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Don Young files letter to update financial disclosures

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Mark Begich will not run against Murkowski for US Senate

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Walker's popularity dips after announcing PFD cap, polls show

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Anchorage legislators moving out of downtown LIO building next month

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Governor to make online PFD announcement Friday

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    Don Young files letter to update financial disclosures

    by Associated Press on Sep 22, 13:29

    U.S. Rep. Don Young has sent a letter to the House clerk updating financial disclosure statements to reflect his ownership in a family farm starting in 1992 and income from oil and gas leases. Young’s office previously announced that it intended to make the changes. In May, Young asked that his filings be updated to […]

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    Mark Begich will not run against Murkowski for US Senate

    by Liz Raines on Sep 22, 8:36

    Former U.S. Senator and Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich says he is not running for U.S. Senate on Nov. 8. Last week, Begich told KTVA he was being asked to jump into the heated race after Joe Miller announced his bid against incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Begich made the announcement on 650 KENI Radio Thursday morning. […]

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    Walker’s popularity dips after announcing PFD cap, polls show

    by Liz Raines on Sep 21, 19:40

    A national poll put out Monday by the media and technology company Morning Consult says Gov. Bill Walker’s disapproval rating increased 20 percentage points since May, after he announced he was capping this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend checks at $1,000. According to the group, Walker dropped from being the second most popular governor in America […]

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    Anchorage legislators moving out of downtown LIO building next month

    by Liz Raines on Sep 20, 15:18

    Anchorage legislative offices will soon have a new home in Midtown. The 14-member Alaska Legislative Council sealed the deal on the Wells Fargo building on the corner of Minnesota Drive and Benson Boulevard on Sept. 15, according to an aide for Sen. Gary Stevens, chair of the council. Stevens was out of town and unavailable […]

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    Governor to make online PFD announcement Friday

    by Liz Raines on Sep 20, 11:47

    Last updated at 9:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21 In a normal year, the amount of Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks is made public in mid-September. This year is anything but ordinary. Gov. Walker announced in June the state could afford a $1,000 dividend this year, in light of Alaska’s $3.2 billion budget shortfall. However, […]

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    Walker appoints 2 to state gas line development board

    by Liz Raines on Sep 19, 15:09

    Gov. Bill Walker announced two new appointments to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation’s (AGDC) board of directors Monday afternoon, one of whom will replace a member that challenged the governor’s authority over the Permanent Fund Dividend program Friday. North Pole’s Warren Christian and David Wight, of Anchorage, will fill the seats of Luke Hopkins and […]

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    North Slope lawmaker files lawsuits over illegal procedures in primary election

    by Liz Raines on Sep 16, 15:24

    Last updated at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 Rep. Benjamin Nageak filed two lawsuits against Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and Division of Elections director Josie Bahnke Friday over illegal procedures followed in the House District 40 primary election race. On Monday, the results of a recount Nageak requested for the race showed Nageak was defeated by opponent Dean Westlake by eight […]

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    Past, present lawmakers file joint lawsuit to overturn governor’s PFD cut

    by Liz Raines on Sep 16, 13:22

    Updated at 1:40 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 Sen. Bill Wielechowski, along with former legislators Rick Halford and Clem Tillion, filed a lawsuit Friday morning over Gov. Bill Walker’s cut to Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks this year. In June, Walker slashed funding from the state budget to artificially make the payout this year $1,000, […]

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    Opioid abuse a growing problem in Alaska

    by Associated Press on Sep 15, 19:36

    Abuse of opioids has been a growing problem in Alaska for the past decade. Jay Butler, Alaska’s chief medical officer, says the problem has been more visible the past couple years, and some of that could be driven by the national dialogue taking place about the issue. A joint investigation by The Associated Press and […]

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    State senator to file lawsuit Friday over PFD cut

    by Liz Raines on Sep 15, 15:09

    Updated at 3:23 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15 Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, says he will file a lawsuit against the Permanent Fund Corp. on Friday at 10:30 a.m., in response to Gov. Bill Walker’s veto in June to cut dividends to $1,000 this fall. Prior to the governor’s action, original estimates placed this year’s payout […]

