The Alaska State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse

Information on Alaska's constitutionally mandated Nov. 8, 2022 constitutional convention referendum, including news, opinion, and history

Opinion

Note: Blogs are excluded from this list. It is often hard to distinguish between news and opinions, so there is some judgement used here. When a news outlet has claimed to separate its news and opinion sections, that self-categorization has been followed even when the news section does not seek meaningful balance.

Pro

Church, Joshua, Why I am supporting a Constitutional Convention for Alaska, Daily News-Miner, Sept. 13, 2022.

Church, Joshua, Letter: Yes to a constitutional convention, Anchorage Daily News, Sept 7, 2022.

Campbell, Craig, Dark, outside money Is trying to keep you from getting your PFD,  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, Aug 23, 2022.*

Canning, Donald, If now isn’t the right time for an Alaska constitutional convention, when will be?, Alaska Anchorage News, August 22, 2022.*

Davidson, Joel, Dark money fooled Alaska once – don’t let it happen again, Alaska Watchman, Aug. 22, 2022.

Myers, Robert, Why I support a constitutional convention, The Alaska Landmine, Aug. 18, 2022.* Myers is an Alaskan State senator.

Blog: Keppel, Willy, Constitutional Convention, Delta Discovery, August 4, 2022. “These people are spending MILLIONS of dollars SELLING FEAR, when in reality they’re selling BUSINESS AS USUAL.”

Libbey, Jake, Setting the Con Con record straight, Alaska Watchman, July 22, 2022.

Pettyjohn, Fritz, Do we trust Alaskans to decide the dividend question?, Must Read Alaska, Jan. 20, 2022. The author has also been on a Must Read Alaska podcast on the upcoming constitutional convention referendum.

Pettyjohn, Fritz, The PFD and the constitutional convention, Must Read Alaska, Dec. 15, 2021.

Bird, Bob, Is it time for a constitutional convention, Must Read Alaska, Sept. 5, 2021

Con

Douglas, Sioux, and Beth Chapman, Opinion: Join us in voting against a constitutional convention; Voting no on a constitutional convention is vital to the well-being and stability of our state, Juneau Empire, Sept. 21, 2022.

Murkowski, Frank H., Opinion: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, Frontiersman, Sept. 6, 2022.

Derr, Loraine, Opinion: We do not need to convene a constitutional convention; Ways to amend the constitution already exist, Peninsula Clarion, Sept. 6, 2022.

Spectrum, Dermot Cole, Shielded by state employees, Dunleavy tries to make political cowardice into a virtue, Mat-Sue Valley Frontiersman, Aug. 23, 2022.

Geldhof, Joe, There is no need for a constitutional convention: What are the odds a constitutional convention will be anything other than a circus?, Juneau Empire, Opinion: We do not need to convene a constitutional conventionAug. 18, 2022.

Bakalar, Libby, Why saying ‘no’ to a constitutional convention is the most important vote you’ll cast this November, Anchorage Daily News, July 18, 2022.*

James, David, Abortion, morality and the law, Anchorage Daily News, July 15, 2022.

Moniak, Rich, A constitutional convention would be doomed to fail, Juneau Empire, July 1, 2022.*

Schijvens, Meilani, We’re at risk of losing our well-crafted constitution: Vote no for a constitutional convention in November, Juneau Empire, June 28, 2022.

Nenana, Pamela Samash, Saving the lives of future Alaskans, Fairbanks News-Miner, Jun 27, 2022.

Mertz, Max, Just say no to a constitutional convention, Juneau Empire, June 7, 2022. Also published in the Peninsula Clarion on June 9, 2022.

Kimmel, Mara, Constitutional convention threatens Alaskans’ privacy, reproductive health care rights, Anchorage Daily News, May 9, 2022. Also published as an ACLU of Alaska Press Release. Fact check: “The first time the question appeared on the ballot was 1972.” This statement is incorrect: the first time was 1970. (Published in May  10, 2022 print edition.)

Haycox, Steven, Supreme Court signals on abortion are an ominous sign for Alaskans’ right to privacy, Anchorage Daily News, May 9, 2022.

Franks, Lyn, Oppose Constitutional Convention, Anchorage Daily News, May 4, 2022.

Gruening, Win, Constitutional Convention would open a can of worms, Juneau Empire, April 28, 2022. Also published in Peninsula Clarion, April 30, 2022 and 6Park.News/Alaska, April 28, 2022.

