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Alaska Politics

Walker hires former attorney general as oil, gas consultant

Alaska Politics

Walker blocks bill that would allow lawmakers on Alaska gas line board

Alaska Politics

Lawmakers question governor's unprecedented request to oil companies

Alaska Politics

Alaska delegates disrupt Republican National Convention after claims their party miscounted votes

Alaska Politics

Lawmakers concerned as governor seeks new partners for gasline project

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    Walker hires former attorney general as oil, gas consultant

    by Associated Press on Jul 22, 15:59

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Gov. Bill Walker has hired Craig Richards as an oil and gas consultant, less than a month after Richards resigned as Alaska’s attorney general. Walker’s office on Friday released the contract signed earlier this week. The contract runs through year’s end and is for up to $50,000. Richards resigned last month […]

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    Walker blocks bill that would allow lawmakers on Alaska gas line board

    by Liz Raines on Jul 21, 14:30

    Gov. Bill Walker has vetoed a bill that would allow three legislators to sit in on confidential meetings held by the state agency in charge of Alaska’s natural gas pipeline project, AKLNG — a decision that comes amid increased concerns from lawmakers about whether the project will reach completion as planned. According to Senate Bill 125, […]

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    Lawmakers question governor’s unprecedented request to oil companies

    by Liz Raines on Jul 19, 21:45

    The legislative session is over, but Sen. Cathy Giessel called a Senate Resources Committee hearing Tuesday afternoon to address an issue she says should have members of the public concerned: Gov. Bill Walker is making an unprecedented ask of Prudhoe Bay oil producers. Walker wants BP, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil to explain how they plan to […]

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    Alaska delegates disrupt Republican National Convention after claims their party miscounted votes

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 19, 11:42

    ANCHORAGE — Donald Trump secured the Republican Party’s nomination for president at the Republican National Convention (RNC), but not without some drama from Alaska’s delegation, which disrupted the convention after they claimed their votes were recorded wrong. Tuckerman Babcock, the chairman of Alaska’s Republican Party, was at the microphone set to announce how our state’s […]

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    Lawmakers concerned as governor seeks new partners for gasline project

    by Liz Raines on Jul 18, 19:39

    Gov. Bill Walker is switching gears to the state’s gasline project after lawmakers ended a special session in Juneau without passing any long-term financial plan. But many lawmakers don’t like where he’s going. At a luncheon hosted by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Walker told business leaders it is appropriate for the state to take […]

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    Senate ends historic special session, governor’s budget plan not passed

    by Liz Raines on Jul 18, 11:59

    The Alaska Senate adjourned Monday morning, effectively ending a historic fifth special session after the House of Representatives gaveled out Friday. “With the House gaveling out it just made sense,” said Sen. Mia Costello. “Because at the end of the day, if you don’t have the votes, you’re not going to move a bill. So […]

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    Lindbeck tops Young’s haul in quarter; lags in on-hand cash

    by Becky Bohrer / AP on Jul 18, 10:07

    U.S. Rep. Don Young’s main Democratic rival raised more than Young during the latest fundraising quarter but lags in overall cash available after jumping into the race just months ago. Democrat Steve Lindbeck reported raising just over $418,000 between April and June. That includes about $17,000 that Lindbeck himself contributed. Lindbeck, who entered the race […]

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    North Pole lawmaker files ethics complaint against Walker

    by Associated Press on Jul 17, 13:03

    A North Pole legislator has filed an ethics complaint against Gov. Bill Walker for issuing a statement suggesting he would campaign for lawmakers who support him in the ongoing budget battles. The Juneau Empire reports that Walker on Wednesday issued a statement calling for state lawmakers to resolve the state’s growing deficit. At the end […]

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    Alaska House adjourns, but session isn’t over until Senate says so

    by Liz Raines on Jul 15, 21:20

    After five days, without holding a single hearing, the Alaska House of Representatives has adjourned from a special session called by Gov. Bill Walker in Juneau — but the session isn’t over just yet. According to the Alaska constitution, if the Senate continues working for another three days, the House will be forced back into […]

