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Matanuska-Susitna Borough election results certified

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Anchorage municipal prosecutor: Senate Bill 91 ‘a huge hit’ to city budget

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Record number of absentee, questioned ballots could change Mat-Su Borough election outcomes

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Mat-Su passes pot tax, $22M parks & rec bond

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Pot proposition draws Mat-Su voters to the polls

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    Matanuska-Susitna Borough election results certified

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 17, 20:44

    The final tally for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough election came in Monday evening and was certified Tuesday night. “Mayor Vern Halter and Assembly Members gave a standing ovation to the Canvass Board, a group of five women who did the fastidious work of counting a record number of absentee and questioned ballots in the 2016 Borough […]

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    Anchorage municipal prosecutor: Senate Bill 91 ‘a huge hit’ to city budget

    by Eric Ruble on Oct 14, 19:23

    The Municipality of Anchorage is not getting as much money as it used to from traffic tickets, and controversial Senate Bill 91 (SB 91) could be to blame. The bill changed the rules regarding things like parole and sentencing statewide. It also forces the municipality to charge state fines, instead of city fines, for most […]

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    Record number of absentee, questioned ballots could change Mat-Su Borough election outcomes

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 10, 15:04

    Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials say the October election set a borough record — the highest number of absentee and questioned ballots, all of which must still be counted before the election is certified. Those ballots could change the outcome of some of the election races. The Canvass Board spent the weekend counting the 3,629 ballots — 2,295 absentee […]

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    Mat-Su passes pot tax, $22M parks & rec bond

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 04, 20:49

    Unofficial results from Tuesday’s election in the Matanuska-Susitna borough are in, and voters shot down an initiative to ban the sale of marijuana products outside city limits. Voters passed a $22.16 million parks and recreation bond, known as Prop B-5, by 1,380 votes.  The bond will allow funding for outdated public pools in Palmer and Wasilla as […]

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    Pot proposition draws Mat-Su voters to the polls

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 04, 16:56

    Those manning the polls on election day in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough said precincts were busier than expected and the reason was marijuana. [RELATED: Unofficial Matanuska-Susitna Borough election results] “I believe that if the proposition, the pot one, if it was not on the ballot, we would have very low turnout,” election worker Sandi Wollsey said. Proposition […]

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    Marijuana business hopefuls take lawsuit against Mat-Su Borough to Alaska Supreme Court

    by Eric Ruble on Oct 02, 19:00

    A couple hoping to start a marijuana business in the Valley is taking their fight against the Matanuska-Susitna Borough to a higher level. Amy Tuma plans to file a lawsuit at the Alaska Supreme Court Monday. She said Proposition B1 was created using fraudulent methods. The measure, which is on Tuesday’s ballot, would ban marijuana […]

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    Primary hot seat: Mud flies in South Anchorage race

    by Liz Raines on Aug 11, 18:38

    Ross Bieling and Jennifer Johnston are digging up dirt on each other in one of the Alaska primary election‘s most contentious races. The two are fighting for State House in District 28, which stretches from South Anchorage to Bear Valley, plus it includes Girdwood. Johnston is a former Anchorage Assembly member, and Bieling, who describes […]

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    In historic move, Elvi Gray-Jackson elected as Anchorage Assembly chair

    by Daniella Rivera on Apr 20, 6:30

    Tuesday evening was a big night for the new members of the Anchorage Assembly, but it was an even bigger night for Elvi Gray-Jackson. The Assembly chose her as their new chair. It was an emotional moment for Gray-Jackson, and a historic one for the Municipality of Anchorage. Gray-Jackson is the first person of an […]

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    Girdwood requests recount as Prop 9 plans move forward

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 19, 18:17

    The Girdwood Board of Supervisors is moving forward to develop a contract with Whittier police as the deadline for Alaska State Troopers to leave the area draws closer. Proposition nine, which would allow residents to raise taxes to pay for police protection, passed by only two votes in the last election, and already a for […]

