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  • Alaska Politics

    Former Alaska governor Sean Parnell keeps a low profile

    by Rhonda McBride on Apr 28, 20:25

    As lawmakers and Gov. Bill Walker continue to wrestle with the state’s budget crisis, some wonder how his predecessor would have handled the situation. These days, Sean Parnell practices business law in Palmer, wears glasses and seems to smile and laugh a lot more. But one thing hasn’t changed: Parnell still keeps his cards close […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Trump says he thought being president ‘would be easier’

    by CBS News on Apr 28, 8:52

    President Trump says he thought that his job in the White House “would be easier” than he anticipated. “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,” Mr. Trump told Reuters in a new interview. “This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.” The president also […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Wasilla representative casts lone no vote on bill honoring Alaska’s Hmong veterans

    by Liz Raines on Apr 27, 20:07

    A state lawmaker known for going against the grain on votes with racial undercurrents sparked controversy Thursday. Rep. David Eastman (R-Wasilla) was the lone vote against a bill in the Alaska House to honor Hmong veterans who supported the United States in the Vietnam War. Eastman also voted against a bill honoring black soldiers earlier […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Eastman calls for reprimand after LeDoux blocks committee debate

    by Liz Raines on Apr 27, 19:38

    There are more signs of friction in Juneau this week. The latest example came between two fellow Republicans in the House, when a seemingly non-controversial committee meeting became anything but. It ended with one lawmaker calling for a reprimand of the House Rules Committee chair, Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Anchorage). Rep. David Eastman (R-Wasilla) is calling […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska Legislature defies Walker’s call to weigh nominees

    by Associated Press on Apr 27, 12:44

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Latest on the Alaska legislative session (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Alaska Senate President Pete Kelly has asked Gov. Bill Walker to back off on his demand that lawmakers vote on his appointees to boards, commissions and administration posts. In a letter to Walker, Kelly says the Legislature still has […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Ex-Alaska senator works on Permanent Fund repeal plan

    by Associated Press on Apr 27, 7:18

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A former state senator is preparing to fight back against a bill that would restructure the Alaska Permanent Fund and reduce the dividends Alaskans receive from the oil-wealth fund each year. The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports both houses of the Legislature have passed a version of Gov. Bill Walker’s plan […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Governor, education advocates ramp up pressure on Senate over cuts, broad-based tax

    by Liz Raines on Apr 26, 19:34

    Governor Bill Walker and some citizen-led groups are turning up the heat in Juneau on the Senate’s calls for big budget cuts, on day 100 of the 90-day session. Walker pointed to a new report by the state Office of Management and Budget Wednesday to show Alaska’s budget may be bigger than most other states, […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Walker tries to force lawmakers to weigh nominees

    by Associated Press on Apr 26, 15:16

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is trying to force legislators to consider his appointments to boards, commissions and key administration posts. This comes after Alaska’s Senate refused House requests to meet in joint session to consider confirmations. Walker issued a proclamation Wednesday calling the Legislature into joint session Thursday. He cites two […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Survivors’ insurance bill likely to pass despite addition of municipal opt-in option

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 25, 20:01

    A bill that would provide funding for healthcare premiums for the families of state officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty is just a few steps away from becoming law. Various versions of Senate Bill 48 have been debated by lawmakers in Juneau for years. Last week, the senate unanimously passed the bill. […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Senate Leaderships defends education cut, amid threat of layoffs

    by Liz Raines on Apr 25, 19:52

    In Juneau, the Senate Majority is defending itself against accusations that its budget cuts will severely harm education in Alaska. This after the Anchorage and Mat-Su School Districts announced publicly they’re standing in solidarity against the 5 percent cut. The districts say more than $90 million in cuts to school districts and the university system […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Officials promoting inclusivity after Trump rise face recall

    by Associated Press on Apr 25, 15:18

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Three leaders of an Alaska fishing community who sponsored a resolution to promote inclusivity are fighting efforts to recall them from office. The recall effort targeting three Homer City Council members is pegged to two resolutions, one supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota in its fight over a […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Congress works to avoid government shutdown this week

    by CBS News on Apr 25, 7:04

    Congress has four days left to hatch an agreement on federal funding or the government will shut down on Saturday, although for now, one major issue has been put aside. Until Monday, the biggest sticking point had been funding for the border wall, but the White House is conceding on that demand, deferring that fight […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Panel pitches plan to eliminate cashable oil tax credits

    by Associated Press on Apr 24, 21:51

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska Senate committee has proposed eliminating cash credits for oil and gas companies that lawmakers have increasingly come to see as unaffordable. The proposal doesn’t delve as deeply into oil tax policy as the version that passed the House. But the Alaska Oil and Gas Association says an initial review […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Trump administration to issue new Syria sanctions

    by Associated Press on Apr 24, 7:20

    WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. officials say the Trump administration will issue new sanctions against Syria as early as Monday as part of its ongoing crackdown on the Syrian government and those who support it. Two officials say that the sanctions are part of a broader effort to cut off funding and other support to Syria’s […]

  • Politics

    Bloomberg to world leaders: Ignore Trump on climate

    by Associated Press on Apr 23, 17:36

    NEW YORK (AP) – New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg says he wants to help save an international agreement to reduce carbon emissions. The former New York City mayor addressed his intensifying focus on climate change an interview with The Associated Press. Last week, he released a new book, “Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and […]

  • Politics

    Students sue Trump administration over climate change

    by CBS News on Apr 23, 17:07

    EUGENE, Ore. — Avery McRae has been passionate about the environment for half a lifetime, and she’s been worried about climate change since kindergarten. Now, at 11, she is really getting serious. She recently signed on to sue President Trump and the U.S. government. “Trump is not doing anything to help stop climate change,” she […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Trump says he’ll mark 100 days with Pennsylvania rally

    by Associated Press on Apr 22, 16:22

    President Donald Trump says he’ll mark his 100th day in office with a “BIG” rally in Pennsylvania. Trump hits 100 days on April 29 – next Saturday. He tweeted about the rally this Saturday, saying that next week “I will be holding a BIG rally in Pennsylvania. Look forward to it!” Next Saturday night I […]

  • U.S. Politics

    White House pushes uncertain bid to revive health care bill

    by Associated Press on Apr 20, 12:12

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is expressing confidence that a breakthrough on the stalled Republican health care bill could emerge in the House next week. But House GOP leaders are dubious. And there are few signs that an emerging plan to get the bill on track is gaining enough votes to succeed. The White […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Don Young files for 2018 re-election

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 20, 10:58

    The longest serving Republican in the U.S. House, Alaska Congressman Don Young, is filing for 2018 re-election. Currently serving his 23rd term, Young’s office said in the Thursday announcement that he filed on Wednesday.= “I filed out the papers and paid the money,” Young said in video statement posted to YouTube, accompanied by his wife, […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Senate passes bill to extend medical coverage to families of fallen officers

    by Liz Raines on Apr 19, 20:14

    The Alaska Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday aimed at extending health insurance coverage to families of peace officers killed in the line of duty. The measure was first introduced in 2015 after state troopers Scott Johnson and Gabriel Rich were killed while responding to a call in Tanana in 2014. Johnson’s widow, Brandy, has spent the following […]