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Lt. Gov. nixes good governance ballot measure

Lt. Gov. nixes good governance ballot measure

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott on Friday removed a ballot measure from this fall’s statewide election, citing a “substantially similar” bill approved by the Alaska Legislature… Continue reading

Lt. Gov. nixes good governance ballot measure
James Hart and Tom Morphet are seen in courtesy photos. Hart is seen in a 2017 image provided by KHNS-FM radio in Haines. Morphet is seen in a headshot he provided on Tuesday. (Juneau Empire composite)

Two more jump into Alaska House Democratic primary

Two late entries in the race for Alaska House District 33 have made the contest one of the biggest in the state. Just before Friday’s… Continue reading

James Hart and Tom Morphet are seen in courtesy photos. Hart is seen in a 2017 image provided by KHNS-FM radio in Haines. Morphet is seen in a headshot he provided on Tuesday. (Juneau Empire composite)
Andi Story, with her husband, Mike, and son, Ryan, announces her run for the Mendenhall Valley house seat at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library on Thursday, May 31, 2018. ( Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Juneau school board member Andi Story will run for Valley House seat

Update: This story has been updated to include comments from Story’s announcement event Thursday afternoon. Juneau School Board member Andi Story is seeking higher office.… Continue reading

Andi Story, with her husband, Mike, and son, Ryan, announces her run for the Mendenhall Valley house seat at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library on Thursday, May 31, 2018. ( Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Former fishing company CEO Larry Cotter has announced he will withdraw his candidacy for Senate District Q. (Courtesy photo)

Candidate drops out of race to replace Sen. Dennis Egan

One of the three candidates running for the Alaska Senate seat covering northern Southeast has dropped out of the race. In an emailed statement Wednesday… Continue reading

Former fishing company CEO Larry Cotter has announced he will withdraw his candidacy for Senate District Q. (Courtesy photo)
Rep. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River, is seen in a 2016 file photo. (Juneau Empire file)

Reinbold, Saddler to clash in Alaska Senate race

Two incumbent Republicans in the Alaska House of Representatives will clash in a fall election for the Alaska Senate. On Thursday, Rep. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle… Continue reading

Rep. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River, is seen in a 2016 file photo. (Juneau Empire file)
Jesse Kiehl, left, meets with supporters before his announcement to run for the Senate District Q seat in front of the Alaska State Capitol on Thursday, May 17, 2018. The seat is currently held by Sen. Dennis Egan who is not running for reelection. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Juneau Assembly member Jesse Kiehl announces run for state senate

A crowd of about 60 people gathered in front of the Alaska State Capitol on Thursday morning for the most expected news of the political… Continue reading

Jesse Kiehl, left, meets with supporters before his announcement to run for the Senate District Q seat in front of the Alaska State Capitol on Thursday, May 17, 2018. The seat is currently held by Sen. Dennis Egan who is not running for reelection. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Don Etheridge is running for the senate seat currently held by Sen. Dennis Egan. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Lobbyist seeks to run for Juneau’s state senate seat

Longtime Juneau resident and AFL-CIO lobbyist Don Etheridge is running for the Alaska Senate seat representing northern Southeast Alaska. On Sunday, Etheridge filed a letter… Continue reading

Don Etheridge is running for the senate seat currently held by Sen. Dennis Egan. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Rep. Jason Grenn, I-Anchorage (left) speaks to Rep. Dan Saddler, R-Eagle River (standing center), Rep. George Rauscher, R-Sutton (standing right) and Rep. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River (seated) before the final vote Friday, May 11, 2018 on House Bill 44. (Brian Hild | Alaska House Majority)

Legislature will boot ballot measure if governor signs ‘government accountability’ bill

The Alaska Legislature has likely removed a ballot measure from this fall’s statewide election. In a 39-1 vote Friday night, the Alaska House of Representatives… Continue reading

Rep. Jason Grenn, I-Anchorage (left) speaks to Rep. Dan Saddler, R-Eagle River (standing center), Rep. George Rauscher, R-Sutton (standing right) and Rep. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River (seated) before the final vote Friday, May 11, 2018 on House Bill 44. (Brian Hild | Alaska House Majority)
Alaska election officials respond to revealed hack attempt

Alaska election officials respond to revealed hack attempt

As the Alaska Legislature held a Thursday hearing examining the security state’s election system, the Alaska Division of Elections responded to claims that a hacker… Continue reading

