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  • Alaska Politics

    Walker breaks up tax proposals after legislative pushback

    by Becky Bohrer / AP on May 27, 13:25

    Gov. Bill Walker is breaking his tax proposals apart again after legislators pushed back on his decision to bundle them together for the special session. Walker on Friday introduced four separate bills in the House, relating to tax increases on motor fuels and the fishing and mining industries and reinstituting a personal income tax. During […]

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    Trump agrees to debate Sanders; Fox News is ‘interested’

    by Associated Press on May 26, 16:10

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump is welcoming Bernie Sanders’ proposal that they meet in a debate but is setting a high price for participating. His condition: The hosting TV network would have to put up millions of dollars for charity. Representatives for Fox News and ABC News say the networks are “interested” in hosting such […]

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    Special session off to sluggish start: Lawmakers still stuck on oil tax credits

    by Liz Raines on May 23, 23:00

    The first day of the special legislative session came and went, with legislators working less than two hours. The House and Senate gaveled in for brief floor sessions, but neither body held a single hearing. Last week, controversy over oil tax credit reform kept lawmakers from finding a compromise on a state operating budget before […]

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    Gov. Walker prepares for possible government shutdown

    by Liz Raines on May 19, 21:51

    At a press conference Thursday morning Gov. Bill Walker told members of the media he is preparing for a possible government shutdown. “There has to be a plan because we have to assume the worst. I guess we have been through this once before,” said Governor Walker, referring to last year’s legislative session, which had […]

  • U.S. Politics

    How do voters view Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton?

    by CBS News on May 19, 17:49

    The two front-runners for their party’s nomination are well-known to voters, and opinions of each continue to be much more negative than positive. When compared to past major party presidential candidates at a similar point in the election cycle, Trump and Clinton’s unfavorable ratings continue to be the highest in CBS News/New York Times polls […]

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    Legislature adjourns without budget, Gov. Walker calls special session

    by Liz Raines on May 19, 8:17

    With less than five minutes to go before reaching the constitutional deadline, both the House and Senate adjourned Wednesday night, effectively killing all bills at play — including the budget. Less than 20 minutes later, lawmakers received Gov. Bill Walker’s special session proclamation by email. It includes all components of the fiscal plan he unveiled […]

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    $12.9 million education cut used as ‘bargaining chip’ in budget endgame

    by Liz Raines on May 18, 21:13

    In the final hours before the state constitution says lawmakers must gavel out, House Speaker Mike Chenault told reporters that funding next year’s budget is the only thing on his mind. “We went through that scenario last year with the pink slips, and it’s just not good, it’s not good for state employees, it’s just […]

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    As legislative clock runs out, governor plans for looming special session

    by Liz Raines on May 17, 20:02

    After 120 days in session, lawmakers still haven’t passed any pieces of Gov. Bill Walker’s fiscal plan, and time is almost up. According to the Alaska state constitution, lawmakers must finish work by Wednesday, but they’ll likely need more time. The Legislature could extend session for up to 10 days with a two-thirds vote in both […]

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    Lawmaker says it’s ‘too late’ for governor’s Permanent Fund plan this session

    by Liz Raines on May 16, 22:01

    A member of Senate leadership says Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to use Permanent Fund earnings as an endowment for government isn’t going to pass this session. “I don’t have a problem with it,” said Sen. Pete Kelly, co-chair of the Operating Budget Conference Committee and co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee. “We can’t discuss it […]

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    Lawmakers vote to move Anchorage downtown offices to Spenard

    by Liz Raines on May 16, 20:39

    The Legislative Council — a joint committee made up of leadership in both the House and Senate — voted Monday to move the Legislature’s office from downtown Anchorage to the Spenard area. The council approved purchase of the Wells Fargo building, located on the corner of Minnesota Drive and Benson Boulevard, for $12.5 million. “It’s […]

