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Bergdahl release ignites political controversy

Bergdahl release ignites political controversyFormer Fort Richardson soldier Bowe Bergdahl was released over the weekend from nearly five years in captivity in Afghanistan.

Begich speaks on VA care in Alaska

Begich speaks on VA care in AlaskaBegich said officials from the top down will be held accountable when Shenseki’s VA report comes out.

Senate panel approves labeling for GM salmon

Senate panel approves labeling for GM salmonA U.S. Senate panel yesterday moved to require labeling for genetically modified salmon, if it’s approved for sale in this country.

Democrats gather in Nome to strategize for fall

Democrats gather in Nome to strategize for fallWith their platform set and candidates for most major races in place, the Democrats face a summer of heavy campaigning in preparation for the fall.

Earmarks: Congress mulls return of practice that enriched Alaska

Earmarks: Congress mulls return of practice that enriched AlaskaIn Sen. Ted Stevens’ day, Alaska thrived on earmarks, the congressional practice of directing federal dollars to home-state projects.

Libertarian Party sees opportunity in GOP fractures

Libertarian Party sees opportunity in GOP fracturesThe state’s Libertarian Party is not so big. Its membership has hovered around 7,000 voters since the Division of Elections began tracking their registration in the late 1990s.

Murkowski introduces legislation to continue funding Native language programs

Murkowski introduces legislation to continue funding Native language programsAlaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson introduce the 2014 Native American Languages Reauthorization Act

Juneau Chamber distances itself from US Chamber’s political ads

The U.S. Chamber has been running television attack ads in Alaska targeting incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.

Ballot initiatives could boost younger, liberal voter turnout

Ballot initiatives could boost younger, liberal voter turnoutWhen the Republican-led Legislature went into overtime last week, they knocked a set of citizen’s initiatives onto an already packed November ballot.

Potential rule change could allow Alaska tribal land into trusts

Yesterday’s announcement is a legal turn that could vastly expand tribal sovereignty in Alaska.