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Groups Push To Mobilize Alaska Native Voters

Over the last few months, the non-partisan ‘Get Out the Native Vote’ has made a big push to mobilize native voters across the Alaska. Roughly one in five potential voters in the state is Alaska Native. A number of native organizations have signed on to help with the movement.

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October 13, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off Over Medicaid Expansion

When Alaskans vote for governor on Nov. 4, they’ll also be deciding the fate of Medicaid expansion in the state. Incumbent Governor Sean Parnell has said he won’t expand the federal health insurance program under the Affordable Care Act. But his opponent, Independent candidate Bill Walker says if elected, he will immediately accept the federal money.

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October 13, 2014
Sen. Murkowski, Julie Fate Sullivan Bring Senate Campaign To Bethel

Sen. Murkowski, Julie Fate Sullivan Bring Senate Campaign To Bethel

Just weeks before the November election, the Sullivan campaign has come to Bethel.

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October 13, 2014

Judge Sides With Anchorage In Ride-Sharing Lawsuit

A state court judge says ride-sharing company Uber cannot offer transportation for hire in Alaska’s largest city unless it complies with a local ordinance.

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October 13, 2014

Leaders Gather In Bethel To Discuss Rural, State, Federal Issues

Leaders from around the state gathered in Bethel last week for the 50th Annual Association of Village Council Presidents Convention.

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October 13, 2014

Parnell, Walker Tussle Over Appeal Of Same-Sex Marriage Decision

While neither gubernatorial candidate support same-sex marriage, they disagree on whether a recent court decision overturning a ban should be appealed.

October 13, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage is Legal in Alaska

A federal judge legalized same-sex marriage in Alaska on Sunday. Couples can start applying for licenses immediately and the state will recognize marriages from other states. Governor Sean Parnell said in a press release he will appeal the ruling in order to “defend and uphold the law and the Alaska Constitution.”

October 12, 2014
Same-sex marriage supporters stand in the rain outside of the federal courthouse after the hearing. Hillman/KSKA

Judge to rule on same-sex marriage in Alaska “soon”

Same-sex marriage is not legal in Alaska — yet. The US District Court judge chose not to make a decision today after hearing oral arguments from both the state and a group of couples who are fighting the marriage ban. The arguments were complicated by the recent 9th District Court decision that overturned the same-sex marriage ban in Idaho. Alaska is within the 9th Circuit, so that decision holds here as well.

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October 10, 2014

Elections Chief: Parties Say What They Want in Voter Pamphlet

The Division of Elections voter pamphlet is arriving in mailboxes across the state. Way in the back is a page that caught some voters by surprise. It’s a negative ad against Sen. Mark Begich.

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October 10, 2014
Begich Campaign Believes Race Comes Down To Rural Alaska

Begich Campaign Believes Race Comes Down To Rural Alaska

Just weeks before voters decide the future make up of the U.S. Senate, Bethel residents heard what might be the start of the final push by the incumbent Senator.

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October 10, 2014
Sen. Mark Begich addresses the Alaska State Legislature on Monday, March 3, 2014. (Skip Gray/ Gavel Alaska)

U.S. Senate Race: Mark Begich

Six years ago, Mark Begich narrowly won his position as a U.S. Senator for Alaska. Now Senator Begich is in a fight to keep that seat with a strong challenge from former Attorney General and DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan.

APRN: Tuesday, 10/14 at 10:00am

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October 10, 2014
(Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Alaska’s Fiscal Future

Alaska has had an interesting fiscal ride through the decades. From a time when the purchase of the territory from Russia was called “Seward’s Folly” to the discovery of the rich oil resources of Prudhoe Bay — which made the state very cashy, fairly quickly. Alaskans have enjoyed the benefits of oil revenues for decades, but production is in decline and that means the state must ramp up production or slow down expenses. We’re in deficit spending now but the population and demand for services continues to ramp up. What should be done to help Alaska get out of deficit mode.

KSKA: Friday, October 10 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 11 at 4:30 p.m.

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October 10, 2014

Alaska National Guard Officer Recommended For ‘Other Than Honorable’ Discharge

A Lieutenant Colonel in the Alaska National Guard was recommended for an “other than honorable” discharge earlier this year, according to a story in this week’s Anchorage Press. Joseph Lawendowski is the guard’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Training.

Reporter David Holthouse says he started looking into Lawendowski after reading the National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations report that came out last month.

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October 9, 2014
Governor’s Race Brings Walker To Unalaska

Governor’s Race Brings Walker To Unalaska

With less than a month until Election Day, the race to become Alaska’s next governor is heating up. Independent candidate Bill Walker and his Democrat running mate are canvassing the state for votes – all the way out to the Aleutians.

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October 9, 2014
Subsistence Panel Looks Toward Future of Salmon Management

Subsistence Panel Looks Toward Future of Salmon Management

Tribal co-management and Chinook bycatch took center stage Tuesday at a subsistence panel at the Association of Village Council Presidents conference.

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October 9, 2014

Colonel’s Military Honors Questioned In Wake Of Guard Scandal

Two of the state’s top military officials have already resigned as a result of a grim report on the Alaska National Guard. Now, attention is moving to other members of senior leadership.

October 8, 2014

AK Public Media, ADN sue Parnell over records requests

Alaska Public Media and Alaska Dispatch News are suing Governor Sean Parnell over access to documents related to the National Guard Scandal. The complaint seeks to make facts about the case public before the upcoming gubernatorial election.

October 8, 2014

Unofficial Mat-Su Borough Election Results

Matanuska Susitna Borough voters elected two Borough Assembly seats on Tuesday.

October 7, 2014
HUD Grants Aimed at Alaska Native Housing Projects

HUD Grants Aimed at Alaska Native Housing Projects

US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Announces millions of dollars in housing grants for Alaska Native and American Indian Tribal Organizations.

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October 6, 2014

Mat Su Borough Election Propositions

Voters in the Matanuska Susitna Borough will be asked to decide on two ballot propositions on Borough election day October 7.

October 3, 2014