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Wasilla City Council unanimously approves commercial pot ban

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Berkowitz wants muni to hire lobbyist to push port renovations in Juneau

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Anchorage Assembly passes measure to put marijuana tax on April ballot

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Anchorage Assembly set to debate proposed marijuana tax

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Both sides battle over wording of petition to repeal Anchorage equal rights ordinance

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  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Wasilla City Council unanimously approves commercial pot ban

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 25, 23:22

    The growing number of Alaska cities opting out of the commercial marijuana now includes Wasilla. On Monday the city council voted unanimously to ban retail stores and cultivation facilities. Members said although legalization passed statewide, 52 percent of Wasilla residents voted against the ballot measure. “The election was clear. The residents of Wasilla said ‘not […]

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    Berkowitz wants muni to hire lobbyist to push port renovations in Juneau

    by Eric Ruble on Jan 21, 22:03

    Mayor Ethan Berkowitz is asking the Anchorage Assembly to approve funding to pay for a new lobbyist in Juneau. For $70,000, consultant Jim Lottsfeldt would join existing lobbyist Wendy Chamberlain in an effort to convince lawmakers to fund an improvement project for the Port of Anchorage. Officials at the 55-year-old port say the facility is […]

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    Anchorage Assembly passes measure to put marijuana tax on April ballot

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 13, 9:01

    Voters will get the chance to decide in April if Anchorage should tax marijuana sales within the municipality, following a 9-2 vote by the Anchorage Assemble Tuesday night. If approved by voters, the measure would initially tax all marijuana sales at 5 percent. It also gives the Assembly the option to raise that tax by […]

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    Anchorage Assembly set to debate proposed marijuana tax

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 12, 14:05

    Anchorage Assembly members have a busy night ahead of them as members prepare to debate the ballot measures and bonds that will go before voters this April. One hot issue is a five percent sales tax on all retail marijuana products sold within the municipality. If approved, it would also allow the Assembly to increase […]

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    Both sides battle over wording of petition to repeal Anchorage equal rights ordinance

    by Daniella Rivera on Dec 29, 13:47

    A group led by conservative radio talk show host Bernadette Wilson has been going back and forth with the Municipal Attorney’s Office for weeks, arguing over the wording of a petition to let voters decide whether or not to repeal Anchorage’s new equal rights ordinance during the April election. Municipal Attorney Bill Falsey won’t approve the […]

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    Marijuana tax proposal introduced before Anchorage Assembly

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 23, 15:06

    A new ordinance introduced before the Anchorage Assembly Tuesday night outlines a proposed sales tax on marijuana and marijuana products. If approved by the Assembly, Anchorage voters would decide during the April election whether to institute a beginning tax rate of five percent. The ordinance also includes a stipulation preventing the Assembly from raising the […]

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    Petition to put equal rights ordinance on ballot rejected by municipal attorney’s office

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 14, 22:48

    A petition that could have repealed recent changes to Anchorage’s equality ordinance was rejected by the municipal attorney’s office Friday. The Anchorage Assembly passed the ordinance in October, protecting members of the LGBT community from being fired or refused housing or services based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. A group led by conservative […]

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    Group files for petition to repeal Anchorage equal rights ordinance

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 30, 18:05

    A group led by a conservative morning talk show host is trying to repeal Anchorage’s equal rights ordinance. On Wednesday, KFQD host Bernadette Wilson filed for a petition with the municipal clerk’s office. The proposed petition would ask voters “Shall AO No. 2015-96 (S1) (as amended), an ordinance adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Title […]

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    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 […]

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    Unofficial Results: Vern Halter elected Mat-Su Borough mayor

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 19, 15:00

    After counting absentee and questioned ballots, Vern Halter appears to be the Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s new mayor, according to unofficial election results. Receiving 5,422 votes, Assemblyman and dog musher Halter edged out incumbent mayor and farmer Larry DeVilbiss by 451 votes. Halter, a Willow resident, is the first Mat-Su Borough mayor from the Susitna Valley since 2001, according […]

