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.
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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.
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State of Alaska plans to sue feds over trail corridors across public land

The state intends to sue to gain title to rights of way in the Yukon-Charley Preserve.
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How Alaska’s congressional delegation voted on the same-sex marriage and railroad bills, and why

U.S. Sens. Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski and Congresswoman Mary Peltola split and united in surprising ways on recent bills.
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EPA edges closer to banning Pebble Mine in Alaska. A veto is now just one step away.

Federal regulators are one step away from action that would permanently protect the Bristol Bay watershed
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Murkowski, Sullivan support same-sex marriage bill, for different reasons

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan says the bill is more about protecting religious liberty than gay marriage.
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Peltola says it’s not right to deny sick leave for rail workers

Rep. Mary Peltola was among only eight Democrats to vote no on a House bill to avoid a rail strike.

Murkowski pulls nearly even in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race

Reelection is likely for Sen. Murkowski and Rep. Peltola.

Palin and Tshibaka are on track to lose but hint at election battles ahead

Both Trump-endorsed candidates are making vague accusations of malfeasance, despite no evidence of election fraud.
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Why Peltola and Murkowski are well situated to win reelection

In Alaska’s congressional races, incumbents are in a good position to win, but will have to wait until Nov. 23's ranked-choice tabulation to be sure.

Election denialism lingers in Alaska’s congressional races

A group tracking political extremism has labeled Sarah Palin and Kelly Tshibaka as election deniers.
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Murkowski and Tshibaka don’t agree on a ton but both U.S. Senate candidates say they want to protect Arctic Alaska from Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has “one hand on Ukraine, and he's got the other on the Arctic,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski said at the AFN candidate forum.

‘In Mary’s house’: Peltola is clear crowd favorite at Alaska Federation of Natives candidate forum

U.S. House Republican challenger Sarah Palin said it's the toughest campaign she’s ever fought.
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Peltola receives rock-star welcome as AFN keynote speaker

“I'm uplifted in this moment because of you,” said Rep. Mary Peltola, wearing the late Rep. Don Young's signature bolo tie — a gift from his daughter Joni, presented on-stage.
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Peltola trounces Palin and Begich in September fundraising, wins over Don Young loyalists

Rep. Mary Peltola raised $2.3 million -- 10 times more than Sarah Palin. Nick Begich III took in $57,000 over the 24-day reporting period.
Sarah Palin headquarters

Vibe-check: U.S. House candidates’ campaign headquarters

The ambience at campaign headquarters for Rep. Mary Peltola, Nick Begich III and Sarah Palin.

Palin and Begich both say ‘rank the red’ while diverging in style

The Republicans in Alaska’s U.S. House race are now both saying they want their supporters to rank the other Republican as their second choice.

U.S. House candidates disagree on how to update fisheries law at Kodiak debate

Rep. Mary Peltola was the only candidate in favor of a House bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act, governing fishing in federal waters.

Dunleavy, Tshibaka are no-shows for Kodiak candidate debates

Gov. Mike Dunleavy didn't attend Monday's gubernatorial debate in Kodiak, with Kelly Tshibaka skipping Tuesday's U.S. Senate debate.