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Knowns and Unknowns Among Uncounted Ballots

Knowns and Unknowns Among Uncounted Ballots

With a few candidates up and down the ballot unsure whether they won or lost, a lot of Alaskans are looking to the thousands of ballots that remain uncounted. Division of Elections chief Gail Fenumiai says it’s unclear exactly how many ballots are outstanding.

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November 5, 2014

Alaskan Voters Opt To Legalize Marijuana

Voters approved ballot measure two last night. The measure makes legal the production, sale and use of marijuana for Alaskans over 21 years old. Washington DC and Oregon approved similar measures.

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November 5, 2014
Faced With Min. Wage Hike, Seafood Plants See Room to Cut

Faced With Min. Wage Hike, Seafood Plants See Room to Cut

Alaska’s minimum wage initiative flew mostly under the radar this fall, overshadowed by high-profile Congressional races. But ballot measure three proposes a big change to state’s minimum wage structure — increasing it by two dollars over the next two years, to $9.75 an hour. After that, it would be adjusted for inflation. In Unalaska, at least 83 percent of voters supported that plan. The seafood industry — which is the biggest source of minimum wage jobs in Unalaska — didn’t expect anything less.

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November 5, 2014
Anchorage Voters Repeal AO-37, Return Many Incumbents

Anchorage Voters Repeal AO-37, Return Many Incumbents

Anchorage voters repealed AO-37, the controversial labor law, during Tuesday’s election. They returned many incumbents and also sent some new Republicans to the state legislature as well.

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November 5, 2014

House 36 Race Remains Too Close To Call

The House District 36 race remains too close to call after Tuesday’s general election. With all 10 precincts reporting to the Alaska Division of Elections, Dan Ortiz, who is not affiliated with any party, has a 19-vote lead. He holds 50.03 percent of the vote, compared to 49.66 percent for Republican Chere Klein.

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November 5, 2014

Fairbanks Ski Area Still Seeking Buyer

The alpine ski area, Skiland, north of Fairbanks, made news last month when a mineral exploration project threatened to take over some of its trails. That’s been ironed out, but Skiland is still looking for a buyer.

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November 5, 2014
Republican sign wavers at 10th Street and Egan Drive in Juneau try to get the attention of evening commuters on Election Day. Capital city voters broke toward Democratic candidates in Alaska’s Congressional races. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)

Analysis: Juneau voters break for Democrats, back initiatives

Juneau voters went against the national and statewide Republican trend Tuesday, backing Democratic candidates for Alaska’s Congressional seats. They also supported the three initiatives on the general election ballot by wide margins.

November 5, 2014
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Y-K Voters Weigh In on Senate, Governor, and Marijuana Legalization

Republican Dan Sullivan appears to be Alaska’s next US Senator. The former Attorney General and Natural Resources Commissioner was up 8-thousand votes with all precincts reporting. The Kuskokwim Delta, however, came out for the Democrat Mark Begich, with 70 percent Bethel voters supporting Begich to Sullivan’s 25 percent.

November 5, 2014
Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins celebrates with campaign manager Berett Wilber. Kreiss-Tomkins beat back a challenge from Petersburg Republican Steven Samuelson in state House District 35. (KCAW photo/Emily Kwong)

Kreiss-Tomkins Reelected By Wide Margin

The first time Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins ran for State House, in 2012 at the tender age of 23, he squeaked through, beating Haines Republican Bill Thomas by just 32 votes. The candidates had to wait weeks for the final results. Not this time. On Tuesday night, Kreiss-Tomkins, now 25, won convincingly.

November 5, 2014
Juneau Rep. Cathy Muñoz celebrates her successful re-election bid with supporters on Election Night at Coho’s Bar and Grill in downtown Juneau. (Photo by Kayla Desroches/KTOO)

Juneau Lawmakers Egan, Muñoz and Kito Re-elected To Legislature

All three of the capital city’s state lawmakers handily won re-election Tuesday. Sen. Dennis Egan and Reps. Cathy Muñoz and Sam Kito III all got at least 60 percent of the votes counted in their respective races on Election Day.

November 5, 2014

Unofficial Election Returns Point to Marijuana Legalization

Although absentee and questioned ballots yet to be counted could change the outcome, it is likely that Proposition 2, which legalizes recreational marijuana use in Alaska, has gained voter approval.

November 5, 2014

Valley Republicans Going Back to Juneau

There were no surprises in the returns of the Mat Su races after Tuesday’s vote count was tallied.

November 5, 2014

Parnell, Walker Race Hangs By A Hair

Alaska’s governor’s race is too close to call at this hour.

November 5, 2014

Republicans Sweep Peninsula Elections

Republicans win all four House seats and both Senate seats on the Kenai Peninsula in the 2014 Alaska General Election. Chenault, Olson, Seaton, Micciche, and Stevens keep their seats. Stutes wins House District 32. These results are unofficial.

November 5, 2014

Southeast Voters Return 4 Incumbents To Office, 1 Race Too Close To Call

Southeast Alaska voters on Tuesday returned four incumbents to the state Legislature, but the fifth race is far too close to call.

November 5, 2014

General Election Ballot Measures

With 65 percent of the precincts reporting in, all three statewide ballot measures are passing.

November 4, 2014

Bill Walker Holds Narrow Lead Over Sean Parnell In Gubernatorial Race

With just 289 precincts reporting in so far, gubernatorial challenger Bill Walker holds a narrow lead over Governor Sean Parnell.

November 4, 2014

Early Results Show Sullivan Leading Begich, Young Ahead of Dunbar

So far, Republican U.S. Senate candidate is leading Democratic incumbent Mark Begich. And Republican incumbent Don Young is leading Democratic challenger Forrest Dunbar in the race for U.S. House.

November 4, 2014
Anchorage Voters Motivated by Different Causes

Anchorage Voters Motivated by Different Causes

A steady stream of voters filed into Airport Heights Elementary in Anchorage this morning to cast their ballots. From life-long voters to first-timers, they had different reasons.

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November 4, 2014

New federal regulations to favor subsistence users, rural residents

The Federal Subsistence Board’s rural determination process will change, according to an announcement made at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention last month.

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November 4, 2014