Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media

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Liz Ruskin is the Washington, D.C., correspondent for Alaska Public Media. She reports from the U.S. Capitol and from Anchorage. Reach her at lruskin@alaskapublic.org.

This is no refuge: Arctic drilling foes have a challenge rallying against Willow project

The ConocoPhillips project hasn't risen to ANWR-level controversy. Opponents say it's harder to fight drilling in a National Petroleum Reserve.
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Feds award $285M for Alaska ferries. But to get it, the state needs to put up money, too.

Gov. Dunleavy has cut state funding for ferries and reduced the fleet. Sen. Murkowski says, "Let's not mess this up."
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Peltola, following in Don Young’s footsteps again, wins seat on House Transportation committee

The panel has jurisdiction over the Coast Guard, air travel and other areas of importance to Alaska.
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Peltola says wrong date on her congressional bio is likely a reporting error she made decades ago

"It's really embarrassing, and I think it's probably my error," says Congresswoman Peltola.
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Signature drive begins to rid Alaska of ranked choice voting

Organizers have a year to collect 27,000 signatures to put ranked choice voting on the 2024 ballot for repeal.
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USA Today finds Peltola left university a year earlier than claimed

USA Today examined the education claims of all House freshmen. The paper found a problem in Rep. Mary Peltola's.
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Finally, Peltola is sworn in for a full term in Congress

Along with the entire House of Representatives, Mary Peltola took the oath of office early Saturday morning.
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How about an Alaska-style coalition to end the impasse at the U.S. House? Nice idea, Peltola says.

Rep. Mary Peltola says she's open to discussing a coalition majority. Here's why that's unlikely.
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Peltola sees House speaker impasse as a symptom of bigger divisions

Mary Peltola was supposed to be sworn in for a full term in Congress. That didn't happen.

‘Arctic pay’ among the perks Congress is sending to improve military assignments in Alaska

Extra pay and travel reimbursements are aimed at boosting morale of Alaska-based troops.

Murkowski: ‘Never, ever, ever’ should we see another Jan. 6

Congress passed a reform of the Electoral Count Act, which U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski helped negotiate.
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Mount Young: Aleutian volcano is renamed for explosive Alaska congressman

The mountain was named for a fierce creature. Now it will bear Don Young's name.
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Alaska projects in $1.7 trillion bill have Murkowski beaming; Sullivan votes no

Murkowski got nearly half a billion dollars in Alaska earmarks. Sullivan says there was no time to read the 4,000 pages.
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Rep. Eastman isn’t just an Oath Keeper but also supported their cause on Jan. 6, opposing attorney argues

Eastman intended "to be part of the insurrection on Jan. 6," a lawyer trying to disqualify the legislator said.
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Oath Keeper founder Stewart Rhodes testifies in Alaska Rep. Eastman’s defense

Would Oath Keepers overthrow the government? Their jailed founder says no.

Alaska Rep. Eastman claims Oath Keepers were in Capitol to protect police, not overthrow government

Eastman's attorney, Joe Miller, portrayed Oath Keepers as do-gooders whose bylaws don’t allow insurrection.
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Wasilla Rep. Eastman’s qualifications trial delves into Oath Keeper ideology

Rep. David Eastman isn't accused of attacking the U.S. Capitol. But if he belongs to a group that did, his legislative career could be over.
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Arctic Report Card 2022: Rapid climate change brings extreme events to the North

NOAA Administrator Richard Spinrad says the changes are visible in diminished sea ice, plankton blooms, mass seabird die-offs, coastal erosion and damage to Arctic communities.
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Alaska elections chief, never one for drama, makes an orderly exit after a big year

Gail Fenumiai is retiring just as Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom takes up her new duties, which include overseeing elections.
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Is it legal for an Alaska legislator to belong to the Oath Keepers? That’s what a trial will decide.

A lawsuit alleges Rep. David Eastman's membership in an extremist group disqualifies him from office.