Yesterday, state attorneys filed a challenge to the federal Voting Rights Act in district court in Washington, DC.
Congress may lift so-called “earmark ban” next year
Earmarks are the local pet projects of lawmakers that the federal government pays for. There’s political chatter in Washington, D.C. that Congress may alter its self-imposed ban on them come January, but it’s unlikely to revert back to rampant times of the earlier part of this century.
‘Violence Against Women Act’ Reauthorization Slows In Congress
The House and Senate are offering different versions of the bill that change the jurisdiction tribal authorities have over offenders.
Interior Secretary Salazar plans tour of Alaska
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is planning a three-day trip to Alaska. Salazar is preparing to decide whether to issue final drilling permits to Shell Oil, which hopes to drill exploratory wells this summer in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.
Murkowski to hold health care forum
Murkowski says good health care should be more accessible for Alaskans but she says this law isn’t the answer for providing that.
Juneau Airport seeks $2-million in left over FY ’12 FAA funds
The city-owned airport already has $1-million for the project, but Airport Manager Jeannie Johnson says that only pays for three lights, when ideally there should be at least eight.
Groups sue EPA over oil spill dispersants
Environmental groups in five states are suing the federal government, claiming Environmental Protection Agency rules on chemical dispersants used in oil spills do not meet clean water requirements.
EPA reaches agreement with Alaska shipper on fuel standard
The federal government has reached agreement with one of Alaska’s largest shipping companies, providing a conditional waiver for new fuel standards while Totem Ocean Trailer Express converts to cleaner-burning fuel.
Still no decision on Douglas Post Office
It may be some time yet before a decision is made on closing the Douglas Post Office.
Native Leaders Urge Lawmakers To Pass Climate Change Legislation
Alaska Natives are in Washington, D.C. – urging lawmakers to pass climate change legislation. Some believe that’s the best way to get federal money for relocating several villages.