James Brooks, Alaska Beacon

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Here’s how Alaska’s first ranked choice election will be counted

When preliminary results are announced at 4 p.m. Wednesday, it will reveal the likely winner.

Alaska’s new primary election system showed who voters favored, but it only cut one legislative candidate

As Alaska Beacon reporter James Brooks points out, the votes tallied Tuesday mostly amount to a state-sponsored poll with a nice, big sample size.
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Final U.S. House results won’t be available until Aug. 31 as officials wait for overseas votes

Officials won’t put the ‘ranked’ into ranked choice voting until all ballots arrive.

Supreme Court rules against forward funding for education, confirms limit on legislative power

The decision settles a three-year-old dispute between the Legislature and Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
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Legislative committee boosts budget for Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. investigation

Members of the committee hired a special investigator in January to determine whether political factors played a role in the firing of Angela Rodell.

As Congress prepares to pass climate bill, Alaska environmentalists see more harm than good

“Our view on this bill is ultimately, it causes more harm than good,” said Emily Sullivan, communications director for the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.
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Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. posts negative returns for first time since 2012

There are no immediate impacts to state finances, but continued losses would reduce available cash for services and dividends.
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Alaska legislator, member of Oath Keepers, faces lawsuit challenging his eligibility for office

Members of the Oath Keepers, including the group’s founder, have been accused of crimes linked to the Jan. 6 riots.
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In rural Alaska, communities contemplate a double whammy from high fuel costs

Annual fuel deliveries are arriving with prices near record highs, crimping the budgets of small towns and villages with no road access.
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Alaska sues Interior Department over contaminated ANCSA lands

The state of Alaska has sued the U.S. Department of the Interior in an attempt to hold the federal government responsible for the identification of thousands of polluted sites on land given to Alaska...
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Alaska will formally recognize Native tribes, likely negating planned ballot measure

Gov. Mike Dunleavy will sign a tribal-recognition bill next week, the Alaska Federation of Natives said on Thursday.
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Almost 1 in 5 Alaska state jobs is vacant as agencies struggle to hire, retain employees

The vacancies are slowing services, canceling ferries and could strain the Alaska Permanent Fund.
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Dunleavy leads early fundraising for Alaska governor’s race

Incumbent Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has raised more money than any other candidate in Alaska's governor's race, according to the latest reports.

Facing lawsuits, Alaska lawmakers consider new social media policy

The draft included an ‘everything or nothing’ approach toward public comments.
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After lawsuit, a major Alaska North Slope oil project is again moving forward

The public has until Aug. 29 to offer public comment on whether the project should move forward, and if so, under what conditions.
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As Kuskokwim fishing lawsuit grows, lawyers say subsistence could be affected across Alaska

Attorneys from Ahtna Inc. believe state arguments may overturn Katie John precedent.

Despite federal warning, Alaska alcohol board says distilleries can keep selling kegged cocktails

Federal regulations limit the size of containers that a distillery can produce, but Alaska has no limits in law.
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Seeking efficiency, Alaska breaks its health agency into two new departments

The Department of Health and Social Services has been split into separate organizations.
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Legislative aides call Anchorage Democratic Rep. Tarr verbally abusive, unfit for state Senate

In a series of interviews, they describe a decade-old pattern of behavior.
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In Alaska’s first statewide by-mail vote, turnout was highest for a primary since 2014

Final preliminary results posted Tuesday night by the Alaska Division of Elections show 161,614 people voted in the special election for U.S. House, Alaska’s first statewide election by mail.