Alaskans, I respectfully implore you to recognize that the flood of paid advertisements you’ve been hearing about a state constitutional convention may not be telling you the whole story – and dare I say is “spinning” the story to protect the power and wealth of some who believe they would benefit more from your “no” vote.
We are at a crossroads. We all have an important decision to make, and these are the questions we need to answer. Consider each.
Are we going to realize before we vote that more than 230 state constitutional conventions have been held in our nation successfully, peacefully, without upending state government and industry, without disrupting state economies, and without constitutions being thrown out and rewritten, without extreme amendments passing voters?
Are we going to believe that the gridlocked legislature will fix our problems? Do we really believe enough legislators will want to restrict their own power and vote to support putting fiscal plan amendments before the voters, amendments to settle the PFD and institute a reasonable spending cap, when they’ve refused to do so the past seven legislative sessions?
Are we aware that the legislature has reached simple majority support for these fiscal plan items but has failed to reach the required 2/3 vote threshold? That delegates – who don’t have the same conflict of interest and won’t hesitate restricting the legislature’s power – only need to reach a simple majority vote to put these items on the ballot before the voters?
Do we understand how the gridlock in Juneau over the PFD has hurt us all? Have we come to grips with the fact that multiple cohorts of children in our schools lost out on the “Read by 9” policy to help them be successful because of the gridlock? That rapists have run rampant because the high rates of sexual assault weren’t a top legislative priority because of the gridlock? That bills to reduce the cost of healthcare have died in legislative committees because of gridlock?
Are we aware that every single year (for multiple decades) that our state fiscal house has not been in order that we’ve lost out on $500+ million in private capital investment that would have strengthened our economy and created jobs? Do we understand that putting our fiscal house in order will help all of us – even those who are now a “no” and are frightened their wealth could be jeopardized if we hold a convention? That a rising tide lifts all boats?
Do we realize that the voters elect the delegates by district and therefore the delegates will reflect the values of Alaskans statewide?
Are we aware that the delegates would only propose amendments and the voters would have the final say whether to accept or reject the amendments?
Have we considered that the legislature has had the entire constitution on the table for 63 years to change and a state constitutional convention would be for a mere 75 days?
Are we cognizant of the fact that even in polarized, emotional, divisive times, state conventions have been conducted civilly without extremist results? That 19 state conventions were held during an 18-year period (1968-1986) that cooled the political climate in those states? That this time period included Vietnam war protests, the Civil Rights movement, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., the hippie free love movement, the Women’s Liberation movement, two oil crises (that involved cars lining up at gas stations due to the shortage), the Iran hostage crisis – need I go on?
Are we aware that in the more than 230 state conventions that have been held in our nation that Pandora’s box was not opened, that not a single worm escaped a can? That only sane and reasonable amendments were adopted?
Have we considered that even a $17 million price tag for a convention is a bargain? That every time a regular legislative session is extended 30-days, or a 30-day special session is held, it is $1 million a pop? That the regular session has been extended in six of the last seven years? And that 15 special sessions have been called in the last seven years? Have we thought about the fact that the state spends $30 million per day, every day of the year for operations? And that $17 million for a convention for 75 days and 90-days of pre and post work is only .16% of the annual budget?
Are we going to succumb to fear mongering and dark, outside millions from ultra-liberal organizations telling us not to hold a state constitutional convention?
Are we going to believe the ridiculous lies that we could lose our gun rights, our hunting rights, our access to public lands?
Have we picked up on the fact that the opposition’s recent mailer included another lie – that the Alaska Independence Party (of which I am not a member) wants to secede from the Union? Utter poppycock.
Do we really want to leave the fiscal and cultural hot button issues to the gridlocked legislature and to the courts? Or should the people weigh in and debate and decide whether or not changes are to be made?
Have we processed the fact that the yes side only has donations from individual Alaskans, not the millions from outside ultra-liberal organizations like the opposition? And that the no side is outspending the yes side by 100:1? That this is a David vs Goliath battle?
