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  • State

    Sen. Click Bishop channels Dr. Seuss in federal overreach speech

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 30, 12:12

    Protests against the Obama administration’s recent efforts to curb oil and gas development in the Arctic have triggered all kinds of protests against the president. The battle cry has been in the name of fighting federal overreach. Some lawmakers are calling for acts of civil disobedience, possibly defying the federal government and building a road […]

  • National

    Murkowski takes first stab at Obama’s ANWR proposal

    by Hope Miller on Jan 29, 11:10

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski made her first countermove to the Obama administration’s controversial Arctic conservation proposal Wednesday. The U.S. Senate shot down her amendment that would have put time limits on when Congress must designate wilderness study areas. It received 50 “yes” votes and needed 60 to pass — a three-fifths majority. The Keystone pipeline bill […]

  • State

    Lawmakers prepare to take on President Obama

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 29, 10:09

    State lawmakers are gearing up for a fight against the president of the United States. Rep. Ben Nageak of Barrow introduced House Joint Resolution 10 to formally protest the Obama administration’s actions this week to put the brakes on Arctic development. On Sunday, the president proposed designating an additional 12 million acres in the Arctic […]

  • State

    Governor, Legislature present united front against Obama on Arctic drilling

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 28, 0:05

    Lawmakers said President Barack Obama’s offshore drilling news was like putting salt on an open wound. Over the weekend, the president announced he was taking steps to limit drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. On Tuesday, he said he would restrict offshore development in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. Although it doesn’t affect any […]

  • State

    House, Senate discuss marijuana legalization

    by Associated Press on Jan 26, 23:47

    Alaska lawmakers are grappling with how to decriminalize marijuana after voters in November approved a ballot initiative to legalize the substance. The House and Senate judiciary committees are considering bills that would decriminalize marijuana in certain situations and create new laws, including making it illegal to provide pot to minors. But the bill being considered […]

  • National

    Palin for president? Former AK governor ‘seriously interested’ in 2016 bid

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 24, 14:36

    Sarah Palin is “seriously interested” in running a 2016 campaign for the White House, according to a recent interview with the Washington Post. The former Alaska governor, the GOP’s 2008 nominee for vice president – and current star of the Sportsman Channel’s Amazing America with Sarah Palin — was asked by the Washington Post whether she was considering […]

  • State

    Gov. Walker: Not easy to be the messenger

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 24, 12:04

    Gov. Bill Walker said, for the first time in a long time, he had a good night’s sleep after he delivered his State of the Budget address on Thursday. He said it felt good to get the job done. “It was a critical message to get out to Alaskans,” said Walker. The governor said the […]

  • State

    Begich reacts to Gov. Walker’s State of the Budget address

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 23, 8:38

    Less than two months after he was sworn in, and on the third day of the legislative session, Gov. Bill Walker dealt out some hard realities to Alaskans in his State of the Budget address Thursday evening. Former Sen. Mark Begich weighed in the governor’s speech, saying he would give Walker a “B.” Watch the […]

  • State

    Governor’s State of the Budget address calls for both short-term and long-term cuts

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 23, 6:58

    It was a tough speech to feel good about, given that Gov. Bill Walker announced plans to chop more than a half a billion dollars in state spending this coming fiscal year, with deeper cuts down the road. But lawmakers, especially those in the Republican majority, have been hungry for more specifics. And they seemed […]

  • State

    Watch: State of the Budget address

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 22, 17:30

    State of the Budget Address Gov. Bill Walker Thursday, January 22, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.  

  • State

    Governor gives broad overview in State of the State

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 22, 10:53

    Gov. Bill Walker’s first speech to the Legislature Wednesday was low key, a blend of his personal history and Alaska’s story. Democrats said it was a good overview. Republicans said it was short on details. But most lawmakers, when asked what grade they would give the speech, rated it a “B.” They said they liked […]

  • State

    Watch: Alaska State of the State Address

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 21, 17:58

      State of the State Address Gov. Bill Walker Wednesday, January 21, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.   Governor Bill Walker will deliver his first State of the State speech Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a joint session of the state Legislature. Tonight’s speech it will be an opportunity for Walker to lay out his vision […]

  • State

    Day 1: Legislature convenes with mixed emotions

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 20, 21:54

    Normally, the first day of the legislative session is reserved for pomp and circumstance, overflowing with hugs, smiles and goodwill. And there was plenty of that at the State Capitol on Tuesday as the 29th Legislature convened. But just as the petals on the yellow-rose boutonnieres lawmakers wore on opening day will quickly fade, there […]

  • National

    Murkowski, Sullivan react to Obama’s State of the Union

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 20, 19:05

    President Barack Obama issued his sixth State of the Union address before Congress Tuesday night, declaring a turning point of sorts for the nation. “The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong,” the president said. In the video above, Sen. Lisa Murkowski reacts to the president’s State of the […]

  • Local

    Begich in talks with Anchorage mayoral candidates before making final decision

    by Alexis Fernandez, Sierra Starks on Jan 19, 17:09

      ANCHORAGE - Several candidates have formally announced their intent to run for mayor of Anchorage in the 2015 election — Dan Coffey, Amy Demboski and, most recently, Andrew Halcro, among others. But buzz surrounding former Sen. Mark Begich’s return to the mayoral post continues. Begich previously served two terms as mayor of Anchorage before his […]

  • State

    Homer lawmaker wants to delay regulating marijuana edibles

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 16, 21:03

    A Republican lawmaker wants the state to have more time to regulate concentrated marijuana products like edibles and hash oil. Representative Paul Seaton of Homer filed a bill that would delay regulating concentrates until November of 2016, a full year later than the deadline to regulate commercial sales of marijuana. Seaton said pushing the date […]

  • State

    Republican leaders prepare to tackle budget shortfall

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 16, 13:28

    With low oil prices looming and a budget shortfall, state lawmakers are setting the stage to take a critical look at various state-funded programs during the upcoming session. Thursday, Senate President-elect Kevin Meyer and House Speaker Mike Chenault gave a preview from the Republican majority perspective to the Resource Development Council, a group favorable to […]

  • State

    Murkowski ‘aghast’ over news that Ted Stevens prosecutors’ charges cleared

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 15, 22:39

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski weighed in on a recent decision to reverse disciplinary measures against two prosecutors involved in the corruption case against the late. Sen. Ted Stevens. “I am aghast that the Merit Systems Protection Board is overturning the meager punishments for the two Justice Department prosecutors who committed serious ethical lapses in the Ted […]

  • State

    In Juneau, newly elected lawmakers are already at work

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 14, 22:47

    Although the 2015 legislative session is less than a week away, eight newly elected lawmakers are already on the job. Before they can be sworn in next Tuesday, they must complete a training program on legislative ethics and procedures. But Tuesday wasn’t all work for the new legislators. The Juneau delegation held a luncheon reception to […]

  • Local

    New ammo shop in Mountain View offers rural shipping, bulk purchases

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 13, 19:03

    There’s a new store in Mountain View — Alaska Ammo — that’s gunning for your business. The store’s owner, Cody Brons, says he knows how much Alaskans love their guns. “I have sold ammunition at 2 a.m. in Fairbanks from people driving by,” said Brons. “I don’t think there’s anywhere else in the country where […]