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  • Alaska Politics

    Miller laments Murkowski debate schedule as inadequate

    by Associated Press on Sep 27, 9:12

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has committed to participate in four debates and forums leading to the November general election, a slate that at least one of her rivals, Joe Miller, considers inadequate. The schedule released by the incumbent Republican includes a fisheries debate Oct. 12 in Kodiak; an Alaska Federation of […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Poll: Nearly two-thirds of debate watchers said Hillary Clinton won

    by CBS News on Sep 27, 6:51

    Nearly two-thirds of voters said Monday that Hillary Clinton won the first general election debate that night at Hofstra University while close to a third said the same about Donald Trump, according to a CNN/ORC poll of voters who watched them face off. More of the people polled were more likely to describe themselves as Democrats, CNN […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Many UAA students still undecided after first presidential debate

    by Liz Raines on Sep 26, 22:47

    More than 100 University of Alaska Anchorage students gathered Monday to watch the first debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. According to a poll by UAA’S debate team, 52 percent of the students — many of whom are first-time presidential voters — said they were supporting Clinton, while 15 percent were undecided. […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Polls show tight presidential race nationally in battleground states

    by CBS News on Sep 26, 11:03

    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are deadlocked nationally and are virtually tied in two battleground states, according to new polls released Monday. In a head-to-head national contest, voters are split 46 percent to 46 percent between Clinton and Trump, according to a Bloomberg survey. Taking third-party candidates into account, Trump leads Clinton 43 percent to 41 […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Top Democrats say they’ve concluded that Russia behind hacks

    by Deb Riechmann / AP on Sep 22, 14:54

    The top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees say they have concluded that Russian intelligence agencies are making a “serious and concerted effort” to influence the U.S. presidential election. A joint statement issued Thursday by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff goes farther than the Obama administration in pointing a finger at […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Don Young files letter to update financial disclosures

    by Associated Press on Sep 22, 13:29

    U.S. Rep. Don Young has sent a letter to the House clerk updating financial disclosure statements to reflect his ownership in a family farm starting in 1992 and income from oil and gas leases. Young’s office previously announced that it intended to make the changes. In May, Young asked that his filings be updated to […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Mark Begich will not run against Murkowski for US Senate

    by Liz Raines on Sep 22, 8:36

    Former U.S. Senator and Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich says he is not running for U.S. Senate on Nov. 8. Last week, Begich told KTVA he was being asked to jump into the heated race after Joe Miller announced his bid against incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Begich made the announcement on 650 KENI Radio Thursday morning. […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Walker’s popularity dips after announcing PFD cap, polls show

    by Liz Raines on Sep 21, 19:40

    A national poll put out Monday by the media and technology company Morning Consult says Gov. Bill Walker’s disapproval rating increased 20 percentage points since May, after he announced he was capping this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend checks at $1,000. According to the group, Walker dropped from being the second most popular governor in America […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Anchorage legislators moving out of downtown LIO building next month

    by Liz Raines on Sep 20, 15:18

    Anchorage legislative offices will soon have a new home in Midtown. The 14-member Alaska Legislative Council sealed the deal on the Wells Fargo building on the corner of Minnesota Drive and Benson Boulevard on Sept. 15, according to an aide for Sen. Gary Stevens, chair of the council. Stevens was out of town and unavailable […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Governor to make online PFD announcement Friday

    by Liz Raines on Sep 20, 11:47

    Last updated at 9:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21 In a normal year, the amount of Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks is made public in mid-September. This year is anything but ordinary. Gov. Walker announced in June the state could afford a $1,000 dividend this year, in light of Alaska’s $3.2 billion budget shortfall. However, […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Walker appoints 2 to state gas line development board

    by Liz Raines on Sep 19, 15:09

    Gov. Bill Walker announced two new appointments to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation’s (AGDC) board of directors Monday afternoon, one of whom will replace a member that challenged the governor’s authority over the Permanent Fund Dividend program Friday. North Pole’s Warren Christian and David Wight, of Anchorage, will fill the seats of Luke Hopkins and […]

  • U.S. Politics

    ‘In Trump We Trust’: Author Ann Coulter visits Anchorage on book tour

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 16, 19:26

    Donald Trump has yet to make an appearance in Alaska, but one of his supporters, best-selling author Ann Coulter, visited Anchorage and sat down with KTVA’s Emily Carlson to talk about her new book, politics and Donald Trump. Coulter will speak at the William A. Egan Convention Center on Saturday, starting at 7:30 p.m. She’ll […]

  • Alaska Politics

    North Slope lawmaker files lawsuits over illegal procedures in primary election

    by Liz Raines on Sep 16, 15:24

    Last updated at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 Rep. Benjamin Nageak filed two lawsuits against Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and Division of Elections director Josie Bahnke Friday over illegal procedures followed in the House District 40 primary election race. On Monday, the results of a recount Nageak requested for the race showed Nageak was defeated by opponent Dean Westlake by eight […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Past, present lawmakers file joint lawsuit to overturn governor’s PFD cut

    by Liz Raines on Sep 16, 13:22

    Updated at 1:40 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 Sen. Bill Wielechowski, along with former legislators Rick Halford and Clem Tillion, filed a lawsuit Friday morning over Gov. Bill Walker’s cut to Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks this year. In June, Walker slashed funding from the state budget to artificially make the payout this year $1,000, […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Opioid abuse a growing problem in Alaska

    by Associated Press on Sep 15, 19:36

    Abuse of opioids has been a growing problem in Alaska for the past decade. Jay Butler, Alaska’s chief medical officer, says the problem has been more visible the past couple years, and some of that could be driven by the national dialogue taking place about the issue. A joint investigation by The Associated Press and […]

  • Alaska Politics

    State senator to file lawsuit Friday over PFD cut

    by Liz Raines on Sep 15, 15:09

    Updated at 3:23 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15 Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, says he will file a lawsuit against the Permanent Fund Corp. on Friday at 10:30 a.m., in response to Gov. Bill Walker’s veto in June to cut dividends to $1,000 this fall. Prior to the governor’s action, original estimates placed this year’s payout […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Lawmakers butt heads with attorney general about legality of pot clubs

    by Liz Raines on Sep 14, 20:57

    Alaska lawmakers and the state attorney general, Jahna Lindemuth, squared off Wednesday over a legal gray area that has the future of marijuana smoking clubs up in the air. Last month, Lindemuth opined that the clubs are legally public places —  like movie theaters — because even though members must pay to enter, anyone can […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine release new medical information

    by Emily Schultheis / CBS News on Sep 14, 18:14

    Hillary Clinton’s doctor said in a letter released Wednesday that the Democratic nominee is “healthy and fit to serve as President of the United States,” characterizing her pneumonia diagnosis as “mild” and “non-contagious.” The new information on Clinton came from her physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, who both wrote the letter about her health last year and […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Hillary Clinton left 9/11 memorial ceremony after feeling ‘overheated’

    by Reena Flores / CBS News on Sep 13, 19:33

    Hillary Clinton abruptly left the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony in New York City Sunday morning after feeling “overheated,” according to a campaign statement. “Secretary Clinton attended the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony for just an hour and thirty minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen,” Clinton campaign spokesperson Nick Merrill said […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Former US Sen. Mark Begich considering write-in campaign for Murkowski’s seat

    by Liz Raines on Sep 13, 12:01

    Updated at 2:51 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 Alaska’s incumbent U.S. senator may have even more company on the November ballot. Mark Begich says he’s considering running as a write-in candidate against U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Nov. 8 election. Begich, a former mayor of Anchorage, served in the U.S. Senate from 2009-2015. “There’s […]