Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media
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Liz Ruskin covers Alaska issues in Washington as the network's D.C. correspondent. She was born in Anchorage and is a West High grad. She has degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia. She previously worked at the Homer News, the Anchorage Daily News and the Washington bureau of McClatchy Newspapers. She also freelanced for several years from the U.K. and Japan, in print and radio. Liz has been APRN’s Washington, D.C. correspondent since October 2013. She welcomes your news tips at lruskin (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  | About Liz
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Army Corps denies permit for Alaska’s Pebble Mine

The Army Corps of Engineers has denied the Pebble Limited Partnership's permit application. The company says it's considering an appeal.

Alaska DEC has the power to veto Pebble Mine. Document suggests to mine foes DEC won’t use it.

A state agency has an opportunity to veto the Pebble Mine. But newly revealed meeting notes suggest a done deal.
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Alaska agency says it’s neutral on Pebble Mine. Internal documents tell a different story.

Text messages and meeting notes suggest DNR is working to help the mine get a federal permit
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Rep. Young released from hospital and recovering from COVID-19

Congressman Young says he's on the mend, after announcing last week that he'd tested positive for COVID -19.
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Gross concedes Alaska US Senate race to Sullivan; Galvin concedes to Rep. Young

Sen. Sullivan and Congressman Don Young seem to have cemented their re-election, though there are still ballots to count.

Murkowski’s latest Pebble action disappoints mine opponents

Opponents of the Pebble Mine are underwhelmed by Sen. Murkowski's latest bill to fund federal resource agencies.
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Alaska US Senate race: Gross trails Sullivan but says math is in his favor

U.S. Senate candidate Al Gross is far behind in the votes counted so far, but his campaign claims he can still beat Republican incumbent Dan Sullivan.
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Trump wanted to stop the vote when he was ahead. Alaska’s congressional delegation urges patience

Alaska’s all-Republican congressional delegation is not backing Trump’s call to stop counting votes.

Sullivan ad criticized for ‘anti-Semitic’ images

The campaign of Sen. Dan Sullivan is taking heat for an ad that critics say is anti-Semitic.
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In Alaska’s US House race, Galvin campaign goes big AND goes home

Rep. Don Young's challenger is running a $4 million campaign, much of it spent on ads. But in Galvin's Anchorage split-level, it's a more home-spun effort.
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New Pebble tapes: ‘You aren’t held to your promises’ in election season, mine exec says

The group that captured Pebble Mine executives bragging about their sway over Alaska's senators and governor have released new footage.
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Murkowski says she will vote yes to confirm new Supreme Court justice

On Friday, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted with Democrats against proceeding toward a vote on President Trump’s latest nominee to the Supreme Court.
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Murkowski votes no on step toward confirming a new Supreme Court justice

Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted with Democrats against proceeding toward a vote on Amy Coney Barret
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Sullivan stands close to Trump, stays quiet about his controversies

Sen. Dan Sullivan can be a hard person to pin down, especially when he’s asked about President Trump’s statements and behavior.
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Polls open in Alaska for early in-person voting

At noon on the first day of in-person voting, the wait was more than an hour, and Janiece Buck didn't mind.
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New poll finds Sullivan ahead in race to keep U.S. Senate seat

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan is leading challenger Al Gross in a new poll of likely Alaska voters.

Galvin campaign raises $1.8M for quarter

U.S. House candidate Alyse Galvin has raised $1.8 million since July - more than double what she raised during the prior quarter.
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U.S. Senate challenger Al Gross rakes in $9M

U.S. Senate candidate Al Gross raised a record $9.1 million since July 1.
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Sen. Sullivan says Pebble can’t shake his opposition to mine; pledges to ‘continue to monitor’

Asked what he'll do as senator to block the mine, Sullivan had few specifics.
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Judge says she’ll toss the witness signature requirement for Alaskans who vote by mail

Superior Court Judge intends to toss the witness requirement, but she hasn't issued the order yet.