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House Democrats pick proven shepherds

ADN Alaska Politics Blog - Sat, 11/10/2012 - 02:38

Not much has changed with House Democrats either, except that there are fewer of them. Rep. Beth Kerttula of Juneau will once again be Democratic leader, the caucus announced. Rep.

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Voters line up to cast ballots early in Anchorage

ADN Alaska Politics Blog - Sun, 11/04/2012 - 20:42

Voters turned out by the hundreds in Anchorage on Sunday to cast their ballots in advance of Tuesday's election.

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On the ballot: Is it time to change Alaska's constitution?

ADN Alaska Politics Blog - Sat, 11/03/2012 - 15:15

A proposal on Tuesday's statewide ballot would launch a new constitutional convention, opening the blueprint for Alaska government to a slew of potential changes.

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No need to wait: Early voting is an option this weekend

ADN Alaska Politics Blog - Fri, 11/02/2012 - 21:49

There's still time to be an early bird. Elections offices in five Alaska cities are opening their doors to early voters this weekend. Meantime, early numbers hint that far fewer…

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Republican Senate candidates lag in fundraising in key races

ADN Alaska Politics Blog - Fri, 11/02/2012 - 21:09

Democrats and an independent hold an edge in contributions in most contested Alaska Senate races.

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Alaska voters to decide on $453 million in transportation bonds on Nov. 6

ADN Alaska Politics Blog - Tue, 10/30/2012 - 20:56

Alaskans going to the polls Nov. 6 will be asked whether they want to let the state go into debt for another $453.5 million in capital projects.

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"Running" and congressional debate to be broadcast Monday night

ADN Alaska Politics Blog - Mon, 10/29/2012 - 19:49

KAKM's "Running" program kicks off Monday night on both television and radio. Tune in to KAKM Channel 7 or radio station KSKA FM 91.1. Audio of all debates will be…

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Republican says French and union coordinated their commercials

ADN Alaska Politics Blog - Thu, 10/25/2012 - 21:47

The complaint cites professional service providers as its sole evidence. French says the attack is a "last-minute" smear in an effort to help is Republican opponent.

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Alaska’s Don Young now endorsing Lingle

ADN Alaska Politics Blog - Mon, 10/15/2012 - 15:31

Rep. Young supported a Democrat in the primary, now switches to support the Republican…

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As partisan as they wanna be - The first in a series of analyses of the upcoming Anchorage Assembly races

Anchorage Press - News - Thu, 02/24/2011 - 14:51
In January, former Anchorage assemblyman Dan Coffey addressed a message to “Friends and Colleagues” in an attempt to raise donations for five city assembly candidates, all endorsed by Mayor Dan Sullivan. Coffey’s letter was posted at the Anchorage Homebuilder’s Association web site. It says both city building codes and land use codes (zoning) are expected to come before the assembly after the April election, and warns industry players the new rules could hamper development.
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As partisan as they wanna be - The first in a series of analyses of the upcoming Anchorage Assembly races

Anchorage Press - News - Thu, 02/24/2011 - 13:22
In January, former Anchorage assemblyman Dan Coffey addressed a message to “Friends and Colleagues” in an attempt to raise donations for five city assembly candidates, all endorsed by Mayor Dan Sullivan. Coffey’s letter was posted at the Anchorage Homebuilder’s Association web site. It says both city building codes and land use codes (zoning) are expected to come before the assembly after the April election, and warns industry players the new rules could hamper development.
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Zombies to invade Talkeetna - Low-budget horror flick features undead Alaskans, Corn Bread

Anchorage Press - News - Thu, 02/24/2011 - 13:22
Located two hours north of Anchorage in the shadows of Mount McKinley, Talkeetna's accustomed to being overrun by tourists in the summer, but not quite as familiar with an inundation of the undead.
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The Moore Report: Drunken sailors