Harrison, Gordon, Alaska’s constitution has served us well since statehood, Anchorage Daily News, April 22, 2022. (Published in April 24, 2022 print edition.)

Giessel, Cathy, et al., Why Alaskans are uniting against a constitutional convention, Anchorage Daily News, April 7, 2022. Fact Check: in 1972 Alaskans voted to approve a convention, but a court later overturned the result. The press release coinciding with the website rollout was Defend Our Constitution Announces Statewide Coalition Opposing 2022 Constitutional Convention Question, April 7, 2022.

Corbus, Bill, A constitutional convention is fraught with danger for Juneau, Southeast and Alaska as a whole, Juneau Empire, Dec. 20, 2021. Also published in the Peninsula Clarion.

Persily, Larry, Alaska shouldn’t risk the free-for-all of a constitutional convention, Anchorage Daily News, Nov. 11, 2021.

Jenkins, Paul, A constitutional convention is a terrible idea for Alaska, Anchorage Daily News, Sept. 10, 2021.

Homer, Hal, Quit the constitutional convention talk, Anchorage Daily News, Sept. 16, 2021.

No Side

Pettyjohn, Fritz, The politics of abortion in 2022, Must Read Alaska, June 26, 2022.

Snider, J.H., Preparing for Alaska’s constitutional convention referendum, Juneau Empire, Feb. 9, 2022.

Pro & Con Debates

Kern, Valerie, Should Alaska hold a Constitutional Convention? Both sides of the question make their case | Alaska Insight, Alaska Public Media, September 23, 2022. 56:47 Segment. J.H. Snider Comment: This is the  most professionally produced and substantial pro & con debate that has yet been produced in Alaska. It is only marred by Moderator Lori Townsend’s heavy reliance on convention opponents’ talking points to frame her questions and limit the debate. Some of her questions were loaded in the sense that she assumed what in fact should have been presented as a question for debate.

“Shall there be a constitutional convention?” A debate on November’s ballot question — Sept. 29, Alaska Public Media, August 23, 2022.

Alaskan Independence Party Chair Bob Bird vs. Alaska Senator John Coghill: Constitutional Convention Debate, Alaska Watchman.com, Feb. 5, 2022. Q&A begins at 53 minutes. Two social conservatives disagree over the merits of calling a constitutional convention.

Talk Shows

Note: It is hard to gather information on radio, TV, and internet-based events covering the upcoming constitutional convention referendum, so this section is incomplete. Please send missing event information to this website via its contact page.

Michael Dukes Talk Show, KMVN 105.7 FM, March 10, 2022. Interview with J.H. Snider. Description: We start off with headlines and then jump into a deeper discussion with Dr JH Snider PhD about the in’s and out’s of the Constitutional Convention. We’ll go through the mechanics, positives and pitfalls of the ConCon. The discussion is from 20:25 to 59:10.

Suzanne Downing Podcast, Must Read Alaska, Dec. 21, 2021. Interview with Fritz Pettyjohn. Description: “In today’s episode of the MRAK podcast, Suzanne Downing talks with Fritz Pettyjohn about his time in Alaska, including the state senate, news, and more. He also discusses the ideas behind the constitutional convention.”

Non-Debate Event Formats

PFD Rally’s Happening Statewide Sept 20!, ConstitutionYES Press Release, Sept. 16, 2022.

Sen. Mike Shower (R-Wasilla) on the need to call a statewide constitutional convention, School of Government, July 25, 2022.

 

Editorials

Pro

Forthcoming

Con

No to convention, Ketchikan Daily News, Sept. 12, 2022.

Leave it Alone, Ketchikan Daily News, July 11, 2022. Permanent link.*

No Convention, Ketchikan Daily News, April 30, 2022. Permanent link.

 

Advocacy

Note: Social media posts may not represent a settled group position. But even if they are trail balloons, they are likely to forecast a group’s ultimate position.

No Side

Forthcoming

Con

Defend Our Constitution, April 8, 2022. This is the  website of the key coalition opposing a constitutional convention It is unlikely that convention proponents will have any messaging, including website, that is comparably well-funded, well-tested, and sophisticated.

Resolution of the Alaska Municipal League, March 2022.

Save Our State, Facebook post on the Save Our State’s official website, Nov. 12, 2021.

Central Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters, Facebook post on the League’s official website, Sept. 13, 2021.

