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Juneau man files to run for state senate

A Juneau man is seeking to run for the Alaska Senate seat held by Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau. Larry Cotter of Thane Road filed a… Continue reading

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In this April 3, 2017 photo, Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, right, listens to David Teal, fiscal analyst for the Alaska Legislature, during a Senate Finance Committee meeting at the Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Dunleavy wins Juneau Republicans’ straw poll

Former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, has won a straw poll of Republican candidates for governor. The straw poll was conducted across two gubernatorial forums… Continue reading

In this April 3, 2017 photo, Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, right, listens to David Teal, fiscal analyst for the Alaska Legislature, during a Senate Finance Committee meeting at the Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Governor candidate Scott Hawkins delivers his introduction during a GOP candidate forum at the Prospector Hotel on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

‘Three Mikes and a Scott’: Republican gubernatorial candidates gather in Juneau

Juneau Republicans got their first look at their options for governor and lieutenant this year as the Juneau Republican Women hosted an hourlong lunchtime forum… Continue reading

Governor candidate Scott Hawkins delivers his introduction during a GOP candidate forum at the Prospector Hotel on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Rep. Jason Grenn, I-Anchorage, left, looks on as Carol Thompson with the state Division of Elections in Anchorage, unseals boxes containing more than 45,000 signatures, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Elections workers will have to verify the signatures before the measure is approved for the ballot. (Mark Thiessen | The Associated Press)

Two measures still on track for 2018 ballot

The backers of two ballot measures are turning in their required signatures to the Alaska Division of Elections, keeping the measures on track for a… Continue reading

Rep. Jason Grenn, I-Anchorage, left, looks on as Carol Thompson with the state Division of Elections in Anchorage, unseals boxes containing more than 45,000 signatures, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Elections workers will have to verify the signatures before the measure is approved for the ballot. (Mark Thiessen | The Associated Press)

Two healthcare ballot initiatives for 2018 have been canceled

A pair of health care ballot initiatives seeking a place in Alaska’s 2018 election are dead for now. On Monday, Healthcare for Alaska and Defend… Continue reading

PFD voter program sends first mailers this week

Thanks to a ballot measure approved last year, about 75,000 Alaskans will receive a mailer from the Alaska Division of Elections this week. The mailer… Continue reading

Mallott approves two health care ballot measures

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has approved two health care-related ballot measures, an act that allows backers to begin gathering signatures to put them on the… Continue reading

Petitioners try again to put salmon on the ballot

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has said no, but backers of a pro-salmon ballot measure are trying to go over his head. On Tuesday in Anchorage,… Continue reading

Businessman and activist Scott Hawkins is running for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018.  Scott Hawkins campaign

Businessman and activist Scott Hawkins files for governor

Anchorage businessman and political activist Scott Hawkins has joined the race for Alaska governor. According to the Alaska Public Offices Commission, Hawkins filed a letter… Continue reading

Businessman and activist Scott Hawkins is running for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018.  Scott Hawkins campaign
State attorneys Elizabeth Bakalar, foreground left, and Margaret Paton-Walsh, foreground right, listen to arguments made by attorney Jon Choate on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 in Alaska Superior Court in Juneau. At background left is Judge Philip Pallenberg, who is expected to decide the Alaska Democratic Party’s lawsuit against the state next week. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

Alaska Democrats fight in court to put independents on their primary ballot

For state attorney Margaret Paton-Walsh, it’s a Jenga tower waiting to collapse. For Alaska Democratic Party attorney Jon Choate, it’s the solemn decision of an… Continue reading

State attorneys Elizabeth Bakalar, foreground left, and Margaret Paton-Walsh, foreground right, listen to arguments made by attorney Jon Choate on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 in Alaska Superior Court in Juneau. At background left is Judge Philip Pallenberg, who is expected to decide the Alaska Democratic Party’s lawsuit against the state next week. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)
Sockeye salmon splash their way up Steep Creek in 2012. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has rejected a ballot initiative that would have made it more difficult to build projects that affect salmon streams. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)

Mallott kills fish measure

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has rejected a proposed pro-fisheries ballot initiative as inappropriately restricting the powers of the Alaska Legislature. On Tuesday morning, the lieutenant… Continue reading