Alaskans, we are at a crossroads. Use logic and reason. Consider history. Recognize the safeguards. Understand that the framers put the state convention option in our constitution for a reason. The reason is now. Don’t be fear mongered. Don’t bend to outside groups. Stand for Alaska. Be “yes” for a better, stronger, more vibrant, economically-sound Alaska in the near future and for our children and grandchildren. Much is at stake. Root for David; vote yes.
Senator Shelley Hughes (R – Palmer) has represented Palmer since 2017 and currently serves as majority leader. She previously served in the State House.
Does she realize her writing style is unpersuasive?
Does she realize narrow mindedness, while su courant in the MatSu, is not valued by a majority of Alaskans?
No, she thinks her writing is perfect. She prides herself on it.
Playing God by deciding what another thinks is ludicrous. It’s obvious you understand what Senator Hughes says so her writing is good enough even for you.
Do you realize I fell asleep 3 times reading your rendition of “persuasive?” Do you realize not everyone thinks like you, thus we see your narrow mindedness on full display? Pointing out the obvious really. I’m off to point out other obvious nonsense! ~Cheers!
Such a mature statement deserves an award. It’s waiting for you in the outhouse.
Did you leave a “Tom” just for little ol’ me? Hope you didn’t forget to wipe your Braund! Now you can compare the difference between speaking ones mind where’s there’s difference of opinion and throwing immature shade! Good Day to you Tom Braund. Try harder.
Tom… you don’t sound like a mature man. You’re old enough to know better. You sound like a young “woke” kid who’s just now learning to debate and may be able to break their bad habits one day; you’re old enough to know better.
Let’s talk about the substantive issue, re a constitutional convention. You gain nothing by attacking the messenger, ala Saul Alinsky
That’s a sideways attack not focusing on the issue, trying to dissuade people from voting yes. Why would you do that? It’s not even a good argument; it’s slander. Maybe it should be called slamder. You don’t care what Senator Hughes says; you only care about taking control of Alaska. It’s really simple, you’re on the side of those who are afraid that we the People will correct problems bad legislators have been doing. Don’t try to scare us with dumb statements. Senator Hughes is good for Alaska, actually one of the best! A Constitutional Convention gives the People the… Read more »
“Playing God by deciding what another thinks is ludicrous.” I read that somewhere recently.
The Alaska independence party has always advocating for succession. Why would you state a falsehood that is easy to disprove? People vote for Shelly? Oy vey
To be fair, her reading was that the Alaska Independence Party wants to succeed from the Union, which does not sound like a bad platform, unless you want to secede. Auto-correct gets it.
The AIP advocates for giving Alaskans (and Hawaiians) their choice of 4 options when Alaska (and Hawaii) transitioned from a territory to a state. Wikipedia is easily hacked and has been proven time and time again. The AIP is a STATE party that advocates for ALL Alaskans and for the Federal contracts between the Federal and State to be honored both to the citizens and the tribes. Read the AIP website or ask the AIP chair. All the People deserve their right to have the choices they were denied. You wouldn’t want yours? 1) Remain a Territory. 2) Become a… Read more »
I guess someone hacked the AIP website?
“The call for this vote is in furtherance of the dream of the Alaskan Independence Party’s founding father, Joe Vogler, which was for Alaskans to achieve independence under a minimal government, fully responsive to the people, promoting a peaceful and lawful means of resolving differences.”
Clearly Secession is their ultimate agenda.
It wouldn’t be hard to hack that homemade website! It was put together by regular Alaskans and not superstar coding experts. Alaska has hackers and doxxer’ s running-a-muck everywhere here in the North so you bringing up that possibility is right on the money (and not even suspicious or anything)! The founder of AIP, Joe Vogler, was murdered and left in a shallow grave on the outskirts of Fairbanks and while he did not hold back his disgust for contract breakers that owed the People under contractual obligation, he actually fought for Alaskans and Hawaiians to be offered the 4… Read more »
Too late; Alaska is a State, not a Republic. So Alaska cannot secede. Seems South Carolina tried that a while ago. AIP has some loose nuts. Far as I’m concerned, they can bolt if they want to.
