House Republicans disavow attempt to swear in GOP member

House Republicans disavow attempt to swear in GOP member

House Republicans are disavowing an attempt by some of their members to swear in a new legislator.

Associated Press
Dunleavy introduces plan to pay back reduced PFDs

Dunleavy introduces plan to pay back reduced PFDs

The Senate formally received its first round of bills today, including Gov. Mike Dunleavy's Permanent Fund dividend plan.

Steve Quinn
Indigenous activists concerned by Dunleavy statements, citing historical trauma

Indigenous activists concerned by Dunleavy statements, citing historical trauma

Indigenous activists are extending an invitation to Alaska's new governor, Mike Dunleavy, to talk about Native language and education policy following some controversial comments he made on the campaign trail.

Liz Raines
Filing for office in regular municipal election begins Friday

Filing for office in regular municipal election begins Friday

Filing for office in the April 2, 2019 regular municipal election begins at 8 a.m. Friday.

Elizabeth Roman
Interior oil and gas work continues despite federal shutdown

Interior oil and gas work continues despite federal shutdown

The Trump Administration is continuing to push for expanded oil and gas drilling permits despite the partial federal government shutdown, drawing a rebuke from House Democrats as well as environmentalists.

KTVA Web Staff
State Legislature getting underway in Juneau

State Legislature getting underway in Juneau

Lawmakers will spend the next three to four months sorting through crime bills, a $1.6 billion budget deficit and Permanent Fund dividend payouts.

Steve Quinn
Dunleavy administration plans Alaska marijuana board change

Dunleavy administration plans Alaska marijuana board change

Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration plans to replace the public safety member on the board regulating Alaska's legal marijuana industry.

Associated Press
House struggles to find formal organization

House struggles to find formal organization

With lawmakers ready to gavel in Tuesday, the state House still hasn't agreed on a formal majority to lead the chamber.

Steve Quinn
State House control could decide SB 91's fate

State House control could decide SB 91's fate

With the start of the state Legislature's next session just days away, lawmakers focused on addressing crime legislation are anxiously waiting to learn who will take control of the House.

Daniella Rivera
Memo: Disorganization jeopardizes state House staff positions

Memo: Disorganization jeopardizes state House staff positions

According to a Legislative Affairs Agency memo, unless the House establishes a formal organization by Tuesday morning, "session staff will not be authorized."

Steve Quinn
Alaska senator wants to roll back 2013 oil tax credit

Alaska senator wants to roll back 2013 oil tax credit

Sen. Bill Wielechowski says ending the credit, which began in 2013, would save Alaskans $1.2 billion this year.

Dave Goldman
ACLU suit: Dunleavy illegally fired 3 state employees

ACLU suit: Dunleavy illegally fired 3 state employees

Three former state employees have sued Gov. Mike Dunleavy, alleging they were illegally fired in a wave of resignation requests shortly after he took office.

Steve Quinn
Alaska pre-K funding bill again put in play

Alaska pre-K funding bill again put in play

Senate Minority Leader Tom Begich will again try to establish a statewide pre-kindergarten program.

Steve Quinn
Murkowski: Stop holding federal workers hostage

Murkowski: Stop holding federal workers hostage

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the debate over a border wall isn't a good reason to continue the government shutdown.

Angela Krenzien
Dunleavy doubles down on campaign promises

Dunleavy doubles down on campaign promises

Gov. Mike Dunleavy reiterated priorities for the upcoming legislative session: a balanced budget; fully funded PFD and sweeping changes to crime laws.

Steve Quinn
Lawmaker wants voters' final word on any statewide taxes

Lawmaker wants voters' final word on any statewide taxes

House Rep. George Rauscher filed a resolution would amend the state constitution and keep lawmakers from imposing a statewide tax without voter support.

Steve Quinn
Senate bill targets 'Schneider loophole'

Senate bill targets 'Schneider loophole'

A fall assault case that cost a judge his job and left a 34-year-old man free from jail time is driving Sen. Peter Micciche's bill to change sexual offense punishments.

