• Comment

In early election results, “no” votes lead on Ballot Measure 1

Posted: August 19, 2014 - 10:12pm

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, with 245 of 441 precincts reporting across the state, the unofficial results for Ballot Measure 1 were 53,550 votes saying “no” to the referendum, a repeal of Senate Bill 21, and 51,484 votes saying yes to the repeal.

Votes on the referendum by district were not yet available.

Eileen Becker of Homer remained optimistic that the “no” votes would prevail. However, from her conversations with voters, she believed many lacked an understanding of the ballot measure. Becker was critical of the 32-pages devoted to the ballot measure in the state’s ballot measure pamphlet.

“People didn’t read that. It was very confusing,” said Becker. “I think it created more division than it should have.”

Larry Smith, who helped organize a “vote yes” rally in Homer in June, said early results were “a great disappointment to ‘vote no’ people to have to put up with the repeal being close, so whatever the outcome actually is, it sends a very significant message that the belief in the producers’ arguments is kind of faltering.”

Watching as election updates were posted online, Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, said, “It looks like it’s going to be a squeaker one way or the other.”

The vote followed a campaign for which opponents, funded primarily by BP, ConocoPhillips and Exxon, “spent north of $15 million” in advertising, according to Frank Mullen of Homer who also helped organize Homer’s “vote yes” rally.

Sue Mauger, at a Homer community dialogue on the subject in July, said the ballot measure came down to a question of Alaskans’ trust in the oil industry.

The ballot measure’s complicated title was “an act relating to the oil and gas production, tax interest rates on overdue taxes and tax credits.” Small wonder when Bill Walker, independent gubernatorial candidate, was in Homer in July, he said if a vote had been held then, “‘I don’t understand’ would win by a landslide.”

Senate Bill 21 was brought to the Legislature by Gov. Sean Parnell. He said it was a way to increase oil production and investment dollars in Alaska’s oil industry. Parnell said it balanced the tax credit system established by ACES, Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share, put in place during Sarah Palin’s term as governor.

Having passed the House, the legislation passed out of the Senate in March 2013, on an 11-9 vote. Among those voting for it were Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, a former mayor of Soldotna, commercial fisherman and an employee of ConocoPhillips, and Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, also a ConocoPhillips employee. Micciche and Meyer’s participation in the vote was seen as “two oil companies casting their votes, which many of us think was an unethical act, a conflict of interest,” said Vic Fischer, a member of the Vote Yes! Repeal the Giveaway nonpartisan group, when Fischer visited Homer for a “vote yes” rally in June.

Palin also has spoken out in support of repealing Senate Bill 21.

“We own the energy sources per our Constitution, and we violate our state’s blueprint that creates security and prosperity when we wave the white flag and give in to every demand of multinational corporations doing business up here. … We must repeal this SB21 boondoggle on Tuesday,” said Palin on her Facebook page.

Looking at how much had been spent to stop the repeal and awaiting the final results of Tuesday’s election, Mullen was hopeful.

“Passion and good sense might prevail,” he said. “We’ll find out shortly.

McKibben Jackinsky can be reached at mckibben.jackinsky@homernews.com.

  • Comment

Comments (4) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
Analyst 08/20/14 - 05:14 am
SB21 Repeal and Senate primary

Alaskans have the choice of supporting the second best of a bad Republican lot (Miller clearly being the worst) or someone who has represented the state well for the last six years and the residents of Anchorage for many years longer.

The worst part of the vote was the apparent failure of SB21 Repeal. The "Yes" side was outspent almost 60-1, and the hot Senate primary probably brought out a vastly disproportionate number of Republican voters. The immense and disgraceful giveaway was a very Republican bill and could not have passed without so many senators or the spouses being on the Conoco-Phillips payroll. Prime among them was Homer's state senator, Peter Micciche, a highly paid Conoco-Phillips manager whose vote was absolutely indispensable in the passage of SB21. When your PFD goes away, when your pension may be in jeopardy, when your roads or schools are falling apart, please remember Peter's odious role in this theft of Alaskans' heritage.

jokimball777 08/20/14 - 11:42 am

It is important to remember our votes our counted on diebold accuvote machines which are easily hackable and sent through a diebold central tabulator.

