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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

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

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
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