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Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC

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

Congress Looking At Sealaska Lands Bill

The latest Sealaska land conveyance bill had its first public showing in Congress on Thursday.

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April 25, 2013 - 5:39 pm

Greenpeace Searching For Arctic Whistleblowers

Greenpeace is trying to coax would-be whistleblowers to come out against the Arctic oil companies they work for. The environmental group launches a website today called Arctic Truth.

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April 24, 2013 - 5:34 pm

Senators Dine with President, Enjoy Alaska’s Finest

It turns out, a sitting U.S. Senator can’t simply bring home-state halibut into the White House.

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April 24, 2013 - 5:33 pm

Senate Mulls Renaming Mount McKinley, Again

A Senate subcommittee is yet again debating a measure to label Mount McKinley as Denali, the traditional name.

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April 23, 2013 - 5:15 pm

Begich’s Gun Law Vote Draws Group’s Criticism

A liberal group is running ads against Senator Mark Begich for his votes against expanded background checks for gun sales.

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April 19, 2013 - 5:06 pm

Joe Miller May Pursue Senate Seat In 2014

Begich may face Joe Miller in the 2014 Senate race. And if Miller does decide to run, voters can expect the same brand of fiery rhetoric he used to try to unseat Senator Murkowski in 2010.

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April 19, 2013 - 5:05 pm

U.S. Senate Votes Down New Gun Control Regulations

The U.S. Senate voted down a host of new gun regulations, including a new assault weapons ban. Senators bucked public opinion and voted against expanding background checks to online sales and gun shows. And it nixed a plan to limit the size of ammunition magazines.

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April 17, 2013 - 5:26 pm

Treadwell Uneasy on Arctic-Wide Oil Policy

Federal regulators pushed back against ConocoPhillips. The company, citing “regulatory uncertainty” recently announced it suspended its Arctic drilling campaign indefinitely.

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April 17, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Joe Miller Eyes Begich's Senate Seat

Former Senate candidate Joe Miller announced he’s testing the waters in a 2014 bid against Senator Mark Begich.

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April 15, 2013 - 5:37 pm

Alaska’s Senators Fail to Block Gun Debate

The Senate voted Thursday morning to open debate on a new package of gun regulations. Neither of Alaska’s senators supported the procedural vote.

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April 11, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Senate To Vote on First Steps in Gun Control Debate

The U.S. Senate will vote Thursday whether to begin debate on a package of new gun regulations. The bill aims to strengthen school safety and stiffen penalties for gun trafficking.

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April 10, 2013 - 5:29 pm

ConocoPhillips Suspends Chukchi Sea Drilling

ConocoPhillips announced today it is suspending its Chuckchi Sea drilling campaign. The company says “regulatory uncertainty” led to the decision.

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April 10, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Nominee to Lead Energy Department Noncommittal on LNG Exports

President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Energy Department, Ernest Moniz, director of the MIT Energy Initiative, testified before the Senate Energy Committee today.

April 9, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Judge Tosses Stevens’ Prosecutors’ Suspensions

An administrative judge reversed the suspensions of two prosecutors in the botched corruption case against former Senator Ted Stevens.

April 8, 2013 - 5:34 pm

U.N. Passes Global Arms Treaty That Faces Opposition in Senate

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly passed the Global Arms Trade Treaty this week. The three no votes came from North Korea, Iran and Syria. But there’s more opposition in the United States Senate.

April 5, 2013 - 3:54 pm

Outside Group Targets Begich on Immigration

The group Numbers USA aims to “educate voters” in states with senators who could play a pivotal role in the coming immigration debate. The group started airing an ad throughout Alaska this week that asks actors who “thinks Senator Mark Begich’s plan to bring in foreign workers to take American jobs is a good idea?”

April 4, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Begich Furloughs Staff, Will Return Fraction of Pay

Senator Mark Begich says everyone will need to feel the pinch of sequester, so he’s decided to return a portion of his salary to the Treasury this year.

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April 3, 2013 - 5:22 pm

EPA To Release Revised Pebble Mine Watershed Assessment

The EPA is scheduled to release its revised watershed assessment for the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay sometime this spring. Conservation groups are stepping up the lobbying pressure in Washington in anticipation of the ruling.

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April 1, 2013 - 5:48 pm

Congressman Don Young Apologizes for Slur

Congressman Don Young issued an apology for a derogatory term he used to describe Latinos earlier this week in Ketchikan.

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March 29, 2013 - 5:57 pm

U.S. Senate Passes Budget

Early Saturday morning the U.S. Senate passed a budget, a first in four years. Joining us from the Capitol to recap the vote and what it means for Alaska is APRN’s Washington correspondent Peter Granitz.

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March 25, 2013 - 5:56 pm