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As Walker Forges Own Way On Gasline, Republicans Wary

It was a not-quite-midnight purge. At 9pm on Tuesday, Gov. Bill Walker announced via press release that half the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation board of directors was being dismissed. And in the process, he put the oil and gas industry on notice that he would be doing things differently from his predecessor.

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January 7, 2015

Walker Purges Gasline Board, Rejects Confidentiality Agreement

In a statement issued late Tuesday night, Walker announced that he was removing three members of a board tasked with representing Alaska’s interests as the state pursues a natural gas megaproject in collaboration with the energy industry.

January 6, 2015

Ousted Military Affairs Official Returns As Senate Media Strategist

McHugh Pierre was asked in September to step down as deputy commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, as part of then-Gov. Sean Parnell’s efforts to reform the Alaska National Guard. He has now been granted a contract to aid the Senate’s Republican majority caucus in their communications with the press.

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January 6, 2015

Ousted Military Affairs Official Returns As Senate Media Strategist

McHugh Pierre was asked in September to step down as deputy commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, as part of then-Gov. Sean Parnell’s efforts to reform the Alaska National Guard. He has now been granted a contract to aid the Senate’s Republican majority caucus in their communications with the press.

January 5, 2015

Mallott To Decide Walker’s Future Involvement In Point Thomson Settlement

In a letter signed on Monday, Walker granted Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott the power to decide if Walker’s prior litigation against the state while an attorney in private practice should prevent him from participating in decisions about those same cases in his new role as governor.

December 31, 2014

Walker Plans To Stick To Marijuana Implementation Schedule, But Other Delays Still Possible

At a recent meeting with governor, participants concluded that is possible to meet the timeline established recently passed marijuana initiative. It’s just not certain.

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December 30, 2014

Walker Continues To Fill Out Cabinet With Administration, Education Commissioners

Walker has named Sheldon Fisher head of Administration, and will keep Mike Hanley on as education commissioner.

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December 30, 2014

Walker Submits Skeletal Capital Budget

With oil prices now crashing, Gov. Bill Walker has halved Parnell’s proposal to $106 million in unrestricted general fund spending — the money that legislators can appropriate with no strings attached.

December 15, 2014

With Lower Oil Prices, State Expecting Major Deficits

When lawmakers passed their budget this spring, they planned for a gap of $1.4 billion. The deficit for that same budget has now ballooned to $3.5 billion because of low oil prices.

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December 10, 2014

Walker To Begin Reviewing Candidates For National Guard Post

Walker says he will be reviewing candidates for the adjutant general position next week and that a decision should be made shortly after.

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December 10, 2014

Walker Releases Parnell Budget As Placeholder

Walker described Parnell’s proposal as a “starting point” to meet a budget deadline that comes two weeks after inauguration.

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December 5, 2014

Walker Administration Preparing Energy Disaster Declaration

While Gov. Bill Walker addressed the cost of energy in his inauguration speech, an economic disaster declaration for the Interior and for rural Alaska is still outstanding.

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December 5, 2014
Legislators Prepare For Marijuana Regulation

Legislators Prepare For Marijuana Regulation

When it comes to marijuana legislation, Senate Judiciary Chair Lesil McGuire says the number one goal for her is to “implement the voters’ will.”

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December 3, 2014

After Parnell Concession, Walker Transition Formally Begins

The logistical aspects of the transition are being handled by small circle of advisors, which includes newly hired chief of staff Jim Whitaker.

November 17, 2014

Associated Press: Walker Unseats Parnell

Unaffiliated candidate Bill Walker has increased his lead in the governor’s race. Meanwhile, the gap in the Senate race shrunk slightly.

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November 14, 2014

Walker Selects Leaders For Gubernatorial Transition Team

Bill Walker had increased his lead over Republican Gov. Sean Parnell to 4,000 votes after the Division of Elections tallied 20,000 uncounted ballots on Tuesday . With a Walker win looking more likely, a transition team is being formed to prepare for a December 1 inauguration.

November 12, 2014

Alaska Division of Elections Begins Counting Absentee, Questioned Ballots

After a week of collecting and reviewing absentee ballots, workers at the Division of Elections are now running 17,000 of those uncounted votes through machines. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez is at the Anchorage office observing the process.

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November 11, 2014

With Votes Still Coming In, Elections Division Prepares For Count

After a week of collecting and reviewing absentee and questioned ballots, the Division of Elections will start counting votes on Tuesday.

November 10, 2014

Chenault Extends Record As House Speaker

Nikiski Republican Mike Chenault will serve his fourth term as House Speaker in the Alaska State Legislature. That will make him the longest serving speaker in legislative history.

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November 7, 2014

U.S. Senate, Gubernatorial Races Remain Undecided

Two days after the election, both Alaska’s senate race and its gubernatorial race remain undecided, and both incumbents are lagging behind their challengers. Democratic Sen. Mark Begich is down by 8,000 votes in his race against Republican Dan Sullivan, while Republican Gov. Sean Parnell trails unaffiliated candidate Bill Walker by 3,000 votes. Neither candidate plans to concede at this point, and at least 20,000 votes still need to be counted next week. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez ran the numbers on both of those races, and joins us to talk about the trends she’s seeing.

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November 6, 2014