Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media

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Liz Ruskin is the Washington, D.C., correspondent at Alaska Public Media. Reach her at lruskin@alaskapublic.org. Read more about Liz here.

Alaska’s congressional delegation backs Israel as Gaza war intensifies

Rep. Mary Peltola voted for a resolution asserting Israel's right to defend itself. Sen. Dan Sullivan has been especially outspoken.
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Alaska’s congresswoman says she’s reserving judgment on the new House speaker. But she liked his first address.

There's plenty for a Democrat to dislike about Speaker Mike Johnson. Rep. Mary Peltola likes his message on unity.
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Vic Fischer, the last surviving signer of Alaska’s constitution, dies at 99

Fischer came to Alaska after serving in World War II. He served two terms in the state Senate and remained active in politics until his final months.
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Feds fund improvements for Alaska’s Railbelt electric grid

The $413 million project includes a high-voltage submarine cable and battery storage. Rep. Peltola says it will allow for more renewables.
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Peltola floats bipartisanship as way out of House speaker morass but GOP still stalled by infighting

Alaska Congresswoman Mary Peltola said she doesn’t see a solution until Republicans reach across the aisle to elect the next speaker.
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Peltola says she’s still grieving but ready to return to work in Congress

The Alaska congresswoman will return to a speaker-less U.S. House where some are floating an idea she's familiar with: bipartisan leadership.
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Alaska’s U.S. senators pair help for Ukraine with border funds

Sending money overseas for Ukraine’s defense has become controversial among Republicans.
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Tommy Beaudreau, a Biden administration official who had Murkowski’s trust, resigns from Interior

Beaudreau grew up in Anchorage. "There was a certain amount of comfort, knowing that he knew our state," Sen. Murkowski says.
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Dramatic day in U.S. House as members oust the speaker

An ominous murmur arose after the vote was announced, D.C. correspondent Liz Ruskin says.

Revak stepping down as Peltola’s state director

Josh Revak is a former state legislator. Peltola drew some heat for picking a Republican to serve in a key spot.

5 things to know about how a federal shutdown hits in Alaska

Your mail will arrive. Your paycheck might not.
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Senators take up a stopgap spending bill, but Murkowski is doubtful it can prevent a shutdown

"It's really hard to get hard work done when people cannot talk to one another. And that's what we're seeing in the House," Sen. Murkowski said.

Alaska congressional delegation takes concerns about Albertsons-Kroger merger to FTC

U.S. Sens. Murkowski and Sullivan expressed "deep concerns." Congresswoman Peltola asked the FTC to block the merger.

Murkowski and Sullivan split over how to evaluate federal judge applicants

Sullivan says he’s formed a new council of advisors. Murkowski is sticking by tradition.
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Feds send $440M for water projects in Alaska villages

“It's 10 times the amount of Indian Health Service funding that we had been historically getting,” said Charissa Williar of ANTHC.
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Aviation experts say infrastructure gaps contribute to Alaska’s air fatality rate

Despite improvements, Alaska aviation safety still lags the rest of the country.
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APOC staff recommends fines for opponents of Alaska’s ranked choice voting

Investigators say those trying to repeal Alaska's voting system routed a $90,000 political contribution through a church group, among other alleged violations of campaign laws.

Peltola steps into Don Young’s shoes for charity fishing invitational, where motives converge

Supporting the cause is just one reason the well-connected pay thousands of dollars to fish with a Congress member.
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Haaland cancels leases in Alaska’s Arctic Refuge: ‘Climate change is the crisis of our lifetime’

“With today’s action, no one will have rights to drill in one of the most sensitive landscapes on Earth,” said Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.

Peltola, nearing one year in office, touts her support for Willow and other energy projects

As a Democrat running for re-election in an oil-producing state, she’s setting herself apart from the mainstream of her party on energy.