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    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 […]

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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 […]

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    Pollster breaks down what session extension means for voters

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 21, 21:13

    The extension of the legislative session means three citizen initiatives originally slated to appear on the Aug. 19 primary election ballot will now be on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. That’s because the constitution requires at least 120 days to pass after the session adjourns before voters can go to the ballot box. Those […]

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    New approach to pension obligation passed by Alaska Senate

    by Associated Press on Apr 19, 15:30

    The Alaska Senate unanimously passed legislation setting out a new approach for addressing the state’s pension obligation. The vote came a few hours after the bill advanced from committee. The Senate rewrite of HB385 calls for putting $2 billion from savings toward the teachers’ retirement system and $1 billion toward the public employees’ system. It’s […]

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    Assembly welcomes new, returning members

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 16, 5:44

    The Anchorage Assembly saw a shift of power Tuesday night when it swore in six members. Besides first-time members Pete Petersen and Bill Evans, incumbents Elvi Gray-Jackson, Patrick Flynn, Bill Starr and Tim Steele were sworn in for new terms. Flynn was elected chairman of the body; an important role if Mayor Dan Sullivan wins […]

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    Wasilla City Council bans synthetic drugs

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 15, 5:17

    In a 5-1 vote, the Wasilla City Council passed a measure to ban synthetic drugs like Spice Monday. The city clerk’s office says the ban will take effect immediately. The ban is a lot like Anchorage’s, targeting misleading labeling rather than the chemical compounds inside. Synthetic drug makers have tried to get around the law […]

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    Prop 3 fails by 14 votes

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 14, 18:47

    All the votes for the April 1 election have finally been counted and it came down to just a handful for Proposition 3. The measure would have meant big bucks for the aging Loussac Library. It failed by only 14 votes — just .04 percent. It was the only one of the nine propositions that did […]

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    Assembly candidates hold on to leads

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 12, 10:44

    With most of the absentee and questioned ballots counted, it looks like two candidates for the Anchorage Assembly will hold onto their leads. According to unofficial results from the April 1 municipal election, Bill Evans beat his closest competitor Bruce Dougherty by just under 400 votes in the race for the South Anchorage Assembly seat Preliminary […]

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    At public canvas, vote counting continues

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 11, 12:37

    The Anchorage Election Commission rejected around 200 questioned and absentee ballots from the April 1 municipal election during a public canvas Thursday. Some votes were rejected because of forgotten signatures, while others were duplicate ballots. Deputy Clerk Amanda Moser said 53 unregistered voters attempted to cast a ballot. Thursday’s public canvas was also an opportunity […]

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    House begins debate on abortion funding bill

    by Associated Press on Apr 11, 11:15

    The Alaska House has begun debating a bill that would further define medically necessary abortions for purposes of Medicaid funding. The bill is similar to regulations adopted by the state health commissioner that are being challenged in court. The House version of SB49 tracks closely with the version that passed the Senate last year but […]

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    Counting continues following Anchorage election

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 03, 6:52

    The Anchorage municipal election may be over, but there are still a lot of votes to be counted before the results are official. The Municipal Clerk’s Office still has to count early and absentee ballots and review questioned ballots. The ballot review process is already underway, and will continue through the weekend if necessary. Next week […]

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    After election, some races still too close to call

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 02, 6:37

    Anchorage voters approved nearly all ballot propositions and opted to keep nearly every incumbent candidate Tuesday, according to unofficial municipal election results. With all but two of the municipality’s 124 precincts reporting, poll numbers show 38,803 ballots were cast. The number represents less than 20 percent of registered Anchorage voters. Anchorage Assembly Most Assembly incumbents […]

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    Anchorage election results

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 01, 21:27

    Assembly District 1 — Seat B — Downtown Anchorage Patrick Flynn — 1,450 votes (73%) —  12 of 14 precincts reporting Mark Martinson — 501 votes (25%) — 12 of 14 precincts reporting Assembly District 2 — Seat C — Chugiak/Eagle River Bill Starr — 3,260 votes (61%)  – 17 of 19 precincts reporting Sharon Gibbons — 2,001 […]

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    Election officials see increased voter turnout

    by Dave Detling on Apr 01, 5:45

    The Anchorage Municipal Clerk’s Office estimates a turnout of roughly 5,000 early voters for this year’s municipal election. “Our numbers are up,” said Deputy Clerk Amanda Moser. The clerk’s office and countless volunteers have been busy at early polling stations, but the most work comes when the polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. Voters are […]