Steve Quinn
Dunleavy replaces 4 of 7 AGDC board members

Dunleavy replaces 4 of 7 AGDC board members

Alaska’s new governor has replaced a majority of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp.’s board of directors, making his stamp on long-sought efforts to link the North Slope and Southcentral Alaska with a natural gas pipeline.

KTVA Web Staff
Bill would bar Alaska gender confirmation surgery coverage

Bill would bar Alaska gender confirmation surgery coverage

The state of Alaska would be barred from paying for gender confirmation surgery or related drug therapy for state workers and others under a bill introduced ahead of the legislative session.

Associated Press
Murkowski: Government shutdown shouldn't hinder earthquake relief funding

Murkowski: Government shutdown shouldn't hinder earthquake relief funding

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the federal government shutdown shouldn't keep Alaska from getting funding to repair damage caused by the Nov. 30 earthquake.

Angela Krenzien
Murkowski offers support after FERC commissioner's death

Murkowski offers support after FERC commissioner's death

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is offering condolences after the death of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Commissioner Kevin McIntyre.

Angela Krenzien
Here's what shuts down in a (partial) government shutdown

Here's what shuts down in a (partial) government shutdown

This is the third shutdown under Mr. Trump's presidency, following two very brief shutdowns over the span of one month earlier this year.

CBS News
Dunleavy appoints Saxe as new Military, Veterans Affairs commissioner

Dunleavy appoints Saxe as new Military, Veterans Affairs commissioner

Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Col. Torrence Saxe as the new Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Commissioner

Bryan Dunagan
Government shutdown seems unavoidable

Government shutdown seems unavoidable

The federal government is headed for a partial shutdown at midnight, after the House adjourned for the night and senators were told to go home.

CBS News
Berkowitz alcohol tax proposal slated for April vote

Berkowitz alcohol tax proposal slated for April vote

Next April Anchorage voters will decide on whether the city could impose a 5 percent retail sales tax on alcohol.

Steve Quinn
Dunleavy selects veteran Sharon Jackson to replace Dahlstrom in Alaska House

Dunleavy selects veteran Sharon Jackson to replace Dahlstrom in Alaska House

Sharon Jackson received Gov. Mike Dunleavy's nomination to serve a two-year team initially won by Nancy Dahlstrom.

Steve Quinn
Wehmhoff voted into Assembly, filling void left by Demboski

Wehmhoff voted into Assembly, filling void left by Demboski

Gretchen Wehmhoff received overwhelming support to finish Amy Demboski's term.

Steve Quinn
Veteran raising millions for Trump's border wall in GoFundMe campaign

Veteran raising millions for Trump's border wall in GoFundMe campaign

If Congress won't fund the border wall, Iraq War vet Brian Kolfage said he will, along with more than 100,000 supporters and counting.

CBS News
Trump's food stamp proposal would add work requirements in some states

Trump's food stamp proposal would add work requirements in some states

The Trump administration wants to push more food stamp recipients to find jobs, after this year's farm bill failed to include work requirements for the federal food assistance program.

CBS News
Senate approves stopgap spending measure to avoid shutdown, sends to House

Senate approves stopgap spending measure to avoid shutdown, sends to House

The Senate late Wednesday approved a stopgap spending measure that will keep the government open until February without President Trump's requested $5 billion for a border wall.

CBS News
Assembly alcohol tax proposal talks to continue Thursday

Assembly alcohol tax proposal talks to continue Thursday

The Anchorage Assembly ran out of time Tuesday night to vote on whether a alcohol retail sales tax proposal should go to the voters next April.

Steve Quinn
Bipartisan bill proposes mandatory minimum jail sentence for car thieves

Bipartisan bill proposes mandatory minimum jail sentence for car thieves

The measure would impose a mandatory minimum sentence of 120 days in jail for vehicle theft convictions.

Daniella Rivera
12 applicants seek Assembly seat vacated by Demboski

12 applicants seek Assembly seat vacated by Demboski

The Municipality of Anchorage has received applications from 12 people interested in serving on the Assembly as the representative of the Eagle River, Chugiak, and JBER area. 

