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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

agutierrez (at) alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.209.1799 | About Alexandra

Oil Tax Referendum Ignites a Neighborly Sign War

Oil Tax Referendum Ignites a Neighborly Sign War

On top of being the most expensive ballot measure in state history, next week’s referendum on oil taxes may also be one of the most contentious. The polling shows a tight race, with the state’s voters almost equally divided on the question. Which means that no matter which side you’re on, it’s almost inevitable you’l have to deal with someone who disagrees.

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August 12, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Mayor Vetoes Labor Compromise

After months of compromise between the Anchorage Assembly and public employee unions, the city’s voters may still end up deciding on a controversial labor law due to a mayoral veto.

August 11, 2014 - 4:14 pm

As Primary Nears, House Candidate Attacks Rival’s Residency Status

Last election cycle, state legislator Mia Costello’s opponents falsely alleged that she didn’t actually live in the Sand Lake neighborhood of Anchorage that she represents. Now, it’s déjà vu in the district, with similar charges being levied against a new candidate.

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August 7, 2014 - 5:39 pm
Anti-Marijuana Group Asks Muni To Pull Pro-Initiative Advertising

Anti-Marijuana Group Asks Muni To Pull Pro-Initiative Advertising

The group Big Marijuana Big Mistake is taking issue with pro-marijuana initiative bus ads, and they’re asking the Municipality of Anchorage to intervene.

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August 1, 2014 - 7:54 pm
Sarah Palin Channel Kicks Off With Pro-Oil Tax Referendum Message

Sarah Palin Channel Kicks Off With Pro-Oil Tax Referendum Message

Less than a week after launching her own online subscription channel, former Gov. Sarah Palin is using the platform to call for the repeal of her successor’s oil tax law.

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August 1, 2014 - 5:30 pm

State Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Partners Can Access Death Benefits

The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex partners are eligible for death benefits, even though they are prohibited from marrying by the state Constitution.

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July 25, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Complaint Filed Against Anti-Marijuana Campaign

At issue is whether the owners of the anti-marijuana group’s public relations firm are serving in volunteer capacity and whether the firm’s time is being properly accounted.

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July 24, 2014 - 8:01 pm
Oil Tax Heavyweights Spar At Packed Debate

Oil Tax Heavyweights Spar At Packed Debate

It was standing-room only at an Anchorage debate on whether to keep the new capped oil tax rate or to switch back to a system where the rate goes up along with the profits.

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July 24, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Judge Allows Set-Net Ban Initiative To Move Forward

The measure would shut down the commercial set netters who operate on Cook Inlet, the only region in the state that would be practically affected by the ban.

July 23, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Mallott Raises Most Funds, But Parnell Maintains Biggest Bank Account

Democratic candidate for governor Byron Mallott was the top fundraiser this reporting period, but Republican incumbent Sean Parnell maintains the most money going into the general election.

July 22, 2014 - 4:05 pm
Tuck Fined $14,000 For Campaign Finance Violations

Tuck Fined $14,000 For Campaign Finance Violations

House Minority Leader Chris Tuck acknowledged that he mixed up his campaign contributions with his personal savings and failed to make accurate and timely disclosures.

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July 16, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Judge Blocks Law Limiting Medicaid Payments For Abortion

In an order issued on Tuesday, Judge John Suddock wrote that there are “serious questions of constitutional validity” of a new state law that puts limits on what qualifies as a “medically necessary” abortion.

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July 15, 2014 - 6:58 pm

In Fight Over Marijuana, Alcohol Becomes Taboo

While alcohol is usually a fixture of most political fundraisers, there will be no wine or cocktails at events focused on the marijuana initiative.

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July 15, 2014 - 5:29 pm

At Democratic Lieutenant Governor Debate, Differences In Style Over Substance

The only area where Hollis French and Bob Williams really seemed to disagree was on who would make a better running mate for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott.

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July 14, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Legislators Authorize $500,000 For Anchorage LIO Furniture

A subcommittee concluded that the Anchorage LIO should be outfitted with surplus furniture from state agencies, with a cap of $100,000 for new furniture, but that recommendation was rejected.

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July 9, 2014 - 5:49 pm

FAA Hazardous Material Fine Prompts Legislators To Redo Relocation Policy

Next session, state lawmakers will have to be a little more careful about what they ship down to Juneau. The Legislative Council has changed their moving reimbursement policy in response to the Federal Aviation Administration discovering hazardous materials in a representative’s air freight.

July 9, 2014 - 5:47 pm
For Seattle Cops, Marijuana Biz Is Business As Usual

For Seattle Cops, Marijuana Biz Is Business As Usual

Since Washington State legalized marijuana, Seattle’s crime rate has staying mostly flat.

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July 7, 2014 - 5:57 pm
Holly Brooks hugs fellow competitor Charlotte Edmondson before race. (Photo by Alexandra Guitierrez, APRN - Seward)

Holly Brooks Reclaims Mt. Marathon Title

Tens of thousands of spectators were on hand in Seward for the start of the 2014 Mount Marathon race Friday.

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July 4, 2014 - 4:46 pm
White House Makes Economic Case For Expanding Medicaid In Alaska

White House Makes Economic Case For Expanding Medicaid In Alaska

The White House has issued a report laying out the costs of not expanding Medicaid. Alaska is one of 24 states that rejected federal dollars to increase access to Medicaid, preferring instead to study how those who would have qualified are currently receiving care.

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July 4, 2014 - 4:44 pm
Walker Poll Suggests Parnell Vulnerable … In A Two-Way Race

Walker Poll Suggests Parnell Vulnerable … In A Two-Way Race

Independent candidate Bill Walker has released a poll suggesting he would be competitive against Gov. Sean Parnell, if Democrat Byron Mallott were no longer running.

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July 1, 2014 - 6:16 pm