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Who will run for Mayor of Anchorage?

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Anchorage Assembly passes $472M budget for 2015

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Campaign 2014: Byron Mallott

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Mayor Sullivan vetoes 'moose fence' ordinance

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Troubled muni project receives more funding, audit

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    Who will run for Mayor of Anchorage?

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 03, 19:19

    Just when residents thought the election season was over, another one is on the horizon. On April 7, Anchorage voters will elect a new mayor. Who’s in the running is still a bit of a mystery. Candidates can’t officially file to run for the position until Jan. 30, but a couple of people have made […]

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    Anchorage Assembly passes $472M budget for 2015

    by Emily Carlson on Nov 27, 9:27

    The Anchorage Assembly passed the municipality’s 2015 budget Wednesday afternoon, but not before some debate on whether to cut additional staff and a surprise tennis court proposal. The $472 million budget passed unanimously in a two-hour special meeting. It’s a little more than $2 million over what Mayor Dan Sullivan proposed in October. The mayor […]

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    Campaign 2014: Byron Mallott

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 31, 13:30

    This week, KTVA is running a series of interviews with the main candidates for office. KTVA’s Rhonda McBride brings us interviews with the candidates for lieutenant governor, starting with Byron Mallott — who has worn a number of hats, from mayor of Juneau and Yakutat to director of the Permanent Fund Corporation. For Mallott, however, […]

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    Mayor Sullivan vetoes ‘moose fence’ ordinance

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 29, 11:14

    Mayor Dan Sullivan has vetoed an ordinance recently passed by the Anchorage Assembly that would bar new, metal palisade fences in Anchorage to try to prevent moose from being impaled on the spikes. In a veto statement, Sullivan said although the ordinance was “well-intenioned, the cost\benefit analysis does not warrant this level of government intrusion.” […]

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    Troubled muni project receives more funding, audit

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 23, 13:32

    More than $30 million and two years overdue, the Anchorage Assembly voted to continue funding the SAP project. SAP is software designed to automate city government, like calculating payroll. Funding for the SAP project, however, is not a blank check. The Assembly approved increased funding by $3 million, along with an external audit to figure […]

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    US Rep. Don Young apologizes after suicide comment

    by Associated Press on Oct 22, 10:22

    U.S. Rep. Don Young has apologized after telling students at a high school where a child recently committed suicide that people kill themselves when there’s a lack of support from family and friends. Wasilla High School Principal Amy Spargo says students and adults at the assembly took offense because it was as if they were […]

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    Anchorage residents could see lower property taxes with 2015 budget

    by Dave Leval on Oct 03, 19:39

    How does a drop in your property taxes sound? Mayor Dan Sullivan says it’s possible next year thanks to a smaller budget. He has released the municipality’s proposed numbers for 2015 and says the plan will not impact city services, or jobs. It’s no secret to Alaska residents that it costs more to live in the 49th […]

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    Unions launch new “Vote No on 1″ campaign

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 12, 20:06

    As the November election approaches, Anchorage residents may begin to notice new political signs with a familiar slogan. But this latest “Vote No on 1” campaign has nothing to do with oil taxes, as it did in the primary election. The Proposition 1 that Anchorage voters will see on the ballot in November refers to Mayor […]

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    Amy Demboski running for mayor

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 27, 23:28

    An Anchorage Assemblywoman has thrown her hat into the ring to be the next mayor of the municipality. Amy Demboski says she filed her letter of intent to run Tuesday. The Eagle River-Chugiak assemblywoman says she will be the clear conservative vote in the race. Her priorities are fiscal restraint, essential city services and accountability, she […]

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    Rustic Goat wins fight for parking lot

    by Kate McPherson on Aug 26, 23:28

    The Anchorage Assembly unanimously approved a request from the Rustic Goat restaurant to build a 28-space parking lot in Turnagain Tuesday night. The land to be paved over is across the road from the restaurant and is used by some locals as a park – though it’s not officially designated as parkland. Other locals are […]

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    Assembly vetoes labor law ordinance

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 05, 23:13

      Could a long-running debate finally be over? On Tuesday night, Anchorage Assembly members voted to repeal the city’s controversial labor law known as AO- 37. Shortly after that, the Assembly passed a new version of the ordinance that some have dubbed “AO-37 light.” The amended law gives unions several things they were asking for, […]

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    Assembly may take action on AO-37

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 01, 19:14

    If the Anchorage Assembly doesn’t pass an amended version of AO-37 at its next meeting, the future of the controversial labor law will be decided by the people. The Assembly has been working to avoid the referendum on AO-37. The bill limits unions’ negotiating rights, including making a strike illegal. Assembly member Dick Traini proposed repealing […]

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

    by 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 […]

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    Changes to law may prevent costly referendum

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 03, 21:46

    Changes to a controversial labor law may stop an upcoming referendum. At an Anchorage Assembly labor subcommittee meeting Tuesday, Assemblywoman Jennifer Johnston presented 29 pages of amendments to AO-37, the law which put limits on unions’ abilities to negotiate. Johnston’s changes would stop the law from going to a vote of the people, but fellow Assemblyman […]

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    Murkowski introduces drilling bills

    by Associated Press on May 26, 8:10

    U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has introduced legislation that would allow for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Alaska Republican recently introduced two bills. One would allow for oil and gas drilling on the coastal plain of the refuge; the other would allow for directional drilling from outside the refuge to tap oil and […]

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    Assembly member calls for watered-down version of AO-37

    by Emily Carlson on May 20, 21:02

    An Anchorage Assembly member who helped pass a controversial labor law is now calling for a watered-down version of the ordinance, which she calls a compromise. Assembly member Jennifer Johnston originally voted with Mayor Dan Sullivan to push through AO-37, the labor law that significantly reduces the power unions have negotiating their contracts. The Responsible […]

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    Sullivan apologizes for slavery comment

    by Bonney Bowman on May 07, 20:08

    Mayor Dan Sullivan issued an apology Wednesday after comparing union dues to slavery. Sullivan made the remark during the Lieutenant Governor Candidate Forum on Monday. He issued the apology after community groups called the remark grossly out of touch, insensitive and sarcastic. KTVA asked Sullivan to clarify his comment. He said he was referring to […]

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    Mayor vetoes energy amendment, says ASD funding likely to stick

    by Megan Mazurek on Apr 30, 19:52

    Mayor Dan Sullivan vetoed an amendment Wednesday to reinvest money for past energy-efficiency projects. Sullivan says energy efficiency should only be pursued when specific grant or bond money is made available for it. On the education front, the mayor said he most likely wouldn’t veto the $5.8 million in additional school funding paid for by […]

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    ASD gets more funding via property taxes

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 29, 20:38

    Anchorage schools got a big boost from the Anchorage Assembly Monday night. In a narrow 6-5 vote, members raised property taxes, giving education more than $8 million in extra funding. Not all the money will come from property taxes, but about $6 million will. Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan said the municipality has increased its tax […]

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    Assembly approves budget amendments, property tax hike

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 29, 6:07

    The Anchorage Assembly took on the 2014 operating budget Monday, and there was strong support for increased funding to the Anchorage School District. In a special meeting, dozens of taxpayers stood up and lobbied the Assembly to increase its aid to the district. In the end, the Assembly voted to increase its contribution to ASD by […]