You’ve been spending to much time thinking in the outhouse about nonsense again Tom…trying to squeeze out a good argument. Please show the crowd when it was to late and where your fact comes from that the Republican in Form of Government no longer exists, was it overthrown? Did you just imagine it away?…It was after all another guarantee the People believed in when voting to become a State in the Union: Article IV, Section 4: The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion;… Read more »
The people were given a choice, and they voted for statehood.
From the horses mouth
Alaskans (and Hawaiians) deserve a right to the choice they were denied.
‘Why are you advocating Alaskans keep being denied their 4 choices?
You wouldn’t be advocating yourself for law abiding citizens “secession,” would you? You wouldn’t be trying to make our People harm one another by you repeating your own lie would you? I’d hope not!
GIVE THE PEOPLE OF ALASKA OUR VOICE OUR VOTE!
1) Remain a Territory.
2) Become a separate and Independent Nation.
3) Accept Commonwealth status.
4) Become a State.
Secession is the ultimate objective of the AIP. I am not arguing if we should or should not secede…but it is poppycock to imply in anyway or form that the AIP seeks secession.
The call for this vote is in furtherance of the dream of the Alaskan Independence Party’s founding father, Joe Vogler, which was for Alaskans to achieve independence under a minimal government, fully responsive to the people, promoting a peaceful and lawful means of resolving differences.
….does not seek secession…oy me need coffee
So you are an Alaskan interested in Secession? There’s a group blockading a road out in Nenana that would be interested in your secessionist values. They are demanding their sovereignty and even shut down the school of Kipnuk and sent the principal and staff fleeing in two airplanes just yesterday and the day before. You do know the board of AIP is 3 70’ish something men, 2 young men (an accountant and carpenter) and the Secretary is a reclusive over the hill note taker into voodoo or some crap. What are they planning to do? Bore the Federal Government into… Read more »
“Logic and reason”? This tripe is from another MAGA Republican who is loyal to her political party over her state or country. Because no “fellow traveler” of her party can do wrong a perverse sense of logic actually allows her to equate the Oath Keepers with the Chamber of Commerce. This is what this country has come to now as these zealots have emerged from under the rock Trump lifted. (ADN Oct 2,2022) “If Eastman loses (the court challenge), Hughes suggested, it could have significant implications. “An example might be if you’re a member of a chamber of commerce, and… Read more »
What you say is tripe. You must be a subjective Democrap because I think objectively, you don’t know Shelley Hughes at all; I do. She does not hold the Republican Party over Alaska or America. She’s strongly in support of the US and Alaska Constitutions. Republicans are the ones most involved in getting what’s best for Alaskans. Though some who run as Republicans, in reality vote as Democrats. We call them RINOs. You’re connecting dots that don’t exist in your attempt to prevent Senator Hughes from getting the best for you and me. Labeling people with a biased brush makes… Read more »
Read your first sentence out loud to yourself to illustrate how you are lacking in the ability to communicate. “Democrap” is your point isn’t it?
“MAGA” and “fellow traveler” are your point, kind of a hypocrite there. You and Suttman must be really lost now that ADN dumped comments.
Rent free in your mind?
Painted Pony apparently doesn’t read Must Read Alaska, either.
LMAO. Sure thing. Nothing biased in your comments, right?
Another thing … you cannot be an election denier, like Hughes, and be called a constitution supporter. Doesn’t work that way.
Shelley… you need to use logic and reason. The framers of the state constitution did not have the intentions that mirror the motivation you possess. You’re afraid of Sharia Law and all that? Then recognize the separation of church and state and leave your Bible at home. You’re not afraid of Sharia Law; you just want your own beliefs to dominate others.
The writers of the State Constitution were only human and, as such, realized that the original constitution had some flaws. That is why they left it to the people of Alaska to amend the constitution–by a vote of the people on those amendments.
The “Framers of Alaska’s Constitution” provided that every decade the People of Alaska retain the right to correct wrongs that have occurred within the collective of the Peoples Representatives in the Constitutional Republic of Alaska, which is in obvious disarray at this point and not a soul any wear nor on any side deny the slow moving train wreck that we call Juneau which means “Alaska Legislators and ilk.” I’d like the vote of the People to start being respected and if that’s the only reason to vote “yes,” then I will. Back in the 1980’s Alaskans voted to move… Read more »
You’re not afraid of Sharia Law? What does that make you? We are a nation of laws and Sharia has no place in America. You’re misinformed about the separation of church and State. The letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptists did not remotely suggest such a separation but endorsed that State has no business in the Church but Church has every good reason to be in State. Whose side are you on, God’s or the Devil’s. Maybe that answer should first state who your god is.
