Politics

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Rep. Peltola’s staff turnover is the 2nd highest in the U.S. House

Her chief of staff calls it a reflection of her special election and transition, but political adversaries say it could indicate trouble.
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Alaska lawmaker says systemic changes to food stamps program will reduce backlog, save money

Alaska Beacon reporter Claire Stremple discusses proposed processing and eligibility changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Dunleavy moves to control appointments to Alaska Marine Highway Operations Board

Right now, the Legislature appoints four of the board’s nine members. The executive order would allow the governor to appoint all nine.

‘We will sink your navy’: Sen. Sullivan advocates more aggressive stance to deter Iran

Sen. Dan Sullivan later said the U.S. should threaten to sink only Iran's spy ships — not the whole navy.
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Dunleavy introduces bill to crack down on protests blocking public spaces

The bill would create the new crime of “obstruction of free passage in public places" and stiffen penalties for blocking highways.
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Advocates finalizing plan to use Anchorage marijuana tax revenue on child care

Some of the funding could be distributed as early as this fall, with much of it getting sent out by January of next year.

Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. leaders approve proposal to borrow up to $4 billion for investments

The idea would have to be approved by state legislators and Gov. Mike Dunleavy, because it requires changes to state law.
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Future of education bill uncertain after rural lawmakers raise early objections

Three members representing areas off the road system voted against a key procedural question, throwing the future of the bill into limbo.
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Alaska Senate moves toward rejecting some of Gov. Dunleavy’s 12 executive orders

Senators expressed concerns about several of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's 12 executive orders. The Legislature has until mid-March to reject them.
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Alaska Gov. Dunleavy’s plan to lease land for carbon storage comes with questions

Analysts say estimates that the state could earn hundreds millions from leases are overpromising.

Attorneys argue scope of Metlakatla’s off-reservation fishing rights in federal court

Attorneys presented oral arguments in a long-running dispute over fishing rights on Alaska’s only Native reservation on Thursday.

In speech to Alaska Legislature, Murkowski shows she’s outside Trump’s grip on GOP

Murkowski lauded Rep. Peltola, a Democrat, and urged legislators to put Alaska before party. She later endorsed Nikki Haley for president.
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Federal highway officials reject Alaska transportation plan, citing 24 pages of flaws

Alaska’s summer construction season would be disrupted unless the state can fix the flaws before the end of the month.
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Alaska Rep. Sarah Vance apologizes for comments about victims of sexual violence

After hearing testimony about disparities in violence against Indigenous women, Vance said she felt the presentation excluded the experience of white women.
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Funding remains a key sticking point in education bill debate

Leaders of the state House and Senate say they've found some common ground, but education funding remains a key sticking point.
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College price transparency bill advances toward final vote in Alaska Legislature

If the bill becomes law, the state university system will be required to list the cost of course materials, including textbooks, in its course catalog.
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Federal judge dismisses lawsuit brought by former Alaska Sen. Reinbold against Alaska Airlines

Reinbold, a Republican from Eagle River, had challenged Alaska Airlines’ decision to ban her from its flights.
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Sullivan votes for Ukraine aid bill, saying the money will boost America’s industrial base

Sullivan says it will fight authoritarian aggression globally and rev up America’s capacity to make weapons, ammunition and war ships.
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Bill to provide free access to Cook Inlet seismic surveys moves forward

House Resources Committee chair Rep. Tom McKay, R-Anchorage, said he believes the proposal could spur more drilling.
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Dunleavy makes first official Yukon visit, signs Alaska Highway maintenance agreement

Gov. Dunleavy has committed more than $31 million to repair a damaged section of the highway that is mostly used by Americans traveling to and from Alaska.
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Eagle River’s Mark Littlefield is sole candidate to fill soon-to-be vacant Assembly seat

Littlefield was the only person to file to run in a special election to fill Kevin Cross’ seat.
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Cook Inlet gas crunch likely to push up prices as lawmakers search for solutions

The state’s largest gas utility is warning that shortfalls could come as soon as next year – and imports are years off.
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Alaska politicians contemplate first statewide borrowing request since 2012

A bond package hasn’t been formally introduced, but the Dunleavy administration is considering the possibility.
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Anchorage launches online checkbook, allowing public to access city financial records

Assembly chair Chris Constant says the new program allows the public to access city financial records without filing a records request and waiting months for a response.
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Gov. Dunleavy casts doubt on future of Senate-passed public-sector pension bill

In a news conference on Wednesday, Dunleavy said he was skeptical that a pension plan would make a significant difference in recruiting young people.

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