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22 hrs ago | Anchorage Daily News

Who is Bill Walker? Neither party may like the answer.

With the frenzy surrounding announcement of a Bill Walker-Byron Mallott gubernatorial ticket -- some breathlessly call it "historic" -- you have to wade through a river of populist drivel to get to the meaty question: Who is Bill Walker? Pardon me for noticing, but Walker -- a guy working hard to be everything to everybody, to be "inclusive" and "nonpartisan" -- is not who many Democrats may hope he is. There is somebody quite different wrapped in the Kool-Aid rhetoric.

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Related Topix: US News, US Politics, Senator Mark Begich, US Senate, Democrat, Sean Parnell, US Governors, Alaska, Big Ant Studios, AFL, Video Games

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Anchorage Daily News

Knock by knock, groups try to 'move the needle' in Alaska's US Senate race

Holli Erickson talks to Pat Deis as she goes door to door in south Anchorage urging potential Mark Begich for US Senate voters to vote in the upcoming general election. Erickson works for Salmon PAC, a political action committee touting Begich's stand on salmon issues including GMO salmon and the proposed Pebble Mine.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Senator Mark Begich, US Senate, Republican, Lisa Murkowski, Democrat, Alaska, Anchorage, AK

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Anchorage Daily News

Voters should make Alaska's marijuana industry pull its own weight

OPINION: Alaska's economy has been bent over an oil barrel for far too long. New industries mean more "legs" for the "stool" of Alaska's economy, and that's one of the biggest reasons Alaska should vote yes on Proposition 2. Let's face it.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Alaska, Marijuana, us Travel, Travel

The Globe and Mail

Sarah Palin's family involved in Alaska brawl, witnesses say

Several witnesses said trouble started when Track Palin, Sarah Palin's son, confronted a former boyfriend of his sister Willow and a fight broke out Several witnesses said trouble started when Track Palin, Sarah Palin's son, confronted a former boyfriend of his sister Willow and a fight broke out It began as a birthday party that drew local snowmobile racers, construction workers and other long-time Alaskans last Saturday night. It turned into a brawl with members of Sarah Palin's family in the centre of it, according to witnesses.

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Related Topix: US Governors, Sarah Palin, Alaska, US News, Tea Party, Senator Ted Cruz, US Politics, US Senate

Examiner.com

'Escaping Alaska' discovers a 'Makeover & Make Up' on TLC

On last night's episode of "Escaping Alaska," titled, "Makeover & Make Up," a group of young people have made a secret pact to leave Alaska and go to the lower 48. It is not customary for the indigenous younger generations to leave their homes, in fact; it is considered treason. Their English names are Tamara, Frank, Mary, Q and Nuala.

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Related Topix: Alaska

Alaska Journal of Commerce

Individual insurance pool to see sharp premium hikes

Health insurers have filed for substantial increases in allowable premiums on individual non-subsidized health insurance plans issued through the federal Affordable Care Act, or ACA. Under state law the state Division of Insurance approves increases in health premiums.

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Related Topix: Health Insurance, Health, Alaska

Thu Sep 11, 2014

Anchorage Daily News

With no official forecast planned, revenue from Alaska marijuana taxes is anyone's guess

Want to know how much tax revenue the state of Alaska stands to make if Ballot Measure 2, the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, passes in November? Take a calculator and guess how many ounces of marijuana Alaskans will purchase in a year, then multiply that by $50. Alaska Department of Revenue Spokeswoman Lacy Wilcox said the agency is not planning to conduct a revenue forecast to estimate how much money the state would make if marijuana was legalized.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Marijuana, Alaska, Sean Parnell, US Governors, Colorado, Colorado Government

Alaska Journal of Commerce

Pension funds perform well; Moodya s approves of tax vote

State pension funds have done well in their investment performance, the state Department of Revenue said Sept. 5. For the fiscal year ending June 30, the Public Employees Retirement System and the Teachers Retirement System both earned 18.56 percent, exceeding the Alaska Retirement Management Board's strategic policy benchmark target return of 17.20 percent.

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Related Topix: Pension, Personal Finance, Retirement, Alaska, Sean Parnell, US Governors

Alaska Journal of Commerce

Buccaneer bankruptcy leaves millions in unpaid Alaska bills

The Endeavour jack-up rig, once operated by the now-bankrupt Buccaneer Energy, is seen on an overcast day working at the Cosmopolitan prospect in summer 2013. The company bankruptcy has left millions in unpaid bills in Alaska, putting the pinch on some local Peninsula businesses.

