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  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska preliminary elections roundup

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 06, 21:04

    Results current as of 11 p.m. City of Palmer The Palmer ballot had two city council seats and one proposition, which asked voters to decide if they wanted to ban marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and testing facilities, as well as retail stores within city limits. More than half of residents, 54.5 percent, voted yes on Proposition 1, […]

  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Houston, Palmer may become first in state to ‘opt out’ of commercial marijuana

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 05, 18:50

    When Ballot Measure 2 passed, legalizing recreational marijuana in Alaska, it gave cities the ability to “opt out” of a commercial industry. Now it’s up to those in Palmer and Houston to decide if their communities will be the first to do so. Residents will cast their final votes on Tuesday. What happens next will have […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Pitney: Cuts only one piece of budget picture

    by Associated Press on Oct 05, 16:29

    Even with major budget cuts, Gov. Bill Walker’s budget director says the state could see its credit rating diminished if it doesn’t enact new revenue measures. But a member of the Senate Finance Committee said that with elections coming up next year, legislators may be hesitant to make deeper cuts or to take steps to […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Anchorage nonprofit clears its name of state candidate endorsement

    by Liz Raines on Oct 01, 22:26

    An Anchorage nonprofit is clearing its name after it was accused of endorsing a candidate for state senate. Natasha Von Imhof posted a quote from the vice president of United Way of Anchorage on her campaign page: “I have worked with Natasha for two years on the 90% by 2020 initiative to improve student outcomes […]

  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Equal rights debate continues less than 24 hours after Assembly adopts LGBT ordinance

    by Daniella Rivera on Sep 30, 23:06

    It’s a new day in Anchorage. For the first time in the municipality’s history, it is against the law to discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Anchorage Assembly passed the controversial equal rights ordinance Tuesday night, but the debate that’s divided the muni is far from over. The ordinance […]

  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Anchorage Assembly approves equal rights ordinance

    by Eric Ruble on Sep 30, 1:43

    The Anchorage Assembly voted 9-2 to pass an equal rights ordinance that extends legal protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the municipality. In short, AO 2015-96(S-1) does not allow LGBT people to be discriminated against because of their sexuality or gender identity. For instance, they cannot be fired from their job or […]

  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Meet the Mat-Su Borough mayoral candidates

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 29, 18:26

    On Oct. 6, Matanuska-Susitna Borough voters will elect the next mayor and three new Assembly members. The borough’s next mayor will steer, and possibly reshape the Valley’s future. KTVA News invited all registered candidates running in the mayoral race to an interview. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. More […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Kevin McCarthy is running to succeed Boehner as speaker

    by CBS News on Sep 28, 21:47

    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, announced Monday that he is officially running to succeed House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, when Boehner retires next month. “We have made real progress towards shrinking an overgrown federal government and reforming our broken entitlement system. But our work is far from done. We can’t ignore the differences that […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Governor says gas reserves tax fixes flaw in gasline legislation

    by Liz Raines on Sep 25, 21:10

    Gov. Bill Walker defended the gas reserves tax he introduced Thursday as part of the itinerary for a special legislative session next month. “I’m fixing what I think is the flaw of [Senate Bill] 138,” the governor said at a press conference Friday. “And that is that there’s no disincentive to not do a project. […]

  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Lawmakers discuss amendments to equal rights ordinance

    by Eric Ruble on Sep 25, 19:23

    The Anchorage Assembly met Friday to discuss 17 proposed amendments to AO 2015-96(S-1), the latest version of an ordinance that would extend legal protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Anchorage. Most of the amendments focused on protecting religious freedom. “This is an attempt to get the most inclusive ordinance passed,” said Assembly […]

  • U.S. Politics

    House Speaker John Boehner to resign from Congress

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Sep 25, 7:10

    House Speaker John Boehner will step down from Congress at the end of October, CBS News’ Nancy Cordes confirms. The Republican leader has come under fire repeatedly in recent years from conservatives in the House GOP conference. Boehner announced his departure to his fellow House Republicans Friday morning, amid the latest GOP conflict over whether […]

  • Alaska Politics

    UPDATE: Sen. McGuire says she plans to fire staffer over hotel spending controversy

    by Liz Raines on Sep 24, 20:25

    Updated: Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 at 10:09 a.m. In a phone conversation Friday morning, Sen. Lesil McGuire said she didn’t want to comment on Thursday’s story because she’s planning to fire Staffer Genevieve Wojtusik and is in negotiations with the HR department. In addition to signing off on the Seattle expenses, McGuire says the staff […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Gov. Walker calls Alaska Legislature into special session to address LNG project

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 24, 16:07

      Updated: Thursday, Sept. 24 at 10:18 p.m. ANCHORAGE – Gov. Bill Walker issued a proclamation Thursday announcing the start date for the fall special session that has been in the works between his office and legislators. The special session will gavel in on Oct. 24 in Juneau, according to a statement from the governor’s office. The session […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Oil producers agree to pay billions in gas line property taxes

    by Manny Creech on Sep 24, 14:01

    The big oil companies have agreed to pay $16.5 Billion in property taxes for the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas (AKLNG) project. Department of Revenue Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck says this ensures the stability of the project. He says reaching an agreement on the property tax issue will make it easier to get a deal on a […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Legislators consider alternatives to $4M LIO lease

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 23, 23:44

    Legislators are considering using an obscure clause in their lease to get out of that expensive legislative information office. The state pays around $4 million a year to rent the LIO building. The legislative council says the state can get out of the lease if the rent money isn’t in their budget. Which means lawmakers can […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Is it time to use the permanent fund to pay the bills?

    by Daniella Rivera on Sep 23, 23:10

    Is it time to use the permanent fund to pay the bills? Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott thinks so, and told Alaskans on Monday, the day the state announced the largest Permanent Fund Dividend check in Alaska’s history. “The purpose of the fund was to help meet Alaska’s fiscal needs, state revenue needs, when the rainy […]

  • Alaska Politics

    State shelves Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline project

    by Liz Raines on Sep 23, 22:25

    Two days after Gov. Bill Walker announced plans for a special session on his natural gas pipeline project, known as AKLNG, the state put a smaller, competing project on hold. The Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) was almost ready for construction after more than five years. At a board meeting Wednesday, members of The Alaska Gasline […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska legislators still in the dark about governor’s special session

    by Liz Raines on Sep 22, 21:18

    A day after the governor announced his plans for a special session to iron out legislation on the state’s gas line project, some legislators say they aren’t surprised but are still in the dark. At a quarterly project update earlier this month, a representative from the Alaska Gas Team told lawmakers some negotiations with producers […]

  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Throwing the flag

    by Dave Goldman on Sep 18, 22:54

    Alaska and Florida have some obvious differences. But there’s an unlikely common bond: flag football. Currently, the two states on opposite sides of the continent, along with selected districts in New York, Washington, D.C. and Nevada are the only ones to offer the sport for girls in high school. But what happens after high school? […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska Supreme Court hears school funding arguments

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 16, 18:53

    A rule that helps pay for public school education is being challenged before the Alaska Supreme Court. The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is accusing the state of being unconstitutional. It all comes down to one simple question: Who is responsible for funding public schools? Is it the state? Or should local governments be required to kick in, […]