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    Lawmakers butt heads with attorney general about legality of pot clubs

    by Liz Raines on Sep 14, 20:57

    Alaska lawmakers and the state attorney general, Jahna Lindemuth, squared off Wednesday over a legal gray area that has the future of marijuana smoking clubs up in the air. Last month, Lindemuth opined that the clubs are legally public places —  like movie theaters — because even though members must pay to enter, anyone can […]

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    Former US Sen. Mark Begich considering write-in campaign for Murkowski’s seat

    by Liz Raines on Sep 13, 12:01

    Updated at 2:51 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 Alaska’s incumbent U.S. senator may have even more company on the November ballot. Mark Begich says he’s considering running as a write-in candidate against U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Nov. 8 election. Begich, a former mayor of Anchorage, served in the U.S. Senate from 2009-2015. “There’s […]

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    District 40 recount puts Westlake 8 votes ahead of Rep. Nageak

    by Liz Raines on Sep 12, 15:34

    The Alaska Division of Elections has completed a recount of ballots from House District 40 at the request of defeated incumbent Rep. Benjamin Nageak. He trailed candidate Dean Westlake in official results last week by just four votes. “The reason why we called for the recount was about the serious questions we had about the […]

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    Pitch to use permanent fund for oil tax credits met with skepticism

    by Liz Raines on Sep 06, 20:53

    The oil industry is reacting with skepticism after Gov. Bill Walker suggested using the permanent fund to pay down the state’s oil tax credit obligation. In the last two years, Walker has vetoed a combined $630 million from the state budget that would have gone to the program. The state’s current liability now hovers around […]

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    State certifies results in controversial North Slope race, Westlake wins by 4 votes

    by Liz Raines on Sep 06, 19:36

    Updated at 2:38 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9 The Division of Elections (DOE) has confirmed that Rep. Ben Nageak filed a recount Friday morning. DOE said the recount will begin Monday at 9 a.m. Original story The Division of Elections published official results from last moth’s primary election Tuesday afternoon after the State Review Board […]

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    Joe Miller files to run against Murkowski for Senate seat

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 06, 15:13

    Last updated at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6 Joe Miller has announced he will run against Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the November election. Miller has run against Murkowski before. In 2010, he won the Republican bid at the primary election, leading Murkowski to run a write-in campaign for the November election, which she won. […]

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    Republican candidate calls for election law reform after Democrats swap opponent

    by Liz Raines on Sep 05, 21:00

    A Republican running for the state House of Representatives is calling for change to Alaska election laws after the Alaska Democratic Party switched his opponent just two weeks after the primary election. Former Anchorage Assembly member Chris Birch said it’s unfair to the voters who supported the party’s original candidate in the South Anchorage race, […]

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    Legislator moving forward with lawsuit to reverse governor’s PFD cut

    by Liz Raines on Sep 05, 19:02

    In just one month on Oct. 6, Permanent Fund Dividend checks will be paid out to thousands of Alaskans. This year’s amount will be artificially smaller. In June, Gov. Bill Walker slashed funding for the program from the state budget, capping checks at $1,000 in light of a multi-billion dollar state budget shortfall, fueled by […]

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    APOC will wait until to rule on first candidate-run election PAC

    by Liz Raines on Sep 01, 20:17

    One lawmaker is taking campaign finance to a new level in Alaska. For the first time, a candidate has created a political action committee (PAC) in their own name and used it to donate to other candidates. Anchorage Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R), created “Gabby’s Tuesday Pac” in late-July. Normally lobbyists can’t contribute to any candidates […]

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    Despite Democratic push, Division of Elections holds off on certifying results in race riddled with legal concerns

    by Liz Raines on Sep 01, 14:24

    Updated at 8:46 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2 Friday, the Division of Elections said they’ll wait to certify primary election results in House District 40. In a statement to KTVA, Daniel Ruiz, with the Division of Elections, said: “The State Review Board will reconvene on Tuesday, September 6, and the Division of Elections expects to […]