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Alaska Gov.-elect Walker names 4 to positions

Alaska Gov.-elect Bill Walker on Tuesday announced four new staff members, including an attorney general.

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Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau

Lobbyist: State budget shortfall will affect Juneau

Kevin Jardell is entering his second legislative session as the City and Borough of Juneau’s lobbyist for state issues. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)

The City and Borough of Juneau’s lobbyist for state issues says Alaska’s budget woes may lead to conversations during the upcoming legislative session about tapping the Alaska Permanent Fund.

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Leila Kheiry, KRBD - Ketchikan

Ketchikan Assembly Responds to Education Lawsuit Ruling

Ketchikan Assembly Responds to Education Lawsuit Ruling

A Superior Court Judge has ruled in favor of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough in its lawsuit against the State of Alaska over the state’s education funding mandate. The Borough Assembly talked about Friday’s ruling during Monday night’s regular meeting, and Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst calls it a “big win” for Ketchikan.

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Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Hoffman, Halford Prepare for Walker Transition Weekend

Hoffman and Halford speak as Bill Walker and Byron Mallott look on. (Photo from Walker campaign)

Bethel’s Ana Hoffman and former Senate President Rick Halford are chairing incoming Governor Bill Walker’s transition team. Walker is racing towards inauguration next month.

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Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage

Report: ‘Rural Governance Remains Unfinished in Alaska’

Bruce Botelho leads a discussion on rural self-governance in Anchorage. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Formalizing a government to government relationship between tribes and the state was the message and mission today of former members of a commission tasked with addressing tribal self governance. Their report says rural governance “remains unfinished business in Alaska.”

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

Walker Selects Leaders For Gubernatorial Transition Team

Bill Walker had increased his lead over Republican Gov. Sean Parnell to 4,000 votes after the Division of Elections tallied 20,000 uncounted ballots on Tuesday . With a Walker win looking more likely, a transition team is being formed to prepare for a December 1 inauguration.

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

With Votes Still Coming In, Elections Division Prepares For Count

After a week of collecting and reviewing absentee and questioned ballots, the Division of Elections will start counting votes on Tuesday.

Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Y-K Delta Representative Bob Herron Named Majority Whip

Representative Bob Herron

Y-K Delta House Representative Bob Herron will be the Whip for the Majority Caucus this January. Herron and the Republican-led caucus just finished two days of organization meetings. As Majority Whip, the District 38 Democrat is charged with making sure there is effective communication in the caucus.

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

Chenault Extends Record As House Speaker

Nikiski Republican Mike Chenault will serve his fourth term as House Speaker in the Alaska State Legislature. That will make him the longest serving speaker in legislative history.

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Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Senator Lyman Hoffman to Caucus with Majority

Senator Lyman Hoffman to Caucus with Majority

Y-K Delta Senator Lyman Hoffman will be caucusing with the Majority Caucus. The group met Wednesday in Anchorage to organize and name leadership. Hoffman is the first Democrat to join this version of the 15-person body. He says he’s had positive experiences working with members on gasline legislation.

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Education Funding Activism

Gov. Sean Parnell has declared this year the education session the legislature, but if you are involved in schools in Anchorage you already know that education funding and policy are hot topics. On the next Hometown Alaska, host Charles Wohlforth will be joined by education activists to lead a community discussion on school funding and school choice. Should state funding increase, and should it be available to private and religious schools?

KSKA: Wednesday, 3/12, 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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Alaska’s Natural Gas Pipeline Plan

Nobody ever said it would be easy to attract investment for one of the biggest construction projects on earth in the difficult conditions of Arctic Alaska, but we all know it happened once for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Can it happen again for a gas-line?

APRN: Tuesday, 3/4 at 10:00am

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Choosing Capital Projects

Tradition is an important part of politics. The Alaska Legislature has long followed the tradition of keeping the state’s capital budget process confidential until the last minute, and then releasing and voting on it in the final days of the session. Some people think that leads to bad decisions. We’ll talk about Anchorage’s recent tennis court controversies, and other impacts of how the legislature does its job. Is there a better way?

KSKA: Wednesday, 2/19, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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Permitting, the Public Process, and House Bill 77

The Legislature is going to go back into session next week, and one of the big issues they’re expecting to grapple with is permitting. A controversial bill that would put restrictions on water rights and limit who can appeal state decisions has been criticized by Native groups and fishing interests, but the Department of Natural Resources says it’s needed to streamline the agency’s work.

APRN: Tuesday, 1/14 at 10:00am

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Governor Sean Parnell

There are always surprises when the guest on Talk of Alaska is the Governor. You just never know what kind of questions are going to come in when the audience is spread all over the state. Way beyond politics as usual, it’s the resumption of the long tradition of Alaska’s Governor appearing on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 9/24 at 10:00am

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