For those who missed the first Alaska Constitutional Convention debate between Bob Bird and John Coghill, the two longtime political movers will lock rhetorical horns again on Oct. 27 for a live, on-air debate on The Talk of the Kenai radio show, which can be heard online.

The Alaska Watchman hosted the first debate back in February (watch here). The upcoming clash is set for Oct. 27, 3:30-5 p.m., and can be heard in Kenai at 920AM and 92.5FM as well as statewide at (click on KSRM at the top of the website).

Bob Bird will debate in favor of a statewide constitutional convention. He wrote the Ballot Statement for “Yes,” is a retired secondary and collegiate teacher, radio talk-show host, political columnist, twice a candidate for the U.S. Senate against Ted Stevens and Mark Begich, and current Chairman of the Alaskan Independence Party. Endorsed by Ron Paul in 2008, he is known as a recognized constitutional scholar, historian and sports broadcaster.

John Coghill will debate for the “No” side. Coghill co-wrote the Ballot Statement for “No,” is a lifelong Alaskan, son of one of Alaska’s original convention delegates in 1955 – former Lt. Gov. Jack Coghill, Sr. John Coghill is himself a former Majority Leader in the Alaskan State Senate. He is a known conservative, Christian pastor and philanthropist as well as the director of the Fairbanks Rescue Mission.

The format will be the same as the February Watchman debate – a classic Lincoln Douglas style in which both participants will open with 10-minute statements. The debate will allow each participant to question the other, based on their statements, in an equitable manner, at five-minute intervals.

Questions will then be taken from around the state or nation by those who call in (907-283-5811) after the 4:30 p.m. radio show newsbreak.

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AK Constitutional Convention Debate: Round 2 of Bob Bird vs. John Coghill

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Neil DeWitt says:

    Thanks for the heads up. This should be great. We need a Con. Con. and I for one will vote for it. If tge people get the whole real truth they all eill vote for it. Don’t forget that MURDER (abortion) is only one tiny piece of the pie! The framers of our State Constitution didn’t get everything correct and it does need some tweaks. now is the time!

  • josh Church says:

    96% of the vote no funding is coming from washington dc. I just calculated their filings. THat should tell you something

  • Kathy L. says:

    Sen Showers and Hughes gave a wonderful presentation on this recently at the Loussac Library theatre. If you can find the video it’s worth viewing. Hughes gave so many good arguments! Lots of states have held several con-cons over the years. Some of them have been held during tumultuous years (Vietnam, Watergate etc.) Remember that the PEOPLE VOTE on these things! This isn’t just a bunch of people making changes. There are discussions and conversations about what to tweak. Want to have something in there about abortion? The PFD? How about Sheriff’s? This (& more) are things that can be talked about. But then the people will get to have our say before any “changes” are made.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Fantastic recap of the meeting Kathy L. and you are correct about how the process works. We the People need to be able to have a voice to get issues on the ballot so that the public (People) can see the issues and vote on them! We have been forcefully shut up by not letting the people have a voice of what should go on the ballots! I love the idea of sheriffs. I know that has been discussed before; but, many of us did not understand the power of the Sheriff Department. Now, we are learning the power of the Sheriff Department. Has this power that a Sheriff’s Department has been hidden purposefully from us? I think so!
      Here is a link to Politadick’s video on Rumble. Please subscribe to his channel on Rumble. If he can get 101 subscribers, he can start streaming live video on Rumble.

  • Fed up tax payer says:

    Thanks Neil, Josh, FOH and Kathy L. We need more people speaking the truth Every damn commercial on Roku and Dish is either Mookowski, Hate for Tshibaka, Peltola’s blah blah or no on Con Con. Outside Interests have bought up all the damn air time for commercials, so we the people need to be more vocal in sharing this. So many people are still not paying attention! Say it loud, say it proud. Educate your friends.

    • Theresa says:

      Here’s an idea: Patriots who decked out their trucks with American and Trump flags for rolling rallies could do the same with “Yes On One,” Tshibaka, etc. Perhaps there’s a conservative, local shop that makes flags?
      Better late than never…

  • J.H. Snider says:

    For comprehensive info both pro & con on the upcoming referendum, see The Alaska State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse (