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Sullivan Continues to Lead Fundraising Battle

In the U.S. Senate race, Dan Sullivan’s financial advantage over other
Republican contenders continues to grow. Sullivan has raised more than $4 million, most of it from Outside Alaska. He’s done well in Ohio, the headquarters of the paint company his family runs. Money has also poured into the Sullivan campaign from national fundraising groups working to win Republican control of the Senate.

August 14, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Marine Highway Contract Rejected

The licensed captains and officers who navigate Alaska Marine Highway System vessels have rejected a tentative contract agreement with the state.

August 14, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Arvin, Tilton Compete for GOP Nod In Mat-Su

Two candidates familiar with the legislative process are vying for an open state House seat. Ron Arvin is a seasoned Matanuska Susitna Borough Assemblyman, while Cathy Tilton has served as a staffer for a long time Valley legislator. The two are seeking the Republican nod for the House District 12 seat, which represents the Fairview Loop area linking Wasilla and Palmer as well as Eklutna, Chugiak and Peters Creek.

August 14, 2014 - 3:59 pm
Don Hadley and Kevin Kastner. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Budget, Education Top Priority List in House District 16 Race

Two very different men are running in the Republican primary for House District 16 in East Anchorage, but they have similar agendas. They both want to reduce the budget and fix the education system.

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August 14, 2014 - 9:10 am
Anand Dubey and Matt Fagnani. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

House District 21 Race Full of Friendly Competition

Two political newcomers – and friends – are vying for the Republican nomination for House District 21 this month – Anand Dubey and Matt Fagnani. They met in 2012 when Dubey lost to Lindsay Holmes in the old District 19. Fagnani says he decided to run against his friend because he’s more in tune with Alaska, but Dubey says he offers innovations the legislature needs.

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August 14, 2014 - 9:07 am
Rivals Question Sullivan’s Absence From Debate

Rivals Question Sullivan’s Absence From Debate

Republican Senate candidates Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell debated each other and an empty chair on Wednesday at Alaska Public Media’s Debate for the State.

August 13, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Mat Su Borough Assembly To Continue Ferry Meeting

The homeless ferryboat, MV Susitna, is still docked in Ketchikan, while the Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly wrestles with a solution to avoid
paying a twelve million dollar debt to the Federal Transportation Administration. KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer reports, the Assembly plans to continue it’s discussion on the issue on August 21.

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August 13, 2014 - 2:08 pm
EPA Gets Earful On Pebble

EPA Gets Earful On Pebble

The Environmental Protection Agency had barely started its five hours of public testimony in Anchorage before 100 people signed up to speak on the proposed limits to the Pebble Mine project.

August 12, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Ad Claims Treadwell Company Erodes Privacy

A new negative ad focused on Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mead Treadwell says technology companies he founded are helping the government erode privacy. Treadwell calls the claim absurd.

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August 12, 2014 - 5:39 pm

2014 Primary Election – Contested Races

For the 2014 Primary Election, candidates from all contested Senate and House districts in the Municipality of Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley were invited to participate.

Find the entire playlist by clicking on the “Playlist” button at the top left of the video player.

August 12, 2014 - 5:00 pm

2014 Primary Election – Unopposed Candidates

For the 2014 Primary Election, all unopposed candidates from Senate and House districts in the Municipality of Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley were invited to record a 2-minute statement.

Find the entire playlist by clicking on the “Playlist” button at the top left of the video player.

August 12, 2014 - 4:59 pm


Meet two of the candidates running for the GOP nomination for US Senate, Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell on Wednesday, August 13 in Debate for the State. Dan Sullivan was invited but chose not to take part in the debate. The program starts at 7:00 p.m.

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August 12, 2014 - 1:25 pm
RUNNING 2014: Alaska Legislature

RUNNING 2014: Alaska Legislature

Meet the legislative candidates running in contested primary races from the Anchorage and Matanuska Valley on KSKA-FM and Alaska Public Media.

Programs start at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 12.

August 12, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Johnson, Stoltze Square Off in Valley Senate Race

Former state representative Bill Stoltze is eyeing a new state senate seat. The District F seat will include the Eastern Anchorage suburbs of Peters Creek and Chugiak, as well as the greater Palmer area and outlying communities to the North. But current Palmer mayor DeLena Johnson has thrown her hat into the ring and now the two Republican candidates will face off in the upcoming August 19 primary.

August 11, 2014 - 5:01 pm

Mayor Vetoes Labor Compromise

After months of compromise between the Anchorage Assembly and public employee unions, the city’s voters may still end up deciding on a controversial labor law due to a mayoral veto.

August 11, 2014 - 4:14 pm
Russia’s Import Ban Hits Alaskan Seafood Industry

Russia’s Import Ban Hits Alaskan Seafood Industry

Alaska’s seafood industry is getting caught in the middle of a power struggle between Russia and western nations. Ever since Russia seized part of Ukraine this winter, sanctions against it have been stacking up. Now, Russia’s fighting back by banning food imports from the United States and a handful of other countries.

August 11, 2014 - 4:12 pm

North Slope Borough Leaders Getting Pay Raises

North Slope Borough’s mayor and at least 10 other leaders are getting big raises. Alaska Dispatch News reports that Mayor Charlotte Brower will see her salary jump by about $24,000 to more than $222,000. That’s roughly $90,000 more than Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan makes.

August 11, 2014 - 8:24 am
Lieutenant Governor Primary Election

Lieutenant Governor Primary Election

He’s been a prosecutor and a state Senator, and now Hollis French is running for Lieutenant Governor. His opponent, Bob Williams, is campaigning on the issue of education. French on justice and taxation issues. And what else?

APRN: Tuesday, 8/8 at 10:00am

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August 8, 2014 - 12:00 pm

As Primary Nears, House Candidate Attacks Rival’s Residency Status

Last election cycle, state legislator Mia Costello’s opponents falsely alleged that she didn’t actually live in the Sand Lake neighborhood of Anchorage that she represents. Now, it’s déjà vu in the district, with similar charges being levied against a new candidate.

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August 7, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Litigation Blamed For Port MacKenzie Rail Spur Delays

Construction of the railroad link between the Matanuska-Susitna Borough city of Houston and Port MacKenzie is over budget and way behind schedule. Borough officials blame litigation for the delays.

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August 6, 2014 - 5:47 pm