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  • Alaska Politics

    Consultant raises concerns about Alaska gas project

    by Associated Press on Jan 22, 12:34

    A legislative consultant is raising red flags about Alaska taking the lead on a major proposed liquefied natural gas project, even as Gov. Bill Walker has said he’s comfortable with it. Legislators are scheduled to hear a project update Monday. In a recent report to lawmakers, consultant Nikos Tsafos outlined challenges threatening the project’s potential […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Women’s March on Washington draws hundreds of thousands to nation’s capital

    by CBS/AP on Jan 21, 18:22

    Wearing pink, pointy-eared “pussyhats” to mock the new president, hundreds of thousands of women massed in the nation’s capital and cities around the globe Saturday to send Donald Trump an emphatic message that they won’t let his agenda go unchallenged over the next four years. As night fell on the East Coast, thousands of protesters […]

  • U.S. Politics

    All climate change references deleted from WhiteHouse.gov as new chapter begins

    by Shanika Gunaratna / CBS News on Jan 21, 12:17

    All references to global warming and climate change have vanished from the official website of the White House, a stark reminder of the radical policy shift now underway with President Trump in office. The changes occurred around noon on Friday, the exact moment of transition between administrations as outlined by the Constitution. President Obama’s WhiteHouse.gov, […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Gov. Walker proposes pay freeze for non-union state employees

    by KTVA / AP on Jan 20, 15:28

    Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has proposed freezing his own salary, along with the salaries of the lieutenant governor, legislators and state department heads. It’s part of a broader bill that would freeze non-union state-worker pay for two years, beginning in July. The bill also would allow the governor to waive any portion of the governor’s […]

  • U.S. Politics

    In inauguration speech, Trump vows to give power back to the people

    by Rebecca Shabad / CBS News on Jan 20, 11:31

    After taking the oath of office, President Donald J. Trump promised to take the power from the Washington elite and return it to the people, and he stressed that his priority will be to put the U.S. ahead of other nations. WATCH: Donald Trump’s inaugural speech Live coverage of Donald Trump’s inauguration Speaking from the […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Watch: Donald Trump sworn in as 45th president of the United States

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 20, 4:00

      On Jan. 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. The swearing-in ceremony will begin Friday at 7:30 a.m. Alaska Standard Time. The official oath of office and inaugural address will happen at 8 a.m. Chief Justice John Roberts will once again administer the oath […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Governor, lawmakers find common ground on one issue: Alaska’s heroin epidemic

    by Liz Raines on Jan 19, 20:56

    It’s only the third day of the 2017 legislative session, but already the dialogue in Juneau has been dominated by the state’s budget problem — a $3 billion shortfall, according to Gov. Bill Walker. Lawmakers and the governor may not agree on how to fix the state’s finances, but there is one issue they say […]

  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Anchorage municipal attorney rejects initiative to change equal rights ordinance

    by Daniella Rivera on Jan 19, 12:10

    The battle between religious freedom and LGBT rights in Anchorage is at a standstill, with one side trying to figure out their next move. Wednesday, the Anchorage Municipal Attorney’s office rejected a ballot initiative from a group that wants to make changes to the equal rights ordinance the Anchorage Assembly passed in 2015. The ordinance protects […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Governor renews demand for fiscal fix, unveils plan to combat opioid epidemic

    by Liz Raines on Jan 19, 0:09

    Gov. Bill Walker’s State of the State address Wednesday was similar to his speech last year. It was serious, mainly focused on the budget, but did prompt a few laughs, like when he told lawmakers about an incident from his youth where he had to drive home to Valdez from Delta Junction in reverse. For […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Gov. Walker to attend Trump inauguration

    by Liz Raines on Jan 18, 20:55

    Gov. Bill Walker will be among the governors in attendance at the presidential inauguration on Friday. The Republican-turned-Independent did not make public his support for candidates in the 2016 presidential campaign. Katie Marquette, spokesperson for Walker, said that as an Independent governor, Walker is committed to working with any presidential administration for the good of […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Watch: Gov. Walker gives 2017 State of the State address