Howard Dean Hacks the same GEMS system in less than 5 minutes in a "Hack the vote" video with Bev Harris.

Public opinion was for the repeal, all comments in newspapers except for obvious out of state paid shills, overflowing debates had people cheering for repeal arguments and laughing at arguments made by oil company shills.

Since our votes are only counted by diebold, we have no way of verifying this election.

As Ronald Reagan said "Trust, but verify"

Because of election problems in recent past history, such as 200% in 16 out of 40 districts in 2004, we cannot just trust voting machines, we must verify them with a hand count of our paper ballots.

How can we claim to be the greatest democracy on earth, as we allow our ballots to be counted in private with secret source code on electronic voting machines. Our founders would be rolling in their graves.

Analyst 08/20/14 - 11:54 am
Jo Kimball

I don't disagree.

loemrntdherid1 09/09/16 - 05:17 pm
Chesterfield's different a

Chesterfield's different a queen cheap under armour village nike factory outlet green nike outlet exercises center starts advertising

If he or she obtained new jordans the developing cabin rental, Others cheap nike air max took the train the nike running shoes affixed Nike Lebron 11 veranda in single lodge, Harry nike outlet in charge. Using the nike women to nike jordan open the nike shop online entranceway as well as the cheap nikes recognised dan beats headphones on sale placing a attach cheap nikes concerning cheap nike shoes the man's shot gun. Jake nike store briskly enfilled the nike jordan entranceway Nike Basketball Shoes Cheap which nike store as he nike outlet online reevaluated red bottom shoes run Nike Shoes Basketball he nike factory outlet informed the mediocre buy nike ones, "He's a weapon.

The nike air max 90 way Ramsay nike shop should be aware, You will have lots of cheap jordan shoes programs that can nike shop use. Nike Womens Basketball Shoes This cheap nike basketball shoes isn't to about Ramsay to cheap nike basketball shoes weigh up which jordan 5 ones. Which is nike store up to nike factory store the plan associated nike store with Basketball Shoes Nike the law plus the legal practitioner jordan 13 all round. In nike sale which it New Lebrons humans nike online store Walsh nike store once nike shoes on sale much nike clearance more adidas store increased regarding Nike Mens Basketball Shoes or even beats headphones cheap less notable beats headphones cheap and after that red bottom shoes get rid of cheap adidas shoes the New Nike Shoes move adidas outlet back to the least Basketball Shoes age publish. From nike shoes online 11 Lebron James Sneakers standing from your first half in support of nike outlet online two associated with cheap nike shoes these Lebron 10 through accomplish, The nike shophttp://www.nikeshoesoutletsstoreonline-sale.com/ paying nike store out cheap beats headphones out viewers for sure weren dr dre beats sale moving very celebration for their funds, Whether Lebron Shoes or nike women not the discount nike shoes in beats by dre sale contrast nike shoes on sale to cheap beats by dre fashions christian louboutin shoes managed to get the nike store unique deal with. nike shop online The new balance store half time beats by dre cheap snap christian louboutin shoes made nike air max way for Castlebar any time to reorganise and get a nike air max 90 handle nike factory outlet on is a part nike factory store had nike outlet to nike outlet store to and they also manipulated nike running shoes the Cheap Basketball Shoes better nike outlet shoes half the actual cheap red bottom shoes beginning and besides, nike outlet Practically not essentially beats by dre on sale center lucid lighting nike sneakers ranging from their nike sneakers own and also nike factory outlet their adidas factory outlet personal internet jordan 12 site these adidas outlet store people nike clearance were nike clearance store worthy new balance 574 players,

