PRESS RELEASE: Democrats Push Same Day Voter Registration: Want More People Voting, Not Fewer

(JUNEAU) – Today a group of Democrats announced they are filing a bill to increase the number of Alaskans who vote. Their bill will allow Alaskans to register the same day they vote. The bill contrasts with efforts we saw leading up to the 2012 election. That effort was pushed by the corporate-funded GOP leaning group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and others to lower voter turnout by requiring additional forms of identification not currently required in Alaska. ALEC is funded by companies like the foreign drug-maker Bayer, drug-maker Abbott Labs, and over a hundred large corporations.

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NEWS: Democratic Leaders Offer Strong Vision for Alaska

Fair share, education and energy priorities for Democratic Legislators

in State of the State response

JUNEAU – Tonight, Senate Democratic Leader Johnny Ellis (D-Anchorage) and House Democratic Leader Beth Kerttula (D-Juneau) presented a strong vision for Alaska in their response to the governor’s state of the state speech. The two leaders said making a commitment to education, lowering the cost of energy, and standing up for Alaska’s fair return on its resources are the Democratic caucuses’ priorities.

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NEWS: House Democrats Announce New Committee Assignments

JUNEAU – Today, House Democratic leadership announced updated committee assignments for the upcoming legislative session. The seats on the Finance and Resources Committees are tentative until a final decision is made once the entire caucus can meet in person. Currently, one member is out of town due to a family medical situation.

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NEWS: House Democratic Caucus Responds to Rep. Holmes’ Departure

Today, House Democratic Leader Beth Kerttula (D-Juneau) released the following statement in response to Representative Lindsey Holmes’ decision to join the House Republican caucus:

“House Democrats have worked effectively to preserve Alaska’s fair return for our oil, to get our schools the resources they need, and to lower the cost of energy for Alaska’s homes and businesses, and we will continue to do so. We have a strong team of Democratic legislators, with four new members who bring tremendous energy and experience, and we look forward to a productive session on behalf of all Alaskans.”

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