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  1. Alaska House Majority press secretary put on leave, accused of assaultRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jun 20 | Anchorage Daily News

    Anchorage police said they arrested Will Vandergriff, the long-time press secretary for the Alaska House Majority, following an investigation into an assault on a woman last week, and the House speaker said Monday that Vandergriff has been put on administrative leave. "His employment status will be considered pending the outcome of the judicial process," House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, said in a phone interview from Kenai Monday.


  2. Alaska House likely to quit without floor votes on governor's Permanent Fund, tax billsRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Jun 18 | Anchorage Daily News

    The Alaska House appeared poised to adjourn its special session late Saturday without taking up-or-down votes on any of the revenue-raising legislation proposed by Gov. Bill Walker to help close next year's $3.2 billion deficit. The House Finance Committee held a three-hour hearing Saturday afternoon to consider and pass House Bill 4002 , which would guarantee health insurance for families of firefighters and law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.


  3. Q&A: House Speaker Mike Chenault talks about the gridlock in JuneauRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jun 17 | Anchorage Daily News

    Speaker of the House Mike Chenault listens to comments on the House floor on Friday, April 17, 2015. After the Alaska House's Friday floor session, Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, spoke with reporter Nathaniel Herz about the Legislature's efforts to reduce the state's $4 billion budget deficit.


  4. Speaker: Legislature has made cuts; sustainable budget is a work in progressRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jun 16 | Anchorage Daily News

    Coming home to Nikiski, however briefly during the legislative session, my friends and neighbors all asked me the same question: What's going on? The answers differ depending on who you speak with. My goal in writing this is to lay it out straight, not try and spin, but to simply inform.


  5. Alaska lawmakers, facing a housing crunch, mull move to AnchorageRead the original story

    Thursday Jun 2 | Anchorage Daily News

    The Alaska Legislature is considering relocating its special session from Juneau to Anchorage next week as the capital city faces a housing crunch from a biennial festival of Native culture. The festival, Celebration , draws about 5,000 people to the 30,000-person city, according to the Sealaska Heritage Institute, which organizes it.


  6. Walker serves up combined tax bill for special session, but lawmakers sneerRead the original story

    May 24, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    Alaska lawmakers across the political spectrum reacted Tuesday with distaste - and more than a reasonable number of puns and metaphors - to the omnibus tax bill cooked up by Gov. Bill Walker's administration. , said Anchorage Democratic Rep. Les Gara, was a "recipe for failure."


  7. Alaska lawmakers trickle back to Juneau, but budget solution still seems far offRead the original story

    May 23, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    Lawmakers arrived back in Juneau Monday for a slow start to the special session on budget and financial legislation called by Gov. Bill Walker. About three-fourths of the members of each chamber showed up for brief floor sessions Monday.


  8. ACS's Kaltenbach soars to two titles in Region III championshipsRead the original story

    May 20, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    Lane Kaltenbach of Anchorage Christian soared to victories in the long jump and high jump Friday at the Region III track and field championships at Colony High School. Kaltenbach was the only double-winner during first-day action.


  9. Alaska lawmakers staring down government shutdown after session ends in disarray and defeatRead the original story

    May 19, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    With a state government shutdown six weeks away, Alaska lawmakers will now have a special session for their second try at passing a budget and deficit-reduction legislation after their four-month regular session ended in disarray and defeat Wednesday night . Gov. Bill Walker first introduced a 10-bill financial reform package Jan. 19, which included oil-tax legislation, a new personal income tax, tax increases on natural resource extraction, tobacco, and alcohol, and a restructuring of the Permanent Fund to help close the state's multi-billion dollar budget gap.


  10. Legislature butts up to adjournment deadline with work still not doneRead the original story

    May 18, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    Alaska lawmakers late Wednesday were running up against their end-of-session deadline with no budget deal and no compromises on any of the deficit-reduction legislation proposed by Gov. Bill Walker, making a special session a near-certainty. Wednesday was the 121st day of the regular legislative session - the last day allowed under a constitutional limit, and already 31 days past a softer deadline set in a 2006 citizens initiative.


  11. Alaska House leaders losing grip over rank-and-file, complicating finale in JuneauRead the original story

    May 18, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    When the Alaska House passed an oil-tax bill after a month of negotiation, it revealed a deep fissure within the Republican-led majority that's controlled the chamber for more than a year. In the oil-tax legislation, the House dispensed with a proposal made by one of its GOP leaders and instead approved a drastically rewritten, compromise bill less favorable to the oil industry that came from a pair of rank-and-file Republicans.


