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ALASKA POLITICS

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Parnell won't choose adjutant general on way out

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Walker names chief of staff, spokesperson

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Rep. Mike Chenault serves record 4th term as House speaker

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Sarah Palin hopes to run for office again some day

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Shageluk copes alone in early stages of family tragedy

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    Parnell won’t choose adjutant general on way out

    by Associated Press on Nov 21, 12:28

    Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell says he won’t appoint a new adjutant general before leaving office. In September, Parnell asked for and received the resignation of then-adjutant general Thomas Katkus amid a report into allegations of misconduct in the Alaska National Guard. The National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations found that victims did not trust […]

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    Walker names chief of staff, spokesperson

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 20, 11:32

    With less than two weeks until he is sworn into office, governor-elect Bill Walker announced his chief of staff and spokesperson Wednesday. Jim Whitaker, former mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, will serve as Walker’s chief of staff, a press release says. He has also served on the Alaska Legislature. Walker also announced he […]

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    Rep. Mike Chenault serves record 4th term as House speaker

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 07, 7:40

    Rep. Mike Chenault is often heard to tell people that he’s not a smart guy — because he never went to college and relies on common sense. Still, no one’s been able to top his record as House speaker, which was set again Thursday night when he was chosen by members of the House Republican […]

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    Sarah Palin hopes to run for office again some day

    by Associated Press on Oct 28, 13:41

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she hopes to run for office again and is urging Republican leaders to have “more guts” as they pursue their agenda. The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee says in an interview with Fox Business Network that she is invigorated by her critics and intends to be out there “hopefully […]

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    Shageluk copes alone in early stages of family tragedy

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 09, 7:55

    Update: Troopers have identified the 21-year-old suspect as Everett Semone of Shageluk. He has been arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Semone is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Bethel.  A couple was killed in Shageluk late Tuesday night, and friends and neighbors in the Interior Alaska community say their son is […]

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    Gov. Parnell wraps up hard week in politics

    by Associated Press on Sep 05, 17:03

    Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has had far better weeks than this one. First, Parnell’s two main opponents in a three-way gubernatorial race joined campaigns, a move expected to present a more formidable challenge to the Republican governor’s re-election bid. Then, Parnell’s campaign inadvertently sent out an election flier to state employees, a campaign violation. Parnell’s […]

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    Fairbanks spent $7k defending mayor’s $37.50 fine

    by Associated Press on Sep 01, 7:53

    The city of Fairbanks has so far spent about $7,000 appealing a $37.50 elections fine leveled on the mayor. The Alaska Public Offices Commission ordered City Mayor John Eberhart to pay the $37.50 fine in May after concluding he broke a state election law in the October 2013 election by sending an email on his […]

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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 […]