, 2011 •

Small Procurement Bill Introduced in Alaska

Bidders Need Alaska Business License

Representative Anna Fairclough introduced a bill concerning small procurements with the state, which includes the requirement of vendors to provide proof of an Alaska business license.

House Bill 204 also contains other mandates for vendors, including the registration of construction contract bidders and offerers, the establishment and maintenance of lists of person who want to contract with the state or state agencies, and small procurement provisions for certain amounts of leased space.

The legislation increases the maximum ceiling amounts of what constitutes a small procurement from $50,000 to $100,000 for supplies, services, or professional services; $100,000 to $200,000 for a construction, and from 3000 to 7000 square feet for a lease.

Photo of the Alaska State Capitol by Kevin Lam on Wikipedia.

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February 18, 2011 •

New Executive Director of APOC Appointed

Paul Dauphinais Replaces Holly Hill

The Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) has chosen Paul Dauphinais as its new executive director. Mr. Dauphinais has served as the president of Garrett College in Maryland, the director for the University of Alaska in Palmer and the executive director for the Homer Chamber of Commerce. He also has a PhD in History and an MS in Information Systems and is a retired commander of the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Dauphinais starts February 22, replacing Holly Hill who held the position since 2008.

You can read the full press release here.

Map of Alaska by Skew-t on Wikipedia.

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