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 By Iris Samuels    News    November 23, 2022

Palin first to sign petition to repeal ranked-choice voting

A new group has announced it will attempt to do away with ranked-choice voting in Alaska by ballot initiative, and former Gov. Sarah Palin was the first to sign the petition — before the outcome of her failed congressional bid ws final. Alaskans...

 
 By Iris Samuels    News    November 16, 2022

Tshibaka says election might come down to 'recounts and lawsuits'

In the days following last Tuesday’s election, U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka joined other Trump-endorsed Republican candidates around the country casting unfounded doubt on election results, despite the fact that Alaska election officials...

 
 By Iris Samuels    News    November 2, 2022

Gubernatorial candidates disagree on budget, school funding, abortion access

Alaska's four candidates for governor sparred over crime, education, abortion access and the state budget on Oct. 19 in the only live televised debate ahead of the November election. Independent...

 
 By Iris Samuels    News    November 2, 2022

Walker and Gara jointly tell voters: Rank us both for governor

In unprecedented move tailor-made for Alaska’s new voting system, two different campaigns for governor on Oct. 28 released a joint ad urging voters to rank them either first or second — regardless of the order. It’s not a new message for...

 
 By Iris Samuels    News    October 12, 2022

U.S. House candidates talk fisheries issues at Kodiak forum

U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola’s “pro-fish” message was met with scrutiny at an Oct. 4 candidate forum in Kodiak that focused on the commercial fishing industry. Peltola was sworn in to the U.S. House last month after winning a special election to...

 

Murkowski, Tshibaka appear in first debate of U.S. Senate race

In their first time sharing a debate stage, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and her Trump-backed challenger Kelly Tshibaka presented their visions for representing Alaska as Republicans. And the differences were just as pronounced in style as they were in...

 
 By Iris Samuels    News    August 10, 2022

Palin skips Kenai candidates forum for Minneapolis fundraiser

One of the three U.S. House candidates was missing at a candidates forum in Kenai on Aug. 3: Former Gov. Sarah Palin instead held a fundraiser in Minneapolis, according to photos she posted on her Instagram account. The next day, she was in Dallas...

 

Murkowski part of bipartisan group in support of abortion access

WASHINGTON — Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Aug. 1 joined a bipartisan coalition to introduce a bill that would protect abortion and contraception access. The measure faces an uncertain future in a Senate that failed to pass a broader measure...

 

Palin top vote-getter in special primary election to fill Young's seat

If early results hold up in Alaska’s 48-candidate special primary election for U.S. House, the August general election to fill the last months of the late Rep. Don Young’s term will provide voters the choice between two Republicans, an independen...

 
 By Iris Samuels    News    March 23, 2022

Alaska Senate passes bill that would block businesses from requiring vaccinations

A bill that would ban discrimination on the basis of COVID-19 vaccination status passed the Alaska Senate on March 16 in a move to limit state service providers and private businesses from requiring the life-saving vaccine. The bill, sponsored by...

 

Lawmakers propose $1,300 'energy relief check' for Alaskans

State House lawmakers have proposed paying Alaskans almost $1,300 as an “energy relief check” on top of the annual Permanent Fund dividend. As presented by the House Finance Committee on Friday, the two payments would total about $2,500 this...

 

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