ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court has garnered widespread controversy, with many voices in favor, and many saying "Kava-no."
Alaska has seen public rallies on both sides in the month of August. Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and its supporters came together in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau on Sunday in a national day of action, calling on Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan to reject the Supreme Court nomination.
At least a hundred anti-Kavanaugh ralliers set up shop Sunday afternoon at Peratrovich Park in downtown Anchorage. “
Anti-Kavanaugh protesters shouted, "Who’s got the power? We’ve got the power! What kind of power? People power!”
“Lisa, we’re begging you, please say Kava-no!,” said protester Erin Jackson-Hill
The ralliers cited multiple reasons for their campaign against the nominee, saying a far-right justice is a poor fit for the state of Alaska, and calling for someone more centrist on the political spectrum.
“He’s already prejudiced, already decided, already made his decision and it’s in writing,” said Joni Bruner with Alaska Grassroots Alliance
“It's very counterproductive,” said Alaska Native representative, Rep. Loren Peterson . “And I think for rural Alaska, it's just detrimental in so many ways from subsistence to healthcare.”
But these protesters don’t represent all of Alaska, earlier in August, Justice for Life rallied across the state in favor of Kavanaugh, touting his personal character and experience in the justice system.
“Pro-life is a very important issue to me personally, but also freedom of religion, freedom of speech. And those were some of the issues that he is very supportive of,” said Anchorage resident Sherry Wright.
Sen. Murkowski met with Kavanaugh in her D.C. office on Thursday. After the meeting, she released a statement saying she made a point of driving home some of the unique legal issues that arise in Alaska and that she appreciated the opportunity to gain more insight into his judicial philosophy.