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  • Alaska Politics

    Rasmuson Foundation ups fiscal plan campaign to talk new taxes, capping PFD

    by Liz Raines on Nov 25, 21:04

    What started as a quiet campaign that launched last summer is now becoming a full-blown effort by the Rasmuson Foundation to spark conversation about capping the permanent fund dividend, cutting the general fund and paying taxes to save the state from a $3.5 billion budget deficit. The foundation said it will be launching its new […]

  • Alaska Politics

    UPDATE: Governor says he’s not privy to some information as lead of state gas line project

    by Liz Raines on Nov 24, 20:30

    Gov. Bill Walker says he is the lead on the state’s project for a natural gas pipeline, but says he isn’t privy to certain information negotiated on the project with some state commissioners because they’ve signed confidentiality agreements and he hasn’t. In a phone interview late Tuesday night, the governor said he is not involved in […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska Gasline Development Corporation president resigns after Gov. Walker fires board chair

    by Liz Raines on Nov 21, 13:17

    Dan Fauske, the president of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), has resigned. The agency holds decision-making power on the state’s project for a natural gas pipeline, on which it partners with three oil giants: BP, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil. At a special board meeting Saturday morning, the board introduced an amendment to its agenda to accept […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Governor boots chair of state gasline board on AKLNG project

    by Liz Raines on Nov 20, 19:50

    A week after the governor announced he’s changed his mind about the lead negotiator on the state’s gas pipeline project, his office announced Friday he’s replacing John Burns, board chair for the agency that holds decision making power for the Alaska liquefied natural gasline project (AKLNG). Gov. Bill Walker is replacing Burns’ seat on the […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Ryan: House refugee bill won’t have religious test

    by Associated Press on Nov 18, 10:06

    House Speaker Paul Ryan says a Republican bill the chamber plans to vote on this week won’t limit Syrian and Iraqi refugees admitted to this country based on their religions. The Wisconsin Republican’s description of the legislation contrasted with remarks by some GOP presidential candidates. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Republicans in Congress move to block Syrian refugee plan

    by Rebecca Shabad / CBS News on Nov 17, 11:46

    Congressional Republicans are moving to halt the Obama administration’s plan to take in more Syrian refugees following the Paris terrorist attacks. Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, told reporters Tuesday morning that the Syrian refugee situation “requires a pause.” He said he has assembled a task force to develop legislation that addresses the administration’s plan to take in […]

  • Alaska Politics

    5 GOP presidential hopefuls qualified for Alaska poll

    by Associated Press on Nov 16, 14:24

    Five Republican candidates so far have qualified for the Alaska GOP’s presidential preference poll. Donald Trump was the most recent candidate to qualify. The party says that Ohio Gov. John Kasich; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz have also qualified. The poll will take place March […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Nenana to hold election after mayor’s abrupt resignation

    by Associated Press on Nov 16, 6:56

    The Interior city of Nenana will elect a new mayor in January following an abrupt resignation. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1QpjXvQ) former Mayor Alan Baker served less than two weeks in his elected role before resigning in an Oct. 29 letter, citing the mess of city government and its lack of record keeping. Nenana […]

  • Alaska Politics

    8 apply for coming vacancy on Alaska Supreme Court

    by Associated Press on Nov 13, 15:18

    Eight attorneys have applied for the upcoming vacancy on the Alaska Supreme Court. Justice Dana Fabe has announced plans to retire June 1. Fabe was the first woman appointed to serve on the court. The Alaska Judicial Council released the names of the applicants and biographical information for them on Friday. They are: Ruth Botstein, […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Most Alaska superdelegates undecided on candidate pick

    by Associated Press on Nov 13, 8:21

    Three of the Alaska delegates free to support whomever they want as the Democrats’ nominee for president say they haven’t made up their mind. The fourth has a preferred candidate, but isn’t sharing yet. Nationally, most superdelegates reached by The Associated Press who gave a preference said they plan to support former Secretary of State […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Governor Walker wants change in leadership on LNG project

    by Liz Raines on Nov 12, 21:21

    A week after legislators approved spending more than $157 million to buy out TransCanada Corp. in the state’s project for a natural gas pipeline (AKLNG), Gov. Bill Walker said he wants new leadership on the project. The state has been paying South Carolina attorney Rigdon Boykin $120,000 a month for the past six months. He […]