Sockeye salmon splash their way up Steep Creek in 2012. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has rejected a ballot initiative that would have made it more difficult to build projects that affect salmon streams. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)
In this March 2016 photo, Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, questions Dr. Susan McCauley, Interim Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, during a Senate Education Committee on SB 191 at the Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Dunleavy quits governor’s race; Huggins is in

There’s been a shakeup in the Republican lineup for the 2018 governor’s race. On Tuesday morning, Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, announced that he is suspending… Continue reading

In this March 2016 photo, Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, questions Dr. Susan McCauley, Interim Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, during a Senate Education Committee on SB 191 at the Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, poses for a photograph at the Anchorage office of the Alaska Division of Elections as he files to run for lieutenant governor. (Campaign of Kevin Meyer photo)

Anchorage senator will run for lieutenant governor

JUNEAU EMPIRE The race for lieutenant governor has a new contender. On Thursday morning, Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, filed his application with the Alaska Division… Continue reading

Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, poses for a photograph at the Anchorage office of the Alaska Division of Elections as he files to run for lieutenant governor. (Campaign of Kevin Meyer photo)
JUNEAU EMPIRE COMPOSITE  Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka, left, and Rep. Jason Grenn, I-Anchorage, right, are two of the three co-chairs (with Bonnie Jack of Anchorage) of a new ballot initiative that targets legislative prerogatives.

New ballot initiative targets legislators’ per diem pay

Two Alaska legislators and a longtime Republican organizer are trying to prohibit lawmakers from collecting expense payments if they fail to pass a state budget… Continue reading

JUNEAU EMPIRE COMPOSITE  Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka, left, and Rep. Jason Grenn, I-Anchorage, right, are two of the three co-chairs (with Bonnie Jack of Anchorage) of a new ballot initiative that targets legislative prerogatives.
In this April 2014 file photo, Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, left, speaks with Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, before their Senate Finanace Committee meeting at the Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Meet Gov. Walker’s first big challenger

Five years ago, Mike Dunleavy ran for Alaska Senate and asked residents of the Mat-Su to kindly not shoot him. “Mike Dunleavy knows that Alaska… Continue reading

In this April 2014 file photo, Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, left, speaks with Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, before their Senate Finanace Committee meeting at the Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott speak to the press after filing for re-election at the state’s election office in Juneau on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

Walker, Mallott file for re-election

Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott will attempt to repeat the “unity ticket” in a second term. On Monday morning, both men filed… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott speak to the press after filing for re-election at the state’s election office in Juneau on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

Ballot measures gather, one year from 2018 election

The 2018 election is a year away, but candidates are already starting to file for office. The ballot measures are coming, too. According to the… Continue reading

Paul Oliva is seen in an undated photo with a cat, Mishu. (Contributed photo)

This man is trolling the Anchorage municipal election, just because he can

The Alaska Public Offices Commission has never seen anything like it. Neither has Jerry McBeath, who literally wrote the book on politics in Alaska. In… Continue reading

Paul Oliva is seen in an undated photo with a cat, Mishu. (Contributed photo)
Rep. Lynn Gattis, R-Wasilla, left, speaks during a March 2016 meeting of the House Finance Committee. Gattis, who lost her bid for the Alaska Senate later that year, is running for lieutenant governor. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)

Second Republican enters race for lieutenant governor

A second Republican has joined the race for lieutenant governor. On Thursday, former Rep. Lynn Gattis filed a letter of intent with the Alaska Public… Continue reading

Rep. Lynn Gattis, R-Wasilla, left, speaks during a March 2016 meeting of the House Finance Committee. Gattis, who lost her bid for the Alaska Senate later that year, is running for lieutenant governor. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)
Gov. Bill Walker, left, and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott are seen at their 2014 inauguration in Centennial Hall. Mallott said Wednesday on KINY-AM that he and Walker are running for re-election in 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)

Walker and Mallott will run for re-election

Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott will run for re-election together. “We have both decided that we will run again,” Mallott told KINY-AM’s… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker, left, and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott are seen at their 2014 inauguration in Centennial Hall. Mallott said Wednesday on KINY-AM that he and Walker are running for re-election in 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)