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  • U.S. Politics

    Hillary Clinton picks Tim Kaine to be vice president

    by CBS News on Jul 22, 16:28

    Hillary Clinton says in a text message to supporters that she’s picked Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine to join her on the Democratic ticket as their party’s nominee for vice president. In the message, Clinton says: “I’m thrilled to tell you this first: I’ve chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate.” Top Clinton aides had […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Walker hires former attorney general as oil, gas consultant

    by Associated Press on Jul 22, 15:59

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Gov. Bill Walker has hired Craig Richards as an oil and gas consultant, less than a month after Richards resigned as Alaska’s attorney general. Walker’s office on Friday released the contract signed earlier this week. The contract runs through year’s end and is for up to $50,000. Richards resigned last month […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Donald Trump offers dark vision of America in GOP convention speech

    by CBS News on Jul 21, 21:13

    On the final night of a convention filled with mishaps — of the plagiarism, non-endorsement varieties — Donald Trump painted a bleak picture of America, even as he officially accepted the Republican party’s nomination for the presidency. His name was stamped in bold font across the convention hall jumbotron as he walked on stage. “I humbly and gratefully accept your […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Walker blocks bill that would allow lawmakers on Alaska gas line board

    by Liz Raines on Jul 21, 14:30

    Gov. Bill Walker has vetoed a bill that would allow three legislators to sit in on confidential meetings held by the state agency in charge of Alaska’s natural gas pipeline project, AKLNG — a decision that comes amid increased concerns from lawmakers about whether the project will reach completion as planned. According to Senate Bill 125, […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Lawmakers question governor’s unprecedented request to oil companies

    by Liz Raines on Jul 19, 21:45

    The legislative session is over, but Sen. Cathy Giessel called a Senate Resources Committee hearing Tuesday afternoon to address an issue she says should have members of the public concerned: Gov. Bill Walker is making an unprecedented ask of Prudhoe Bay oil producers. Walker wants BP, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil to explain how they plan to […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska delegates disrupt Republican National Convention after claims their party miscounted votes

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 19, 11:42

    ANCHORAGE — Donald Trump secured the Republican Party’s nomination for president at the Republican National Convention (RNC), but not without some drama from Alaska’s delegation, which disrupted the convention after they claimed their votes were recorded wrong. Tuckerman Babcock, the chairman of Alaska’s Republican Party, was at the microphone set to announce how our state’s […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Lawmakers concerned as governor seeks new partners for gasline project

    by Liz Raines on Jul 18, 19:39

    Gov. Bill Walker is switching gears to the state’s gasline project after lawmakers ended a special session in Juneau without passing any long-term financial plan. But many lawmakers don’t like where he’s going. At a luncheon hosted by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Walker told business leaders it is appropriate for the state to take […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Senate ends historic special session, governor’s budget plan not passed

    by Liz Raines on Jul 18, 11:59

    The Alaska Senate adjourned Monday morning, effectively ending a historic fifth special session after the House of Representatives gaveled out Friday. “With the House gaveling out it just made sense,” said Sen. Mia Costello. “Because at the end of the day, if you don’t have the votes, you’re not going to move a bill. So […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Lindbeck tops Young’s haul in quarter; lags in on-hand cash

    by Becky Bohrer / AP on Jul 18, 10:07

    U.S. Rep. Don Young’s main Democratic rival raised more than Young during the latest fundraising quarter but lags in overall cash available after jumping into the race just months ago. Democrat Steve Lindbeck reported raising just over $418,000 between April and June. That includes about $17,000 that Lindbeck himself contributed. Lindbeck, who entered the race […]

  • Alaska Politics

    North Pole lawmaker files ethics complaint against Walker

    by Associated Press on Jul 17, 13:03

    A North Pole legislator has filed an ethics complaint against Gov. Bill Walker for issuing a statement suggesting he would campaign for lawmakers who support him in the ongoing budget battles. The Juneau Empire reports that Walker on Wednesday issued a statement calling for state lawmakers to resolve the state’s growing deficit. At the end […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Spokesman: Sullivan to speak at GOP national convention

    by Associated Press on Jul 16, 11:53

    A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan says the Alaska Republican will be speaking at the GOP’s national convention next week in Ohio. Sullivan spokesman Mike Anderson says Sullivan is scheduled to speak Tuesday evening. He says Sullivan will speak about the importance of keeping the Senate in Republican control and having a Republican once […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Effort to name portion of federal legislation after murdered Alaskan moves forward

    by Eric Ruble on Jul 15, 21:48

    Part of a new federal law could soon be named after Breanna Moore, an Alaskan murdered by her boyfriend Joshua Almeda in 2014. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan want a provision of the Every Student Succeeds Law — or Senate Bill 1177 — to be titled Bree’s Law. This section of the law is […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska House adjourns, but session isn’t over until Senate says so

    by Liz Raines on Jul 15, 21:20

    After five days, without holding a single hearing, the Alaska House of Representatives has adjourned from a special session called by Gov. Bill Walker in Juneau — but the session isn’t over just yet. According to the Alaska constitution, if the Senate continues working for another three days, the House will be forced back into […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska’s longest-serving House speaker is stepping aside

    by Liz Raines on Jul 15, 20:35

    Rep. Mike Chenault, Alaska’s longest-serving House speaker, said he will not seek the position again next year. “It’s not my intent right now to be speaker,” Chenault said in an interview Thursday, adding that his decision could still change between now and next year. “A big part of that would be if I get re-elected […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Alaska’s Republican delegates prepare for national convention

    by Liz Raines on Jul 15, 19:46

    The Republican National Convention starts Monday in Cleveland, Ohio, and Alaska’s 28 delegates are preparing for what could be a contentious convention. “We’re not allowed to bring whistles, noise makers, horns or drums. I mean, I was getting ready to bring my maracas,” said Marco Rubio delegate Erick Cordero as he reviewed the list of […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Donald Trump tweets Mike Pence will be his VP

    by Rebecca Shabad / CBS News on Jul 15, 19:42

    I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2016 Donald Trump announced on Twitter Friday that he has chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be his vice presidential candidate. The presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Senate blocks effort to override governor’s PFD cut

    by Liz Raines on Jul 14, 15:17

    The Alaska Senate is declining the House’s invitation to meet in a joint session Friday to address Gov. Bill Walker’s budget vetoes — including his cut to limit Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks to $1,000 this fall. Senate President Kevin Meyer, a Republican, says it didn’t make sense to accept the invitation. Most senators are […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Governor says because of Legislature, budget plan will likely wait until next year

    by Liz Raines on Jul 14, 13:17

    Gov. Bill Walker says the financial future of the state is in the hands of the Alaska Legislature. After six months in session, Walker indicated Thursday at a press conference that if lawmakers do not adopt a long-term budget plan before gaveling out again, he will not call another special session. “I don’t believe in […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Donald Trump to name former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as VP pick

    by CBS News on Jul 14, 9:35

    Donald Trump has selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be his running mate–he is expected to formally call Pence Thursday afternoon, reports CBS News’ Major Garrett, citing a GOP official close to the process. The addition of Pence to the ticket may help assuage concerns among conservatives worried that Trump is too moderate on social […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska House asks Senate to meet Friday on PFD veto override

    by Liz Raines on Jul 13, 12:02

    The Alaska House is making the first move toward overriding Gov. Bill Walker’s budget veto to limit Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks to $1,000 this fall. House Speaker Mike Chenault sent a letter to the Senate requesting to meet in a joint session Friday to take up the issue. [Read the letter from requesting a […]