Daniella Rivera
Murkowski, Dunleavy react to resignation of Interior Secretary Zinke

Murkowski, Dunleavy react to resignation of Interior Secretary Zinke

President Trump announced on Saturday that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will resign at the end of the year. 

KTVA Web Staff
Dunleavy administration dealing with potential deficit

Dunleavy administration dealing with potential deficit

Dunleavy administration officials said that the root of the problem with Walker’s budget lies in a single number — it’s unrealistic projection that oil will sell for $75 per barrel between July 2019 and 2020.

John Grobe
Murkowski discusses quake recovery, federal aid

Murkowski discusses quake recovery, federal aid

Alaska’s senior U.S. senator visited the state Friday on a wide-ranging trip, addressing topics from federal assistance after the state’s recent 7.0 earthquake to the prospects of a possible government shutdown over a pending appropriations bill.

Chris Klint
Fenumiai to again head Alaska Division of Elections

Fenumiai to again head Alaska Division of Elections

Gail Fenumiai’s return to the state Division of Elections’ top job was announced Friday by Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer’s office.

Chris Klint
Dunleavy joins newly elected governors in meeting with President Trump

Dunleavy joins newly elected governors in meeting with President Trump

Governor Mike Dunleavy met with President Trump on Thursday, Dec. 13. During the meeting, Dunleavy thanked the President for his encouragement and offer of federal assistance after November's 7.0 quake.

Jennifer Summers
Alaska high court rules against Dodge request in recount materials

Alaska high court rules against Dodge request in recount materials

The Alaska Supreme Court has weighed in against a Democratic candidate's request to consider materials in a Fairbanks race which could sway control of the state House to a GOP majority.

Chris Klint
Trump signs national bill modernizing earthquake safety programs

Trump signs national bill modernizing earthquake safety programs

President Trump has signed into law the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act.

Angela Krenzien
Key takeaways from the latest round of court documents in Mueller's investigation

Key takeaways from the latest round of court documents in Mueller's investigation

Key pieces of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation appear to be falling into place.

CBS News
Rep. Saddler resigns, accepts post with Dunleavy administration

Rep. Saddler resigns, accepts post with Dunleavy administration

House Rep. Dan Saddler will return to the Department of Natural Resources as a communications director who will also help advance policy.

Steve Quinn
From Senate floor, Murkowski praises Alaskans in quake aftermath

From Senate floor, Murkowski praises Alaskans in quake aftermath

Less than a week after Southcentral Alaska was rocked by a 7.0 earthquake, Sen. Lisa Murkowski took to the Senate floor to speak about the damage she saw firsthand and the remarkability of Alaskans.

Angela Krenzien
Dodge says 4 ballots need Supreme Court scrutiny

Dodge says 4 ballots need Supreme Court scrutiny

Democrat Kathryn Dodge is appealing her one-vote loss to Republican Bart LeBon in a closely watched Fairbanks House race.

Steve Quinn
Croft won't seek re-election, endorses former school board president

Croft won't seek re-election, endorses former school board president

Anchorage Assembly member Eric Croft is endorsing Kameron Perez-Verdia for his District 3 seat.

Angela Krenzien
Gov. Dunleavy announces public safety appointments, promises focus on victims of crime

Gov. Dunleavy announces public safety appointments, promises focus on victims of crime

Under a promise to Alaskans that public safety "is job number one," Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced his new public safety team.

Daniella Rivera
Demboski departs Assembly for Dunleavy job

Demboski departs Assembly for Dunleavy job

She will be assuming the role as deputy chief of staff for Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy's administration.

Jennifer Summers
Dunleavy to become first governor sworn in above Arctic Circle

Dunleavy to become first governor sworn in above Arctic Circle

It's also the first time an Alaska governor has chosen to hold the ceremony in a rural community. 

Liz Raines
Governor to be sworn-in Monday

Governor to be sworn-in Monday

At 57, Dunleavy has come a long way from Scranton, Pennsylvania where he was raised in a working class family.

Rhonda McBride
Who are the Newlins? Meet the first lady's family

Who are the Newlins? Meet the first lady's family

Alaska's next governor will be sworn into office Monday in an event that will make national history.

