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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

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After Long Delay, Governor Denies Record Request Into National Guard Response

Alaska regulations give government bodies 10 working days to fulfill a records request, plus another 10 if they need an extension. It took Parnell’s office 86 full working days just to deny one concerning the executive branch’s response to sexual assault in the Alaska National Guard.

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September 29, 2014

Parnell Asks Military Official To Resign

Weeks after firing the adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard, Gov. Sean Parnell has asked an official at the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to resign.

September 26, 2014

College Student Wants To Make Voting Easier For Cellphone-Using Peers

Alaskans 18 to 24 are the age group least likely to vote. About a third of them aren’t registered – and of those who are, fewer than half actually come out on Election Day. But a college freshman from Juneau would like to change that by making the whole process a little more convenient for those in school.

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September 25, 2014

One-Man PAC To Target Four House Races

Consultant Brad Keithley is launching a $200,000 independent expenditure campaign with the goal of installing a more “fiscally responsible Legislature.”

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September 18, 2014

Walker-Mallott “Unity Ticket” Faces Legal Challenge

An officer of the Alaska Republican Party is suing Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and the Division of Elections for the decision to allow independent candidate Bill Walker and Democrat Byron Mallott to merge their campaigns.

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September 17, 2014

BP Plans Alaska Layoffs

The oil company announced on Monday that it will reduce its staff by 275 employees and full-time contractors to match a “reduced operational footprint” in the state.

September 15, 2014

Search Begins For New National Guard Leader

A week after firing the Alaska National Guard’s adjutant general, Gov. Sean Parnell is accepting applications for the leadership post.
Parnell requested the resignation of Major Gen. Thomas Katkus after a federal investigation concluded the Guard mishandled cases of sexual assault and found cases of fraud and ethical misconduct.

September 12, 2014

Marijuana Coalition To Court Conservative Voters Despite GOP Opposition To Measure

This spring, the Alaska Republican Party came out against an initiative that would regulate marijuana like alcohol. Now, some conservatives are formally declaring their support for Proposition 2, without the backing of the party’s official organizations.

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September 10, 2014

Gasline Partners Take Steps Toward Permitting, Marketing Of Project

The partners described the pre-filing as a “major milestone” in the development of a liquefied natural gas export project that could cost upward of $45 billion.

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September 8, 2014

Parnell Vetoes A Bill Curbing Record Access

Gov. Sean Parnell has vetoed a bill that would have scrubbed Courtview — the state’s online criminal records database — of any charge that did not result in a conviction.

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August 28, 2014
Senate Candidates Stake Ground In Unconventional First Debate

Senate Candidates Stake Ground In Unconventional First Debate

Begich emphasized his experience as someone who knows how Congress operates, while Sullivan presented himself as an “outsider” who wants to take Washington on.

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August 28, 2014

Alaska Mayors Group Rallies Against Pot

The Alaska Conference of Mayors has come out against a ballot initiative that would regulate marijuana like alcohol.

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August 28, 2014
Libertarian Senate Candidate To Withdraw, Leaving One Walker On Ballot

Libertarian Senate Candidate To Withdraw, Leaving One Walker On Ballot

There won’t be two Walkers on the November ballot after all. Thom Walker, the Libertarian nominee for U.S. Senate, announced he was dropping out of the race via Facebook on Wednesday.

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August 27, 2014
More Than A Win, Constitution Party Candidates Want Ballot Access

More Than A Win, Constitution Party Candidates Want Ballot Access

If gubernatorial candidate J.R. Myers can secure three percent of the vote, the Constitution Party will get formal recognition from the Division of Elections.

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August 26, 2014

On Ballot Or Not, Nees Continues Campaign For West Anchorage House Seat

In June, the Division of Elections rejected David Nees’ candidacy because his filing papers weren’t notarized. Now, the Anchorage Republican plans to run for State House anyway, even if it means a write-in campaign that could pit him against another member of his party.

August 25, 2014
Thom Walker, left, will be appearing on the same ballot as Bill Walker in November. (UAF/Bill Walker for Governor campaign)

Walker Wins Primary … For Libertarian Senate Nomination

Walker had been a registered Republican until this spring. He hasn’t campaigned or raised any money. He hasn’t even joined the Alaska Libertarian Party Facebook page. So, when Walker got 2,600 votes – more than Fish and Kohlhaas combined – it was not expected.

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August 21, 2014
Proposition 1 Opponents Declare Victory

Proposition 1 Opponents Declare Victory

A referendum to repeal Gov. Sean Parnell’s signature oil tax law is trailing by nearly 7,000 votes, and its opponents are now declaring victory. When the first returns came in, the referendum was up by exactly five votes. The Vote Yes Repeal the Giveaway team marched into Anchorage’s Election Central cheering enthusiastically and believing momentum was on their side.

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August 20, 2014

Steady Voter Turnout Reported In Primary

Elections workers are reporting a steady turnout for today’s primary. Nearly 10,000 voters cast their ballots early, compared to 5,000 voters in the 2010 primary.

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August 19, 2014

In Wake Of “Education Session,” Democrats Run Teacher Candidates

In the aftermath of what Gov. Sean Parnell dubbed the “education session,” half a dozen of the new candidates being fielded by the Democratic Party are educators. The most high profile of these is Bob Williams, who was once named the Alaska Teacher of the Year and is now a candidate for lieutenant governor.

August 18, 2014
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AK: A Kinder, Gentler Militia? Alaska’s Movement Rebrands

In 2011, members of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia were arrested for conspiracy to commit murder. The trial of their leader, Schaeffer Cox, continually made headlines in the years that followed, most of them bad. Now, other militia groups in the state are trying to show a different side to the movement.

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August 15, 2014