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... come to see Pruitt as the anti-Earth figure in our political affairs. I've also come to realize that Alaskans now have a litmus test for what it means to be responsible in our permitting of industry. The term "responsible development" gets bantered about quite frequently in Alaska politics and without any context
Members of the Alaska Grassroots Alliance were recovering from reportedly being sprayed near the Church of Love in Spenard on Saturday, April 21, ... Several members of a left-leaning political group meeting in Spenard say they were sickened and temporarily blinded Saturday afternoon, after a man ...

The Alaska Republican Party is the largest political party in Alaska, with 140,000 members. Its rules allow it to withdraw support for candidates who have organized with an opposition party when a majority of Republicans has been elected, as occurred in 2016. The only reason the Alaska House of ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving forward on oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, fulfilling a longtime Republican priority that most Democrats fiercely oppose. A notice being published Friday in the Federal Register starts a 60-day review to sell oil and gas ...
Alaska is home to the third-most maritime jobs per capita in the nation, a figure which has given some of Alaska's political representatives in Washington an excuse to not take a stand against the Jones Act. However, most of these maritime jobs are in fishing and other export-oriented, commodity-based ...
(CNN) Voters in Anchorage, Alaska, narrowly rejected a proposal to restrict bathroom access for transgender people, the first time such a measure was decided at the ballot box. So-called ... Alaska Family Council, a supporter of the bill, said it was intended to protect the privacy of women and children.

Sen. Dan Sullivan's former campaign manager Ben Sparks may be facing arrest following a bizarre report of domestic violence in Las Vegas. Listen now. The political adviser's ex-partner told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Sparks abused and assaulted her, culminating in an altercation at her house ...
I expect, given the current nature of our country's politics, to have a door or two slammed in my face. But, I have to admit that I find it ... Moms are observant, dedicated, and passionate – the qualities that just about everyone, of every political affiliation, wants in their elected officials. Being a mom shouldn't be ...
A rewritten proposal unveiled Monday by the Alaska House's largely-Democratic majority, House Joint Resolution 23, would amend the state Constitution to include the dividend program for the first time. Majority leaders have described the proposal as a way to protect dividend payments while allowing ...
We the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land, in order to secure and transmit to succeeding generations our heritage of political, civil, and religious liberty within the United States, do ordain and establish this constitution for the State of Alaska.
FILE - In this April 7, 2017 file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Alaska Gov. Bill Walker greet each other at a meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. Walker announced Monday, March 5, 2018, a spring trade mission to China that aims to build off existing relationships between the state and the Asian ...
Alaska's dysfunctional political system could do the same with our fund's Earnings Reserve Account, which currently contains $16.8 billion. ... He said he would prefer to do away with the Permanent Fund rather than have it continue to dominate Alaska politics and potentially hurt Alaskans' lives through ...
From policing to politics, Elvi Gray-Jackson has been involved in municipal government since she arrived in Anchorage from New Jersey in 1982. "People ... "Alaska Native Month, Black History Month, I was the leader in bringing together those diverse resolutions on the assembly and I'm proud of that," said ...
The recent deadly shooting at a Florida high school prompted Alaska lawmakers to review a bill that would let authorities temporarily take guns from people deemed to be a danger to themselves or others. While the bill has been pending for more than a year, it got its first hearing before the House Judiciary ...
Some said the problem with the department's current structure is that a growing number of local decisions are being made in Washington by political appointees for political reasons. The trend ... "But it became very political," probably because the livestock industry wanted a specific kind of grass for cattle.
ANCHORAGE — Climbers on North America's tallest mountain may have to start packing out more of their feces after a researcher determined a glacier in which much of it has been dumped over the past decade probably is not decomposing the human waste. Michael Loso, a glacier geologist, calculates ...
Guns could have saved Jews from the Holocaust, Alaska congressman says ... An Alaska congressman has argued that Jews could have averted the Holocaust if they'd been armed. ... It's offensive for anyone to manipulate the history of the Holocaust to score political points. https://t.co/OdB2w6XYro.

