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Walker names National Guard special investigator

Walker names National Guard special investigatorGov. Bill Walker has named a retired judge as his special investigator into the Alaska National Guard.

Walker sketches agenda in State of State address

Walker sketches agenda in State of State addressIn his first State of the State address to the Legislature, Gov. Bill Walker spoke broadly of the need to address the state’s financial shortfall and the importance of building a natural gas pipeline.

State lawmakers to be welcomed with local goodies

State lawmakers to be welcomed with local goodiesOver 60 local businesses welcome the 29th State Legislature by sponsoring a public reception Thursday night.

Senate Finance considering bringing on former commissioners as consultants

The Senate Finance Committee is considering hiring two former state commissioners to help lawmakers review state spending and address massive budget deficits.

With focus on budget, social issues may be left behind

With focus on budget, social issues may be left behindLawmakers expect bills on social issues, like abortion, to get less attention than last cycle.

Anchorage Democrats push bills combating sexual assault, retaliation in National Guard

Anchorage Democrats push bills combating sexual assault, retaliation in National GuardTwo lawmakers introduced a group of bills today designed to fix issues within the Alaska National Guard.

Egan aims to protect Juneau during budget crunch

Egan aims to protect Juneau during budget crunchLike most lawmakers, Juneau Sen. Dennis Egan expects Alaska’s multibillion dollar deficit to be the top issue during the upcoming legislative session.

Sitka Democrat prepares for bleak budget outlook

Sitka Democrat prepares for bleak budget outlookJonathan Kreiss-Tomkins thinks the state’s financial situation will mean a new reality for the state legislature in the upcoming session.

Cotten nominated as Fish and Game commish

Cotten nominated as Fish and Game commishFormer House speaker and former North Pacific Fisheries Management Council member Sam Cotten was only candidate interviewed.

Habitat director out, as Walker administration shifts approach to permitting

Habitat director out, as Walker administration shifts approach to permittingRandy Bates has been removed from his position as habitat director, and the new administration wants to reevaluate the state’s approach to land management.