Tom, you can’t take religious sides in government, whether it’s Allah or God. That was their point and you missed it.
Which church exactly has every good reason to be, as you wrote, “in state”? I assume it would be the church you, and perhaps Shelly Hughes, attend. You certainly can’t let just any old church in can you?
If you want me to vote for a constitutional convention you need to tell me what constitutional flaws you want to fix and what remedies you have in mind.
If you won’t tell me that, I’m just going to observe Jim Minnery’s involvement and assume tbe worst.
Exactly! Why hasn’t the state, perhaps under the office of the Lt. Governor, been gathering position papers on constitutional issues over the last decade to offer arguments for amendments or a convention? Perhaps our “founders” offered us this “nuclear” option to vote every ten years for a convention because they realized that special interest factions would and could block legitimate efforts to amend. Inversely without that data base of rational arguments before any convention is allowed extremely narrow special interest (e,g, abortion) folks like Shelly Hughes are just as dangerous.
Or one could propose an amendment for unlimited abortion–you win too.
Yes, one could propose “unlimited abortion” perhaps even after birth. Remember the Nazis did just that and called that death justified because the victim’s blood was the crime regardless of age. Good idea David!
And YOUR special interest is? Those kids are human beings and in the mother’s womb have all the rights you have, from the moment of conception. If you like abortion, then you like murder because natural law (God’s law) prohibits it.
Tom are you a guy?
Why do guys cause all the abortion pregnancies?
Generally I agree. Spending cap yes. But indexed to inflation? Inflation is an illegal back door tax. We don’t need a TABOR amendment because we don’t need taxes. Taxes are illegal because they take your money from your pocket, without “due process”, to put into government’s pocket. It’s not theirs to take. Duties are what are supposed to fund government.
Colorado has a 2.9% state sales tax. They also have 4.55% income tax. What tax increase will Alaskans be voting on? Conservatives like to say the run government like a business. Show me a business that guarantees they will pay a dividend. Guaranteeing a PFD in the constitution isn’t running like a business it is creating a welfare state. What happens when state revenues fall and the state is unable to meet unexpected costs like the next large earthquake. Maybe we should do a go fund me and people can donate their PFD. What happens after the next big storm… Read more »
Missouri? The state that sent Josh Holly to the Senate to foment treason? Bad example of a people showing good judgement to impress me.
Dan Somebody, Senator Hughes job does not encompass telling you what she thinks are constitutional flaws; that’s up to the People to decide.
Such a condescending and pompous article by Senator Hughes. She is not the states “keeper of intellect” and needs to take a humility pill or a long leave of absence.
Ad hominem attack. Discuss the substantive issue.
It’s not ad hominem. It’s about the tone, and the tone is definitely condescending and pompous.
As for your request for substance, that should be directed to Sen. Hughes first. Where is the reason to vote yes in her overlong lecture?
Condescending because you dont like her opinion? That’s immature. Pompous because she tells the truth? That exposes your bias. Do you really want to be called biased?
But, Tom… aren’t you biased, yourself, in your support of Shelley Hughes? You’re like the best friend in The Squad who has to be catty whenever anyone says anything against their bestie. You’re not a good advocate and in this comment section you’re actually succeeding in uncovering Hughes’ motivations. Perhaps she sent you and others to defend her. It’s something she and her staff would do, to ask people to defend her in the comments section in an op-Ed she wrote. Shelley’s ego is easily bruised and she’s incredibly insecure, and then there is her staff… You guys chose the… Read more »
your arguments are as bad as your haircut you hateful old witch
Wow! That’s really, really underhanded. Why do you hate women?
