Elections mean nothing?

When Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth ruled the effort to recall Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy may proceed, it was no real surprise. All sides believe the case eventually must be settled by the Alaska Supreme Court.

The court case sprang from Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai’s decision, based on an opinion from Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, to not allow the recall to go forward. Clarkson said the grounds offered for the recall were “factually and legally deficient.”

All of that will be hashed out before the state’s high court. We are left to wonder what will happen if the justices let the ruling stand.

Would that mean that a small minority can claim it does not like what a sitting governor – one barely in office, mind you – has done and demand a new election. Will “we do not agree with what you did” become sufficient grounds to remove an elected official from office?

Alaska’s grounds for recall are very limited: lack of fitness, incompetence, neglect of duties or corruption. The grounds claimed by Recall Dunleavy backers – and they do not include corruption – are laughably specious.

For all intents and purposes, the grounds they are offering amount to little more than “we do not like Dunleavy because he has not done what we wanted him to do and now we want a new election.”

If the Supreme Court upholds this nonsense, if it accepts the ridiculous “charges,” Alaska is in real trouble. If elections can be undone on little more than a whim, if the threshold for recall is so very low, there will be no end to the political chicanery.

Elections in the end will mean nothing.

5 Responses to Elections mean nothing?

  1. Marge January 14, 2020 at 7:23 am

    Nonsense it is. I believe “somebody” lost the election here and just like Hillary their support system will see to it there is an impeachment. How about this quote from constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz: “Judges are the weakest link in our system of justice and they are also the most protected.”

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  2. Dave January 14, 2020 at 7:57 am

    And Gabriel LeDoux is wondering to herself ” could this happen to me “? Probably not!!.

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    • Marge January 14, 2020 at 10:40 am

      Dave, I wrote to a legislator asking why LeDoux was not investigated.I was told they had nothing to do with it, so I wrote to the Attorney General, In essence he indicated in an email that it was none of my business. It is beyond the pale for me that when she received all those votes from one trailer court no one investigated . Whether it is Dems or Republicans, we the people should call for them to be held accountable. Probably not, your answer is right on.

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  3. Fred Flintstone January 14, 2020 at 8:37 am

    I was in Carrs Huffman the other day and there was a young girl lying on the floor in the candy aisle, screaming and kicking her feet because mommy wouldn’t give her what she wanted.

    It reminded me of Democrats’ behavior when their guy isn’t elected. Pitch a fit and make noise until you get your own way.

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  4. Morrigan January 15, 2020 at 10:16 am

    Maybe so-called Republicans, conservatives should stop their woe-is-us schtick and figure out how to go on the offensive by using the Great Alaska LeDoux Vote Experiment and Anchorage’s Easily Corruptible Mail-in Vote Experiment against their inventors.
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    Stop also with the “they bad, we good, send money” pep rallies!
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    Of course elections mean nothing… at the moment. If in doubt, recall the various pronouncements of Alaska’s Imperial State Senate President and Co-Governor Giessel, recall the sycophancy of ISSP&CG Giessel’s entourage in -every- public setting.
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    One has only to look at the most recent iteration of Alaska’s Lobbyist Directory, do the calculations to find out how much money buyers invested in our lobbyist-legislator team, and realize these people now want what they bought, “elections” be damned!
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    One has only to look at the power of the American Civil Liberties in Union in Alaska to understand elections mean nothing when traditional values are challenged. When ACLU, Alaska’s fourth arm of government speaks, state and local governments obey.
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    Sure, there’s enough information in the public domain to justify asking whether state government might be descending into a sort of dynasty, a union-management controlled RICO enterprise.
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    But who in elected “leadership” will ask out loud if he wants to keep his committee assignment, get money for his district, assure his re-election, and be allowed to deliver what lobbyists want?
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    This is our problem, Mr. Editor.
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    Alaska doesn’t have a Donald Trump.
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    Don’t look for things to improve until productive Alaskans get one.

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