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As market cools, governor still warm on Alaska gas project after sales pitch in Japan

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Republican-led House minority announces leadership

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Legislature's optimism for gasline wanes, project lags behind schedule

Alaska Politics

Alaska turnout up slightly from last presidential election

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Pipeline project on track despite slow progress

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    As market cools, governor still warm on Alaska gas project after sales pitch in Japan

    by Liz Raines on Nov 30, 21:22

    He didn’t come back with any contracts, but Gov. Bill Walker says his trip to Japan last week to pitch Alaska’s liquefied natural gas pipeline project — known as AKLNG — went well. It’s the most expensive project of its kind in North America, with a total cost between $55 and $65 billion. The state […]

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    Republican-led House minority announces leadership

    by Liz Raines on Nov 30, 20:10

    For the first time since 1992, Republicans are in the minority in the Alaska House of Representatives after a Democrat-led coalition emerged from the November election. The 18-member caucus announced its new organization Wednesday evening. Former majority leader Rep. Charisse Millet has been designated minority leader. Former House Speaker Mike Chenault will fill the role […]

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    Legislature’s optimism for gasline wanes, project lags behind schedule

    by Liz Raines on Nov 28, 20:09

    Gov. Bill Walker spent Thanksgiving weekend in Japan, trying to sell Alaska’s liquefied natural gas project (AKLNG). But optimism is fading in the Alaska Legislature for AKLNG, and plans have fallen behind schedule. The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) hoped to have the project completely turned over to the state last month after all three […]

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    Alaska turnout up slightly from last presidential election

    by Becky Bohrer / AP on Nov 28, 12:44

    Last updated at 2:50 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28 Voter turnout in this month’s general election hit 60.7 percent, up slightly from the last presidential election in 2012. According to the Division of Elections, turnout in 2012 totaled 59.6 percent. Over the last 20 years, turnout in presidential election years has been as low as […]

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    Pipeline project on track despite slow progress

    by Associated Press on Nov 20, 11:58

    Alaska’s pipeline project is slowly transferring to state leadership but could reach its goal before next year. The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports the $45 billion Alaska LNG Project would export natural gas. Alaska Gasline Development Corp.’s board of directors heard an update on the project Nov. 10. Corporation President Keith Meyer told the board […]

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    Executive director of Alaska Democratic party retiring

    by Associated Press on Nov 17, 16:22

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The executive director of the Alaska Democratic party is retiring after 5 ½ years. Party spokesman Jake Hamburg says Kay Brown will step down in January. The party is seeking applications for Brown’s successor through Dec. 2. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Alaska Republican party announced that it had hired Joshua Walton […]

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    Judge sides with state, Walker in PFD lawsuit

    by KTVA / AP on Nov 17, 9:50

      Last updated at 2:03 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 A state senator who challenged Gov. Bill Walker’s cut to the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend this year plans to appeal a judge’s decision that found that Walker acted within his authority. Sen. Bill Wielechowski of Anchorage said it was always expected that the case would […]

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    Governor Walker names new chief of staff

    by Associated Press on Nov 16, 12:15

    Gov. Bill Walker has named a new chief of staff. Scott Kendall will take over for Jim Whitaker starting Dec. 2. Kendall is an attorney who served as a managing director for the Black Rock Group, which provides campaign consulting, communications and other services. In a release, Walker said Whitaker will become senior adviser on […]

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    Anchorage anti-Trump protest draws a crowd

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 10, 19:31

    There have been anti-Trump protests popping up across the U.S. since it was announced that Donald Trump would be the nation’s next president. Anchorage was no exception. On Thursday evening, about 50 protestors stood at the corner of Northern Lights Boulevard and the New Seward Highway, waving anti-Trump signs. Protest organizer Jess Bunag said she […]

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    Joe Miller concedes to Murkowski in Senate race

