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Thursday, Aug 21-Monday Sept 1 - Alaska State Fair - We need your help!

Coming soon!  MatSu Democrats are the progressive presence at the State Fair.  Jim Chesbro has been hard at work and our new booth is nearly finished, but Jim would like some help with painting - give him a call at 841-3971 if you can help out.  We also need folks to staff our new booth at the fair.  From Thursday, Aug 21 through Monday September 1 (Labor Day) we have two shifts a day.  On week days, the time slots are from noon to 5PM and 5PM-10PM.  On weekends and Labor day the slots are 10AM-4PM and 4PM-10PM.  You can answer questions, provide literature, eat "Fair Food" and basically just hang out and enjoy all the people. We'll provide you a free admission ticket.  If you've never done it, it's easy, and even Republicans seem to be on their best behavior at the Fair so you don't need to worry about negative encounters. We have at least two people assigned to each shift so you can spell each other as needed. Give Carolyn a call at 345-3365 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  This is our biggest effort of the year and it takes lots of volunteers!  12 days, 2 shifts per day, 2 Dems per shift = 48 opportunities to get involved!

Trunk road cleanup

Many thanks to all who showed up on July 30th.  We had the litter picked up and bagged in about an hour.  We'll have one more opportunity to serve our community in this way before snowfall.  Late Sept or early Oct.

Saturday, August 9, Willow Democrats Meet the Candidates Cookout

Come meet the candidates at the Willow Community Center, 1-5PM on Saturday, Aug. 9.  Hollis French, Bob Williams and other candidates will be in attendance - food is provided.
Friday, Aug 15, 5:30-8PM, Egan Dinner at Turkey Red in Palmer

Our monthly get together starts with half an hour of social time, then an optional dinner ($25) followed by speakers/discussion.  Topic will be "Getting Out the Vote" which is extremely important for both the Aug 19 Primary and the Nov 4 General Election. Come enjoy a good meal and great conversation with valley Dems!

Saturday, August 16th - Mat Su Dems at the Recycling Center

Valerie still needs a few more volunteers.  Time slots are 10:30AM-1PM or 1-3:30PM.  Wear your Mat Su Democrats T-shirt and enjoy working for a good cause.  You can contact Valerie at 745-3903 (h), 315-3059 (c) or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tuesday, Aug 19 - Primary Election Day

Ballot Proposition #1 - SB21 is voted on Aug 19 - NOT on the November election. Big Oil is outspending the "Yes" side 100 to 1.  Will they buy another election?  We also get to choose our Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor - our very own Bob Williams is running against Hollis French, both strong candidates, but we know who we prefer...  Get out and vote and make sure all your like minded friends make it to the polls as well!

Thursday, Aug 21, 5-7PM - Drinking Liberally

You don't have to drink, but the conversation will be of a Liberal nature. Join us at the Grape Tap in Wasilla for a social time where you don't have to be afraid to admit your progressive identity. Go in the front door and turn right to the small bar area.

Saturday, Sept 6, 10AM-Noon, Monthly MatSu Dems Planning Meeting

Join us at the Meeting House (415 Bailey St., Palmer) to help plan all of our upcoming activities (Egan Dinners, State Fair, volunteer efforts, parties, etc.)  All are welcome!

Campaign Links:

Mark Begich, U.S. Senate   http://www.markbegich.com

Byron Mallott, AK Governor   http://www.byronmallott.com

Forrest Dunbar, U.S. House   http://www.forrestforalaska.com

Bob Williams, AK Lieut. Gov.   http://williamsforalaska.com/wp

Pat Chesbro, AK Senate Seat F   http://www.patchesbro.com

Pam Rahn, House Dist 8

Mabel Wimmer, House Dist 9    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Neal Lacy, AK House Dist. 10       http://democracy.com/neallacy/bio.aspx

Pete LaFrance, AK House Dist. 11  http://democracy.com/plafrance

Gretchen Wehmhoff, House Dist 12  http://www.gretchenforhouse.com

(Candidates, please let me know if any corrections need to be made - I'll run his list with each email we send out until elections. Also keep me posted on any events and we'll get the word out.)