Alaska election officials respond to revealed hack attempt
In a screenshot from a video feed provided by 360 North, justices of the Alaska Supreme Court hear oral arguments Thursday, April 26, 2018 on the case Mallott v. Stand for Salmon in Anchorage. (Video capture)

Alaska’s high court hears dispute over salmon ballot measure

The Alaska Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday in a case that will decide the fate of a pro-fisheries ballot initiative earmarked for the November… Continue reading

In a screenshot from a video feed provided by 360 North, justices of the Alaska Supreme Court hear oral arguments Thursday, April 26, 2018 on the case Mallott v. Stand for Salmon in Anchorage. (Video capture)
In this Nov. 8, 2016 photo, election volunteer Lily Hong Campbell hands William Grooms a voter sticker after he cast his ballot at AEL&P. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Alaska GOP may seek courts’ help to keep unwanted candidates off the ballot

The Alaska Republican Party cannot prevent three lawmakers from appearing on election ballots as Republicans, the Alaska Division of Elections declared in a letter dated… Continue reading

In this Nov. 8, 2016 photo, election volunteer Lily Hong Campbell hands William Grooms a voter sticker after he cast his ballot at AEL&P. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, speaks at the Native Issues Forum at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The forum is sponsored by The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. (MIchael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Rep. Justin Parish drops out of election; Assemblyman Rob Edwardson will run instead

Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, is dropping out of this fall’s election for the Alaska House of Representatives seat representing the Mendenhall Valley. One of his… Continue reading

Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, speaks at the Native Issues Forum at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The forum is sponsored by The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. (MIchael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
A Municipality of Anchorage vote-by-mail drop box is seen in an undated photo. (Maria Athens | For the Juneau Empire)

After Anchorage success, state considers whether Alaska is ready for elections by mail

By the numbers alone, Anchorage’s first election held by mail has been a smashing success. Election Day was Tuesday, and almost 80,000 votes have already… Continue reading

A Municipality of Anchorage vote-by-mail drop box is seen in an undated photo. (Maria Athens | For the Juneau Empire)
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Alaska Supreme Court allows independents into Dems’ primary

Correction: An earlier version of this article said Alyse Galvin was a former school teacher. Galvin worked as a substitute teacher for a period, not… Continue reading

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
The Alaska State Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Bill advancing in Alaska Senate could nix ‘good governance’ ballot measure

A bill is advancing in the Alaska Senate that has the potential to overwrite a ballot initiative planned for this fall’s election. On Tuesday evening,… Continue reading

The Alaska State Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Juneau Rep. Sam Kito III will not run for re-election in 2018

Rep. Sam Kito III ended months of speculation in a Monday interview with the Juneau Empire by declaring he will not run for re-election this… Continue reading

In this March 20, 2017, file photo, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., center, flanked by the committee’s ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., left, and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., listens on Capitol Hill in Washington during the committee’s hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Feds reject NBC report on Russia’s election hacking

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is criticizing a Tuesday NBC news report declaring that Russians penetrated the security of the Alaska Division of Elections… Continue reading

In this March 20, 2017, file photo, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., center, flanked by the committee’s ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., left, and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., listens on Capitol Hill in Washington during the committee’s hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
In this 2010 file photo, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, around his factory which produces school means, outside St. Petersburg, Russia. One of those indicted in the Russia probe is a businessman with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP | File)

NBC report claims Russian penetration of Alaska elections

If the Department of Homeland Security has evidence that Russian agents electronically penetrated Alaska’s election system, the agency hasn’t shared that information with the State… Continue reading

In this 2010 file photo, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, around his factory which produces school means, outside St. Petersburg, Russia. One of those indicted in the Russia probe is a businessman with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP | File)
Chris Dimond of Douglas is seen in an undated photo. (Courtesy photo)

Great-grandson of territorial Congressman seeks election to Alaska House

With incumbent Rep. Sam Kito III still undecided on re-election, a second person has announced their intention to seek the statehouse seat representing Haines, Skagway,… Continue reading

Chris Dimond of Douglas is seen in an undated photo. (Courtesy photo)
Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau

Egan will not run for re-election

Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, will not run for re-election. Egan made the announcement, which had been expected, in a Tuesday morning interview on KINY-AM, one… Continue reading

Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau