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  •  From Wikipedia: (5+ / 0-)

    Shortly after the 2006 November election, a bipartisan coalition was announced between all nine senate Democrats and six[1] senate Republicans. Democrats will chair the Judiciary, Health, Education, & Social Services, Labor and Commerce, Community and Regional Affairs, and Transportation Committees, as well as co-chair the powerful Finance Committee. The senate Republicans in the coalition will also have a co-chair for the Finance Committee (the minority Republicans will only be giving one seat on the committee), and chair the State Affairs, Resources, and Rules Committees[2]

    Because of the Republican split, the Democrats control a majority of committee chairmanships while Republicans in the governing coalition chair the others. The majority leader is the same legislator as it was in the last session, a Republican, who has joined the bi-partisan coalition. Because of this, the minority leader is head of the five-member Republican organization. Hence, all three listed officers of the body are Republicans, as different aspects are in the majority (with the chamber-wide minority Democrats) while others are in the official minority.

    It's really interesting.  I'd also like to note that the minority leader is from listed as being from North Pole.  (Which to Alaskans may not be strange, but to a Floridian it certain sounds odd!)

    But there's nothing on Wikipedia that tells me length of terms or talks about elections.  Must dig deeper.

    "No government has the right to tell its citizens whom to love. The only queer people are those who don't love anybody." - Rita Mae Brown (-5.38, -7.08)

    by AUBoy2007 on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 09:21:58 AM PST

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    •  Santa's a Republican? (7+ / 0-)

      No. Way.

      The Republican Party is neither pro-republic nor pro-party. Discuss!

      by Nathaniel Ament Stone on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 09:24:55 AM PST

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      •  About the legislature. (2+ / 0-)
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        andgarden, brownsox

        The House is up every two years, so the whole body is up in 2008.

        Half the Senate is up (4 year terms) which breaks down to 4 democrats and 6 republicans.

        "No government has the right to tell its citizens whom to love. The only queer people are those who don't love anybody." - Rita Mae Brown (-5.38, -7.08)

        by AUBoy2007 on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 09:28:49 AM PST

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      •  North Pole (0+ / 0-)

          is a community near Fairbanks, which means that it is close to, but south of the Arctic Circle. I think that Circle, AK is right on the border of the circle, less than 100 miles north of Fairbanks. I have been to Fairbanks, but if we went through North Pole, I was asleep at the time...

        I'm not a Limousine Liberal; I am a Prius Progressive

        by Zack from the SFV on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 12:42:55 PM PST

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    •  Alaska legislative terms: (0+ / 0-)

      In the Alaska legislature, Representatives serve 2 year terms, and Senators 4 year terms.  The only exception is when districts are so significantly reapportioned after a census that senatorial terms are shortened to 2 years.  

      Reapportionment, by the way, is by a commission appointed by the Governor, and which can be appealed to the courts.  The last 3 reapportionments have ended up in court.

      "Everybody wants to go to Heaven but nobody wants to die" --- Albert King

      by HarpboyAK on Thu Dec 13, 2007 at 05:08:39 AM PST

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