Anchorage Press - News - Thu, 02/24/2011 - 13:22
It’s nice having the Republicans in charge, I tell you. The one thing you can be sure of is that they, above all other things, will look out for our collective pocketbook. Won’t they? They have done in the past, and they do now. Right?
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Does length matter? A group of lawmakers want to revert to the lengthier 120-day legislative session, but their logic doesn’t equate to the facts

Anchorage Press - News - Thu, 02/24/2011 - 13:22
It didn't take long for state lawmakers to start debating over the voter imposed shorter legislative sessions: two sessions to be exact.
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Blotter: Stopped for being conspicuous edition

Anchorage Press - News - Thu, 02/24/2011 - 13:22
Last week the Alaska Court of Appeals threw out a drunk driver’s appeal, ruling that it was okay for an Alaska State Trooper to stop a Kenai man who was about to cross a road driving an all-terrain vehicle with a dog tethered to it. The trooper thought the practice might endanger the dog, or put other people using the road in danger should the dog suddenly act out while tethered to a ten-foot leash. In other words, the man got pulled over for looking stupid, or at least looking as if he was about to do something stupid or dangerous. The court had to decide if the stop was legit because evidence discovered after the stop—open beer cans inside the ATV and a driver who later blew a .226 on a breathalyzer—was fair game for prosecution. The courts call this sort of traffic stop a “community caretaker” stop, because when a cop stops someone who looks as if they’re about to do something stupid (and/or dangerous) the cop is acting in their role as protector of the community. But the fun thing about the Alaska decision is the footnoted list of stupid and/or conspicuous things drivers have done that led to similar arrests. Here’s a few: persistent honking during a traffic-jam at an accident (a cop believed it might cause another accident); driving with a bouncing rear wheel, causing weaving; driving in an incorrect lane (who appealed that?); driving with a load of furniture “that appeared inadequately secured” and could fall on the highway (in New Hampshire, not Wasilla). One Washington State case deserves special recognition because the officer was only trying to help the motorist who ended up being arrested. The Washington cop stopped a pickup truck “for the purpose of informing the driver that his hat was in jeopardy of blowing out of the bed of the vehicle.” Alaska State Troopers told Blotter the DUI suspect, initially popped in 2008, was also driving with a restricted license. A friend of the suspect came by to pick up the dog and the ATV.
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Statehood recalled - A new film documents Alaska’s emergence as a state

Anchorage Press - News - Thu, 02/17/2011 - 12:13
Depending on who tells the story, statehood may have saved Alaska from a salmon-run apocalypse, a weak Territorial justice system, a corrupted political system or a perpetual shortage of jobs and uncertainty over Native land claims. The truth is more complex than any singular point of view, but telling a story from multiple perspectives has its own pitfalls. Mainly, it can result in a disorganized mess.
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The Moore Report: Shattered cynicism

Anchorage Press - News - Thu, 02/17/2011 - 12:13
Oftentimes, politics is not what it seems. Oftentimes, we see practiced politicians, smiling for the cameras, handing out glib soundbites like candy on Halloween. While underneath is hidden corruption, backstabbing and backroom deals. Politics is often not what it seems.
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A bridge too far? Legislators should think twice before throwing more money at the Knik Arm Crossing

Anchorage Press - News - Thu, 02/17/2011 - 12:13
This week in the Senate Transportation Committee, lawmakers heard a proposal from State Senator Linda Menard (R-Wasilla) for the state to financially backstop the much-debated Knik Arm Crossing.
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Out of the closet - The University of Alaska is setting an example the state should follow regarding the rights of LGBT employees

Anchorage Press - News - Thu, 02/17/2011 - 12:13
For years the University of Alaska System (UA) staff and faculty did their best to keep secret a little known fact about their health care plan: university employees enjoyed same-sex partner health care benefits while all other state employees did not. The university non-discrimination policy, however, did not protect groups such as homosexual, bisexual and transgender folks. The different governance groups on campus generally had a silent gentleman’s agreement not to push the issue for fear that the more conservative members of the State Legislature might move to take away those benefits.
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Feedback from the issue of 2.17.2011

Anchorage Press - News - Thu, 02/17/2011 - 12:13
This guy loves the film incentives
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