Alaska 2020

Goal

Defend a bipartisan coalition

Chamber Makeup

State Senate

7 Democrats

13 Republicans

State House

15 Democrats

23 Republicans

2 Independents

Opportunity Assessment

Alaska is at a critical turning point: will the state be led by a bipartisan coalition that has its eyes on the future? Or will it revert to an extreme right-wing agenda that continues to put corporate special interests first—no matter who it hurts? Empowering and growing the coalition is the only way to ensure the former.

The Stakes

For decades, Republican leadership in the state has prioritized corporate special interests over policies that benefit families and working people. The result? A financial and social services crisis that lawmakers can no longer ignore. 

  • Advanced draconian, multi-year cuts to Medicaid, even though more than one in four Alaskans rely on Medicaid for healthcare coverage.

  • Pushed midyear cuts to public schools, threatening to derail student studies.

  • Worked to remove conflict-of-interest rules on state legislators—which would enable further cozying with corporate special interests.

The bipartisan coalition is:

  • Committed to expanding affordable healthcare for all Alaskans, including by protecting Medicaid from cuts.

  • Implementing an innovative program to reduce vaccination costs for patients.

  • Pursuing an ambitious vision of an Alaska that leads in renewable energy, driving economic growth that would benefit all Alaskans.

2020 Political Landscape

  • In 2020, the entire House and half the Senate are up for election.  Democrats hold a minority in the State House but control the chamber thanks to some moderate Republicans who are working with mainstream Democrats to form a governing majority focused on the people.

  • Flipping Republican-held State House seats would strengthen Democrats’ ability to provide a bulwark against right wing GOP Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

  • In 2018:

    • Democratic U.S. House nominee Alyse Galvin won a majority of state legislative seats in the state.

    • Four Republicans are in districts carried by Galvin—but only two have joined Democrats in the governing majority.

    • Alaska featured the closest state legislative race of 2018 when Republican Bart LeBon won a seat outside Fairbanks by one vote.