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Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC

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Native Groups Sue State Over Voting Practices

Advocates representing residents of Hooper Bay, Manakotuk, and Alakanuk argue the state does not provide adequate interpretation services.

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July 22, 2013

Senate Confirms Labor, EPA Nominees

Both Alaska’s senators vote for cloture on the nominees, but only Senator Begich votes aye on confirmation.

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July 18, 2013

Military Explains Missile Defense Failure

Pentagon leaders say the “kill vehicle” failed to detach from its boosters mid-flight.

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July 17, 2013

Veteran Senators Defuse Rule-Changing Confrontation

Veteran senators averted what would have been a meltdown in Washington early this morning. Long-time legislators from both sides of the aisle agreed to defuse a confrontation that would changed Senate rules.

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July 16, 2013

FAA Ups Qualification Requirement For First Officers

The Federal Aviation Administration is increasing the amount of hours required to become a copilot for a commercial air carrier.

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July 12, 2013

LGBT Protections Advance in Senate

Both Alaska Senators support the Employee Non-Discrimination Act.

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July 10, 2013

Seward Ceviche Whiz Dines at White House

Nine year old Rowan Bean wins trip to second Kids’ State Dinner.

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July 9, 2013

Forest Service Speeds Up Tongass Second Growth Plan

The U.S. Forest Service says it’s speeding up Tongass National Forest’s transition from an old-growth management plan to a second growth plan.

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July 3, 2013

Rate for Subsidized Stafford Loans Doubles

Congress fails to prevent increase in rate for essential student loan.

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July 1, 2013

House Passes Bill To Increase Offshore Oil, Gas Drilling

The U.S. House passed a bill this morning that aims to increase offshore oil and gas drilling. The bill has no chance in the Senate.

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June 28, 2013

White House Establishes Native Affairs Council

Cabinet level panel will meet quarterly.

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June 27, 2013

Senate Passes Immigration Reform Legislation

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a massive immigration reform. It’s the largest overhaul in a generation.

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June 27, 2013

Opinions Vary On President’s Plan To Combat Climate Change

President Barack Obama is laying out his framework for combating climate change. If successful, it could be a major accomplishment and part of his legacy. The president is bypassing Congress, and the delegation has mixed reaction.

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June 26, 2013

UPDATE: Supreme Court Strikes Down Portion Of Voting Rights Act

The U.S. Supreme Court vacated a major provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday morning. The Court did not invalidate the entire law, and Alaska’s Congressional delegation has mixed reactions.

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June 25, 2013

Immigration Amendment Would Send Billions To Boost US, Mexico Border Security

The Senate passed a key procedural hurdle to immigration reform this evening.

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June 24, 2013

Senate Work on Immigration ‘Dead on Arrival’ in House

As the Senate readies its bill reforming the nation’s immigration system, people are paying more attention to whether anything can pass the House.

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June 21, 2013

Murkowski Endorses Gay Marriage

Senator Lisa Murkowski becomes the third Republican senator to announce support for same sex marriage.

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June 19, 2013

House Passes Bill Restricting Abortions

The United States House passed a restrictive abortion measure last night that has no chance in the Senate.

June 19, 2013
Treadwell to Run For Senate

Treadwell to Run For Senate

Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell opted to run for Senate in 2014 instead of seeking reelection.

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June 18, 2013

Reid Promises Senate Will Pass Background Check Bill

Six months after the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised to renew the background check debate.

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June 17, 2013