Young asked at an event in Juneau, Alaska, before answering his own question. "Fifty million ... Don Young, R-Alaska, left, waits for a televised debate to begin on Alaska public television on Nov. 3, 2016, in ... It's offensive for anyone to manipulate the history of the Holocaust to score political points." Rep.
This Oct. 17, 2016, photo shows U.S. Rep. Don Young gesturing while speaking with a reporter after a debate in Anchorage, Alaska. The most senior member in the U.S. House has argued against gun control by wondering how many Jews "were put in the ovens" during the Holocaust because they weren't ...
No evidence, no report, no nothing." Alaska did not respond to repeated requests for comment, but has previously denied that any breach occurred. Bradley Moss, a lawyer specializing in national security, tried to lift the veil and find out what U.S. intelligence knew about the Russian attempts to compromise ...
But late Tuesday, political blogger Jeff Landfield said the state Division of Elections told him that Shower is not registered with a political party. ... But Tuckerman Babcock, the chairman of the Alaska Republican Party, said in a phone interview that Shower had filled out a form last month to switch his ...
Braund's withdrawal capped a head-spinning 24 hours in Alaska's political world. And it left unresolved the feud between ... He added: "I'm not a radical rabid." Babcock, the state Republican Party chair, suggested that Walker was holding out for a candidate more aligned with the governor's centrist politics.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — During the last week of March, a group of Chinese industry officials flew to Alaska to get a close-up look at the lands on which the state is proposing to build a $43.4 billion pipeline and liquefied natural gas export project. The 38 delegates represented three major Chinese ...
But it would also reserve a fixed proportion of those earnings for dividend checks — meaning that the payments could only be reduced further by another amendment to the Alaska Constitution, which requires the same two-thirds votes by the House and Senate and a majority vote by the public. And since ...
The 24-hour news cycle is filled with political coverage, but not everything gets the attention it deserves. ... Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, pictured speaking at a ceremony after Congress passed sweeping tax overhaul legislation on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on December 20, 2017.
Most legislators in both chambers agree that Alaska needs to invest more in public safety: the biggest roadblock to progress is not disagreement on substance. Our message to the legislature is simple: do not play politics with the well-being of Alaskans. Even as the state faces a fiscal crisis, we cannot afford ...
Alaskan businesses can no longer pay workers with disabilities less than the state's $9.84 minimum hourly wage. The Alaska Department of Labor last week repealed a decades-old regulation that allowed employers to get an exemption to pay workers with disabilities less than the minimum wage if their ...
The Alaska Legislature is considering a proposal to borrow up to $1 billion from global markets to cover a debt it owes to oil and gas companies. The Juneau Empire reports that Gov. Bill Walker's administration says the borrowing could be a way to reduce that deficit at the expense of some longer-term risk.
The Southeast Conference, a nonprofit corporation active in the Southeast Alaska community, held its Mid-Session Summit in Juneau on Feb. ... The public corporation would let private sector expertise spread through the system's board of directors and reduce exposure to political influence, the summary ...
The Alaska Senate's newest member has been sworn in. Republican Mike Shower of Wasilla was sworn in Monday by Senate President Pete Kelly. Shower, who served in the U.S. Air Force, replaces Republican Mike Dunleavy, who resigned to run for governor. The process for replacing Dunleavy was ...
His grandfather, John Dimond, was a Juneau pioneer who helped build the Shrine of St. Therese, became a decorated WWII veteran, then served on the first Alaska Supreme Court. Dimond himself has never run for political office. He's a registered undeclared voter, according to the records of the Alaska ...
And she's one of five children of the late Harold Sparck, a prominent Western Alaska political and fisheries activist who was one of the architects of a ... as a legislator — making it harder to function in the transactional world of state politics, since they can't offer the essential element of those transactions.
Alaskan businesses can no longer pay workers with disabilities less than the state's $9.84 minimum hourly wage. The Alaska Department of Labor last week repealed a decades-old regulation that allowed employers to get an exemption to pay workers with disabilities less than the minimum wage if their ...
