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Rubio names Alaska team as part of presidential bid

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Murkowski gains ground in efforts to change Mount McKinley's name to Denali

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Congress moving to block EPA regulation of streams, wetlands

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White House vow to veto fishing law changes sparks fight

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Murkowski reports raising about $690K during first quarter

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    Rubio names Alaska team as part of presidential bid

    by Associated Press on Jun 22, 16:58

    Political consultants Art and April Hackney will serve as Alaska co-chairs of Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio’s campaign. The state Republican party sent out a news release announcing Rubio’s Alaska team on Sunday. Rubio’s campaign confirmed the release Monday. Rubio is a U.S. senator from Florida. Regional chairs of Rubio’s campaign in Alaska are Elizabeth […]

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    Murkowski gains ground in efforts to change Mount McKinley’s name to Denali

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 10, 15:50

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski is gaining ground in her efforts to change North America’s tallest peak from Mount McKinley to Denali. Wednesday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee received testimony on Senate Bill 319, a bill that would designate Denali as the 20,237-foot peak’s official name. As the energy subcommittee advances the bill, there is no objection from the […]

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    Congress moving to block EPA regulation of streams, wetlands

    by Associated Press on Jun 10, 8:12

    Congressional Republicans are pushing to block an Obama administration rule designed to protect water quality in small streams, tributaries and wetlands before it goes into effect later this year. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved legislation Wednesday to force the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw and […]

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    White House vow to veto fishing law changes sparks fight

    by Associated Press on May 29, 9:16

    A White House pledge to veto proposed changes to federal fishing laws is dividing fishermen over whether the rule changes should be saved or scrapped. Congressman Don Young, an Alaska Republican, wants to change the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide fishery managers with more flexibility in rebuilding fish stocks. The White House […]

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    Murkowski reports raising about $690K during first quarter

    by Associated Press on Apr 16, 10:16

    U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has reported raising about $690,000 toward her re-election during the first quarter of this year. The Republican, who faces re-election next year, ended the period with about $1.5 million available, according to a summary of the report filed with the Federal Election Commission and provided by her campaign coordinator. In 2010, […]

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    Officer and Senator: Sullivan says roles ‘reinforce each other’

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 10, 18:00

    Sen. Dan Sullivan says he has stepped down as the commander of a Marine Corps reserve unit, after the military branch found his two respective roles incompatible. The Republican was elected to represent Alaska in November. Sullivan has acted as commander of the 6th ANGLICO reserves unit in California for the last 18 months. According […]

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    Rep. Don Young lashes out at members urging wolf protections

    by Associated Press on Mar 05, 14:45

    U.S. Rep. Don Young lashed out at congressional members who urged continued protections for the gray wolf in parts of the Lower 48, saying none is from a district affected by wolves. He said during a hearing in Washington, D.C., that he would like to introduce wolves in their districts: “I’d introduce ‘em in your […]

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    Young files papers to run for 23rd term in US House

    by Associated Press on Feb 20, 8:07

    U.S. Rep. Don Young, currently the longest serving Republican in the U.S. House, has filed to seek a 23rd term. Young on Thursday filed papers to run for re-election – just over three months after he won re-election to his current term. The next election is in 2016. Young has made no secret of his […]

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    Secretary Jewell visits Kotzebue

    by Emily Carlson on Feb 17, 8:35

    A dog and pony show — that’s what some are calling the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s visit to Kotzebue. Lots of media, even more press conferences and an impressive list of lawmakers filled Monday. Everyone in Kotzebue to see what Secretary Sally Jewell had to say about the president’s recently proposed protections for Alaska’s […]

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    Murkowski takes first stab at Obama’s ANWR proposal

    by Hope Miller on Jan 29, 11:10

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski made her first countermove to the Obama administration’s controversial Arctic conservation proposal Wednesday. The U.S. Senate shot down her amendment that would have put time limits on when Congress must designate wilderness study areas. It received 50 “yes” votes and needed 60 to pass — a three-fifths majority. The Keystone pipeline bill […]

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    Palin for president? Former AK governor ‘seriously interested’ in 2016 bid

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 24, 14:36

    Sarah Palin is “seriously interested” in running a 2016 campaign for the White House, according to a recent interview with the Washington Post. The former Alaska governor, the GOP’s 2008 nominee for vice president – and current star of the Sportsman Channel’s Amazing America with Sarah Palin — was asked by the Washington Post whether she was considering […]

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    Murkowski, Sullivan react to Obama’s State of the Union

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 20, 19:05

    President Barack Obama issued his sixth State of the Union address before Congress Tuesday night, declaring a turning point of sorts for the nation. “The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong,” the president said. In the video above, Sen. Lisa Murkowski reacts to the president’s State of the […]

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    Sullivan settles into new role as Alaska’s US senator

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 06, 21:26

    Dan Sullivan said he was pleased to wake up to a fresh blanket of snow in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday – appropriate for the swearing-in of Alaska’s newest senator. He was also glad to see Alaskans turn out in force for the festivities, including the governor, the first lady and a number of state lawmakers. […]

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    Murkowski, Sullivan receive Senate committee assignments

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 15, 13:17

    As the 113th Congress draws to a close, the U.S. Senate Republicans announced the official committee assignments for the upcoming 114th Congress, set to begin on Monday, Jan. 6, 2015. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen.-elect Dan Sullivan each received four committee assignments: Sen. Lisa Murkowski: Appropriations Committee Energy and Natural Resources Committee Health, Education, Labor […]

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    Begich delivers farewell address to U.S. Senate

    by C-SPAN / AP on Dec 11, 14:03

    JUNEAU (AP) – Democratic Sen. Mark Begich has bid an emotional farewell to the U.S. Senate. In a floor speech Thursday, Begich choked up talking about the history of the place and about his wife, Deborah Bonito. He said it had been an honor to serve and that he was proud of the work accomplished […]

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    Tribes could issue protective orders against non-Natives

    by Associated Press on Dec 09, 11:53

    The U.S. Senate has passed legislation that would allow Alaska tribes to issue and enforce protective orders against non-Natives. Sen. Mark Begich’s office said the provision passed as a pared-down version of a safe families’ bill, through a legislative maneuver known as unanimous consent. There was no floor vote, but Democrats and Republicans agreed to […]

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    Obama nominates Ashton Carter to be defense secretary

    by CBS News on Dec 05, 9:05

    President Obama formally nominated Ashton Carter to be his fourth defense secretary Friday morning. Mr. Obama hailed Carter as “one of our nation’s foremost security leaders” and said Carter would bring to the job a unique combination of “strategic perspective and technical know-how.” If confirmed by the Senate, Carter will replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck […]

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    Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkeys

    by CNN / AP on Nov 26, 11:47

    WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is defending his legal authority to take executive actions – to spare a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys. Obama joked that his annual turkey pardon will be his “most talked about executive action this month.”  Last week, the president issued a series of highly anticipated executive actions on immigration that […]

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    A visit to Don Young’s office: An Alaska show-and-tell experience

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 21, 7:41

    Congressman Don Young has the largest office of any House member on Capitol Hill, and says he wound up with the extra space after plans for an escalator were scrubbed. So how does Young use that additional room in the Rayburn building? He has 55 animal trophies on the wall, many of them from Africa. […]

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    Obama says time for immigration changes is now

    by CNN / AP on Nov 20, 16:50

      WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is telling the American people that the time to change the nation’s immigration system is now, and he’s taking action to make that happen. In a nationally televised address from the White House, Obama says it doesn’t make sense to round up and deport millions of people living […]