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    On third day of convention, Alaska Democrats call for end to super delegates

    by Eric Ruble on May 15, 18:40

    The Alaska Democratic Convention wrapped up Sunday afternoon on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. Most of the day was dedicated to organizational matters, like electing party officers. They also approved a resolution demanding an end to the use of super delegates at the Democratic National Convention. Super delegates can vote for whichever candidate they […]

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    On day two of Alaska Democratic Convention, national delegates elected

    by Eric Ruble on May 14, 18:36

    When Bernie Sanders supporter D’Arcy Hutchings went to the Democratic caucus in March, she had no plans to do anything other than show her support for the senator from Vermont. But she emerged from West High School a delegate for the state convention. At the state convention Saturday, she was running for a spot on […]

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    Alaska Democratic Convention gets underway in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 13, 21:25

    At the State Democratic Convention in Anchorage, one of the big jobs party leaders have is to elect delegates to attend the national convention in July, when the presidential nominee will be decided. Back in March, candidate Bernie Sanders won the state’s Democratic caucus in a big way. All 16 of the state’s regular delegates […]

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    Alaska House passes oil tax credit reform

    by Liz Raines on May 13, 19:27

    Friday, the Alaska House passed a bill that’s kept lawmakers in Juneau for nearly a month of overtime this session. House Bill 247, a measure to scale back oil tax credits, passed with a vote of 25 to 12 Friday, after a large amendment to keep certain credits long-term, while reducing the state’s future obligation […]

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    Senate moves public works budget without Kivalina school funding

    by Liz Raines on May 12, 22:10

    The Alaska Senate is rolling the dice on its $7.2 million obligation to renovate the K-12 Kivalina school. It’s the last payment in a 2011 settlement that allocated $50 million in state funds for the project. The Senate Finance Committee moved the state capital budget out Thursday without the payment. Most members said they wanted […]

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    Alaska lawmakers, still stuck on oil tax credits, push forward

    by Liz Raines on May 12, 20:31

    A controversial bill to nearly eliminate oil tax credits by 2020 moved out of the House Rules Committee Thursday. House Bill 247, proposed by Gov. Bill Walker, has undergone significant changes in the last month after it was spared from defeat on the House floor, but circumstances haven’t. Rep. Craig Johnson (R-Anchorage), backer of the latest […]

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    Susan Carney named to Alaska Supreme Court

    by Mark Thiessen / Associated Press on May 12, 15:19

    ANCHORAGE (AP) — Susan Carney will be the newest member of the Alaska Supreme Court. Gov. Bill Walker announced Carney’s appointment on Thursday. She will replace Justice Dana Fabe, who will retire June 1. The announcement came during the annual Alaska Bar Association convention in Anchorage. Carney is a supervising attorney for the Office of […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Treasury Secretary Lew plans Anchorage visit before Japan

    by Associated Press on May 12, 12:03

      ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will stop in Anchorage ahead of a trip to Japan next week. The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced Thursday in a release that Lew will take part in meetings with business and community leaders in Alaska’s largest city on May 18. He’ll then continue to […]

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    Bank threatens to sue Legislature over Anchorage LIO lease

    by Liz Raines on May 11, 22:37

    A bank that lent money to the developer of the Anchorage Legislative Information Office is threatening to sue the Legislature if it breaks the lease that a Superior Court judge declared invalid in March. In a letter to lawmakers Tuesday, Bob Hume, an attorney representing Everbank, said that if that ruling is upheld, the bank will […]

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    State lawmaker calls Anchorage Assembly resolution ‘disingenuous’

    by Liz Raines on May 11, 21:11

    Sen. Anna Mackinnon is calling a decision by the Anchorage Assembly “disingenuous,” after the body passed a resolution Tuesday night against moving legislative offices into the Spenard area. The Assembly says the move wouldn’t fit within its long-term plan to keep government offices downtown. Mackinnon, a former Assembly member who helped develop that plan, pointed […]