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  • Alaska Politics

    Judge denies attempt to prolong Medicaid legislation

    by Associated Press on Jun 24, 20:27

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A state judge has denied an attempt to prolong litigation challenging Gov. Bill Walker’s authority to unilaterally expand Medicaid. The Friday action stems from a lawsuit filed by the Alaska Legislative Council against Walker last summer. The case was dismissed by a state court judge in March. The Alaska House subsequently […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards resigns

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 23, 11:28

    “With great reluctance,” Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has accepted the resignation of Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards. His last day is Thursday, June 23, just days after Walker called a special session to begin July 11 — as the state continues to seek a long-term budget fix. Richards was appointed as attorney general in December […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Democrats stage sit-in on House floor over gun control

    by CBS News on Jun 22, 11:15

    Last Updated Jun 22, 2016 4:21 PM EDT Just days after four gun control measures failed to pass in the U.S. Senate, House Democrats are staging their own historic protest on the floor of the lower chamber over firearm safety legislation. A group of roughly 60 legislators sat down cross-legged in the middle of the House floor […]

  • Alaska Politics

    PFD exec: Market may make dividend bill too optimistic

    by Associated Press on Jun 22, 10:18

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – State government officials might be too optimistic about the market when planning to use money from the Alaska Permanent Fund to help pay for state government. That’s what the chief executive officer of the corporation that manages the Alaska Permanent Fund told both the editorial board of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Overtime costs for Alaska Legislature adding up

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jun 20, 20:11

    The Alaska Legislature is heading back to Juneau for the third time this year to try to come up with a long-term budget fix. They were supposed to be done five weeks ago, but because they weren’t able to reach a compromise, they reached the 90-day limit, set by voters in a 2006 initiative. The cost […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Four gun control measures fail in the Senate

    by Emily Schultheis / CBS News on Jun 20, 17:29

    After Democrats staged a nearly 15-hour filibuster urging the Senate to act on gun control last week, the Senate failed to advance four gun measures Monday night. The first, an amendment to increase resources for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System from Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, was voted down 53-47. In the Senate, 60 votes were required to […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Legislature ends special session early, governor calls another

    by Liz Raines on Jun 20, 7:45

    Gov. Bill Walker has called a special session to begin July 11 at 11 a.m. in Juneau, this one with a narrowed focus on his permanent fund bill, a tax package which includes both a statewide sales and income tax, and oil tax legislation. The Alaska State Legislature adjourned from a May special session Sunday, […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Permanent fund bill dies in House committee

    by Liz Raines on Jun 17, 23:25

    The latest version of Gov. Bill Walker’s bill to use part of the permanent fund to help mitigate the state’s nearly $4 billion budget deficit failed to pass a final House committee. The measure was one vote shy of the six needed for passage by the House Finance Committee. Voted against the measure Scott Kawasaki, […]

  • Alaska Politics

    New version of permanent fund bill sets PFD at $1,500

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 16, 16:27

    Last updated at 5:49 p.m. on Thursday, June 16 A new compromise version of Gov. Bill Walker’s Senate Bill 128 raises the proposed Permanent Fund Dividend amount from the previously proposed $1,000 for the next three years to $1,500 for this fall and next year. On Thursday, the new proposal was introduced in the House […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Former Anchorage mayor Dan Sullivan drops out of US Senate race

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 16, 14:45

    It looks like there won’t be two Dan Sullivan’s in the U.S. Senate after all. Former Anchorage mayor Dan Sullivan announced his decision to drop out of the U.S. Senate race in a statement Thursday afternoon distributed by the Alaska Republican Party. “I was asked just one day before the filing deadline, by conservative leaders […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Walker says no way to avoid smaller PFD checks this fall in light of fiscal crisis

    by Liz Raines on Jun 16, 7:30

    Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to use part of the permanent fund to help solve the state’s unprecedented fiscal woes is struggling for support in the House. Senate Bill 128 sets dividends at $1,000 for the next three years, essentially dropping the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend to half of the current calculation, starting with this fall’s dividends. […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Governor’s administration says permanent fund plan doesn’t have support yet to pass the House

    by Liz Raines on Jun 14, 11:13

    Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to use the permanent fund to help pay for the state’s annual budget is working through its final committee in the House Tuesday. It could go to the House floor for a vote later this week, but at this stage it will likely fail, Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck said. “We don’t have the votes […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Obama excoriates Donald Trump over Orlando shooting comments

    by CBS News on Jun 14, 10:58

    A visibly angry President Obama lashed out at presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump over his proposal to ban Muslims entry into the U.S., and he ridiculed him and other Republicans over their insistence that the president use the phrase “radical Islam” to describe ISIS and homegrown terrorists like the perpetrators of the San Bernardino and […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Legislative poll: Should the permanent fund be used to pay for the state budget?

    by Liz Raines on Jun 13, 20:17

    A vote in the House this week could determine the size of future Permanent Fund Dividend checks. Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to use the permanent fund’s earnings as a long-term source of funding for the state’s annual budget is working through a final committee this week. Last week, House speaker Mike Chenault said he doubted […]

  • Politics

    Alaska House of Representatives holds moment of silence after Orlando Shooting

    by Associated Press on Jun 13, 14:57

    The Alaska House of Representatives stood for a moment of silence Monday to honor the shooting victims of the deadly attack at the gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Rep. Matt Claman asked his colleagues to stand in unity for those injured and killed and their families. The Anchorage Democrat says, “It’s a tremendous loss.” Lawmakers […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Interior Alaska lawmakers oppose permanent fund bill

    by Associated Press on Jun 12, 16:45

    Interior lawmakers with the Alaska House are opposing legislation that would use Alaska’s oil wealth nest egg to help address the state’s bulging budget deficit. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that all but one of the Interior Delegation’s House members say they either oppose the measure or were undecided. [RELATED: Alaska Senate passes plan to […]

  • Politics

    Special session resumes Monday, fiscal fix still elusive

    by Rhonda McBride on Jun 10, 21:35

    When lawmakers return to Juneau on Monday to resume their special session, the big question is; what will they do to address Alaska’s fiscal crisis? The governor has tasked them with a long “to do” list, including a number of revenue measures that would raise money to close the state’s fiscal gap, now at more […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Obama endorses Hillary Clinton for president

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 09, 10:40

    President Obama has remained silent throughout much of the current presidential race, but Thursday he officially announced his endorsement of Hillary Clinton. The announcement was made across Clinton’s official social media accounts. In a video posted to the Clinton campaign’s YouTube account, Obama congratulated her on becoming the “presumptive Democratic nominee” and offered his word […]

  • Alaska Politics

    House speaker doubts support for Senate-approved permanent fund plan

    by Liz Raines on Jun 08, 7:50

    House Speaker Mike Chenault says Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to trim dividends and use the permanent fund’s earnings for the state’s budget is lacking support in the House, despite its passage in the Senate Monday. “At this point, I don’t believe the votes are there to pass it,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “You […]

  • U.S. Politics

    CBS News estimates Clinton has enough delegates for Democratic nomination

    by CBS/AP on Jun 07, 6:21

    Striding into history, Hillary Clinton will become the first woman to top the presidential ticket of a major U.S. political party, capturing commitments Monday from the number of delegates needed to become the Democrats’ presumptive nominee. CBS News’ Major Garrett has confirmed that Clinton has secured enough superdelegates to clinch the nomination. Confirmed: @CBSPolitics declares @HillaryClinton […]