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    Murkowski criticizes Sally Jewell in letter about King Cove

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 23, 23:07

    Seven months after U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell rejected what residents call a life-saving road for King Cove, one of Alaska’s senators continues to fight. Sen. Lisa Murkowski sent a letter to Jewell, criticizing her for what Murkowski says is Jewell’s ongoing failure to protect the safety of the people of King Cove. The […]

  • Politics

    Parnell leads gubernatorial rivals in cash on hand

    by Associated Press on Jul 22, 12:52

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott brought in nearly $300,000 during the latest fundraising period, more than Republican Gov. Sean Parnell. But Parnell had $450,000 available as of Friday. Mallott had about $66,000, plus $10,000 in debts. Bill Walker, who is running as an independent, brought in nearly $260,000, $170,000 of which he personally contributed. He […]

  • State

    Murkowski visits Texas border town to assess immigration problem

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 18, 22:39

    Alaska’s senior senator says there’s not enough people advocating for the thousands of Central American kids illegally pouring across the U.S. border. Sen. Lisa Murkowski toured the border town of McAllen, Texas, this week and said she’s unconvinced the Obama administration is doing enough to resolve the situation. The issue is complex, she said, and […]

  • State

    VPSO bill signed into law

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 18, 21:31

    The bill allowing village public safety officers to carry firearms was signed into law Friday. Gov. Sean Parnell signed House Bill 199, which does away with previous regulations prohibiting VPSOs from carrying firearms. The new law does not require VPSOs to carry guns — it leaves the decision up to the communities where they work […]

  • State

    Mead Treadwell joins call to abolish IRS

    by Associated Press on Jul 17, 14:55

    Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mead Treadwell says the IRS should be abolished. Treadwell, who is also Alaska’s lieutenant governor, said the agency has lost the trust of the American people. He said he supports a “fair tax” instead, and would provide a more detailed statement on what that would entail. Treadwell said the Republican candidates […]

  • State

    Time is running out to register to vote in August primary

    by Hope Miller on Jul 16, 8:51

    You only have a few days left to register to vote in the August primary election. Sunday, July 20 is the deadline to register, update voter registration and change political party affiliation for the Aug. 19 primary. Division of Elections offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Nome will be open this weekend […]

  • State

    Begich reports his biggest fundraising quarter

    by Associated Press on Jul 15, 12:06

    U.S. Sen. Mark Begich brought in more than $1.26 million during the last quarter, his biggest haul so far this cycle. But his campaign spent nearly $2 million toward his re-election bid. As of June 30, the Alaska Democrat had about $2.2 million available. Spokesman Max Croes says a big expense has been TV and […]

  • Politics

    Who is the worst president since WWII?

    by Steve Chaggaris / CBS News on Jul 02, 16:39

    As if President Obama doesn’t have enough to worry about running the country day-to-day, now his legacy can be added to his laundry list of concerns. Mr. Obama edges out former President George W. Bush as the worst president since World War II, American voters say, according to a new Quinnipiac Pollreleased Wednesday. Thirty-three percent chose […]

  • State

    Republican Senate hopefuls participate in Anchorage debate

    by Kate McPherson on Jun 27, 7:52

    East High School’s auditorium was almost full Thursday night for the first formal debate between Alaska’s Republican candidates for U.S. Senate. It was a debate that almost didn’t go ahead when it came to light that the Republican women’s groups that organized the debate were not registered with the Federal Election Commission and could be […]

  • National

    John Boehner announces plans to sue Obama

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Jun 25, 11:45

    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Wednesday that he’s pushing the House of Representatives to sue President Obama “in an effort to compel the president to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country.” He did not say which specific laws the suit will say the president has not enforced, […]

  • Local

    Assembly votes to recognize Polynesian Flag Day, postpones AO-37 action

    by Charlo Greene on Jun 24, 22:39

    The Anchorage Assembly gathered for a full agenda Tuesday tonight. Members also made time to honor an Assembly member who made municipal history. Everything from transportation and road construction, wetlands planning and bar break was discussed. The outcome of tonight’s Assembly meeting means a delay for a decision on controversial labor law AO-37 and a reason […]

  • State

    Ethics complaint made against Parnell

    by Associated Press on Jun 24, 12:06

    A state Democratic party officer has made an ethics complaint against Gov. Sean Parnell, alleging political use of state resources. Parnell’s office last week responded to an opinion piece by independent lieutenant governor candidate Craig Fleener, questioning Parnell’s whereabouts during a recent National Congress of American Indians conference. Parnell’s campaign responded, too. Lynda Zaugg, in […]

  • National

    Rand Paul: Blame Dick Cheney for Iraq violence, not Obama

    by Jake Miller / CBS News on Jun 22, 16:30

    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., offered some bipartisan backup to President Obama on the subject of Iraq Sunday, saying many critics who blame the president for theferocious Islamist insurgency there, like former Vice President Dick Cheney, should take a look in the mirror. “I don’t blame President Obama,” Paul told NBC News. “Has he really got the solution? Maybe […]

  • State

    Parnell signs Knik Arm Crossing bill into law

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 20, 18:19

    Commuting from the Matanuska-Susitna Valley to Anchorage may get easier. Gov. Sean Parnell signed House Bill 23 into law Friday, a measure that funds the construction of the Knik Arm Crossing, a 1.7-mile toll bridge that would cross the Cook Inlet and connect Anchorage to the Mat-Su Borough. The $892 million bridge would benefit Alaskans by […]

  • State

    Itemized work on gas line confidential

    by Associated Press on Jun 20, 15:50

    State reimbursements to TransCanada Corp. in pursuit of a natural gas pipeline are expected to total about $330 million. But the list of the itemized project work is considered confidential. Natural Resources department spokeswoman Elizabeth Bluemink says the list contains competitively sensitive proprietary information. She said by email that protecting “this commercially sensitive information continues […]

  • State

    Alaska defends gay marriage ban

    by Associated Press on Jun 19, 15:15

    The state denies its laws on marriage curb the constitutional rights of five same-sex couples suing over Alaska’s gay marriage ban. The couples, four married outside Alaska and one unmarried couple, sued in federal court seeking to overturn the ban. Alaska voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1998 defining marriage as between one man and […]

  • State

    Treadwell campaign announces new TV ad

    by Associated Press on Jun 12, 15:03

    Juneau, Alaska (AP) - Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mead Treadwell has released a new video, in which he calls his campaign “a movement for freedom and a battle for Alaska.” Spokesman Tom Intorcio, in an email, referred to the video as the campaign’s first TV ad. He later said it was digital content that will eventually […]

  • State

    Kohring making run for US Senate

    by Associated Press on Jun 11, 15:20

    Vic Kohring, a former state lawmaker who pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge in 2011, is running for U.S. Senate. Kohring served in the Legislature as a Republican but is vying for the Alaskan Independence Party nomination in this race. The Division of Elections director says Kohring recently changed his party affiliation. Kohring declined […]

  • State

    Senators challenge governor over oil tax law

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 11, 7:43

    Two Alaska state senators are challenging Gov. Sean Parnell over SB-21. They say they’ll stop trying to get the new tax law overturned if he signs a guarantee it will work. Senators Hollis French and Bill Wielechowski issued the challenge Tuesday. They want the governor to call a special session and sign a new statute. If the […]

  • State

    GOP hopeful proposes response to third-party money

    by Associated Press on Jun 10, 11:40

    Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan says he supports the U.S. Supreme Court decision that helped pave the way for unlimited spending by outside groups in campaigns even as he proposed a way to curb outside influence in his race. Sullivan on Tuesday asked Democratic Sen. Mark Begich to sign a pledge calling on special […]