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    Girdwood votes for Proposition 9 at dead-even tie

    by Daniella Rivera on Apr 15, 7:59

    In a place about 2,000 Alaskans call home, Girdwood is a town where the power of just one vote is visible. At last count, Girdwood votes for and against Proposition 9, which would allow residents to raise taxes to pay for police protection, are split 50-50. Of the 790 ballots counted, there are 395 ‘yes’ […]

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    Anchorage Assembly Chair Dick Traini prepared to pass the torch to Elvi Gray-Jackson

    by Daniella Rivera on Apr 12, 23:00

    Change is coming to the Anchorage Assembly. Tuesday night was the last meeting for three of its seven members. Next week, three new members will be sworn in and leadership will likely shift. Dick Traini has been the chair for 12 years, longer than anyone else. And in his 17 years on the Assembly, he’s […]

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    Absentee, questioned ballots could change the outcome of four municipal races

    by Daniella Rivera on Apr 06, 23:08

    The outcome of four races in Tuesday’s municipal elections could change based on more than 2,000 ballots that haven’t been counted yet. Election officials spent Wednesday sorting through 1,960 questioned ballots. They also have 89 that were unable to scan on election night, as well as 61 special needs ballots and 44 absentee ballots that […]

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    Results: Demboski, Traini keep Assembly seats; voters say yes to pot tax, muni bond packages

    by Jessica Stugelmayer on Apr 06, 7:44

    It was an evening with a few nail-biting races, some still too close to call, and some definite upsets. Incumbents Amy Demboski and Dick Traini will keep their seats on the Anchorage Assembly, joined by Eric Croft, Forrest Dunbar and John Weddleton who are fresh off their wins Tuesday night. Weddleton’s late surge in the […]

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    Volunteers see low turnout for Anchorage municipal election

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 05, 23:00

    Turnout for municipal elections is traditionally lower than state or national elections, especially if the mayor’s office isn’t up for grabs. Tuesday’s election was no exception. KTVA visited several polling places and spoke with volunteers and voters to see how things were going. At St. Anthony’s Church in Mountain View, volunteers said they saw fewer […]

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    Anchorage Municipal Election Results

    by KTVA Web Staff on Apr 05, 17:30

    Anchorage Municipal Election Results Live Broadcast from 9 – 10 p.m. April 5, 2016 Unofficial Election Results Assembly / School Board   Registered Voters 209909 – Cards Cast 43728 20.83% Num. Report Precinct 124 – Num. Reporting 122 98.39%   ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 2 – SEAT A Total Number of Precincts 19 Precincts Reporting 17 […]

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    #ANCVote – Anchorage Muni Election Live Blog

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 05, 9:07

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    Proposition 8: The future of the tax cap

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 03, 22:48

    On Tuesday, voters will decide whether changes to the 33-year-old tax cap will stay or go. In October, the Anchorage Assembly increased the amount of money it can collect under the tax cap. A “no” vote on Proposition 8 would allow those changes to stay in place; a “yes” vote would reverse them. Former Assembly […]

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    Assembly candidates at a glance: How do they stack up?

    by Jessica Stugelmayer on Apr 01, 14:06

    The Anchorage municipal election is April 5 — have you read up on your candidates? If you’re a procrastinator, we’ve got you covered. KTVA has broken it down by candidate, based on questionnaires we asked the candidates to fill out when we invited them to our studios for on-camera interviews. It was easy to see […]

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    Meet the candidates: District 6 – Seat J – South Anchorage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 31, 7:25

    KTVA invited every registered candidate running in the upcoming Anchorage municipal election to an on-camera interview at our studios to discuss the following topics: 1. Balancing the budget 2. Bonds and propositions 3. Plans for public safety 4. Commercial marijuana 5. Addressing homelessness in Anchorage 6. Introducing new taxes We also asked each candidate to […]

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    Meet the candidates: District 5 – Seat H – East Anchorage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 30, 7:55

    KTVA invited every registered candidate running in the upcoming Anchorage municipal election to an on-camera interview at our studios to discuss the following topics: 1. Balancing the budget 2. Bonds and propositions 3. Plans for public safety 4. Commercial marijuana 5. Addressing homelessness in Anchorage 6. Introducing new taxes We also asked each candidate to […]