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Top Parnell Aide Outlines National Guard Response Timeline

The first contact with an investigating agency was October 2010, which was before any National Guard chaplains had made serious contact with the Office of the Governor.

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November 3, 2014

More National Guard Documents Released, Most Unresponsive

The Alaska Attorney General’s office released a fourth set of documents concerning the Alaska National Guard on Saturday. The 171-page packet contained mostly press releases and official photographs.

November 1, 2014
State Correspondence Details a ‘Deteriorated’ Nat’l Guard

State Correspondence Details a ‘Deteriorated’ Nat’l Guard

There are numerous redactions in the released documents, and some of the requested documents are not included; many are still under review and are subject to release in the coming days.

October 31, 2014

In Years Prior To Investigation, Chaplains And Parnell Aide Submitted Guard Complaints To Governor’s Top Staff

Parnell’s former military affairs advisor says that when she reached out to the about complaints about the Guard, she was directed to involve the leadership the complaints concerned. She was also told that the Administration had already addressed these types of allegations.

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October 30, 2014

State Begins Releasing National Guard Documents

The Department of Law has started releasing state documents concerning the National Guard, in response to a lawsuit filed by Alaska Public Media and the Alaska Dispatch News. Their search turned up over 10,000 records that require legal review, but the first batch is made up of just a few personal e-mails to and from Gov. Sean Parnell’s chief of staff.

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October 27, 2014
Alcohol Advertising Near AFN Prompts Complaints

Alcohol Advertising Near AFN Prompts Complaints

A banner advertising drink specials alongside the AFN logo attracted attention on Thursday, when it was hung up at McGinley’s Pub in sight of the convention entrance.

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October 23, 2014

In Snub To Successor, Palin Endorses Walker

After her vice presidential run, Sarah Palin’s seal of approval was coveted by conservative candidates. Now, she’s endorsing against the Republican ticket for the first time in the Alaska governor’s race.

October 22, 2014

Calls For Hearings Into National Guard Misconduct Continue

Another state legislator is demanding hearings into misconduct in the Alaska National Guard.

October 22, 2014

Three Top National Guard Leaders Fired

Their removal is in response to an investigation by the National Guard Bureau that found a lack of trust in leadership.

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October 21, 2014

As Field Season Ends, Gasline Becomes Focal Point In Gubernatorial Race

Just about every major gubernatorial candidate since Jay Hammond has made advancing a gasline part of their platform. This election is no different. With early field work being done on a project, Republican Gov. Sean Parnell and unaffiliated candidate Bill Walker are sparring over who can negotiate the best deal and who can close it.

October 20, 2014

Audit Of Alaska National Guard Launched

The audit team is composed of three investigators from the National Guard Bureau. They arrived over the weekend, and will look into allegations of embezzlement and misuse of funds.

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October 15, 2014

Parnell, Walker Tussle Over Appeal Of Same-Sex Marriage Decision

While neither gubernatorial candidate support same-sex marriage, they disagree on whether a recent court decision overturning a ban should be appealed.

October 13, 2014

Colonel’s Military Honors Questioned In Wake Of Guard Scandal

Two of the state’s top military officials have already resigned as a result of a grim report on the Alaska National Guard. Now, attention is moving to other members of senior leadership.

October 8, 2014

Parnell On Defense Over National Guard Response

With only a few weeks left before Election Day, Parnell is rejecting claims that he did not respond to the Alaska National Guard’s problems quickly enough.

October 2, 2014

With Little Opposition, Minimum Wage Campaign Seeks Mandate

Even though the few polls that have been done on the measure show it clearing 60 percent of the vote, the campaign wants to guarantee as wide a margin as possible to discourage lawmakers from tampering with the minimum wage or the inflation indexing component in the future.

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October 1, 2014

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