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    Parnell vetoes court record confidentiality bill

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 28, 16:17

    Gov. Sean Parnell has vetoed a bill that would have restricted access to criminal court records. Senate Bill 108 would have sealed criminal records if prosecutors dropped charges or if the defendant was acquitted. In the decision, announced in a Thursday statement, Parnell said the legislation ”unnecessarily restricted access to criminal court records, which would have […]

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    GOP U.S. Senate Primary Debate

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 10, 16:33

        U.S. Senate Republican Primary Debate Live from UAA’s Wendy Williamson Auditorium   DATE:  Sunday, August 10th TIME:  7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. MODERATOR Joe Vigil - KTVA 11 News REPORTERS Rhonda McBride - KTVA 11 News Dermot Cole - Alaska Dispatch News Nathaniel Herz - Alaska Dispatch News   KTVA straw poll results: “Who will you be voting […]

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    GOP group unlikely to get involved in AK primary

    by Associated Press on Aug 01, 13:44

    A spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee says that group isn’t likely to pick sides in the GOP Alaska U.S. Senate primary. Brad Dayspring said the group tends to get involved if it sees Democratic groups or campaigns “trying to mess with the results” of Republican primaries. He said that doesn’t seem to be […]

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    State gun bill raises questions about legislators’ priorities

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 31, 20:29

    It’s bill-signing season for Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell. But as the legislation becomes law, it’s raising questions about how the lawmakers spend their time. Earlier this week, Parnell signed a bill designating an official state bolt-action rifle. The law itself isn’t what’s raising ire. It’s that lawmakers took the time to debate and vote on […]

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    Miller outlines plan on illegal immigration

    by Associated Press on Jul 30, 16:48

    Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller says the U.S. should bill the governments of people who enter this country illegally for policing, housing, food and transportation. Miller’s campaign Wednesday released a seven-point plan for addressing illegal immigration. The proposal also calls for immediate completion of a fence along the southern border of the U.S. and […]

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    Murkowski criticizes Sally Jewell in letter about King Cove

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 23, 23:07

    Seven months after U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell rejected what residents call a life-saving road for King Cove, one of Alaska’s senators continues to fight. Sen. Lisa Murkowski sent a letter to Jewell, criticizing her for what Murkowski says is Jewell’s ongoing failure to protect the safety of the people of King Cove. The […]

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    Murkowski visits Texas border town to assess immigration problem

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 18, 22:39

    Alaska’s senior senator says there’s not enough people advocating for the thousands of Central American kids illegally pouring across the U.S. border. Sen. Lisa Murkowski toured the border town of McAllen, Texas, this week and said she’s unconvinced the Obama administration is doing enough to resolve the situation. The issue is complex, she said, and […]

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    VPSO bill signed into law

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 18, 21:31

    The bill allowing village public safety officers to carry firearms was signed into law Friday. Gov. Sean Parnell signed House Bill 199, which does away with previous regulations prohibiting VPSOs from carrying firearms. The new law does not require VPSOs to carry guns — it leaves the decision up to the communities where they work […]

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    Mead Treadwell joins call to abolish IRS

    by Associated Press on Jul 17, 14:55

    Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mead Treadwell says the IRS should be abolished. Treadwell, who is also Alaska’s lieutenant governor, said the agency has lost the trust of the American people. He said he supports a “fair tax” instead, and would provide a more detailed statement on what that would entail. Treadwell said the Republican candidates […]

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    Time is running out to register to vote in August primary

    by Hope Miller on Jul 16, 8:51

    You only have a few days left to register to vote in the August primary election. Sunday, July 20 is the deadline to register, update voter registration and change political party affiliation for the Aug. 19 primary. Division of Elections offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Nome will be open this weekend […]

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    Begich reports his biggest fundraising quarter

    by Associated Press on Jul 15, 12:06

    U.S. Sen. Mark Begich brought in more than $1.26 million during the last quarter, his biggest haul so far this cycle. But his campaign spent nearly $2 million toward his re-election bid. As of June 30, the Alaska Democrat had about $2.2 million available. Spokesman Max Croes says a big expense has been TV and […]

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    Republican Senate hopefuls participate in Anchorage debate

    by Kate McPherson on Jun 27, 7:52

    East High School’s auditorium was almost full Thursday night for the first formal debate between Alaska’s Republican candidates for U.S. Senate. It was a debate that almost didn’t go ahead when it came to light that the Republican women’s groups that organized the debate were not registered with the Federal Election Commission and could be […]

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    Ethics complaint made against Parnell

    by Associated Press on Jun 24, 12:06

    A state Democratic party officer has made an ethics complaint against Gov. Sean Parnell, alleging political use of state resources. Parnell’s office last week responded to an opinion piece by independent lieutenant governor candidate Craig Fleener, questioning Parnell’s whereabouts during a recent National Congress of American Indians conference. Parnell’s campaign responded, too. Lynda Zaugg, in […]

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    Parnell signs Knik Arm Crossing bill into law

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 20, 18:19

    Commuting from the Matanuska-Susitna Valley to Anchorage may get easier. Gov. Sean Parnell signed House Bill 23 into law Friday, a measure that funds the construction of the Knik Arm Crossing, a 1.7-mile toll bridge that would cross the Cook Inlet and connect Anchorage to the Mat-Su Borough. The $892 million bridge would benefit Alaskans by […]

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    Itemized work on gas line confidential

    by Associated Press on Jun 20, 15:50

    State reimbursements to TransCanada Corp. in pursuit of a natural gas pipeline are expected to total about $330 million. But the list of the itemized project work is considered confidential. Natural Resources department spokeswoman Elizabeth Bluemink says the list contains competitively sensitive proprietary information. She said by email that protecting “this commercially sensitive information continues […]

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    Alaska defends gay marriage ban

    by Associated Press on Jun 19, 15:15

    The state denies its laws on marriage curb the constitutional rights of five same-sex couples suing over Alaska’s gay marriage ban. The couples, four married outside Alaska and one unmarried couple, sued in federal court seeking to overturn the ban. Alaska voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1998 defining marriage as between one man and […]

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    Treadwell campaign announces new TV ad

    by Associated Press on Jun 12, 15:03

    Juneau, Alaska (AP) - Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mead Treadwell has released a new video, in which he calls his campaign “a movement for freedom and a battle for Alaska.” Spokesman Tom Intorcio, in an email, referred to the video as the campaign’s first TV ad. He later said it was digital content that will eventually […]

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    Kohring making run for US Senate

    by Associated Press on Jun 11, 15:20

    Vic Kohring, a former state lawmaker who pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge in 2011, is running for U.S. Senate. Kohring served in the Legislature as a Republican but is vying for the Alaskan Independence Party nomination in this race. The Division of Elections director says Kohring recently changed his party affiliation. Kohring declined […]

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    Senators challenge governor over oil tax law

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 11, 7:43

    Two Alaska state senators are challenging Gov. Sean Parnell over SB-21. They say they’ll stop trying to get the new tax law overturned if he signs a guarantee it will work. Senators Hollis French and Bill Wielechowski issued the challenge Tuesday. They want the governor to call a special session and sign a new statute. If the […]

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    GOP hopeful proposes response to third-party money

    by Associated Press on Jun 10, 11:40

    Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan says he supports the U.S. Supreme Court decision that helped pave the way for unlimited spending by outside groups in campaigns even as he proposed a way to curb outside influence in his race. Sullivan on Tuesday asked Democratic Sen. Mark Begich to sign a pledge calling on special […]