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Alaska court says recall effort against governor can proceed

Elstun W. Lauesen holds a sign encouraging the recall of Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy at a rally Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that an effort to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy can proceed. The order, issued Friday, was brief and affirmed a prior decision by a Superior Court judge. A full opinion is expected later. The Supreme Court previously allowed the Recall Dunleavy campaign to proceed with a second signature-gathering phase while it heard the case. Recall backers must gather more than 70,000 signatures in a bid to force a recall election. Dunleavy, a Republican, has argued the recall effort is political. The National Conference of State Legislatures says just two governors have been recalled by voters.

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