Liz Raines
Gov. Bill Walker reflects on his 4 years in office

Gov. Bill Walker reflects on his 4 years in office

Come Monday, Dec. 3, Alaskans will welcome their 12th governor, Mike Dunleavy, a Republican from Wasilla. For now, Gov. Bill Walker and his team are focused on a smooth transition of power.

KTVA Web Staff
Former Alaska Gov. Bill Sheffield: Being governor is the 'best job in the state'

Former Alaska Gov. Bill Sheffield: Being governor is the 'best job in the state'

"You can't fool around with their money." Former Gov. Bill Sheffield shares his thoughts about incoming governor Mike Dunleavy.

Bryan Dunagan
Dunleavy announces 2 new cabinet members

Dunleavy announces 2 new cabinet members

Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy is adding to his cabinet, announcing the appointment of two new members Thursday.

Angela Krenzien
Report: Sex offense 'loophole' exposed by Schneider case exists nationwide

Report: Sex offense 'loophole' exposed by Schneider case exists nationwide

Proposed legislation making unwanted contact with semen a sexual assault would be the first of its kind in the U.S.

Daniella Rivera
Murkowski, Feinstein bill to modernize earthquake safety will be signed into law

Murkowski, Feinstein bill to modernize earthquake safety will be signed into law

Bipartisan legislation to update earthquake preparedness programs passes Congress.

KTVA Web Staff
Ninth Circuit upholds campaign finance limits for candidates

Ninth Circuit upholds campaign finance limits for candidates

The Ninth Circuit federal court of appeals upheld three Alaska campaign finance laws limiting political contributions to candidates. The finance laws were challenged in a 2015 lawsuit. 

Megan Mazurek
Demboski becomes Dunleavy deputy chief of staff

Demboski becomes Dunleavy deputy chief of staff

Anchorage Assembly member Amy Demboski posted a message on Facebook to her constituents about her political future: She won't be running for a third term.

Jennifer Summers
Gov. Walker hands off balanced budget to Dunleavy administration

Gov. Walker hands off balanced budget to Dunleavy administration

Governor Walker hands off balanced budget to Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy.

Joe Vigil
Senate majority adds Democrat, sets goal of 'responsible budget, on-time'

Senate majority adds Democrat, sets goal of 'responsible budget, on-time'

The Alaska Senate majority announced Monday it has added a Democrat to its caucus and says they all agree that the budget is the most important task ahead.  

Mary Simton
State certifies election with House District 1 race undecided

State certifies election with House District 1 race undecided

The Alaska Division of Elections certified the results of this month’s general election Monday, even as it works on the final outcome of a key House race in Fairbanks.

KTVA Web Staff
Fairbanks House race headed for recount while results get certified Monday

Fairbanks House race headed for recount while results get certified Monday

The Division of Elections says it hopes to certify the Nov. 6 races on Monday while the House race between Bart LeBon and Democrat Kathryn Dodge may require a re-count to determine a winner.

Steve Quinn
LeBon, Dodge locked in tie for Fairbanks House Rep. job

LeBon, Dodge locked in tie for Fairbanks House Rep. job

The two candidates each have 2,661 votes in race that could have implications over who controls the House for the next two years.

Steve Quinn
Dunleavy Chief: 'No public servant is irreplaceable'

Dunleavy Chief: 'No public servant is irreplaceable'

Of the 800 state positions that must submit a resignation letter and reapply for work with the Dunleavy administration, nearly 40 percent are attorneys.

Steve Quinn
Incoming Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy ponders leadership qualities of past governors

Incoming Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy ponders leadership qualities of past governors

KTVA’s Rhonda McBride sat down with the Dunleavys this week at the Windbreak Café in Wasilla, a place where the cooking is down-home and where Dunleavy says some of his campaign strategies were hatched.

KTVA Web Staff
Dunleavy appoints labor commissioner, seeks widespread resignations

Dunleavy appoints labor commissioner, seeks widespread resignations

Dunleavy names Tamika Ledbetter to be the Department of Labor commissioner.

