“Shall there be a constitutional convention?” A debate on November’s ballot question — Sept. 29

LIVESTEAM: Watch a recording of the livestream on Alaska Public Media YouTube or Alaska Public Media Facebook.

Alaska’s state constitution was ratified in 1956. While the document has been amended numerous times since then, it has never been revisited in its entirety. That could change if voters approve a ballot measure this November asking whether Alaska should revisit its constitution by holding a convention with elected delegates. Whether or not the measure passes could have a major impact on the state’s political future.

Join us Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium for a free live debate between advocates on both sides of the issue. Moderated by veteran journalist Lori Townsend, the debate will include questions from a panel of reporters from Alaska Public Media, Alaska Beacon and Anchorage Daily News. Debating will be:


Bob Bird, Chairman of the Alaskan Independence Party and host of Talk of the Kenai (KSRM 920 AM)

Loren Leman, former Alaska Lieutenant Governor 


Joelle Hall, President Alaska AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations)

Matt Shuckerow, Owner Fathom Strategic Communications 

When: Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Wendy Williamson Auditorium at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Watch: In person or online (live streaming on Alaska Public Media YouTube and the Alaska Public Media Facebook page). A replay of the debate will air on KTOO 360TV at 8:30 p.m.

Organized  by Alaska Public Media & UAA’s Seawolf Debate Program

Co-Sponsored by Commonwealth North, the Alaska Beacon, & the Anchorage Daily News

Support for this event was provided by the Alaska Center for Excellence in Journalism & the Atwood Foundation

Photos used in marketing courtesy of KTOO.

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