We crashed it and had a great conversation with both of them. Tip O'Neill, 47th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, is associated with the phrase “All Politics is Local.” That phrase rings especially true for Alaska and Juneau — interesting that the bridge between Michigan and Alaska for us ended ...
State Rep. John Lincoln of Kotzebue was sworn in Wednesday, one week after being appointed by Gov. Bill Walker. He was later confirmed by House Democrats. State law requires legislative vacancies be filled by someone from the same party as the predecessor. Election records show Lincoln switched ...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Nine environmental groups are suing the U.S. government to prevent a land trade that could lead to construction of a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska. The groups say a road through Izembek (EYE-zem-bek) National Wildlife Refuge on the Alaska Peninsula will ...
The group announced its launch last week as an entity that is a separate effort from the Dunleavy campaign itself. It is what is known as an “independent expenditure group” that cannot coordinate with the campaign. Dunleavy for Alaska may be the largest political action committee to take part in a ...
Dunleavy for Alaska is launching a statewide television, radio and online advertising campaign Sunday, it said. It's spending $4,000 on a single, 30-second television ad on a Fairbanks station during the Super Bowl, according to a report filed this week with the Federal Communications Commission.
The vote comes nearly two weeks after a subcommittee of the ethics panel said it found probable cause that Wasilla Rep. David Eastman violated ethics law by disclosing the existence of a complaint that was considered confidential.
Bethel Democratic Rep. Zach Fansler pokes his head out from the floor of the Alaska House earlier this year. (Nathaniel Herz / ADN). Share on Facebook Facebook. Share on Twitter Twitter. Share via Email Email. Share on Tumblr Tumblr. Share on Reddit Reddit. Share on LinkedIn LinkedIn. Share on ...
One organization that is an outgrowth of the Women's March in Anchorage is “Alaska Women Ascend,” a political skills training program set up in May 2017 to elect progressive women in Alaska. Led by former State Representative Kay Brown, former State Senator Suzanne Little, former Anchorage ...
Officials in Anchorage say a new pilot program has radically cut down the emergency calls from the area surrounding the city's main homeless shelter. News of the program's apparent success took many elected leaders by surprise at an Assembly meeting on homelessness Wednesday at City Hall.
The Alaska and Hawaii attorneys general asked Congress to change laws so marijuana businesses can start using banks. Alaska's Jahna Lindemuth and Hawaii's Doug Chin were among 19 attorneys general who urged U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday to move forward with legislation that would allow the ...
“We've asked each speaker this year to have a call to action associated with their presentation,” she said, adding that participants will be allowed to get political. This year's speakers include Beth Kerttula; Lt. Governor Byron Mallott; Rep. Ivy Spohnholz, D-Anchorage; Kate Troll, Kerri Willoughby; Libby ...
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is proposing legislation that would stiffen the penalties for distributing larger quantities of drugs and would allow judges to consider out-of-state criminal histories when determining bail and release conditions. He says current state laws for drug distribution have little deterrent effect ...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. Interior Department official on Wednesday blasted the resignation of most members of a board that advises it on ... The idea of a political statement by board members, made up of national experts in natural resources, financial management, geography and other fields, ...
Those groups have formed a rival political committee, Stand for Alaska, to oppose the measure. Gov. Bill Walker has also said he will not vote for the measure. The initiative was initially declared invalid by the state, but Yes for Salmon appealed that decision to the Alaska Superior Court, and a judge ruled in ...
The road between the Yukon and the Southeast Alaska town of Haines is closed Monday, January 15, 2018 due to treacherous driving conditions. (Courtesy John ... JUNEAU — The Alaska Legislature's annual session in Juneau usually brings plenty of brinksmanship and excitement. But participants have ...
Legislative report validates harassment complaints against former Alaska Rep. Westlake. pencil Author: Nathaniel Herz. clock Updated: ... Garrett said Westlake grabbed her arm and said her hair "turned him on" at a political fundraiser early last year. They'd never spoken before, Garrett said. At a party two ...
Hladlick is from Alaska, a former state commerce director and city manager of Unalaska in the Aleutian Islands. ... Ericksen gives insights into the Trump administration, and a major power player in Northwest politics. Ericksen and ... Under political protocol, however, the appointment belonged to Sen.


 

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