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Related Topix: Economics News, Bankruptcy, Alaska, Kenai, AK, Small Business, Personal Finance, Homer, AK

KTOO-TV Juneau

Conservative coalition forms to support marijuana legalization

This spring, the Alaska Republican Party came out against an initiative that would regulate marijuana like alcohol. Now, some conservatives are formally declaring their support for Proposition 2. "When you start breaking down those liberty and freedom issues, that's when people understand it's nothing to do with smoking or not smoking or whether you're going to use it or not use it," Burke said.

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Related Topix: Marijuana, Alaska

Wed Sep 10, 2014

Anchorage Daily News

Outside donations pay most of the bills for Alaska's US Senate campaigns

Most of the money financing the attack ads, the feel-good ads and all other aspects of the U.S. Senate campaigns in Alaska originates with people who will never cast a vote in Alaska. About $16 million so far has been allocated or spent by groups working for or against Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Begich and GOP nominee Dan Sullivan but not connected to the candidates, organizations with limited publicly-disclosed Alaska connections.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Alaska, US News, Senator Mark Begich, US Senate, Democrat, Anchorage, AK, Fairbanks, AK

Anchorage Daily News

2 Alaska organizations awarded grants to help with heatlh care enrollment

Two Alaska organizations will divide nearly $600,000 in new federal grants to help consumers navigate the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplace in the second open enrollment period starting Nov. 15, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The United Way of Anchorage and the Alaska Primary Care Association are two of the 90 organizations across the country that will receive a total of $60 million to provide one-on-one assistance to people without insurance, said DHHS in a news release Monday.

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Related Topix: Alaska, Health Insurance, Health, Anchorage, AK

Tue Sep 09, 2014

Anchorage Daily News

Mike Dingman: Another Alaska election with history in the making?

It's not very often that you get to stand in a room and witness history being made. I was honored to be on the 10th floor of the Captain Cook Hotel and watched Bill Walker and Byron Mallott do just that.

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Related Topix: Alaska, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Lisa Murkowski, Senator Mark Begich, Democrat

Anchorage Daily News

AK Beat: Verizon announces Sept. 19 rollout for Alaska

Verizon announces Sept. 19 Alaska store opening date: Verizon Wireless announced Tuesday that after a long buildup, it will be opening its Alaska stores on Friday, Sept.

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Related Topix: Alaska, Anchorage, AK, Fairbanks, AK, Sean Parnell, US Governors

Mon Sep 08, 2014

Anchorage Daily News

Alaska Support Industry Alliance comes out against marijuana legalization

The Alaska Support Industry Alliance board of directors voted unanimously to oppose the ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana in Alaska. Alliance General Manager Rebecca Logan said 29 of the board's 43 members voted to oppose the measure in a meeting last week.

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Related Topix: Alaska, Drugs, Marijuana

Washington Times

Division approves health plan rate hikes

The Alaska Division of Insurance has approved rate increases of up to 40 percent for individuals who bought health insurance plans through the federally run online marketplace. Roughly 10,000 Alaskans receive federal subsidies to help pay their premiums, and increases for those individuals are expected to be largely offset by their subsidies, division director Lori Wing-Heier said Monday.

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Related Topix: Alaska, Health Insurance, Health, Healthcare Law, Law, Sean Parnell, US Governors, Medicaid

The Hill

Begich ad: Sullivan let state 'get ripped off'

Sen. Mark Begich's campaign is keeping its focus on Republican challenger Dan Sullivan's time as the state's attorney general in its latest ad. Begich was forced to pull down an earlier ad accusing Sullivan of releasing a violent criminal after the victim's family protested the spot, but the latest spot shows Begich is refusing to walk away from the issue.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Senator Mark Begich, US Senate, Democrat, Alaska

KIMO

First Ever VegFest Takes Place in Anchorage

The Alaska Vegan Society hosted it's first ever VegFest this weekend to share with the community the advantage of eating fruits, nuts and other healthy foods. The event included three speakers who are experts in their fields and shared their knowledge with those who were there.

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Related Topix: Alaska, Life, Food, Vegan

Sun Sep 07, 2014

Anchorage Daily News

Fish and Game habitat division continues to gut Alaska refuge management

OPINION: Randy Bates of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game isn't playing straight with Alaskans about either the process or the purpose of revising plans for state game refuges,sanctuaries and critical habitat. Pictured: Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge.

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Related Topix: Alaska

Sat Sep 06, 2014

Anchorage Daily News

Alaska Democrats abandon principles, voters in jump to join Unity ticket

Imagine my shock at the headline: "Walker, Mallott Form Union Ticket to Oppose Parnell." Holy cow! I thought.

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Related Topix: US News, US Politics, Senator Mark Begich, US Senate, Democrat, Alaska, Sean Parnell, US Governors

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