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

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Eastman calls for reprimand after LeDoux blocks committee debate

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Alaska Legislature defies Walker's call to weigh nominees

Alaska Politics

Ex-Alaska senator works on Permanent Fund repeal plan

Alaska Politics

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

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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, […]

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    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 […]

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    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. […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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, […]

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    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 […]

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    House, governor wait for Senate to approve broad-based tax

    by Liz Raines on Apr 18, 20:24

    Tuesday was day 92 of the 90-day legislative session, but work in most of the capitol building continued as usual. The House vetted bills that normally see hearings mid-session– smaller measures like ones commemorating people who’ve contributed to the state. House leadership indicated it’s now focusing on these bills because its work on fixing the […]

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    Alaska governor offers help in brokering fiscal fix

    by Associated Press on Apr 18, 12:54

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – With Alaska legislative leaders at an impasse over how to address the state’s deficit, Gov. Bill Walker is offering his help in hopes of nudging talks forward. Walker says he has invited House and Senate leadership to the governor’s mansion Wednesday to begin looking for areas of common ground. The Legislature […]

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    Alaska lawmakers approve designating Indigenous Peoples Day

    by Associated Press on Apr 17, 15:11

    Columbus Day would be known as Indigenous Peoples Day in Alaska under a measure passed by the state Legislature. The bill, which passed with broad bipartisan support, next goes to Gov. Bill Walker. For the past two years, Walker has issued proclamations declaring the second Monday in October – recognized federally as Columbus Day – […]

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    Dunleavy still might play role in Alaska budget debate

    by Associated Press on Apr 17, 11:51

    The Wasilla Republican who left the Alaska Senate’s majority caucus over concerns that not enough was being done to curb state spending still could play a role in how the budget ultimately looks. Sen. Mike Dunleavy’s departure from the Republican-led caucus left it with 14 members. That could become an issue if the constitutional budget […]

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    Alaska capital city might close facilities to balance budget

    by Associated Press on Apr 17, 7:40

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s capital city and borough are considering closing a museum, gym and educational facility to balance its 2018 budget. The Juneau Empire reported Friday that Juneau needs to find nearly $2 million to balance its budget. Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Mount Jumbo Gym, the Eagle Valley Center and more are in jeopardy […]

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    Alaska House passes first income tax since 1980

    by Liz Raines on Apr 15, 16:51

    The Alaska House of Representatives passed a statewide personal income tax Saturday. It’s the first of its kind since legislators abolished the broad-based tax in 1980, after state coffers filled with billions of new dollars from the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. House Bill 115 creates an income tax based on federal adjusted gross income that includes a […]

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    Juneau camping ban goes into effect as new campground opens

    by Associated Press on Apr 15, 10:54

    A new ordinance taking effect in Juneau will allow police to issue citations to people who have set up camp on private property in the city’s downtown. The Juneau Empire reports that starting Saturday, those caught camping in the area between midnight and 7 a.m. could be issued a citation. The Juneau Assembly approved the […]

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    Senator says poll shows Alaskans support an income tax

    by Liz Raines on Apr 14, 19:09

    The Alaska House of Representatives is preparing to vote on an income tax, but the Senate majority says it won’t stand. Now, one senator says a new poll shows Alaskans actually prefer a tax. Senate minority member Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) presented the poll results at a press conference Friday. He called it one of the most […]