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    Alaska’s longest-serving House speaker is stepping aside

    by Liz Raines on Jul 15, 20:35

    Rep. Mike Chenault, Alaska’s longest-serving House speaker, said he will not seek the position again next year. “It’s not my intent right now to be speaker,” Chenault said in an interview Thursday, adding that his decision could still change between now and next year. “A big part of that would be if I get re-elected […]

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    Senate blocks effort to override governor’s PFD cut

    by Liz Raines on Jul 14, 15:17

    The Alaska Senate is declining the House’s invitation to meet in a joint session Friday to address Gov. Bill Walker’s budget vetoes — including his cut to limit Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks to $1,000 this fall. Senate President Kevin Meyer, a Republican, says it didn’t make sense to accept the invitation. Most senators are […]

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    Governor says because of Legislature, budget plan will likely wait until next year

    by Liz Raines on Jul 14, 13:17

    Gov. Bill Walker says the financial future of the state is in the hands of the Alaska Legislature. After six months in session, Walker indicated Thursday at a press conference that if lawmakers do not adopt a long-term budget plan before gaveling out again, he will not call another special session. “I don’t believe in […]

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    Alaska House asks Senate to meet Friday on PFD veto override

    by Liz Raines on Jul 13, 12:02

    The Alaska House is making the first move toward overriding Gov. Bill Walker’s budget veto to limit Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks to $1,000 this fall. House Speaker Mike Chenault sent a letter to the Senate requesting to meet in a joint session Friday to take up the issue. [Read the letter from requesting a […]

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    Sen. Dan Sullivan in contact with GOP convention organizers

    by Associated Press on Jul 13, 10:42

    U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan could have a speaking role at next week’s national Republican convention. A spokesman for Alaska’s junior senator on Wednesday said Sullivan has been in contact with event organizers but a potential speaking role hasn’t yet been confirmed. Sullivan is the lone member of Alaska’s all Republican congressional delegation planning to attend […]

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    Gov. Walker, the ‘eternal optimist,’ voices concern as Legislature talks early adjournment

    by Liz Raines on Jul 12, 20:20

    Gov. Bill Walker, who calls himself the “eternal optimist,” says he’s becoming concerned about the Alaska Legislature’s unwillingness to “fix the problem,” in the face of the state’s multi-billion dollar revenue shortfall. Just one day after gaveling into a special session, House majority members spent all of Tuesday in closed-door meetings discussing whether or not […]

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    Alaska Legislature turns down free office space, continues renting in Juneau

    by Liz Raines on Jul 12, 15:25

    The Alaska Legislature voted Tuesday to turn down the donation of a free building in Juneau. The Juneau Community Foundation purchased the historic house on 524 Main St. in May, valued at $820,000, and has offered it to the Legislature as a donation to the Alaska State Capitol Complex. “From our perspective we would donate […]

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    Group collects signatures to recall Walker for PFD veto

    by Daniella Rivera on Jul 12, 0:23

    Gov. Bill Walker’s line-item veto that capped this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend checks at $1,000 is unprecedented, and some people are even calling it illegal. Monday night, more than a dozen protesters were out at two locations — first downtown, then at The Mall at Sears — calling for Alaskans to recall the governor. The […]

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    Anchorage LIO owner files $37-million claim against Legislature

    by Liz Raines on Jul 11, 15:32

    The owner of the Anchorage LIO building — 716 West Fourth Avenue LLC — is seeking $37 million in damages from the state, following a lease procurement by the Alaska Legislature in 2013 which has since been declared invalid by a judge. The move comes after months of debate in the Legislative Council about whether […]

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    Alaska Senate squashes motion to meet with House, override PFD veto

    by Liz Raines on Jul 11, 14:42

    The Alaska Legislature met Monday for the first time since Gov. Bill Walker announced he’s reducing this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend checks to $1,000. Despite a motion for a meeting to try to override the cut, lawmakers are unlikely to reverse the governor’s action. Sen. Bill Wielechowksi, D-Anchorage, who is considering a lawsuit over the […]

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    Lawmakers say upcoming special session is a waste of time, money

    by Liz Raines on Jul 08, 19:28

    Another special session starts Monday in Juneau and it will be historic. This is the Legislature’s fifth special session since last year — never before have lawmakers met so many times. But leadership on both sides of the aisle don’t expect to accomplish much. “I don’t see anything that we need to do this session […]