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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

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

Lieutenant Governor candidate  Hollis French.

With Senate Career Behind Him, French Not Looking Back

On Tuesday, voters will decide which Republican candidate will face off against Mark Begich in a closely watched Senate primary. But while it’s gotten less attention, there’s also a contested statewide race on the Democratic ballot for the office of lieutenant governor. One of the two candidates is Hollis French, a state senator who is giving up his seat in the Legislature to run for the job.

August 14, 2014
Rivals Question Sullivan’s Absence From Debate

Rivals Question Sullivan’s Absence From Debate

Republican Senate candidates Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell debated each other and an empty chair on Wednesday at Alaska Public Media’s Debate for the State.

August 13, 2014
EPA Gets Earful On Pebble

EPA Gets Earful On Pebble

The Environmental Protection Agency had barely started its five hours of public testimony in Anchorage before 100 people signed up to speak on the proposed limits to the Pebble Mine project.

August 12, 2014
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

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

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
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
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

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

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
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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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
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