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Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, speaks in favor of a senate bill that would reverse “the sweep” during a Senate floor session Saturday, July 20, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Senate approves ‘reverse sweep’ and capital budget bill

Accounting concern is sweeping the state.

Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, speaks in favor of a senate bill that would reverse “the sweep” during a Senate floor session Saturday, July 20, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Capitol Live: House Finance Committee sets up Sunday to be a big day
Capitol Live: House Finance Committee sets up Sunday to be a big day
Legislators use ‘symbolic’ vote to deliver verbal smackdown to vetoes
Legislators use ‘symbolic’ vote to deliver verbal smackdown to vetoes
Capitol Live: Veto override vote fails
Capitol Live: Veto override vote fails
Perseverance Theatre in Douglas was founded in 1979 by Molly Smith and is currently led by Artistic Director Leslie Ishii and Managing Director Frank Delaney. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Perseverance Theatre in Douglas was founded in 1979 by Molly Smith and is currently led by Artistic Director Leslie Ishii and Managing Director Frank Delaney. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Even ‘right-leaning’ groups, bankers and builders are calling for an override
Even ‘right-leaning’ groups, bankers and builders are calling for an override
Senate Finance member Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, center, studies the FY20 Budget during a Senate Finance Committee meeting at the Capitol on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, left, and Sen. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage, right, listen in the background. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Senate Finance member Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, center, studies the FY20 Budget during a Senate Finance Committee meeting at the Capitol on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, left, and Sen. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage, right, listen in the background. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Capitol Live: There may not be enough lawmakers in Juneau to override vetoes
Capitol Live: There may not be enough lawmakers in Juneau to override vetoes
Capitol Live: Senate, House leaders answer questions about action-packed first day of special session
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Capitol Live: Senate, House leaders answer questions about action-packed first day of special session
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Special session starts with a manic Monday

Special session starts with a manic Monday

All roads — and planes — may lead to Wednesday.

Special session starts with a manic Monday
Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka, present one of three papers as Rep. Adam Wool, D-Fairbanks, listens during a Bicameral Permanent Fund Working Group at the Capitol on Monday, July 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Legislators call for PFD ‘grand compromise’

Protecting the Permanent Fund will mean give and take.

Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka, present one of three papers as Rep. Adam Wool, D-Fairbanks, listens during a Bicameral Permanent Fund Working Group at the Capitol on Monday, July 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Freshman legislators Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau; Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau; and Rep. Sara Hannan, D-Juneau; reflected on what’s happened so far during a regular and special session and what they’re looking forward to working on next. (Michael Penn| Juneau Empire File)
Freshman legislators Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau; Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau; and Rep. Sara Hannan, D-Juneau; reflected on what’s happened so far during a regular and special session and what they’re looking forward to working on next. (Michael Penn| Juneau Empire File)
Game On announced July 3 that the video game store in Nugget Mall was closing. The closure was caused by both financial and family challenges, according co-owner Casey Harris. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

LGBTQ-friendly video game store closes

Despite Kicksterter campaign, it’s game over for Game On.

Game On announced July 3 that the video game store in Nugget Mall was closing. The closure was caused by both financial and family challenges, according co-owner Casey Harris. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
The Alaska State Capitol will be the site of a rally Monday, July 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Veto override rally shaping up to be big

Handful of organizations plan demonstration for Monday

The Alaska State Capitol will be the site of a rally Monday, July 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Dunleavy’s Red Pen: Governor’s vetoes take more than $400M out of budget
Dunleavy’s Red Pen: Governor’s vetoes take more than $400M out of budget
‘Weird, eerie’ photos of Alaska’s old abandoned buildings on display in Juneau
‘Weird, eerie’ photos of Alaska’s old abandoned buildings on display in Juneau
Natalia Spengler plays the title roll during a performance of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” by Theatre in the Rough at McPhetres Hall on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Natalia Spengler plays the title roll during a performance of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” by Theatre in the Rough at McPhetres Hall on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Gina Athwani eats fresh lettuce grown through support from the Farm to School program at Harborview Elementary School on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Gina Athwani eats fresh lettuce grown through support from the Farm to School program at Harborview Elementary School on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Centennial Hall, left, and the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. There are proposals for a New JACC and renovated Centennial Hall, but when work would happen and how it would be funded are still being decided. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Centennial Hall, left, and the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. There are proposals for a New JACC and renovated Centennial Hall, but when work would happen and how it would be funded are still being decided. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Perseverance Theatre announced the hiring of new managing director Frank Delaney and interim artistic director Leslie Ishii. (Courtesy Photo | Perseverance Theatre)

Perseverance Theatre announces 2 new hires

Theater fills interim artistic director and managing director roles

Perseverance Theatre announced the hiring of new managing director Frank Delaney and interim artistic director Leslie Ishii. (Courtesy Photo | Perseverance Theatre)