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U.S. Supreme Court may consider Alaska’s ‘dark money’ disclosure rules

Under Alaska law, donors are required to disclose the “true source” of large contributions from nonprofits to local candidates.
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Want to run for president in Alaska? You’ll need a few thousand friends.

Supporters of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have turned in more than 5,900 signatures, hoping to get the independent presidential candidate on this fall’s ballot.
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Justice Department says Alaska is discriminating against voters with disabilities

Muddy parking lots, ramps that don't meet the ground, inoperable voting machines — and that's in the cities, Justice Department says.
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Coalition of labor and Alaska Native leaders throws its weight behind Peltola

Alaska Jobs Coalition announced a $500,000 ad campaign. It's an independent expenditure group and doesn't have to disclose its donors.
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Trump announces his pick in Alaska’s U.S. House race: Dahlstrom

The former president chose Alaska's lieutenant governor over fellow Republican Nick Begich. Trump claims Begich has "Democrat tendencies."
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Sponsors of petition to repeal Alaska’s ranked choice voting score a partial win in court

A lawsuit claims repeal petition sponsors made serious mistakes when they gathered signatures. Part of the case is still pending.
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18-year-old Mat-Su grad seeks seat on school board that silenced him

“I thought that sitting on the board as student representative would be enough to make a positive change within our district, but I realized it wasn’t,” Ben Kolendo said.
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Alaska state judge considers fine against backers of ranked choice repeal measure

Judge Laura Hartz said she intends to issue a decision by June 21, though it may not be until the following Monday.

Filings in Alaska Legislature races set up key races in August primary and November general

Just three legislative races will feature competitive primaries, but the final slate sets up a number of key contests in November.
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Suzanne LaFrance prepares to take over as Anchorage mayor

“It’s still sinking in,” LaFrance said. She takes office July 1 as the city's first elected female mayor.

Surprise moves ahead of Saturday deadline scramble races for Alaska Legislature

Among the shakeups: Rep. Tom McKay is dropping his bid for reelection and running for Senate instead. And Sen. Click Bishop and Rep. Dan Oritz are calling it quits.
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Alaska Gov. Dunleavy, Sen. Sullivan say Trump conviction was politically motivated

A New York jury handed down the historic verdict Thursday afternoon, the first time a former president has been convicted of a crime.

Anchorage voters have until May 29 to ‘cure’ their mayoral runoff ballots

There aren’t enough rejected ballots to impact Suzanne LaFrance’s election victory over incumbent Mayor Dave Bronson, but officials say people should still cure their ballots.
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Bronson concedes Anchorage mayoral race to LaFrance

“As I transition out of office, I am committed to ensuring a smooth transition to Mayor-Elect LaFrance and her team,” Bronson said in a statement Thursday.
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Suzanne LaFrance declares victory in Anchorage mayor’s race

After another 27,000 ballots were counted, LaFrance's lead over Dave Bronson narrowed by percentage points, but widened in absolute votes.
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LaFrance maintains lead in Anchorage mayor’s race

More than 71,000 votes have been tallied in the runoff that pits Suzanne LaFrance against incumbent Mayor Dave Bronson.
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Suzanne LaFrance poised to be Anchorage’s first elected female mayor

Partial, unofficial election night results show the former Assembly chair leading incumbent Mayor Dave Bronson by nearly 10%.
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Anchorage mayoral runoff election: Q&As with Dave Bronson and Suzanne LaFrance

Here’s what incumbent Mayor Dave Bronson and Suzanne LaFrance had to say about many of the issues Anchorage voters said they care about most.
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Anchorage’s mayoral runoff election ends today. Here’s what to know. 

Anchorage voters have until 8 p.m. Tuesday to return their ballots.

Anchorage residents turn in 51K ballots ahead of mayoral runoff election deadline

As of Monday night, the city has received about 6,000 more ballots than it had by the same point in the April regular mayoral election. 
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Anchorage woman charged with vandalizing Bronson campaign signs

Police charged a 27-year-old East Anchorage woman with two felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with 14 vandalized campaign signs.
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Bronson, LaFrance offer different views and priorities in Alaska Public Media-ADN mayoral runoff debate

Bronson centered homelessness in his debate remarks, while LaFrance focused on providing basic city services.
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Bronson, LaFrance challenge each other’s record during Anchorage Chamber mayoral debate

With two weeks until ballots are due, the candidates are looking to win over more voters after a close race in the general election.
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Hey Anchorage, who’s your pick for mayor? Why?

We spent a day talking to locals all over Anchorage, from Eagle River to Girdwood, about what matters to them. 
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In Anchorage’s LaFrance-Bronson runoff election, the incumbent mayor is the underdog

Suzanne LaFrance outperformed Mayor Dave Bronson in campaign fundraising, the regular election results and a post-election poll.

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