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  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska’s credit rating is now third worst in the nation. What does that mean?

    by Liz Raines on Jul 21, 19:45

    Alaska Lawmakers have yet to pass a long-term budget plan. Without one, Alaska went from having the highest credit rating in the nation to the third worst — in just 18 months. Moody’s was the most recent company to downgrade Alaska’s mark, from AAA in March of 2015 to Aa-3 last week, according to a press […]

  • Politics

    Sean Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

    by CBS News on Jul 21, 9:07

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer has resigned, CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett has confirmed. Spicer resigned Friday morning, shortly after President Trump selected Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. Scaramucci’s hiring was a factor in his resignation, as was Spicer’s diminishing role in the White House, Garrett reports. A source with direct […]

  • Alaska Politics

    With construction projects behind schedule, lawmakers plan return to Juneau

    by Liz Raines on Jul 20, 19:53

    Lawmakers say they’re close to a budget deal for construction projects statewide. The Legislature is planning to take it up in Juneau next Thursday. Timing on the measure is key. Some projects in Anchorage are already behind schedule without it. The Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) says maintenance on a stretch of road near Tudor Road […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Joe Balash appointed to Interior post by Trump administration

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jul 19, 18:50

    President Trump has nominated a key Alaskan to serve as assistant secretary of the Interior for land and minerals management. On Wednesday the Trump administration named Joe Balash, chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), to the assistant-secretary position. State Sen. Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks) praised the administration, saying they couldn’t have picked a […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Lawmaker David Wilson withdraws from lieutenant governor’s race

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jul 19, 16:06

    The state senator who made headlines for allegedly slapping a reporter in the face during this year’s legislative session filed, then withdrew plans to run for lieutenant governor next election. Sen. David Wilson (R-Wasilla) had signed a letter of intent to run in the 2018 state primary election, according to Wednesday data from the Alaska […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Is Caitlyn Jenner considering a U.S. Senate bid?

    by CBS News on Jul 17, 19:37

    Well @realDonaldTrump, from one Republican to another, this is a disaster. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me. pic.twitter.com/XwYe0LNUOq — Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) February 24, 2017 Reality TV personality and former Olympic Athlete Caitlyn Jenner says she is considering a run for Senate in California and that she wants to help […]

  • Alaska Politics

    LIVE: Gov. Walker discusses special session

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jul 17, 13:52

    Governor Bill Walker will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Monday to discuss the second special session of the 30th Alaska Legislature.

  • Alaska Politics

    Dunleavy announces plans to run for governor in Alaska

    by Associated Press on Jul 17, 11:21

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A Republican state senator has announced plans to run for governor in Alaska. Sen. Mike Dunleavy of Wasilla on Monday filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission a letter of intent to run. The election will be held next year. Gov. Bill Walker, a Republican-turned-independent, has not formally announced whether he’ll […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Legislature ends cashable oil tax credit program

    by Liz Raines on Jul 16, 1:23

    In an eleventh-hour compromise, the Alaska legislature voted Saturday night to end the state’s cash credit program designed to incentivize exploration for oil by smaller companies. The Senate approved a conference committee’s version of House Bill 111 just before 11 p.m. on day 180 of session. The House followed suit, just before the clock ran […]

  • Alaska Politics

    House Majority trickles into Juneau as clock winds down on special session

    by Liz Raines on Jul 14, 15:42

    The clock is winding down on a second special session in Juneau, slated to end Saturday. Most of the House majority remained in their home districts Friday morning, with members trickling in throughout the day. The legislative body held a technical session, with just two members of the majority caucus present, before adjourning until Saturday […]

  • Alaska Politics

    4 members of Alaska borough assembly could face recall vote

    by Associated Press on Jul 14, 9:52

    PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) – Four of the six members of an Alaska borough assembly could be facing a recall election. KFSK.org reported Thursday a group of residents from the Petersburg borough has submitted applications seeking a recall petition for assembly members Jeigh Stanton Gregor, Nancy Strand, Kurt Wohlhueter and Eric Castro. The application alleges the […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Special sessions have cost nearly $400,000 in per diem, lawmakers likely headed for another

    by Liz Raines on Jul 13, 19:12

    So far, Alaska lawmakers have collected $393,340 dollars in per diem during special sessions this year, according to numbers provided by the Legislative Affairs Agency Thursday. The legislature is now likely headed for a third — after negotiations on oil taxes derailed Wednesday. That would cost the state hundreds of thousands more. Because the state capitol building […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Blocked Twitter users sue President Trump

    by CBS News on Jul 13, 17:20

    A group of Twitter users blocked by President Trump are suing him and two White House aides, arguing that the president’s Twitter account serves as a public forum, which would make it illegal for Mr. Trump, as a government official, to prevent individuals from reading it. “President Trump’s Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, has become an important […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Wrench in oil tax negotiations derails second special session

    by Liz Raines on Jul 12, 18:45

    Negotiations over oil taxes derailed Wednesday after the Alaska House added a new element to House Bill 111. Lawmakers are taking up the issue in a second special session that ends Saturday. But at this point, the Legislature will be hard-pressed to meet that deadline. At a conference committee on the measure Wednesday afternoon, members were […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Is Kid Rock’s “campaign website” the real deal?

    by CBS News on Jul 12, 17:35

    Musician, record producer, and Michigan native Robert James Ritchie, better known as Kid Rock, tweeted Wednesday that the website “kidrockforsenate.com” was “real” in an apparent effort to gin up interest in a run for public office. “I have a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is real…kidrockforsenate.com,” Rock said on Twitter. […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Border wall funding folded into House GOP bill

    by CBS News on Jul 11, 16:28

    House Republicans are proposing to allocate $1.6 billion for the next fiscal year to fund “physical barrier construction” on the U.S.-Mexico border. The provision, Republicans say, will provide the necessary resources for the Trump administration to begin building President Trump’s promised border wall. The allocation is part of a $44.3 billion funding bill released Tuesday […]

  • Alaska Politics

    From Anchorage, Gov. Walker urges lawmakers back to Juneau

    by Liz Raines on Jul 10, 18:05

    Gov. Bill Walker is urging Alaska legislators to return to work in Juneau and pass a long-term budget plan this year. Walker delivered the message at a press conference Monday afternoon in Anchorage. Lawmakers originally aimed to strike a deal on oil tax credits by Monday, but, their timeframe has been pushed back to later […]

  • Alaska Politics

    House, Senate clash on oil and gas tax credits

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jul 06, 17:08

    With just nine days left in the second special session, lawmakers continue to argue on the only item left on the Governor’s call: oil and gas tax credits. Thursday, the House Majority got together to issue a message to the Senate: We don’t like your proposal. Both bodies agree they’d like to end cash credits, […]

  • U.S. Politics

    White House gender pay gap has tripled under Trump

    by CBS News on Jul 06, 16:19

    The median salary for a female White House staffer is $72,650 while the median salary for a male staffer is $115,000, according to the 2017 Report to Congress on White House Office Personnel, which lists the title and salary of every Executive Office employee and has been mandatory since 1995. That means there’s a 37 […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska lawmakers set new record for time spent in session

    by Liz Raines on Jun 30, 20:01

    Lawmakers have set a new record in Juneau for the longest time spent consecutively in session, according to the Alaska legislative roster.  It’s been 165 days since lawmakers first gaveled into session back in January. The only other time the legislature has spent this much time in the capital city was in 1981 when it adjourned […]