  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Anchorage Assembly changes texting-while-driving penalty, increases cost of traffic tickets

    by Alexis Fernandez on Nov 11, 21:57

    Drivers in Anchorage caught texting while driving will no longer face jail time. On Tuesday night, the Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance making the punishment a $500 fine. The offense was previously classified as a misdemeanor, carrying up to a year in prison and a $10,000 fine. City officials said the charge was often dropped in […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Case challenges some political contribution limits in Alaska

    by Associated Press on Nov 11, 16:19

    An Anchorage state Republican party district and others are suing Alaska Public Offices Commission leaders, challenging the constitutionality of certain campaign contribution limits. Plaintiffs’ attorney Kevin Clarkson says he plans to ask a judge to block enforcement of those limits pending a decision on the case’s merits. The federal lawsuit challenges as too low the […]

  • Alaska Politics

    State agency says Walker campaign group hid money source

    by Liz Raines on Nov 11, 6:36

    The Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) has filed a complaint against two groups directed by Gov. Bill Walker’s current deputy chief of staff, Marcia Davis, for violating Alaska campaign disclosure laws. Davis, April Ferguson and Vicki Otte formed two nonprofit organizations — Your Future Alaska and Alaskans First — before the 2014 state election. The […]

  • Alaska Politics

    UPDATE: Ambler city council members absent for swearing in

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 09, 20:47

    Updated on Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. Civil unrest continued in Ambler Thursday as the current Ambler City Council members failed to swear in the newly elected city council members. About 250 people live in the Kobuk village — and they voted out all of their city council members and chose new candidates in an October […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski files for re-election

    by Eric Ruble on Nov 06, 17:02

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski is running for reelection in 2016 to seek a third full term as Alaska’s senior senator. She made the official announcement at the Williwaw restaurant in downtown Anchorage Friday. “We’ve got a year in front of us, and I don’t take anything for granted,” Murkowski said. During the last election, Murkowski lost […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Gov. Walker wants new director for state agriculture

    by Associated Press on Nov 06, 10:28

    Gov. Bill Walker wants a new director for Alaska’s Division of Agriculture. In a release, Walker says Alaska’s agricultural landscape is ripe for potential, and he looks forward to new leadership “implementing a fresh vision to maximize these opportunities.” Walker spokeswoman Katie Marquette says the governor wants the state to do more to develop its […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Senate President discusses special session, TransCanada buyout bill

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 05, 22:20

    The special session gaveled out Thursday, ending with a signature from Gov. Bill Walker on the only bill passed — Senate Bill 3001, which outlines the buyout of TransCanada Corporation from the Alaska liquefied natural gas pipeline project. Alaska Senate President Kevin Meyer highlighted the progress the Legislature made during the special session, and what […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Special session wraps up: Governor gives final signature on TransCanada buyout

    by Liz Raines on Nov 05, 20:50

    Gov. Bill Walker gave a final signature on Senate Bill 3001 Thursday, making the state a 25 percent owner in its gas pipeline project. On Wednesday, lawmakers passed the governor’s bill to buy out TransCanada Corporation, the only bill on the agenda for the Legislature’s third special session this year. At the bill signing the […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Gov. Walker says he’ll introduce tax to help fix Alaska’s fiscal future

    by Liz Raines on Nov 05, 15:15

    At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Gov. Bill Walker said he will likely introduce a tax as part of a new fiscal plan to end Alaska’s budget deficit. He said he hopes to unveil that plan by Dec. 15. The governor wouldn’t give specifics about what it would be on, or who it would affect. […]