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14 hrs ago | Anchorage Daily News
Gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker says Gov. Sean Parnell is wrong to accuse him of wanting to delay progress at ExxonMobil's Point Thomson project, a field that sat undeveloped for decades but is now less than two years from production. Walker, owner of Anchorage law firm Walker & Richards, filed a lawsuit in 2012 challenging a settlement between the state and Exxon and partners that essentially created a development plan behind closed doors.
14 hrs ago | Anchorage Daily News
We've had a run of great news on the natural gas front in Alaska. A thousand people spent the spring developing a massive new gas field on the North Slope; hundreds of others spent the summer logging field work through the Interior for the Alaska LNG Project.
BP Alaska , a major player in the state's oil industry, on Monday announced plans to lay off 275 employees and direct contractors early next year. BP's business in Alaska will be smaller because of the previously announced sale of its interests in four North Slope oil fields to Hilcorp, spokeswoman Dawn Patience said.
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.
The U.S. Senate on Thursday blocked a constitutional amendment aimed at reversing Citizens United. That's the Supreme Court decision allowing corporations, unions and associations to spend unlimited amounts on elections as long as these so-called "outside groups" don't coordinate with campaigns.
Walker said Alaska isn't in the "driver's seat," and is letting companies with projects around the world determine if this one advances. Walker, who is challenging Republican Gov. Sean Parnell, said he would want to look at what's been done so far and if it makes sense for the state to pull out, it will.
Republican Gov. Sean Parnell and his wife, Sandy, live in the Governor's Mansion in Juneau. That matters to a number of people in the community, particularly when talk of a possible capital move arises.
A woman said Thursday she was drugged and raped while a member of the Alaska Army National Guard, but her complaints to guard commanders went nowhere. Jones, who now lives in Paris, Ill., spoke at an Anchorage teleconference by phone Thursday at the invitation of the Alaska Women for Political Action.
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.
A Chinese proverb states that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and so it goes with the Alaska LNG Project. More than a few of those important initial steps have been taken less than nine months after the major North Slope producers, pipeline company TransCanada and the State of Alaska signed a "heads of agreement" statement outlining a large-diameter pipeline and export plant project.
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.
Facing a new, unified challenge to his re-election bid, Gov. Sean Parnell shook up his campaign Tuesday, replacing his campaign manager with a highly regarded legislative staffer. Tom Wright has been top staffer to House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, and previous House speakers.
A spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell says Alaska's Division of Insurance did not apply for federal grants to review health insurance premium increases because the state has the resources to support an effective review. A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman has said Alaska could offer more affordable options with a stronger rate review program.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 08:24 pm
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