Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Redistricting Redux

In light of the current preoccupation about The Quitter et al, the reason batshit crazy things happen in the first place in politics is folks don't pay any attention to all the little things that set the stage long before any actors appear.
Case in point: probably the single most crucial event to impact local politics (which in Alaska tend to have a disproportionate ripple effect, otherwise known as a lingering bad taste) is swirling down the drain honeybucket. What Do I Know has been steadily beating the blogger's drum on this topic and now the Ester Republic picks up on it as well:

Cutting & pasting some relevant snippets of info in case folks miss the April 19th gig in Fairbanks:
"A statewide teleconference will be held on Friday, May 6th via the Alaska Legislative Information Office (LIO) network.
Time: 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The afternoon session will be reserved for public comments on draft plans released by the Board. This is the last date for public testimony before the Board begins deliberations on a final redistricting plan. A supplemental notice will be issued listing the LIO locations participating in the teleconference and a toll-free call-in number for those who do not have access to an LIO.
The deadline for submission of written comments, plans or plan revisions is 5:00PM (ADT) May 13th. In drafting a final redistricting plan, the Board is not obligated to consider comments, plans or revisions submitted after that date and time."
To assist the Board in its work, the public is invited to submit comments on the data and proposed redistricting plans via:

- Email ( info@akredistricting.org)
- Mail (411 West Fourth Avenue, Suite 302, Anchorage, AK 99501)
- Fax (907-269-6691)
For more info: Redistricting Board Office at (907) 269-7402
As has been astutely pointed out, this is largely due to Alaskan voters rejecting a ballot measure last year that would have expanded the legislature by accommodating more diverse districts and also ensuring the representation of Alaska Natives wouldn't get kneecapped. Surprise!

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