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(1/x) Historic events are happening in the Alaska Legislature #akleg today, so here's a thread for folks just learning about it ...
(2/x) Today, lawmakers will meet in Wasilla and Juneau, each group claiming that its city is the legitimate place to hold the Legislature's second special session this year:… #akleg
(3/x) I asked some national historians who study state legislatures, and they couldn't think of any similar situation in recent history. #akleg
(4/x) It's a complicated situation, so I wrote a Q&A that gives a quick primer:… #akleg
(5/x) While Gov. Mike Dunleavy's decision to veto $444 million from the state's operating budget has gotten a lot of attention lately, this split is rooted in a divide over views of the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend. #akleg
(6/x) That dividend divide is so severe that it has split the Legislature's Republicans, who might otherwise have a controlling majority in both the House and Senate:… #akleg
(7/x) While the split is about the dividend, the budget vetoes are an immediate issue. If the Legislature doesn't override them by the end of the day Friday, they will stand. #akleg
(8/x) That has led thousands of Alaskans to write their legislators and protest. As @madelinemcgeeAK explained, even @portugaltheman is getting involved:… #akleg
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