Alaska Legislature

In this Feb. 4, 2019 file photo, former Speaker nominee Rep. Bryce Edgmon, Dillingham, right, shares a laugh with Speaker nominee Rep. David Talerico, R-Healy, as Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Neal Foster, Nome, presides over the House. Edgmon was elected Speaker of the House on Thursday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

A whirlwhind week at the state capitol

Looking back on the week in the Alaska Legislature.

In this Feb. 4, 2019 file photo, former Speaker nominee Rep. Bryce Edgmon, Dillingham, right, shares a laugh with Speaker nominee Rep. David Talerico, R-Healy, as Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Neal Foster, Nome, presides over the House. Edgmon was elected Speaker of the House on Thursday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Biggest news from the Alaska Legislature, Dunleavy administration

Biggest news from the Alaska Legislature, Dunleavy administration

House disarray, budget concerns the talk of the town.

Biggest news from the Alaska Legislature, Dunleavy administration
Alaska’s radio, TV contribution on the chopping block

Alaska’s radio, TV contribution on the chopping block

Dunleavy’s budget would cut state funding for public media.

Alaska’s radio, TV contribution on the chopping block
House fills key leadership roles

House fills key leadership roles

House majority, minority taking shape.

House fills key leadership roles
Senators baffled at proposed reductions to public safety departments
Senators baffled at proposed reductions to public safety departments
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with his cabinet members at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with his cabinet members at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Kelly Goode, right, deputy commissioner for the Department of Corrections, sits alongside DOC Administrative Services Director Sylvan Robb, center, and Office of Management and Budget Director Donna Arduin as they present to the Senate Finance Committee on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)
Kelly Goode, right, deputy commissioner for the Department of Corrections, sits alongside DOC Administrative Services Director Sylvan Robb, center, and Office of Management and Budget Director Donna Arduin as they present to the Senate Finance Committee on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)
Office of Management and Budget Director Donna Arduin and members of her budget team takes time to explain Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s state budget at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Proposed Medicaid, health care cuts spark outrage

One health care advocate called the budget proposal “outrageous.”

Office of Management and Budget Director Donna Arduin and members of her budget team takes time to explain Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s state budget at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Capitol Live: House GOP tags Pruitt as minority leader
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Capitol Live: House GOP tags Pruitt as minority leader
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Details emerge on proposed job cuts
Details emerge on proposed job cuts
‘To hell with politics’: House speaker elected after two Republicans cross party lines
‘To hell with politics’: House speaker elected after two Republicans cross party lines
Experts: State could lose tens of thousands of jobs if budget proposal goes through
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Experts: State could lose tens of thousands of jobs if budget proposal goes through
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Opinion: The time is now to elect a majority in the Alaska House

Opinion: The time is now to elect a majority in the Alaska House

Valuable dollars are being wasted.

Opinion: The time is now to elect a majority in the Alaska House
Opinion: Gov. Dunleavy is ‘out of step’ with Alaska families, businesses
Opinion: Gov. Dunleavy is ‘out of step’ with Alaska families, businesses
Capitol Live: Dunleavy budget would require eliminating 1,300 university positions, president says
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Capitol Live: Dunleavy budget would require eliminating 1,300 university positions, president says
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Opinion: With release of Dunleavy’s budget, it’s time to listen to Alaskans

Opinion: With release of Dunleavy’s budget, it’s time to listen to Alaskans

Sen. Mia Costello wants to hear from you.

Opinion: With release of Dunleavy’s budget, it’s time to listen to Alaskans
Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, speaks during a House of Representatives floor session on Tuesday. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

Local lawmakers hoping for bipartisan, strong majority

The governor’s late budget is a factor in the standstill.

Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, speaks during a House of Representatives floor session on Tuesday. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)
Rep. Sara Hannan, D-Juneau, center, answers a question as Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau, left, and Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, wait their turn during a standing-room only town hall meeting at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Juneau’s legislators express concern about state jobs leaving town

Jobs have already been leaving in recent years.

Rep. Sara Hannan, D-Juneau, center, answers a question as Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau, left, and Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, wait their turn during a standing-room only town hall meeting at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
House surprised with unexpected speaker nomination
House surprised with unexpected speaker nomination
Gov. Mike Dunleavy delivers the State of the State address on Jan. 22, 2019 in the Alaska Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy delivers the State of the State address on Jan. 22, 2019 in the Alaska Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)