  12. Weary Alaska House breaks through oil tax gridlock, passes bill to SenateRead the original story w/Photo

    May 13, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    A bipartisan coalition of House Democratic minority and Republican-led majority members passed a wide-ranging oil tax bill Friday that sharply scales back companies' cash subsidies and tax deductions, sending the legislation to what could be a skeptical Senate. The passage of House Bill 247 , by a vote of 25 to 12, came in spite of opposition from House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, and one of his allies in the Republican leadership, Anchorage Rep. Craig Johnson.


  13. Weary Alaska House breaks through oil tax gridlock, passes legislation to SenateRead the original story w/Photo

    May 13, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    A worn-down Alaska House on Friday passed a wide-ranging oil tax bill, with minority Democrats joining a group of Republican-led majority members in supporting the bill over the opposition of House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, and some of his allies. The vote on the House Bill 247 was 25-12.


  14. Medicaid lawsuit has become a rogue effort featuring false claimsRead the original story w/Photo

    May 12, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    One of the hallmarks of the 2015-16 Alaska Legislature has been the refusal to debate or vote on whether up to 42,000 more low-income Alaskans should be allowed to sign up for health care coverage under Medicaid, with nearly all of the costs paid for by the federal government. Nearly 17,000 Alaskans have enrolled since late last summer, when Gov. Bill Walker took action on his own to expand coverage, arguing it was allowed under state law.


  15. Dog dies, driver hurt in Kenai crashRead the original story w/Photo

    May 9, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    A collision between two sport utility vehicles on the Kenai Peninsula Saturday morning left a dog in one vehicle dead and the driver of the other injured, Alaska State Troopers said. Dispatchers were first informed of the wreck, at Karluk Avenue's intersection with Kalifornsky Beach Road, at about 10:40 a.m. Saturday.


  16. Nikiski man held for DUI after driving into Kenai sidewalks, ditchesRead the original story w/Photo

    May 6, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    Concerned citizens are credited with helping Kenai police to apprehend a Nikiski man for drunk driving, after he was spotted driving erratically on -- and off -- local roads Thursday night.a Kenai police said in a statement Friday morning that Lance C. Alexander, 54, was reported by multiple callers as a dangerous driver at about 7 p.m. Thursday. In addition to running a red light, callers said Alexander's Chevrolet Suburban SUV drove onto the sidewalk and "drove into the ditch multiple times" along Bridge Access Road.


  17. Lobbyists bought $100 meal for Alaska Senate president before vote on buildingRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 27, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    Alaska Senate President Kevin Meyer accepted a $100 meal from two lobbyists for one of the developers of lawmakers' Anchorage offices a week before voting to buy those offices for $32.5 million. Lobbyists Robert Evans and John Bitney reported spending a combined $107 on Meyer's food and drinks March 24, plus another $75 for Meyer's chief of staff and $190 for two other Senate aides.


  18. Senate bill would zero out Cook Inlet tax credits in 2018Read the original story w/Photo

    Apr 12, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    Oil industry supporters Tuesday morning panned the latest legislative measure proposing to change the state's oil-tax system, attacking proposals such as one that would end oil tax credits in Cook Inlet in 2018 even though gas production taxes in the basin would be eliminated as a partial counterweight. The bill, Senate Bill 130, a substitute for Gov. Bill Walker's original proposal to reduce cash tax credits next year by $400 million and increase the production tax by $100 million, was introduced Monday night in the Senate Resources Committee chaired by Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage.


  19. Legislative leaders say budget work is progressing behind scenesRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 20, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    Alaska lawmakers Wednesday weren't planning hearings on either of the two big problems still facing them on their third day of overtime, though legislative leaders said they're making progress behind the scenes. "There are meetings going on," House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, said in an interview Wednesday morning.


  20. In first extra legislative day, Alaska GOP House leaders propose new...Read the original story w/Photo

    Apr 18, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    The Alaska Legislature made little headway Monday on its deficit reduction plan after missing its Sunday adjournment deadline, while a House Republican leader introduced an entirely new bill to eliminate state workers' annual and biennial pay increases that a Democratic colleague said could actually set negotiations backward. Anchorage GOP Rep. Craig Johnson, whose House Rules Committee sponsored the last-minute legislation, said House Bill 379 is a "part of the package" needed to close the state's $4 billion budget gap.


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