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Governor, Legislature present united front against Obama on Arctic drilling

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House, Senate discuss marijuana legalization

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Gov. Walker: Not easy to be the messenger

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Begich reacts to Gov. Walker's State of the Budget address

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Governor's State of the Budget address calls for both short-term and long-term cuts

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    Governor, Legislature present united front against Obama on Arctic drilling

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 28, 0:05

    Lawmakers said President Barack Obama’s offshore drilling news was like putting salt on an open wound. Over the weekend, the president announced he was taking steps to limit drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. On Tuesday, he said he would restrict offshore development in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. Although it doesn’t affect any […]

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    House, Senate discuss marijuana legalization

    by Associated Press on Jan 26, 23:47

    Alaska lawmakers are grappling with how to decriminalize marijuana after voters in November approved a ballot initiative to legalize the substance. The House and Senate judiciary committees are considering bills that would decriminalize marijuana in certain situations and create new laws, including making it illegal to provide pot to minors. But the bill being considered […]

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    Gov. Walker: Not easy to be the messenger

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 24, 12:04

    Gov. Bill Walker said, for the first time in a long time, he had a good night’s sleep after he delivered his State of the Budget address on Thursday. He said it felt good to get the job done. “It was a critical message to get out to Alaskans,” said Walker. The governor said the […]

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    Begich reacts to Gov. Walker’s State of the Budget address

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 23, 8:38

    Less than two months after he was sworn in, and on the third day of the legislative session, Gov. Bill Walker dealt out some hard realities to Alaskans in his State of the Budget address Thursday evening. Former Sen. Mark Begich weighed in the governor’s speech, saying he would give Walker a “B.” Watch the […]

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    Governor’s State of the Budget address calls for both short-term and long-term cuts

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 23, 6:58

    It was a tough speech to feel good about, given that Gov. Bill Walker announced plans to chop more than a half a billion dollars in state spending this coming fiscal year, with deeper cuts down the road. But lawmakers, especially those in the Republican majority, have been hungry for more specifics. And they seemed […]

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    Watch: State of the Budget address

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 22, 17:30

    State of the Budget Address Gov. Bill Walker Thursday, January 22, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.  

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    Governor gives broad overview in State of the State

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 22, 10:53

    Gov. Bill Walker’s first speech to the Legislature Wednesday was low key, a blend of his personal history and Alaska’s story. Democrats said it was a good overview. Republicans said it was short on details. But most lawmakers, when asked what grade they would give the speech, rated it a “B.” They said they liked […]

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    Watch: Alaska State of the State Address

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 21, 17:58

      State of the State Address Gov. Bill Walker Wednesday, January 21, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.   Governor Bill Walker will deliver his first State of the State speech Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a joint session of the state Legislature. Tonight’s speech it will be an opportunity for Walker to lay out his vision […]

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    Day 1: Legislature convenes with mixed emotions

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 20, 21:54

    Normally, the first day of the legislative session is reserved for pomp and circumstance, overflowing with hugs, smiles and goodwill. And there was plenty of that at the State Capitol on Tuesday as the 29th Legislature convened. But just as the petals on the yellow-rose boutonnieres lawmakers wore on opening day will quickly fade, there […]

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    Homer lawmaker wants to delay regulating marijuana edibles

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 16, 21:03

    A Republican lawmaker wants the state to have more time to regulate concentrated marijuana products like edibles and hash oil. Representative Paul Seaton of Homer filed a bill that would delay regulating concentrates until November of 2016, a full year later than the deadline to regulate commercial sales of marijuana. Seaton said pushing the date […]

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    Republican leaders prepare to tackle budget shortfall

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 16, 13:28

    With low oil prices looming and a budget shortfall, state lawmakers are setting the stage to take a critical look at various state-funded programs during the upcoming session. Thursday, Senate President-elect Kevin Meyer and House Speaker Mike Chenault gave a preview from the Republican majority perspective to the Resource Development Council, a group favorable to […]

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    Murkowski ‘aghast’ over news that Ted Stevens prosecutors’ charges cleared

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 15, 22:39

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski weighed in on a recent decision to reverse disciplinary measures against two prosecutors involved in the corruption case against the late. Sen. Ted Stevens. “I am aghast that the Merit Systems Protection Board is overturning the meager punishments for the two Justice Department prosecutors who committed serious ethical lapses in the Ted […]

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    In Juneau, newly elected lawmakers are already at work

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 14, 22:47

    Although the 2015 legislative session is less than a week away, eight newly elected lawmakers are already on the job. Before they can be sworn in next Tuesday, they must complete a training program on legislative ethics and procedures. But Tuesday wasn’t all work for the new legislators. The Juneau delegation held a luncheon reception to […]

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    Young sworn into office, begins 22nd term in House

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 12, 17:19

    U.S. Rep. Don Young was sworn into office today, after a recent family tragedy kept him away from Washington, D.C. for the beginning of the 114th Congress. Young, Alaska’s lone representative and the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, was absent last week due to the death of his brother. In a 35-second video published […]

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    Alaska political blogger to join Dan Sullivan’s team in D.C.

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 11, 17:09

    One of Alaska’s most popular political bloggers is taking a job with Alaska’s junior U.S. senator as a senior adviser and speechwriter. This weekend, Amanda Coyne announced her new role with Sen. Dan Sullivan’s office and the end of her Alaska politics blog. “I had to think long and hard about where my talents would […]

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    Walker removes 3 AGDC members in effort for transparency

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 06, 23:09

    Gov. Bill Walker has removed three board members from the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation. Walker’s office announced the changes in a late-night press release on Tuesday. The administration calls it a “major paradigm shift” in the state’s business dealings over natural gas. The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is an independent state corporation tasked with developing […]

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    Dan Sullivan makes key staff appointments

    by Associated Press on Dec 09, 14:13

    Joe Balash, a former Alaska Natural Resources commissioner, will serve as chief of staff for incoming U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan. Mike Anderson, who served as Sullivan’s campaign spokesman, will be press secretary. DeLynn Henry, a scheduler and assistant to the late former Sen. Ted Stevens, will be director of scheduling. Sullivan defeated Democratic Sen. Mark […]

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    Walker to submit placeholder budget

    by Associated Press on Dec 05, 12:10

    Gov. Bill Walker said Friday he will submit a placeholder budget prepared by his predecessor to satisfy statutory requirements. State law requires the budget be submitted by Dec. 15. However, Walker only took office on Monday. Former Gov. Sean Parnell had given Walker his working budget, and Walker says he’ll submit the $5.3 billion operating […]

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    Is Bill Walker Alaska’s 11th or 13th governor?

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 04, 15:55

    There has been confusion and conversation surrounding Alaska’s newest governor. Is Bill Walker the state’s 11th or 13th governor? And how, exactly, do we reach a conclusive answer? We asked Christopher Clark, former legislative aide to Rep. Cathy Munoz, to weigh in on the topic. “Bill Walker is the thirteenth governor of the State of […]

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    Bill Walker sworn in as governor, tells Alaskans ‘You come first’

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 01, 17:07

    See above for the full 2014 Alaska Gubernatorial Inauguration     Alaska has a new leader, as Bill Walker was sworn in as the state’s governor Monday. The swearing in ceremony for Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott was held at Centennial Hall in Juneau. With his wife, Donna, by his side, Walker was […]