Alaska secession initiative blocked by Alaska High Court

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January 26, 2010

JUNEAU, Alaska: The Alaska Supreme Court blocked a ballot initiative that would allow state residents to vote on whether or not to secede from the United States. This isn’t the first time the secession initiative has surfaced in the state, as Scott Kohlhaas has spearheaded similar initiatives in 2003 and 2007.

Chief Justice Dana Fabe wrote on behalf of the Supreme Court: “Kohlhaas's revised initiative seeks either secession itself or a change in existing constitutional law to allow secession. Because secession is clearly unconstitutional, and because the people of Alaska cannot effect constitutional change through the initiative process, Kohlhaas' revised initiative is an improper subject for the initiative proces…Because the Alaska Constitution is rooted in the relationship between the state of Alaska and the United States of America, neither the political framework it establishes nor the political community it names exists outside that relationship."[1]

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