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Nathaniel Herz

On Thursday morning, as the sun rose above the Chugach Mountains east of Anchorage, incumbent Alaska U.S. Sen. Mark Begich called in to a local talk radio show, kicking off yet another day full of politicking, with less than three weeks left until the election.

It was the first of two talk show appearances for Begich, a Democrat. Trailing in the polls against Republican opponent Dan Sullivan, Begich is doing everything he can to remind voters that in spite of what they see on their TVs and Facebook feeds, he is just a regular Alaska guy who takes orders from his constituents -- not from President Barack Obama or from Sen. Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who leads the party’s Senate majority...

Nathaniel Herz

Gov. Sean Parnell on Friday announced that 27 people have applied for the top position at the Alaska National Guard.

A committee appointed by Parnell is expected to select a group of finalists in the next week to forward to the governor, who will conduct personal interviews before choosing a replacement for former Adjutant General Thomas Katkus.

Katkus was fired by Parnell early last month on the same day the state released a critical report by federal investigators about the guard, which detailed a climate of sexual misconduct, fear and harassment that the guard’s leadership allowed to persist...

Nathaniel Herz

Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Begich reported raising $1.9 million in the third quarter of the year, trailing the fundraising haul claimed by his Republican opponent, Dan Sullivan.

Begich’s campaign on Sunday electronically filed its most recent financial disclosure with the Federal Election Commission, which showed the campaign raised $1.5 million in August and September.

Sullivan’s campaign said in a news release last week that it raised $2.8 million in the third quarter. On Wednesday, it released summary figures of its most recent filings showing the campaign raised $2.5 million in August and September...

Nathaniel Herz

With less than a month until Election Day, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has found himself caught in the treacherous currents of Alaska fish politics.

Begich’s Republican opponent, Dan Sullivan, has accused Begich of acting to benefit Fishermen’s Finest , a Washington state-based fishing company connected to at least $115,000 in contributions to the primary super PAC that supports Begich, and to his re-election campaign.

The company is among a small number of fishing firms that stand to gain from proposed legislation released by Begich’s office earlier this year -- though that legislation hasn't yet been officially attached to a bill...

Nathaniel Herz

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is challenging his Republican opponent, Dan Sullivan, to sign a new pledge that would likely reduce the amount of outside spending in their race by penalizing the candidates if they get support from groups whose donors don’t meet certain transparency standards.

Sullivan, however, is unlikely to sign, setting himself up as a potential target for a new batch of negative TV ads...

Nathaniel Herz

With less than a month until the election, both sides of the U.S. Senate campaign in Alaska say their opponents are stretching the truth to new lengths in their ads and social media postings.

The Alaska Democratic Party is citing recent comments from Republican Dan Sullivan that contradict published news reports as proof he's a “pathological liar,” while Sullivan’s campaign distributed a press release Friday linking to an article by that blasts a claim in two Begich ads as “bogus.”...

Nathaniel Herz

One of the starkest differences between incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and his Republican opponent, Dan Sullivan, is on the issue of health care.

Begich, who’s consistently pilloried for his 2009 vote for the Affordable Care Act by Sullivan and his allies, stands by his position and on Monday released a new radio ad in which he says that “every day, I work to try to fix it.”

Sullivan, meanwhile, says he’d repeal the law he calls Obamacare and replace it based on a broad five-point plan that he outlined to a reporter Wednesday...

Nathaniel Herz

Following his Aug. 19 loss in an acrimonious Republican primary election for the right to take on incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell has gotten back to business in his role as the state's top election official. Recently, he led a series of public hearings around the state addressing three ballot initiatives -- on legalizing marijuana, increasing the minimum wage and limiting large-scale mining in Southwest Alaska...

Nathaniel Herz

Three Alaska political veterans said this week they were considering entering the race for Anchorage mayor, with the election six months away.

Republican Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, Democratic state Sen. Hollis French and former gubernatorial candidate and GOP state representative Andrew Halcro all said they were thinking about bids for the city’s highest elected office, which is currently held by Dan Sullivan.

Sullivan, a Republican, is running for lieutenant governor in this November’s election, and even if he loses, term limits bar him from seeking a third three-year term as mayor.

Two major candidates have already said they’re running: Assemblywoman Amy Demboski, who’s a Republican, and independent Dan Coffey, an attorney and a former Assemblyman...

Nathaniel Herz

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro appeared in Anchorage on Monday at a series of public events, including a news conference with Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich.

Castro is the latest in a string of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet members to visit Alaska and hold public appearances with Begich, a boost to the incumbent senator locked in a tight re-election battle against Republican challenger Dan Sullivan...

Nathaniel Herz