Steve Quinn
Addressing 'loophole' exposed by Schneider plea deal is priority for Dunleavy

Addressing 'loophole' exposed by Schneider plea deal is priority for Dunleavy

While a spokesperson said it is far too early to know what any changes to the law would look like, she confirmed the issue is one of Dunleavy's public safety priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

Daniella Rivera
Kawasaki extends lead over Kelly; LeBon overtakes Dodge

Kawasaki extends lead over Kelly; LeBon overtakes Dodge

Scott Kawasaki is poised to be the lone Democrat to flip a Republican seat; meanwhile, Republicans are hoping Bart Lebon can hold off Kathryn Dodge while holding a slim House majority.

Steve Quinn
New election results could change control of Alaska House

New election results could change control of Alaska House

A key race in Fairbanks could flip leadership of the Alaska House after new results this week from the Division of Elections show Democrat Kathryn Dodge now leading Republican Bart LeBon by 10 votes.

Liz Raines
Dunleavy names Feige to become natural resources commissioner

Dunleavy names Feige to become natural resources commissioner

Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy continues building his cabinet by naming Corri Feige as Department of Natural Resources.

Steve Quinn
Dunleavy looking to former Gov. Parnell for transition help

Dunleavy looking to former Gov. Parnell for transition help

Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy has begun building his team with members of former Gov. Sean Parnell's administration.

Steve Quinn
Rally in Anchorage to protect investigation into election interference by Russia

Rally in Anchorage to protect investigation into election interference by Russia

The forced resignation of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions spurs protests around the nation, including in Alaska.

Jeff Bridges
Dunleavy taps Babcock, Huber Sr. as first cabinet appointments

Dunleavy taps Babcock, Huber Sr. as first cabinet appointments

In his first public address since becoming the governor-elect, Mike Dunleavy addressed the Alaska Miners Association, re-stating his promise to focus on resource development.

Steve Quinn
The tumultuous relationship between SB 91 and addiction in Alaska

The tumultuous relationship between SB 91 and addiction in Alaska

Changes in state leadership and legislative makeup mean more revisions to Alaska's controversial crime reform package, Senate Bill 91, are almost certain.

Daniella Rivera
Party heads analyze red wave in Alaska elections

Party heads analyze red wave in Alaska elections

A red wave swept Alaska on Tuesday — according to unofficial results, it appears not only is the state's next governor, a Republican, but leadership in the state House and Senate will be too.

Liz Raines
LeDoux poised for another term in Juneau

LeDoux poised for another term in Juneau

In a race marked by ballot irregularities in the August primary, incumbent Gabrielle LeDoux holds strong in District 15

Steve Quinn
Begich concedes to Dunleavy in Alaska governor's race

Begich concedes to Dunleavy in Alaska governor's race

Republican Mike Dunleavy took an early lead on Democrat Mark Begich and kept a comfortable margin all night.

Steve Quinn
Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general

Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general

President Trump has asked Jeff Sessions to resign.

CBS News
Fish habitat initiative headed for defeat

Fish habitat initiative headed for defeat

Results bring an end to an issue that became a high-profile campaign issue for gubernatorial candidates Republican Mike Dunleavy and Mark Begich.

Steve Quinn
3 Democrats claim strong leads in Juneau races

3 Democrats claim strong leads in Juneau races

Juneau will see the first wholesale turn over of its legislative representation in decades

Steve Quinn
Incumbents Grenn, Seaton trailing in House seats key to GOP takeover

Incumbents Grenn, Seaton trailing in House seats key to GOP takeover

With incumbents Grenn and Seaton losing, Republicans appear ready to reclaim House majority.

Joe Vigil
Preliminary numbers suggest voters will oust Judge Corey following no-jail plea deal

Preliminary numbers suggest voters will oust Judge Corey following no-jail plea deal

In September, Judge Corey found himself embroiled in a national controversy that would threaten his future on the bench, after approving the no-jail plea deal in Justin Schneider’s case.

Daniella Rivera
Democrats win control of the House as Republicans take Senate

Democrats win control of the House as Republicans take Senate

CBS News projects Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives, delivering a major blow to President Trump and the GOP. Republicans, meanwhile, kept control of the Senate.

