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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration plans to replace the public safety member on the board regulating Alaska's legal marijuana industry.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Alaska pre-K funding bill again put in play
Senate Minority Leader Tom Begich will again try to establish a statewide pre-kindergarten program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Wehmhoff voted into Assembly, filling void left by Demboski
Gretchen Wehmhoff received overwhelming support to finish Amy Demboski's term.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trump signs national bill modernizing earthquake safety programs
President Trump has signed into law the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Demboski departs Assembly for Dunleavy job
She will be assuming the role as deputy chief of staff for Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy's administration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Dunleavy announces 2 new cabinet members
Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy is adding to his cabinet, announcing the appointment of two new members Thursday.
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.
Murkowski, Feinstein bill to modernize earthquake safety will be signed into law
Bipartisan legislation to update earthquake preparedness programs passes Congress.
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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.
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.
Gov. Walker hands off balanced budget to Dunleavy administration
Governor Walker hands off balanced budget to Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Dunleavy names Tamika Ledbetter to be the Department of Labor commissioner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general
President Trump has asked Jeff Sessions to resign.
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.
3 Democrats claim strong leads in Juneau races
Juneau will see the first wholesale turn over of its legislative representation in decades
Incumbents Grenn, Seaton trailing in House seats key to GOP takeover
With incumbents Grenn and Seaton losing, Republicans appear ready to reclaim House majority.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
Galvin takes on Young in congressional race
Political newcomer Alyse Galvin is trying to beat longtime Congressional incumbent Don Young.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WATCH: KTVA 2018 gubernatorial debate
The election season's last debate airs Thursday night at 6 on KTVA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.