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  • State

    Parnell won’t choose adjutant general on way out

    by Associated Press on Nov 21, 12:28

    Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell says he won’t appoint a new adjutant general before leaving office. In September, Parnell asked for and received the resignation of then-adjutant general Thomas Katkus amid a report into allegations of misconduct in the Alaska National Guard. The National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations found that victims did not trust […]

  • National

    A visit to Don Young’s office: An Alaska show-and-tell experience

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 21, 7:41

    Congressman Don Young has the largest office of any House member on Capitol Hill, and says he wound up with the extra space after plans for an escalator were scrubbed. So how does Young use that additional room in the Rayburn building? He has 55 animal trophies on the wall, many of them from Africa. […]

  • National

    Obama says time for immigration changes is now

    by CNN / AP on Nov 20, 16:50

      WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is telling the American people that the time to change the nation’s immigration system is now, and he’s taking action to make that happen. In a nationally televised address from the White House, Obama says it doesn’t make sense to round up and deport millions of people living […]

  • State

    Walker names chief of staff, spokesperson

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 20, 11:32

    With less than two weeks until he is sworn into office, governor-elect Bill Walker announced his chief of staff and spokesperson Wednesday. Jim Whitaker, former mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, will serve as Walker’s chief of staff, a press release says. He has also served on the Alaska Legislature. Walker also announced he […]

  • National

    Mark Begich prepares for transition

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 20, 7:17

    From the scaffolds encrusting the Capitol dome to the politics inside, Congress is definitely going through a period of reconstruction. The Democratic majority in the Senate will soon be history, as will Mark Begich’s time in the Senate. The new Alaska senator, Dan Sullivan, will be sworn in on Tuesday, Jan. 6. He’ll be part […]

  • National

    Senate Democrats reject bill to build oil pipeline

    by CNN / AP on Nov 18, 15:26

    The Democrat-controlled Senate has defeated a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Senate’s 59-41 vote Tuesday night was a nail-biter to the end. The bill needed 60 votes to reach the White House. The House passed it overwhelmingly last week. President Barack Obama did not support the bill, but the White House […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Begich congratulates Sullivan, concedes from Senate race

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 17, 15:26

    Last Updated Nov 17, 2014, 6:15 p.m. After trailing behind in votes, Sen. Mark Begich has conceded from Alaska’s U.S. Senate race. In a statement sent on Monday afternoon — after calling to congratulate Dan Sullivan — Begich begins by thanking Alaskans for the opportunity to represent the state in Washington, D.C. “Alaska deserves a […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Parnell concedes from Alaska gubernatorial race

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 15, 19:10

    Alaska will see a new governor sworn in on Dec. 1. Independent candidate Bill Walker has won the Alaska governor’s race as Gov. Sean Parnell conceded Saturday. A statement sent on the evening of Nov. 15 from Parnell starts off by thanking Alaskans for having let the governor serve five years in office. “Sandy and […]

  • Campaign 2014

    With more ballots counted, Walker maintains lead

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 14, 13:43

    Independent candidate Bill Walker’s lead in the gubernatorial race fluctuated Friday as election workers resumed counting thousands of absentee and questioned ballots from the general election. Walker leads Gov. Sean Parnell by slightly less than 4,700 votes as of Friday evening, according to unofficial election results. Earlier this week, when absentee and questioned ballots were […]

  • National

    House passes bill to fast-track Keystone XL oil pipeline

    by Jake Miller / CBS News on Nov 14, 9:22

    The House of Representatives passed a bill expediting the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Friday, thrusting Congress back into the debate over a long-stalled project lauded by proponents as a job creator and reviled by foes as an environmental disaster. The bill passed by a margin of 252 to 161. This is the ninth […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Voter turnout: Alaska ranked third in the nation

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 14, 7:40

    There are lots of stats about Alaska we’d rather not be known for, but here’s one we can be proud of. The New York Times ranked Alaska third in the nation for voter turnout. Maine topped the list with a 59 percent turnout, followed by Wisconsin with almost 57 percent. Alaska’s turnout was a little […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Walker announces transition team co-chairs

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 12, 15:44

    Although the final votes have yet to be counted, Bill Walker, the lead candidate in the gubernatorial race, announced his proposed transition team co-chairs at a press conference Wednesday — Ana Hoffman and Rick Halford. Hoffman of Bethel, a Democrat, currently serves as CEO and president of the Bethel Native Corporation as well as co-chair of […]

  • Campaign 2014

    AP: Republican Dan Sullivan wins Senate race in Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 12, 6:43

    More ballots still need to be counted, but U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan declared victory Wednesday. The Associated Press called the Senate race late Tuesday night, a week after the general election. Alaska Division of Elections staffers had worked their way through absentee and questioned ballots methodically on Veterans Day, counting more than 15,000 ballots. […]

  • Campaign 2014

    In Anchorage, a tale of wait-and-see for 2 candidates

    by Kate McPherson on Nov 11, 23:10

    After the first day of absentee and questioned ballot counting, two House District seats in Anchorage are still too close to call. In the race for House District 21, Matt Claman extended his lead from Anand Dubey. Claman was up 86 votes to represent the Turnagain and Spenard area, as of 6 p.m. Tuesday. In […]

  • Campaign 2014

    First day of absentee count sees minimal change in Senate, gubernatorial races

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 11, 21:06

    The Alaska Division of Elections hoped to get to 15,000 ballots on the first day of the absentee and questioned ballot count. DOE staffers worked their way through absentee and questioned ballots methodically on Veterans Day — a holiday for most state workers — counting about 15,257 ballots. The DOE’s goal was reached, but the […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Alaska DOE to count absentee and questioned ballots

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 10, 23:43

    It’s been a week since the general election, but with candidates in the races for governor and U.S. Senate not ready to concede, Alaska is still in political limbo. There should be some clarity by the end of Tuesday. The Alaska Division of Elections will begin counting more than 50,000 ballots. The head of the […]

  • State

    Rep. Mike Chenault serves record 4th term as House speaker

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 07, 7:40

    Rep. Mike Chenault is often heard to tell people that he’s not a smart guy — because he never went to college and relies on common sense. Still, no one’s been able to top his record as House speaker, which was set again Thursday night when he was chosen by members of the House Republican […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Run, Forrest, run: Running against the odds

    by John Thain on Nov 06, 22:31

    It was a grassroots campaign from a young, relatively unknown politician from the small town of Cordova: Forrest Dunbar did not win a seat in Congress this week, but he did come closer than many expected. KTVA followed Dunbar through the last month of his campaign for a behind-the-scenes look at a race that surprised […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Senate majority moves quickly to choose leadership

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 06, 7:11

    The election was barely off the burner, still a cauldron of uncertainty. But members of the state Senate met the next day to firm up their leadership positions for the next session. Sen. Kevin Meyer is the new Senate president.  He’s served in the Legislature for 14 years, most recently as co-chair of the Senate […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Election officials estimate up to 50,000 ballots still to count

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 05, 18:32

    Election night has come and gone, but some of Alaska’s biggest races have yet to be decided. In the governor’s race, Bill Walker leads Gov. Sean Parnell by only about 3,000 votes. In the U.S. Senate race, the division is wider. Dan Sullivan has an 8,000-vote lead over Sen. Mark Begich. But Begich has yet […]