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  • Campaign 2014

    More Alaskan voters identify as independents

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 16, 7:29

    A growing number of Alaskans identify as politically independent, according to a recent Gallup poll. Almost 60 percent of those surveyed consider themselves independents, up 12 percent from 47 in 2013. Alaska has traditionally been among the states with the highest percentages of residents who identify as independents, Gallup says. The current Alaskan independent percentage […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Sullivan says he backs state minimum wage measure

    by Associated Press on Sep 15, 17:47

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan says he doesn’t support raising the federal minimum wage but supports a state initiative to raise Alaska’s minimum wage. Sullivan, in a statement, said he believes Alaskans know best when it comes to strengthening the state’s economy and supporting its workers and businesses. Sullivan said he also backs efforts […]

  • Local

    Unions launch new “Vote No on 1″ campaign

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 12, 20:06

    As the November election approaches, Anchorage residents may begin to notice new political signs with a familiar slogan. But this latest “Vote No on 1” campaign has nothing to do with oil taxes, as it did in the primary election. The Proposition 1 that Anchorage voters will see on the ballot in November refers to Mayor […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Conservatives form new coalition to support Ballot Measure 2

    by Alexis Fernandez on Sep 11, 23:07

    The general election is less than two months away, and the issue of legalizing pot is lighting up. The debate has become heated among members of the Alaska Republican Party, with people on both sides of the aisle. Three Alaska Republicans joined the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol at a press conference Wednesday to […]

  • National

    Begich votes to advance campaign finance measure

    by Associated Press on Sep 11, 13:54

    A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at big spending in campaigns has failed in the U.S. Senate. Democratic Sen. Mark Begich voted to advance the measure Thursday. He also was a co-sponsor. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski did not vote. A spokesman says she was returning from the Conference of Arctic Parliamentarians. The measure was considered a […]

  • Campaign 2014

    AO-37 added on November ballot

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 08, 23:13

    The effort to repeal Anchorage’s new labor law will officially be decided on general election day. The Municipality of Anchorage announced Monday that it reached an agreement with the Alaska Division of Elections to add AO-37 onto the November ballot. Mayor Dan Sullivan introduced the labor law 18 months ago, saying it makes the contract process […]

  • State

    Gov. Parnell wraps up hard week in politics

    by Associated Press on Sep 05, 17:03

    Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has had far better weeks than this one. First, Parnell’s two main opponents in a three-way gubernatorial race joined campaigns, a move expected to present a more formidable challenge to the Republican governor’s re-election bid. Then, Parnell’s campaign inadvertently sent out an election flier to state employees, a campaign violation. Parnell’s […]

  • Campaign 2014

    State labor organization endorses Walker-Mallott ticket

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 04, 14:31

    A state labor organization that represents more than Alaskan 60,000 workers has voted to endorse Bill Walker and Byron Mallott in the November election. Thursday, affiliates of the Alaska AFL-CIO voted to support Mallott and Walker, a coalition formed this week. Walker is running for governor with Mallott as lieutenant governor. “With our endorsement, we […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Parnell campaign blames vendor for email flap

    by Associated Press on Sep 04, 13:37

    Republican Gov. Sean Parnell’s re-election campaign says a vendor mistake resulted in a political fundraising appeal being sent to state government email addresses. Spokesman Luke Miller said this happened after the campaign had requested, and been assured, that any governmental email addresses would be suppressed from the mailing list. Democrats seized on the incident, with […]

  • National

    Ex-Virginia gov., wife guilty of public corruption

    by Associated Press on Sep 04, 11:54

    A jury has convicted former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, of corruption, fraud and bribery, after the couple accepted more than $165,000 of gifts and loans from a businessman. Both Bob and Maureen bowed heads and wept as a chorus of “guilty” kept coming from the court clerk. McDonnell was widely considered […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Democratic group swipes at Sullivan in new ad

    by Associated Press on Sep 03, 17:02

    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee plans a multimillion-dollar ad campaign against Republican Dan Sullivan in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race. The first of those ads focuses on Social Security and Medicare. It says Sullivan supports a plan to cut Medicare benefits, pegging that on his support for repealing the federal health care overhaul. It also says […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Kohring quits Senate race to aid Sullivan

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 03, 11:40

    Former U.S. lawmaker and former inmate Vic Kohring has pulled out of the U.S. Senate race. The Alaska Independence Party nominee handed down his withdrawal to the Division of Elections in Wasilla Tuesday. Kohring, a former state representative, pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge in 2011. In a statement, Kohring said he did not want […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Parnell reacts to new Walker-Mallott ticket

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 03, 7:31

    A new political partnership has formed between two former rivals. Independent Bill Walker and Democrat Byron Mallott officially joined forces on the independent ticket to take on Gov. Sean Parnell in November. It’s an unprecedented move, one that both candidates call putting people before politics. It’s a partnership forged after the former rivals decided to […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Fish to be Libertarian US Senate candidate

    by Associated Press on Sep 02, 14:38

    Alaska Libertarians have a new U.S. Senate candidate. The Division of Elections director says Mark Fish will be the Alaska Libertarian party candidate after Thom Walker withdrew. Tuesday was the deadline for political parties to swap-out candidates. Fish received the party’s endorsement ahead of last month’s primary, but Walker, an unknown recently registered as a […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Senate campaigns retract political ads

    by Kate McPherson on Sep 02, 6:59

    Two political ads — one from Sen. Mark Begich, the other from Senate candidate Dan Sullivan, are being pulled from the air. Begich endorsed an ad, which began airing across the state on Friday, claiming Sullivan signed off on a reduced sentence for a man who is now charged with murder and sexual assault. Sullivan […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Walker, Mallott to join forces for general election

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 01, 21:15

    Gov. Sean Parnell’s two challengers have confirmed they are combining their campaigns for the November election. Over the past three days, Democrat candidate Byron Mallott and independent Bill Walker have been discussing if a joint, unaffiliated ticket is “feasible and agreeable,” according to a statement from Walker’s campaign. Walker confirmed Monday evening that he’s running […]

  • State

    Fairbanks spent $7k defending mayor’s $37.50 fine

    by Associated Press on Sep 01, 7:53

    The city of Fairbanks has so far spent about $7,000 appealing a $37.50 elections fine leveled on the mayor. The Alaska Public Offices Commission ordered City Mayor John Eberhart to pay the $37.50 fine in May after concluding he broke a state election law in the October 2013 election by sending an email on his […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Gubernatorial candidates talk fish at debate

    by Associated Press on Aug 29, 9:34

    The three major Alaska gubernatorial candidates focused on fish at a debate in Kodiak. KMXT (http://is.gd/wv5efP) reports that Republican incumbent Sean Parnell, Democrat Byron Mallott and independent candidate Bill Walker fielded dozens of questions Thursday night at Kodiak’s Gerald C. Wilson auditorium. The event focused solely on topics related to the seafood industry. Questions to […]

  • State

    Parnell vetoes court record confidentiality bill

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 28, 16:17

    Gov. Sean Parnell has vetoed a bill that would have restricted access to criminal court records. Senate Bill 108 would have sealed criminal records if prosecutors dropped charges or if the defendant was acquitted. In the decision, announced in a Thursday statement, Parnell said the legislation ”unnecessarily restricted access to criminal court records, which would have […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Alaska Libertarian candidate withdraws from race

    by Associated Press on Aug 28, 12:23

    The Alaska Libertarian Party nominee in the U.S. Senate race has informally dropped from the running, but party officials say they’ve been unable to reach him about sending a signed withdrawal letter to the state elections division. The party has until Tuesday to swap out candidates for the November election, but can’t do so unless […]