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 18, 18:40

      State of the State Address Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. Watch archive video of Gov. Bill Walker’s remarks from the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau. Read a full transcript of the governor’s speech below. Web stream provided by 360 North/Gavel Alaska.   Facing Our Challenges, Working the Problem—Together The State of the State Address Governor […]

  • U.S. Politics

    CBS Poll: More Americans disapprove than approve Trump’s handling of transition

    by Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus, Kabir Khanna and Anthony Salvanto on Jan 18, 6:55

    It has been 10 weeks since Donald Trump was elected president, and more Americans disapprove (48 percent) than approve (37 percent) of the way he has handled his presidential transition.  They are split on his cabinet picks. Views divide heavily along party lines. Just days before his inauguration, Donald Trump’s favorable rating (32 percent) is […]

  • Alaska Politics

    New Alaska Legislature starts session with fresh faces, old problems

    by Liz Raines on Jan 17, 20:16

    A new Legislature met in Juneau Tuesday to start work on closing the state’s yawning fiscal gap. The first day of a legislative session in the Alaska State Capitol feels a lot like the first day of school. Some of last year’s members have graduated and moved on, while a new class of freshman lawmakers […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Alaskan attending Trump inauguration shares hopes for new administration

    by Eric Ruble on Jan 17, 18:43

    On Friday, President-elect Donald Trump will take on a new title as the 45th President of the United States. Julie Tisdale, the treasurer of the Alaska Republican Party, is going to be in Washington, D.C. to watch it happen. “I wanted to be a part of history,” Tisdale said. She began booking her trip the day […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Interior secretary nominee Zinke commits to reviewing Obama’s decisions on Alaska lands, waters

    by KTVA / AP on Jan 17, 6:54

    Click to watch live stream of the nomination hearing. Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke says he would never sell, give away or transfer public lands, an important stance in the West where access to hunting and fishing is considered sacrosanct. But Zinke’s commitment to public lands has come into question recently and was a point of […]

  • U.S. Politics

    ‘It’s time to pull together’: Alaskans plan to attend Women’s March on Washington

    by Eric Ruble on Jan 16, 19:36

    The final preparations are underway for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. on Friday. However, a few hundred thousand people are expected to participate in a separate event happening the next day in the nation’s capital. The purpose of the Women’s March on Washington – according to its organizers – is to send a […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Optimism, eagerness among Alaska’s newest legislators

    by Associated Press on Jan 16, 13:52

    Among Alaska’s newest legislators, there is optimism and an eagerness to get to work on addressing the state’s multibillion-dollar budget deficit. Rep.-elect George Rauscher of Sutton says he’s “pretty jazzed” about the legislative session opening Tuesday. Rauscher, who last year upset incumbent Rep. Jim Colver, a fellow Republican, says he anticipates legislators getting something accomplished […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska legislators see urgency in budget work but face rifts

    by Associated Press on Jan 15, 11:39

    Alaska legislators agree on the need to address the state’s multibillion-dollar budget deficit. But rifts remain over how best to do that, with divisions forming over taxes, how much to keep cutting spending and whether the state needs to tinker with Alaskans’ beloved yearly oil wealth check. A new 90-day legislative session begins Tuesday. Many […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Conflict of interest, corporate tax bills proposed in Alaska

    by Associated Press on Jan 13, 14:40

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – An incoming Alaska lawmaker has proposed legislation he says is aimed at greater transparency. The bill, from Rep.-elect Jason Grenn, relates to potential conflicts of interest and is among the measures released Friday ahead of the new legislative session, which starts Tuesday. Grenn, an Anchorage independent, says the bill will need […]

  • U.S. Politics

    DC may force presidential candidates to release tax returns

    by Ben Nuckols / AP on Jan 12, 13:15

    A District of Columbia lawmaker plans to introduce a bill that would require presidential candidates to make their tax returns public in order to appear on the city’s ballot. David Meadows, a spokesman for Democratic D.C. Council member Anita Bonds, says Bonds is working on the bill. He says it’s currently being vetted by attorneys […]