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 10, 16:28

    Joe Miller has officially conceded in the 2016 Senate race against Republican incumbent Lisa Murkowski. In a release from Miller, he said he called and congratulated Murkowski on her win. Miller, who was running as a Libertarian, had 29.44 percent of with vote, with 99.55 percent of the precincts across Alaska reporting, according o the […]

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    Pollster: Election predictions couldn’t account for avid support

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 09, 16:17

    Most polls heading into the Nov. 8 presidential election predicted Hillary Clinton would come out on top over opponent Donald Trump. But the day after, many people are asking, “How did pollsters get the Trump-Clinton election so wrong?” Like many, Alaska political analyst Ivan Moore says he was surprised by the election results and that […]

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    Here’s what Alaska’s new House, Senate leadership looks like

    by Liz Raines on Nov 09, 14:34

    Last updated at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 House Forms New Bipartisan Coalition   The balance of power has tipped in the Alaska house of representatives following Tuesday’s election, and Democrats are now at the helm of a bipartisan coalition. It started with a meeting Wednesday morning, and by mid-afternoon a group of 22 legislators from both sides […]

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    Election recap: Decisions Alaskans made for their future

    by KTVA Web Staff on Nov 09, 12:22

    The world is waking up different today, as the global community reacts to the announcement of president-elect Donald Trump. Locally, residents in Alaska shook things up, too. With nearly 98 percent of precincts performing, 51.57 percent of voters in the state supported a Trump presidency. [Read the full results of Alaska’s election] Cheers also rang […]

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    Problems at the polls: 3 locations report issues with ballot machines

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 08, 15:19

    At least three polling locations in Anchorage had problems with automatic polling machines on Election Day, the Divisions of Elections (DOE) confirmed. The North Mountain View No. 1 and No. 2 polling locations — inside the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club on Price Street — reported issues with a machine immediately after the polls opened at […]

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    Judge rejects challenge to Alaska campaign finance laws

    by Associated Press on Nov 08, 14:34

    A federal court judge has rejected a challenge to Alaska’s campaign finance laws. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess in a ruling Monday says the state provided justification for limits on contributions to candidates. A lawsuit filed by three individuals and a district of the Alaska Republican Party challenged state law that prohibits an individual […]

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    Thinking of writing in a candidate? How to make sure it counts

    by Liz Raines on Nov 07, 19:12

    If you’re not happy with the names on your ballot, there are a few things you should know before writing one in — to make sure your vote counts.  Despite a national social media movement to write-in Bernie Sanders for president, votes for him won’t count here. In Alaska, all write-in candidates must be registered and Sanders, […]

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    Voters to decide fate of 33 Alaska judges on Election Day

    by Shannon Riddle on Nov 07, 16:51

    While candidates are vying for votes in the final hours before Election Day, some names appearing on the ballot have gone largely unnoticed. More than 30 judges — from the Alaska Supreme Court all the way down to local district courts — will have their future decided at the ballot box. When a judge is […]

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    Interactive map: 2016 Alaska General Election

    by Jessica Stugelmayer, Kristin Anderson on Nov 07, 11:48

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    Alaska US Senate, House candidates make last push for votes

    by Associated Press on Nov 06, 12:25

    Candidates in Alaska’s U.S. Senate and House races are making a last-minute push for votes as election day approaches. Scheduled events leading to Tuesday’s elections include door-to-door get-out-the-vote efforts and sign waving. The main U.S. Senate candidates are Republican incumbent Lisa Murkowski, Democrat Ray Metcalfe, Libertarian Joe Miller and independent Margaret Stock. Murkowski planned to […]

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    Behind the ballot: A look at Ballot Measures 1 and 2

    by Liz Raines on Nov 04, 19:39

    When voters head to the polls, they’ll find more than decide on more than candidates — there are also two ballot measures up for consideration. Here’s a breakdown of what each one does, and opinions from those who support or oppose them. Ballot Measure One: Linking PFD registration to voter registration Here’s how it works: If someone is eligible to […]