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    Mat-Su mayoral race close, absentee ballots still to be counted

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 07, 16:55

    The race for Matanuska-Susitna Borough mayor isn’t over yet. Primary results show only 179 votes separate the top two candidates. Election officials say it’s too soon to say who will win — Assemblyman and dog musher Vern Halter or incumbent mayor and farmer Larry DeVilbiss. It appears Halter is on his way to victory but what […]

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    Houston, Palmer may become first in state to ‘opt out’ of commercial marijuana

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 05, 18:50

    When Ballot Measure 2 passed, legalizing recreational marijuana in Alaska, it gave cities the ability to “opt out” of a commercial industry. Now it’s up to those in Palmer and Houston to decide if their communities will be the first to do so. Residents will cast their final votes on Tuesday. What happens next will have […]

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    Equal rights debate continues less than 24 hours after Assembly adopts LGBT ordinance

    by Daniella Rivera on Sep 30, 23:06

    It’s a new day in Anchorage. For the first time in the municipality’s history, it is against the law to discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Anchorage Assembly passed the controversial equal rights ordinance Tuesday night, but the debate that’s divided the muni is far from over. The ordinance […]

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    Anchorage Assembly approves equal rights ordinance

    by Eric Ruble on Sep 30, 1:43

    The Anchorage Assembly voted 9-2 to pass an equal rights ordinance that extends legal protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the municipality. In short, AO 2015-96(S-1) does not allow LGBT people to be discriminated against because of their sexuality or gender identity. For instance, they cannot be fired from their job or […]

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    Meet the Mat-Su Borough mayoral candidates

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 29, 18:26

    On Oct. 6, Matanuska-Susitna Borough voters will elect the next mayor and three new Assembly members. The borough’s next mayor will steer, and possibly reshape the Valley’s future. KTVA News invited all registered candidates running in the mayoral race to an interview. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. More […]

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    Lawmakers discuss amendments to equal rights ordinance

    by Eric Ruble on Sep 25, 19:23

    The Anchorage Assembly met Friday to discuss 17 proposed amendments to AO 2015-96(S-1), the latest version of an ordinance that would extend legal protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Anchorage. Most of the amendments focused on protecting religious freedom. “This is an attempt to get the most inclusive ordinance passed,” said Assembly […]

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    Throwing the flag

    by Dave Goldman on Sep 18, 22:54

    Alaska and Florida have some obvious differences. But there’s an unlikely common bond: flag football. Currently, the two states on opposite sides of the continent, along with selected districts in New York, Washington, D.C. and Nevada are the only ones to offer the sport for girls in high school. But what happens after high school? […]

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    UPDATE: Voting postponed on equal rights ordinance as public testimony continues

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 16, 17:23

    Update: Sept. 16, 2015 at 5:23 p.m. Anchorage Assembly members have postponed voting on a controversial equal rights ordinance until Sept. 29, according to Assembly Chair Dick Traini. The continued Anchorage Assembly hearing for AO 2015-95 and AO 2015-96 on Wednesday began with a warning from Traini, reminding those in the audience to refrain from […]

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    Third anti-discrimination ordinance proposed for Anchorage

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 11, 20:47

    Anchorage Assembly members say they’re the closest they’ve ever been to passing an anti-discrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. But, they say, the process has been enormously challenging. Two proposals already being proposed aren’t too popular with many in the LGBT and religious communities. Now, there’s a third option on the table. On […]

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    Mayor Berkowitz halts the SAP Project

    by Jacquie Slater on Aug 13, 18:27

    Mayor Ethan Berkowitz says the SAP project is way over budget and way past its deadline. He told the Anchorage Assembly he’s pausing work on the Municipality of Anchorage’s computer software overhaul until they can reassess the situation. When the SAP project began in July of 2011, it was budgeted for $9.8 million. To date, […]