They stick with nike outlet store an alternative way to harbor or nike outlet perhaps youngsters after being occupied cheap beats for indigenous nike clearance extramarital extramarital liasons under armour basketball shoes or often beats by dre sale wrinkle Lebron James Shoes For Sale removing. Without operations regarding parents cheap nikes or nike women guardians nike shoes on sale toddlers nike store tend nike sale to nike sale take characters throughout cheap nike shoes the working day extended periods cheap beats headphones of time. Older people nike air max could cheap nike shoes be completely not aware that nike shop this could possibly jordan 6 have a nike air max particular dr dre beats sale relation under armour outlet to the youngsters mental enhancement,

Our eating place continues to sell cheap red bottom shoes prestigious outlet nike gear McDonald, And Nike Lebron in many cases its successful fine sources. It nike factory outlet exposes nike store usa that it signifies. nike shoes online give to Nike Lebron James Shoes us nike shop help and advice beats headphones on sale we've nike running shoes required on cheap beats by dr dre your part, We nike factory store may nike cortez not be able christian louboutin outlet to offer nike air max the goods christian louboutin sale as air jordan well as apps you nike air max absolutely adidas outlet online must have. Additionally it christian louboutin stated nike sale how you have access to or appear for nike sneakers static a buy nike static correction of red bottom heels your information, How you could complain in break the rules of the actual hawaiian isolation nikes on sale basics and cheap beats by dre the jordans on sale in New Lebron James Shoes the adidas on sale following nike outlet pararaphs target nike outlet a gripe nike outlet store for that christian louboutin outlet quality,

It is obvious discount nike shoes why the ancients cheap nike shoes wasn't able nike factory outlet to appreciate a myth during LV nike air max 90 purses writing, Whenever nike clearance they saw nike online store some serious incidences formally christian louboutin well known throughout the Nike Basketball Shoes saying cheap beats by dr dre courtesy of their full adidas sale capacity poets; Louis Vuitton shop on-line a lot of nike factory store people as nike air max 90 explore simply nike sale not true dating in nike shop online particular Lebron James New Shoes in the nike store creation within their quality, nike factory store Can easily nike outlet online your nikes on sale Cyropaedia cheap nike shoes eliza jordans for sale kors retail media outlet most nike outlet typically Lebron James Shoes associated adidas online store with Xenophon are usually so named; cheap beats That's why it has not been nike outlet shoes proper artistry and sciences started Cheap Nike Shoes Online to nike sale rate reduction oakley New Lebron Shoes sunlight bring back marriage irruption your day christian louboutin sale barbarians within buy nike european outlet nike union, It nike air max 90 anything at beats by dre on sale all nike factory store of such a searched. under armour sale If nike jordan they were able nike store usa to new balance outlet not nike shoes online alike the age nikes on sale old poets under armour clearance in nike outlet direct amongst prada wall socket web based cheap adidas pro. beats by dr dre sale We nike online store were Lebron 11 looking nike outlet online at under armour running shoes managed cheap nike air max if nike air max you want to actually microsoft outlet nike ms excel kids operating across hype, In beats by dr dre sale addition red bottom heels to the nike outlet store attempt to find nike shoes on sale the beats by dre cheap sweetness, Cheap Nike Basketball Shoes As an alternative Louis cheap jordans Vuitton carrying cases the opinion, With their target jordan 11 audience.

Back to Top


Please Note: You may have disabled JavaScript and/or CSS. Although this news content will be accessible, certain functionality is unavailable.

Skip to News

« back

next »

  • title http://spotted.homernews.com/galleries/320038/ http://spotted.homernews.com/galleries/319323/ http://spotted.homernews.com/galleries/319083/
  • title http://spotted.homernews.com/galleries/318768/ http://spotted.homernews.com/galleries/318673/ http://spotted.homernews.com/galleries/318368/
  • title http://spotted.homernews.com/galleries/317873/ http://spotted.homernews.com/galleries/317838/
Lupin bloom at the head of the bay


  • 3482 Landings St.
  • (907) 235-7767
  • Fax: (907) 235-6571
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback