In this Feb. 15, 2017 photo, Rep. Dean Westlake, D-Kotzebue, speaks in support of his resolution to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge during a House floor sesison. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Report confirms lawmaker harassed staff

An investigation by the Alaska Legislature’s internal watchdog has confirmed that former Rep. Dean Westlake, D-Kiana, sexually harassed multiple Legislative employees in 2017. The investigation’s… Continue reading


In this April 2014 photo, Rep. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, left, speaks with Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, Rep. Lynn Gattis, R-Wasilla, and Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, in the House Chambers. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Rep. Tammie Wilson alleges bullying by former state senator

Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, is sharing her own story of being bullied in the state Legislature as she calls for harassment investigations within the… Continue reading


Alaska’s legislature looks to Oregon for guidance on sexual harassment

As the Alaska Legislature considers how to rewrite its guidelines for reporting sexual harassment and dealing with claims, it’s looking to the south. In an… Continue reading


Accused of sexual harassment, Rep. Dean Westlake refuses to resign

Rep. Dean Westlake will not resign. In a statement issued late Tuesday, the Democrat from the Northwest Arctic Borough said that despite seven accusations of… Continue reading