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Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC

pgranitz (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  202.488.1961 | About Peter

Federal Government Shuts Down

Much of the federal government is now shutdown because of Congress’s failure to pass a funding bill. Huge sections of the government – the costliest ones, like Social Security, Medicare, veterans’ benefits and war-fighting efforts – remain open. But the shutdown could have huge affects in Alaska, the state with the third highest percentage of federal employees.

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October 1, 2013

Senators Weigh In On Government Shutdown

The Senate passed a measure advancing a government funding bill yesterday that zeroes out money for the Affordable Care Act. Both Senators Murkowski and Begich supported the measure. And Congressman Don Young supported it in the House last week.

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September 26, 2013

Delegation Not Expecting Movement In Gun Control Legislation

The mass shooting at a Navy installation in Washington, D.C. Monday is reigniting the debate over guns and background checks. The Alaska Congressional delegation is not predicting any movement.

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September 18, 2013

Delegation Skeptical Of Northern Dynasty’s Continued Pebble Plan Development

Although Northern Dynasty officials say the company will continue to develop plans for the mine in Southwest Alaska, the state’s senators are skeptical.

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September 17, 2013

Obama Asks Congress To Delay Vote On Syria

The debate over whether to attack Syria is extremely fluid right now. President Barack Obama, in a national address Tuesday night, called on Congress to delay a vote authorizing the use of force. Alaska’s delegation has all weighed in against that action.

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September 11, 2013

Syria Strikes Could Catapult Oil Prices Even Higher

Syria does not produce much oil. It’s allies do, though, said Ed Hirs, an energy economist at the University of Houston.

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August 29, 2013

Begich Skeptical of Syrian Strikes Without Congressional Assent

The United States Sixth Fleet is sailing in the Mediterranean Sea, and the Fifth Fleet is in nearby Bahrain. The Pentagon is mobilizing forces for long-range bombings or cruise missile strikes.

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August 28, 2013

Poll Shows Wide Fears of Pebble Mine

Hays Research Group asked 388 likely primary voters their opinions of a possible 2014 ballot initiative that would prohibit the Pebble Mine. More than 60% said they favor the measure. Some two-thirds of that group strongly support it.

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August 26, 2013

Alaska Education Leaders Tepid to Obama’s Education Plans

President Barack Obama wants to tie college rankings to how affordable they are and whether students are landing in the workforce after graduation.

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August 22, 2013

Oil Prices Surge As Alaskans Stockpile for Winter

Global unrest is forcing oil prices to rise just as rural Alaskans are purchasing heating oil for the coming winter.

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August 20, 2013

Alaska Republicans Worry Of Shutdown Fallout

Senator Lisa Murkowski and Representative Don Young hope members of their party won’t shut down the government over the health care bill.

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August 15, 2013

Congress Shows No Urgency on Voting Rights Act

In June, the United States Supreme Court struck down a key formula of the Voting Rights Act. Section IV of the 1965 law determined which states needed to get federal approval before changing any voting laws. Alaska was one of nine states subject to that rule known as preclearance.

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August 13, 2013

Japan Looks To Revitalize Nuclear Program

Japanese political leaders hope to revitalize the country’s nuclear program. It scaled back from more than 50 nuclear reactors to less than five after an earthquake caused a meltdown at the Fukushima reactors in 2011.

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August 9, 2013

Pebble Waits, Frustration Grows

Alaska’s Congressional delegation has been urging the Pebble Partnership to submit its application for its Bristol Bay mine.

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August 7, 2013

Federal Judge Rules Shell’s Spill Plan Sufficient

A host of environmental groups sued the federal government for allowing Shell to proceed with its Arctic drilling campaign despite weak spill response plans.

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August 6, 2013

House Appropriations Proposes EPA Cuts, Senate Proposes Nothing

The House Appropriations Committee aims to slash the Interior Department’s budget by $5 billion. The Senate has yet to release its plan.

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July 31, 2013

Obama’s Tax Proposals Win Tepid Response

Alaska’s senators welcomed President Barack Obama’s new corporate tax rates with little fanfare.

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July 30, 2013

Senate Passes Measure Lowering Student Loan Interest Rates

The U.S. Senate passed a compromise measure to lower student loan interest rates. The plan reduces rates for undergraduates and grad students enrolling in Alaska colleges this fall.

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July 25, 2013

GCI and ACS Form Alaska Wireless Network

Alaska’s two largest mobile service providers create joint venture to take on Verizon and AT&T.

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July 24, 2013

Administration Says OCS Revenue Sharing Costs Too Much

The Department of the Interior says latest revenue sharing bill costs $6 billion.

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July 23, 2013