ANCHORAGE (KTUU) The campaign to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy is preparing to send petition booklets out across the state for the second round of signature collection.
“We’re really, really focused on getting these signatures and moving forward with the process,” said Recall Dunleavy Campaign Manager Claire Pywell.
The booklets arrived a week after the Alaska Supreme Court lifted a stay on the booklets placed by the Superior Court. The group needs to collect 71,252 signatures in order to get a recall vote on the ballot. The grounds for recall will also need to survive a final round of scrutiny in the Alaska Supreme Court.
“We know our grounds have been solid, and we have full confidence that we will prevail and a lot of confidence that we will be treated with fairness,” Pywell said.
Meanwhile, Stand Tall with Mike, an independent expenditure group, has withdrawn its appeal to the Supreme Court citing, in a release, the Court’s decision to lift the stay as an indication that “further participation in the legal process would not be a productive use of its resources.”
In that release, the group indicated it would instead focusing its efforts on “educating the public why this recall is unjustified, a waste of public resources, an affront to the 145,000 Alaskans who voted for this Governor, and a distraction from the critical issues facing Alaskans.”
The State Department of Law, however, is seeing it’s court battle with Recall Dunleavy through to the Supreme Court’s decision.
"The State appealed, and will continue with its appeal, because it believes that the Attorney General’s opinion and the Division’s decision were correct and that these issues need to be addressed by the Alaska Supreme Court," wrote Senior Assistant Attorney General Cori Mills in an email to Channel 2.
Oral arguments for the case have been set for March 25th, and the Supreme Court has indicated a decision could be made the same day of the arguments.
“That’s when we’re going to have the finality of this question about the grounds,” Pywell said.
Until oral arguments take place, Recall Dunleavy is focusing its efforts on getting signature booklets out to communities around the state.
“They can expect to start getting those booklets this week,” Pywell said.
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