Campaign Finance

For additional information, see the Alaska Public Offices Commission, Campaign Disclosure. Key dates: Oct. 10, 2022 (for Feb. 2 to Oct. 7), Nov. 1, 2022 (for Oct. 8 to Oct. 29), Daily as needed (for Oct. 30 to Nov. 7), Feb. 15, 2023 (for Oct. 30 to Feb. 1). For more details, see Alaska Public Offices Commission: Group Reporting Dates 2022 State Elections. For the electronic filings, see Group Registration: Forms.

As of July 10, 2022, no committee had been set up for a yes campaign and so there were no known contributions to a yes campaign. All the contributions below are for Defend Our Constitution, which is the only announced no campaign. Only contributors to Defend Our Constitution that contributed more than $1,000 have their total contributions as of July 10, 2022 included here. The source of this data is the APOC Online Reports. For a list of all types of APOC Online Reports, see APOC’s listing of reports.

Note that expenditure reports are different from contributions reports. A dated expenditures report is included below in the “no” column.

This chart will next be updated in fall 2022.

wdt_ID Result Contributions To 7/12/2022 Year Filing Reason Filer Type Filer Name Filer Address Filer City Filer State Filer Zip Filer Country Business Type Email Phone Occupation Employer Total Contributed - This Report Submitted Status -------- Contribution Count Contact First Name Contact Last Name Contact Email Contact Phone
1 1 0.00 2021 Contributions of $500 or more Individual ANDERSON, JENNIFER PO Box 234225 Anchorage Alaska 99523 USA Database Administrator Municipality of Anchorage 0.00 Filed 1
2 2 0.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual Angvik, Jane PO Box 201348 Anchorage Alaska 99520 USA Retired Retired 0.00 12/03/2022 Filed 1
3 3 0.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual Barrett, Thomas 1233 U Street Anchorage Alaska 99501 USA Retired N/A 0.00 Filed 1
4 4 1,000.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual Begich , Mark 6447 Colgate Dr Anchorage Alaska 99504 USA CEO Northern Compass Group 0.00 Filed 1
5 5 0.00 2021 Contributions of $500 or more Individual Botelho, Bruce 401 F Street Douglas Alaska 99824 USA Retired None 0.00 Filed 1
6 6 0.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual Clark, Christopher P.O. Box 240527 Douglas Alaska 99824 USA Legislative Aide Alaska State Legislature 0.00 Filed 1
7 7 5,000.00 2022 Contributions in excess of $2,000 Individual Compton, Karen 1811 Westchester Circle Anchorage Alaska 99517 USA retired self 0.00 Filed 1
8 8 500.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual Cotter, Lawrence 5980 Thane Rd. Juneau (JNU) Alaska 99801 USA Retired Retired 0.00 03/02/2022 Filed 1
9 9 0.00 2022 Contributions in excess of $2,000 Individual Cronen, Kathleen PO Box 930 Girdwood Alaska 99587 USA Consultant Self 0.00 Filed 1
10 10 3,000.00 2022 Contributions in excess of $2,000 Individual CRUZ, BRADLEY 1964 Loussac Dr Anchorage Alaska 99517 USA retired retired 0.00 Filed 1
11 11 0.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual Fischer, Vic PO Box 201348 Anchorage Alaska 99520 USA Retired Retired 0.00 12/03/2022 Filed 1
12 12 0.00 2022 Contributions in excess of $2,000 Individual Goldsmith, Donna 14120 Jarvi Drive Anchorage Alaska 99515 USA retired none 0.00 07/04/2022 Filed 1
13 13 1,000.00 2021 Contributions of $500 or more Individual Gornto, William 1340 SAINT GOTTHARD AVE ANCHORAGE Alaska 99508 USA SVP Corp Risk Mgmt BBNC 0.00 07/09/2021 Filed 1
14 14 7,500.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual Gottstein, David 1007 West 3rd Avenue, Suite 203 Anchorage Alaska 99501 USA Registered Investment Advisor Dynamic Capital Management, Inc. 0.00 03/02/2022 Filed 1
15 15 0.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual Groh, Clifford P.O. Box 201411 Anchorage Alaska 99520 USA Lawyer Self 0.00 Filed 1
16 16 0.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual HALL, JOELLE Po Box 770246 Eagle River Alaska 99577 USA President Alaska AFL-CI0 0.00 Filed 1
17 17 0.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual Hamilton , Mark 467 EProvident Drive Boise Idaho 86703 USA Retired N/a 0.00 04/02/2022 Filed 1
18 18 1,114.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual Harrison, Gordon 1718 Willow Dr. 79861 Alaska 99801 USA retired none 0.00 Filed 1
19 19 100,000.00 2021 Contributions in excess of $2,000 Individual Hoang, Cuong 800 Boylston Street, Suite 1560 Boston Massachusetts 2199 USA Director of Programs Mott Philanthropic 0.00 Filed 1
20 20 1,000.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual Hunt, Karen 1079 Potlatch Cr Anchorage Alaska 99503 USA retired none 0.00 09/05/2022 Filed 1
21 21 50,000.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual JANSEN, JAMES 4111 Endeavor Circle Anchorage Alaska 99515 USA Chairman Lynden 0.00 Filed 1
22 22 0.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual Kerttula, Beth 10601 Horizon Drive Juneau Alaska 99801 USA retired Not Employed 0.00 Filed 1
