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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

BP Plans Alaska Layoffs

The oil company announced on Monday that it will reduce its staff by 275 employees and full-time contractors to match a “reduced operational footprint” in the state.

September 15, 2014

Search Begins For New National Guard Leader

A week after firing the Alaska National Guard’s adjutant general, Gov. Sean Parnell is accepting applications for the leadership post.
Parnell requested the resignation of Major Gen. Thomas Katkus after a federal investigation concluded the Guard mishandled cases of sexual assault and found cases of fraud and ethical misconduct.

September 12, 2014

Marijuana Coalition To Court Conservative Voters Despite GOP Opposition To Measure

This spring, the Alaska Republican Party came out against an initiative that would regulate marijuana like alcohol. Now, some conservatives are formally declaring their support for Proposition 2, without the backing of the party’s official organizations.

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September 10, 2014

Gasline Partners Take Steps Toward Permitting, Marketing Of Project

The partners described the pre-filing as a “major milestone” in the development of a liquefied natural gas export project that could cost upward of $45 billion.

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September 8, 2014