John Havelock on 'Alaska Constitutional Convention: Round 2'

2012-10-13 by

At this event, former Alaska Attorney General John Havelock discusses his provocative book, “Let’s Do it Right: Why We Need an Alaska Constitutional Convention.”

This podcast was recorded at the UAA Campus Bookstore on Oct. 10, 2012.

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Constitution Week 2012: Should Alaskans vote to have a new constitutional convention?

2012-09-22 by

Rep. Sharon Cissna and the UAA student government organized a public forum on the U.S. and the Alaska constitutions in honor of Constitution Week 2012. The teleconference included audiences in Homer and Anchorage. On Nov. 6, Alaskans will be asked to decide if they want another constitutional convention.

In Anchorage, John Havelock, former Alaska attorney general and University of Alaska professor, made opening remarks. Havelock is the author of a new book, “Let’s Get It Right,” laying out the challenges and opportunities of a new constitutional convention.

In addition to Havelock’s remarks, UAA political science instructor Guy Burnett made remarks on the U.S. Constitution. UAA professor Forrest Nabors joined the discussion on the troublesome and broad political divide in the American public. Audience members asked questions about the Alaska and federal constitutions, and the need for a constitutional convention in Alaska.

Cissna welcomed the audience. The pocast opens with Havelock’s remarks. Other key time points include:

12:37 Guy Burnett on the U.S. Constitution
38:10 Forrest Nabors on political divide in the country
45:30 Havelock on why Alaska should have a constitutional convention
47:32 Havelock on concern over a convention leading to elected judges in the state
48:39 Havelock on Bob Bartlett’s warning during the first convention to be concerned about a takeover by multinational corporations of the state’s natural resources.

This podcast was recorded Sept. 20, 2012.

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Alaska Constitutional Convention Question, Ballot Measure 1
Creating Alaska: Constitutional Convention
Website about the history of the first convention
Barnes & Noble Books
'Let's Get It Right'-Why we need an Alaska constitutional convention
Guy Burnett
Bio page, UAA Department of Political Science
Forrest Nabors
Bio page, UAA Department of Political Science