Your “grammar” is as bad as your wretched reading comprehension. Eesh! I’m off to point out more obvious crap! ~Peace and Cheese!
go ahead and secede then, see what happens. take up arms against the US government, we’re all waiting. shit or get off the pot you coward
Why would anyone secede? Alaskans have a great new voting system it just needs more people to participate! The United States is still a super power and I’m not sure why anyone would advocate or, like yourself, advocate for your fellow Alaskans to be in harms why by encouraging such poor behavior such as you saying “take up arms against the US government.” You didn’t urge against that, why not? A trained battalion of special forces could not take down the federal government. You can’t honestly believe that a group of untrained civilians could? Rhetorical of course! ~Cheers & Ubuntu!
You left your manhole cover off your sewer when you left it today.
No! I don’t want our constitution recreated in Trump’s image! No Way, José!
And what would Trump’s image of the AK Constitution look like?
It would be nothing more than an image. Russia and North Korea have Constitutions which mean nothing as would any Constitution to Trump and his ilk. They resent the rule of law. Trump wants a Kleptocracy combined with a Dictatorship with folks like “Senator” Tshibaka rubber stamping his edicts.
You mean you don’t know Trump has nothing to do with Alaska’s constitution? Go back three spaces.
You mean you still think Trump won the 2020 election? Go back 12 spaces.
Does she realize she is the greatest untapped pocket of natural gas in Alaska? Does she not understand that she needs to serve dressing with all that word salad?
How about the real issue–a constitutional convention?
The results of this ballot issue will tell much about the future of Alaska. Will Alaska be a state owned by the crony capitalists who benefit at the state’s trough filled with money? Will Alaska be a state owned by the government unions? Will Alaska be a state where the number of nonprofits live off the state’s piggy bank? Will Alaska be controlled by the Alaska Bar Association? Will Alaska forever be in the bottom for K12 education controlled by the Education Industry (NEA)? Or will Alaskans finally realize that the day has come for everyday Alaskans to take control… Read more »
this guy just wants to lower the legal age of consent
And/or ban Jews.
All the fear farming on this topic is ridiculous. I see mostly native cooperation, unions and other big names behind the fear pushing. It’s not good for them and their big pockets, but it will bring the induvudial Alaskan voter relief. And thats what we are talkign about. Making Alaska work for Alaskans for a change. No more corporate control. It’s time the people of Alaska reshape the constitution to fit our current needs and goals. If you always do as you have always done, you will always get what you have always got. It’s time to stop dancing around… Read more »
Thank you Nina; exactly correct. The naysayers and slur mongers fear we the People having control. Nothing says they need to participate. Nobody but we the People vote on what amends the constitution. Vote YES for a Constitutional Convention so we can fix the problems.
No Tom. People just need more specifics on what needs to changed before opening the can of worms.
“We the people” includes all the people you seem to think you’re entitled to hate. They vote, too.
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VOTE YES on the Constitutional Convention! This is best for the PEOPLE of Alaska! Shelley Hughes Torpedoes the Narrative – Alaska Watchman
Don’t be afraid! This is the right thing to do!
I support the constitutional convention for the many reasons listed above by David Boyle. I find it fascinating that the many commenters here that are “against” can only rely on ad hominem attacks, fear mongering, and name calling. That should be very telling for anyone paying attention.
What do you support changing? Details Matt!
Bring the legislation process on the road system, no more hiding in Juneau! This will also allow the PFD to be saved for the people. Good was to bring the money to parents so they can choose where they want their children to go to school, if you have not noticed our public education is not working, too top heavy in administration does not help children learn.
I see another member of Shelley Squad is here with smelling salts to protect her from herself.
Is Shelley Hughes ever going to lean that word salad is not persuasive?
Listen more carefully, she is out for the people!
You mean out for the people as in out to get them? Yes, we finally agree.
Out to help the people. Like bringing more money to parents to choose which schools they want, getting the lawful PFD to the people, bringing the legislation session onto the road system. YES for CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION! Don’t be afraid!
Listen more carefully. Sen. Hughes is out for the people who agree with her. The others she sneers at and dismisses as RINOs and liberals, and tries to paint legitimate disagreement as harassment. She is in the wrong line of work, like many of her colleagues.
We are one of the few states that allows 40 week abortions. This can only be fixed by changing the constitution. If you vote no, you are a murderer.