Getting an audience for the issues

25,000_people_listening _in_India_2007WEBBoth Alaska Common Ground and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce have public forums planned to discuss both sides of important issues coming before Alaska voters this election season.

We bet both Cliff Groh (Alaska Common Ground) and Andrew Halcro (Anchorage Chamber of Commerce) would like an audience like the one above to hear out the discussions. We found it at Wikimedia Commons, and think it expresses a wish that we all get involved in understanding these complex issues so we can vote informed.

Hometown Alaska has invited both of these community catalysts onto the show to discuss their organization’s upcoming forums, why they chose this format, do they find themselves preaching to the choir or do they manage to bring in new faces and fresh ideas through the format of public forums.


  • Andrew Halcro, president, Anchorage Chamber
  • Cliff Groh, chair, Alaska Common Ground

Here is the list of dates and topics for both groups:

Alaska Common Ground:

  • July 23: Oil Tax Referendum (Senate Bill 21 Repeal)
  • July 30: Minimum Wage Initiative
  • Aug. 6: Marijuana Legalization Initiative
  • Aug. 13: Bristol Bay Forever Initiative
  • Oct. 4, all day: Alaska’s Fiscal Future

Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Political Event Schedule

  • July 14: Dem. Lt. Governors Debate: Hollis French and Bob Williams
  • July 21: Legalizing Marijuana in Alaska Debate (Measure 2, November)
  • July 28: Ballot Measure 1, Tax Repeal Debate (Measure 1, August)
  • Aug. 11: U.S. Senate Debate: Dan Sullivan, Mead Treadwell, Joe Miller (invited)
  • Aug. 18: U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, ‘Washington Update’Aug. 25: ‘Were the polls right’, Max Larkin

LINKS: (founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor)Alaska Common Ground
Oil Tax Referendum Guide, ACG, (4-page PDF)
Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
Community Advocacy [statement on talent and tolerance](ACC)
“Alaska’s Oil Production Tax: Comparing the Old and the New” ISER, UAA study


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