23 23 5,000.00 2022 Contributions in excess of $2,000 Individual Knauss, Kristopher P.O. BOX 110190 ANCHORAGE Alaska 99511 USA Lobbyist Self-Employed 0.00 Filed 2
24 24 0.00 2021 Contributions of $500 or more Individual MJOS, PETER 1725 east 24th av Anchorage Alaska 99508 USA retired retired 0.00 01/09/2021 Filed 1
25 25 0.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual Monson, David PO Box 60249 Fairbanks Alaska 99706 USA Retired Retired 0.00 05/05/2022 Filed 1
26 26 0.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual MUNSON, MYRA 142 Gastineau Ave Juneau Alaska 99801 USA Lawyer Sonosky Chambers Law Firm LLP 0.00 06/05/2022 Filed 1
27 27 3,500.00 2022 Contributions in excess of $2,000 Individual Norton, Barbara 1964 Loussac Dr Anchorage Alaska 99517 USA Nurse Midwife Geneva Woods Midwifery 0.00 Filed 1
29 29 0.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual PERMAN, IRA 1041 W 23rd Ave Anchorage Alaska 99503 USA Philanthropy Atwood Foundation 0.00 Filed 1
30 30 0.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual Peterson, Matt 2524 Brook Hill Cir. Anchorage Alaska 99516 USA Lawyer Clapp Peterson Tiemessen Thorsness LLC 0.00 Filed 1
31 31 5,000.00 2022 Contributions in excess of $2,000 Individual PLOTNICK, ROCHELLE 16360 Far View Pl Anchorage Alaska 99516 USA retired retired 0.00 07/02/2022 Filed 1
32 32 0.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual Pugh, Margaret 1011 D. St. Juneau Alaska 99801 USA Retired State of Alaska 0.00 03/02/2022 Filed 1
33 33 15,000.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual Rhoades, Stephanie 1338 F Street Anchorage Alaska 99501 USA retired none 0.00 Filed 1
34 34 0.00 2022 Contributions in excess of $2,000 Individual ROBBINS, STEPHEN 7928 Frostline Cr. Anchorage Alaska 99507 USA Retired None 0.00 Filed 1
35 35 0.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual SCHUBERT, GAIL 10615 Main Tree Drive Anchorage Alaska 99507 USA President & CEO Bering Straits Native Corporation 0.00 06/02/2022 Filed 1
36 36 1,000.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual Smith, Robin 14100 Jarvi Dr Anchorage Alaska 99515 USA Retired Retired 0.00 Filed 1
37 37 5,000.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual STEINKRUGER, NIESJE 1249 Donna Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99712 Fairbanks Alaska 99712 USA Retired None 0.00 Filed 1
38 38 1,000.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual Sund, John 3026 Mountainwood Circle Juneau Alaska 99801 USA Retired Retired 0.00 Filed 1
39 39 0.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Individual ulmer, frances 1001. E. Street Anchorage Alaska 99501 USA Fellow Harvard 0.00 Filed 1
40 40 2,500.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Other Alaska Electric Light and Power Company 5601 Tonsgard Ct Juneau Alaska 99801 USA electric utility President and General Manager Alaska Electric Light and Power Company 0.00 Filed 1 Connie Hulbert connie.hulbert@aelp.com 907-780-2222
41 41 0.00 2021 Contributions of $500 or more Other Alaska Marijuana Industry Association PO Box 19283 Anchorage Alaska 99519 USA Industry Association Committee Member AMIA 0.00 Filed 1 Lenin Lau lenin@goodalaska.com 9073715897
42 42 15,000.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Other Alaska Nurses Association 3701 E. Tudor Rd #208 Anchorage Alaska 99507 USA Professional Organization RN AaNA 0.00 Filed 1 Donna Phillips donna@aknurse.org 9078305333
43 43 2,500.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Other Alaska Power & Telephone Company 901 Leatherleaf Loop; Suite 201 Wasilla Alaska 99654 USA Energy and Telecom President / CEO Alaska Power & Telephone Company 0.00 Filed 1 Michael Garrett mike.g@aptalaska.com 9073606317
44 44 30,000.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Other ASEA/AFSCME Local52 PAC 2601 Denali Street Anchorage Alaska 99503 USA Non-Profit Union Membership Accountant ASEA/AFSCME Local52 0.00 Filed 1 Margaret Pohjola Margaretp@afscmelocal52.org 907-277-5244
46 46 50,000.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Other International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers PAC 900 7th Street, NW Washington District of Columbia 20003 USA Labor Organization Treasurer IBEW 0.00 08/07/2022 Filed 1 Tracey Colton pacreports@ibew.org 202-728-6046
47 47 1,000.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Other Justice Not Politics Alaska P.O. Box 231473 Anchorage Alaska 99523 USA 501(c)(4) Executive Director Justice Not Politics Alaska 0.00 Filed 1 Charles Ward justicenotpoliticsalaska@gmail.com 9075193117
48 48 50,000.00 2022 Contributions of $500 or more Other NEA-Alaska PACE 201 Main Street, Ste. 300 Juneau Alaska 99801 USA PAC CFO NEA-Alaska 0.00 10/02/2022 Filed 1 Karen Roope kd.roope@neaalaska.org 9075863090
Result Contributions To 7/12/2022 Year Filing Reason Filer Type Filer Name Filer Address Filer City Filer State Filer Zip Filer Country Business Type Email Phone Occupation Employer Total Contributed - This Report Submitted Status -------- Contribution Count Contact First Name Contact Last Name Contact Email Contact Phone