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Dan Heynen - Vice Chair
Valerie Mittlestead - Secretary
Carolyn Covington - Treasurer

District 7
Sarah Welton - Chair
Dewey Taylor - Vice Chair

District 8
Allen Rahn - Chair
Patricia Fisher - Vice Chair

District 9
Jamey Duhamel - Chair
Dan Heynen - Vice Chair

District 10
Mikse Willoya-Marx - Chair
Neal Lacy - Vice Chair
Chaz Rivas - Young Dem

District 11
Sally Hitchcock - Chair
Jim Wardman - Vice Chair

District 12
Pat Chesbro - Chair
Jim Chesbro - Vice Chair


2013 MatSu Voting District map that will be in effect for the next 10 years.





— The Alaska Supreme Court affirmed this week that the Alaska Redistricting Board must start from scratch and redraw the state's 40 legislative districts in a way that conforms to the state constitution.

In an order issued Wednesday, the court said that the board's failure in 2012 to create districts that met constitutional requirements means its entire plan is flawed, even districts that weren't challenged. The Supreme Court allowed the 2012 election to be conducted under the flawed plan, but only because there wasn't time to fix it.

The board hasn't met since mid-March and its only staff is an administrative assistant. Its chairman said earlier this week that the board would not resume work until after the U.S. Supreme Court decides a challenge by an Alabama county to the U.S. Voting Rights Act, expected in late June.

Jason Gazewood, the Fairbanks attorney who sued the Redistricting Board on behalf of two voters for violating the Alaska Constitution, said he was concerned the board wouldn't get its work done in time for the 2014 election.

Last month, the board asked the Supreme Court to clarify its ruling that tossed the board's map. The board asked the court whether it needed to draw all new districts, even districts that met constitutional guidelines. And, it asked, if it had to redraw all 40 House districts, would it be proper to use some of the 2012 boundaries if they happened to still work in a new plan?

It its order Wednesday, the court said "yes" on both counts but indicated the board needed to provide a new constitutional justification if it used the original boundaries.

"The first step in the redistricting process is to construct districts that comply with the requirements of the Alaska Constitution," the court wrote in its order. A district that is the same or similar to the 2012 district "will not in and of itself preclude the new district from being approved."

The court declined to respond to points raised by Gazewood in his own filing -- whether another round of public hearings would be needed for the new plan and whether the board was allowing sufficient time to enable a voter to challenge the next plan in court. The justices said Gazewood should bring those concerns to Superior Court in Fairbanks, where his challenge was brought in the first place.

Gazewood said Friday he hadn't decided how he would proceed.

The state constitution requires new House districts to be redrawn every 10 years to account for population shifts identified in the U.S. Census and to ensure, as much as possible, that each district has the same population. The constitution requires districts to be contiguous and compact and to contain a "relatively integrated socio-economic area." Two adjacent House districts make up a Senate district.

The U.S. Voting Rights Act imposes other standards to preserve the power of Native votes in some rural areas. The Alaska Supreme Court says the federal law must be applied after the boundaries are set under state law and adjusted if necessary -- not the other way around, as the Redistricting Board did.

Gazewood said it doesn't make sense for the board to await a decision in the Voting Rights Act case before drafting a new plan. Regardless of what happens in Washington, D.C., he said, the board will have to first draw up 40 districts that conform to the Alaska Constitution.

"If there's a state constitutional issue and nobody has a chance to look at it and assess it appropriately, we're going to be in the same position where we were before, which is the potential of having an interim plan in 2014, when this should've been done a long time ago," Gazewood said.

Board chairman John Torgerson did not respond to a message left on his work phone or to an email sent to his work address.

Reach Richard Mauer at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 257-4345.

Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2013/04/26/2880868/court-sends-redistricting-board.html#storylink=cpy



Last Updated (Sunday, 28 April 2013 10:10)


The Courts are allowing the "Amended" redistricting maps to be used for the 2012 Elections.  Here's the URL to the map of the MatSu voting districts:


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Last Updated (Wednesday, 27 June 2012 19:30)