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Matthew Hamby and Chris Shelden in 2012. (Photo by Chris Hamby)

With Wedding On The Line, Plaintiffs Prep For Same-Sex Marriage Challenge

Five gay couples are behind the lawsuit challenging Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage. The suit was filed Monday in federal court. And in this case, the political is especially personal.

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May 14, 2014

Group Challenging Alaska’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Alaska was the first state in the country to add a ban on same-sex marriage to its Constitution. Now, five gay couples are trying to strike that ban down.

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May 12, 2014

Libertarian Party Sees Opportunity In GOP Fractures

Republican Senate Candidate Joe Miller did something unusual on Thursday: He spoke out in support of party that was not his own. The comments concerned the Libertarian Party, which could be in a position to gain converts from some dissent within the state GOP.

May 9, 2014

Parnell Signs Gasline Legislation

Parnell’s gasline bill sets the state up as a partial owner of a major LNG project. The proposed natural gas project is seen as a lifeline for the state, as North Slope oil production declines and state revenue dwindles.

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May 8, 2014

Alaska GOP Aims To Block Party Coups

The Alaska Republican Party has taken measures to prevent a takeover by libertarian and Tea Party activists.

May 4, 2014
Rep. Lindsey Holmes speaks to reporters during a House Majority press availability, Feb. 27, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Lindsey Holmes Not Seeking Reelection To House Seat

Holmes has served eight years in the Legislature, six of them as a Democrat. She switched parties after her last election, and then became the target of a recall campaign. She says that while the criticism was difficult, that’s not her primary motive for leaving office.

May 2, 2014

Miller Rejects Unity Pledge At Republican Convention

At the Republican convention, Senate hopefuls mostly avoided personal attacks and stuck to their message of beating Democratic incumbent Mark Begich. But dark horse candidate Joe Miller broke the calm when he said he would not support the Republican nominee if he didn’t win.

May 2, 2014

Ballot Initiatives Could Boost Younger, Liberal Voter Turnout

When the Republican-led Legislature went into overtime last week, they knocked a set of citizen’s initiatives onto an already packed November ballot. In the process, they changed the playing field in a fight for a U.S. Senate seat that their party needs to pick up if they want to take control of Congress. But the shift might not be in their favor.

May 1, 2014

Alaska Legislature Gavels Out

Friday, the Alaska State Legislature gaveled out, five days after they were supposed to. It’s the end to a grueling session that involved legislation on education and a major gasline project.

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April 25, 2014

As Legislature Make Progress On Adjourning, KABATA Bill Falls Apart

Less than two hours after the combative House and Senate seemed to reach a truce on education, a bill dealing with the proposed Knik Arm Bridge blew up on the House floor.

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April 24, 2014

Lawmakers Make Tentative Deal On Education Bill

Negotiators from the State House and Senate have reached a deal on the governor’s education bill, and it includes a mix of permanent and one-time funding increases.

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April 23, 2014

Legislature Still Working To Make Deal On Education Bill

Having missed it’s adjournment deadline, the Alaska State Legislature is still at an impasse over the Governor’s education bill.

April 22, 2014
Full House: The House of Representatives and the Senate met in a Joint Session in the House Chambers on April 17, 2014. They confirmed all of the governor's appointees to boards and commissions. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Lawmakers Search For Education Bill Solution

Last night, the Alaska State Legislature failed to meet their 90-day deadline after the House and Senate couldn’t reach an agreement on a major education bill. Lawmakers stayed on the floor until 4am trying to wrap up their work, but it was not enough. Now, they’re back at the Capitol for a 91st day of session trying to hammer out a deal.

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April 21, 2014

Missed Deadline Pushes Initiatives To General Election

Because the Legislature did not meet its midnight deadline, three citizen’s initiatives are expected to be moved from the August primary to the November general election.

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April 21, 2014
With Education Standoff, Legislature Misses Deadline

With Education Standoff, Legislature Misses Deadline

All session, legislative leadership has promised to gavel out early, to be home in time for the Easter holiday. That didn’t happen. In fact, the Legislature did not gavel out at all. With the House and Senate struggling to make a deal on education, lawmakers are forced into extra innings.

April 21, 2014
Senate Passes Bill Transferring $3 Billion To Retirement System

Senate Passes Bill Transferring $3 Billion To Retirement System

After wrestling with how to approach the state’s massive unfunded liability for months, the Alaska Senate unanimously agreed to put $3 billion toward the public employee pension system just hours after their plan was released.

April 19, 2014

Effort To Revive Parts Of Controversial Permitting Bill Scrapped

An effort to resurrect parts of House Bill 77 was abandoned on Friday night.

April 19, 2014

Legislators Enter Session’s Home Stretch

Education isn’t the only thing left on the Legislature’s plate. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez is our Capitol correspondent, and she’s joining us today to walk us through what lawmakers need to do in the 60 hours before they gavel out.

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April 18, 2014

House Approves $3 Billion Transfer To Pension System

The Alaska State House has voted in favor of Gov. Sean Parnell’s plan to shore up the state’s pension system.

April 18, 2014
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Parnell Signs Abortion Bill

The new law puts a set of recently adopted regulations into statute, and takes them a step further It specifies that the state will not pay for elective abortions. It limits the term “medically necessary” to cases where a woman’s life or physical health is at risk.

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April 17, 2014