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  • 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 Live: 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 live coverage of Gov. Bill Walker’s remarks from the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau. (Video will begin shortly before 7 p.m.) Web stream provided by 360 North/Gavel Alaska.  

  • 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 […]

  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Anchorage Assembly approves $58 million ASD bond for April ballot

    by Daniella Rivera on Jan 11, 22:17

    Tuesday night, the Anchorage Assembly approved an Anchorage School District (ASD) bond package to go on the ballot in April. In 2016, voters surprised the district, choosing not to approve a roughly $50 million bond package by about 250 votes. This time around, ASD is asking for even more — $58.45 million. That’s why the […]

  • Alaska Politics

    How the Anchorage district attorney’s office is doing more with less

    by Liz Raines on Jan 11, 20:34

    Anchorage saw a record number of homicides in 2016. The 34 murders have meant more work for Anchorage police, but also for the district attorney’s office at a time when the office is already downsizing because of budget cuts. Dozens of case files and a handful of hearings are all in a day’s work for […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Rex Tillerson doesn’t rule out idea of Muslim registry

    by CBS/AP on Jan 11, 15:35

    Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson did not rule out the idea of a U.S. registry for Muslims when he was asked about it his confirmation hearing Wednesday. Asked by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., if he would support a U.S. registry for Muslims, Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, “I would need to have […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Gov. Bill Walker hires political campaign consultant as special assistant

    by Liz Raines on Jan 10, 20:36

    You may soon see a young face by Gov. Bill Walker’s side, starting at the end of this month. Walker is hiring political consultant and campaign strategist John-Henry Heckendorn as his special assistant. The 26-year-old has worked in Alaska for five years and is the director of the political consulting firm Ship Creek Group. Heckendorn […]

  • Alaska Politics

    First wave of pre-filed bills highlights issues for debate this session

    by Liz Raines on Jan 09, 20:21

    The first round of pre-filed bills was released Monday ahead of the start of the 2017 legislative session. Among the 52 proposed pieces of legislation are bills in both the Alaska House and Senate to restore Permanent Fund Dividend checks to their original amount — $2,044 — before Gov. Bill Walker used his veto power […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Bills to restore dividend among those filed before session

    by Becky Bohrer / AP on Jan 09, 11:31

    Bills to restore the portion of Alaska Permanent Fund dividends vetoed last year by Gov. Bill Walker have been filed ahead of the start of the legislative session. Other legislation released Monday includes a bill that faltered last year that would provide survivor benefits for families of peace officers and firefighters. Proposed, too, are bills […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska vows to address Obama land plan with Trump

    by Associated Press on Jan 05, 17:18

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is vowing to work with the President-elect Donald Trump to address what Walker sees as an adverse land management plan for the eastern portion of interior Alaska approved in the waning days of the Obama administration. The Bureau of Land Management on Thursday announced the plan to […]

  • Alaska Politics

    House, Senate leadership spar over oil tax credits prior to session

    by Liz Raines on Jan 05, 15:52

    The first round of new bills from lawmakers hasn’t been released yet, but tension over oil taxes is already rising. Speaking in front of the Resource Development Council Thursday morning, incoming House Majority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, and Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, painted very different portraits of what they expect from the upcoming legislative […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Former lawmakers, political activists launch group to block PFD restructure

    by Liz Raines on Jan 03, 19:02

    They call themselves the Permanent Fund Defenders. The 12-member grassroots group is made up of former lawmakers and political activists whose New Year’s resolution is to convince lawmakers not to vote for Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to restructure the Permanent Fund Dividend program this session. Walker introduced a bill at that end last month as […]