CBS News
'Where are the animals?' Sights and sounds from Election Day in Anchorage

'Where are the animals?' Sights and sounds from Election Day in Anchorage

Following days, weeks and months of partisan rhetoric, a seemingly non-stop onslaught of campaign advertising and some of the highest early voting numbers the state has ever seen — Election Day is finally here. 

Jason Sear
Election analysis: A day of X-factors

Election analysis: A day of X-factors

Alaska is famous for races decided by a handful of votes. This election is filled with X-factors — so many variables that only voters can supply.

Rhonda McBride
Voters will get the final word on candidates, ballot measure

Voters will get the final word on candidates, ballot measure

Voters will bring closure to lots of Election Day questions, be it who will serve as new governor, will a Democratic-led caucus retain control of the House and will a salmon habitat ballot measure prevail.

Steve Quinn
Galvin takes on Young in congressional race

Galvin takes on Young in congressional race

Political newcomer Alyse Galvin is trying to beat longtime Congressional incumbent Don Young.

Joe Vigil
Salmon initiative brings out foes, friends

Salmon initiative brings out foes, friends

Supporters and opponents of the Ballot Measure 1 initiative widely disagree on what this measure means for resource development.

Steve Quinn
Voters will finally get their say on divisive salmon initiative

Voters will finally get their say on divisive salmon initiative

A protracted battle over salmon habitat measure now rests in the hands of the electorate

Steve Quinn
Young, Galvin campaign on final weekend before election

Young, Galvin campaign on final weekend before election

Don Young is trying to to hold onto his congressional seat, as Alyse Galvin hopes to replace the "Dean of the House."

Dave Leval
Walker writes open letter to next governor on election eve

Walker writes open letter to next governor on election eve

On Tuesday, Alaskans will choose the state's next governor. Whoever prevails at the polls, Gov. Walker has some words of wisdom and warning.

Liz Raines
Election 2018: Races to Watch

Election 2018: Races to Watch

Guests Tom Hewitt and Matt Buxton join host Rhonda McBride in this online-only discussion about races to watch on Nov. 6.

Rhonda McBride
Voters offer post-debate thoughts on candidate positions

Voters offer post-debate thoughts on candidate positions

Thursday night's gubernatorial debate between Republican Mike Dunleavy and Democrat Mark Begich featured a few barbs and doubling down on positions relating the Permanent Fund and crime.

Liz Raines
Controversial political ads will continue running in Alaska

Controversial political ads will continue running in Alaska

Anchorage state Rep. Les Gara filed a complaint with the Alaska Public Offices Commission over ads that weren't clear about who was funding them.

Joe Vigil
Dunleavy, Begich spar over crime, budgets and dividend

Dunleavy, Begich spar over crime, budgets and dividend

With five days remaining until voters head to the polls, gubernatorial candidates engage in election season's final debate.

Steve Quinn
WATCH: KTVA 2018 gubernatorial debate

WATCH: KTVA 2018 gubernatorial debate

The election season's last debate airs Thursday night at 6 on KTVA.

Steve Quinn
How much power does a governor have over the PFD?

How much power does a governor have over the PFD?

The Permanent Fund Dividend has become a key issue in Alaska's race for governor. In 2016, Gov. Bill Walker became the first governor to ever reduce checks using his veto power.

Liz Raines
People Mover will give free bus rides on Election Day

People Mover will give free bus rides on Election Day

Everyone in Anchorage can get a free ride to the polls on Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 6. 

Angela Krenzien
Party leaders seek state transparency on prospective voter fraud

Party leaders seek state transparency on prospective voter fraud

With the general election just one week away, both parties agree that no comment is not an acceptable answer.

Liz Raines
Answering the Call: Lt. Gov. candidate wants focus on rural Alaska

Answering the Call: Lt. Gov. candidate wants focus on rural Alaska

Debra Call joins Mark Begich on the Democratic ticket in the Nov. 6 election.

Steve Quinn
15 judges up for retention statewide: Here's how you can learn about them

15 judges up for retention statewide: Here's how you can learn about them

Judges do not make the laws, but they are responsible for upholding them. They also may be the most overlooked names on the ballot. 

Daniella Rivera

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