Pro

Forthcoming

Con

Defend Our Constitution: To urge Alaskans to oppose a constitutional convention

Registration Forms for Defend Our Constitution

2021-12-12. As amended: 2021-12-13.

2022-01-03

Independent Expenditures Form 15-6

Compendium–Form 15-6

12/22/2001

01/06/2022

02/11/2022

03/02/2022

03/12/2022

Year End Contributions Report

Year end contributions report as of 2/1/2022 (Total $29,778.08 plus $57,500.00 in debt.) 

“Contributions” Table

Total “contributions” as of 3/2/2022: $80,753,32.

Addendum: as of 4/2/2022, Alaska NEA was the largest contributor with a $50,000 contribution plus extensive, non-reportable internal organizational support.

Note that Alaska doesn’t require timely disclosure of large contributors. Instead, recipients of expenditures can be listed as taking on a “debt,” allowing large contributors to temporarily delay disclosing their contributions.

 

Date Recipient Amount URL
12/12/2021 Ship Creek Group, LLC $3,000 http://www.shipcreekgroup.com/
12/13/2021 Paul DeLaiarro (affiliated with Ship Creek Group) $246 http://www.shipcreekgroup.com/
12/27/2022 Anedot $4.30 N.A.
1/1/2022 Ship Creek Group, LLC $10,000 http://www.shipcreekgroup.com/
1/05/2022 Ira Slomski-Pritz (affiliated with Ship Creek Group) $64.99 http://www.shipcreekgroup.com/
2/1/2022 Ship Creek Group, LLC $10,000 http://www.shipcreekgroup.com/
2/1/2022 Fathom Strategic Communications (founded 3/31/2021) $7,000 https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewshuckerow/
2/1/2022 Yuit Communications $27,500 https://goyuit.com/
2/20/2022 Anedot $1.03 N.A.
2/27/2022 Anedot $8.60 N.A.
3/1/2022 Ship Creek Group, LLC $10,000 http://www.shipcreekgroup.com/
3/2/2022 Ship Creek Group, LLC $7,746.75 http://www.shipcreekgroup.com/
3/10/2022 Ship Creek Group, LLC $23,000 http://www.shipcreekgroup.com/