Both of Alaska’s senators -- Republicans Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski -- voted Monday to end debate and allow a vote on a bill that would slash federal funding for Planned Parenthood. 


Erica Martinson
On Monday, Alaska’s senators will get a chance to stake out a position on whether the federal government should be funding Planned Parenthood. But the vote sets the stage for a budget battle in September.  Erica Martinson
A social media war is brewing in South Anchorage Senate district where Jeff Landfield is challenging Sen. Lesil McGuire in the 2016 Republican primary.Devin Kelly
As Congress moves toward a September vote on the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, Republican Sens. Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski continue to ask whether the Obama administration is giving up too much future negotiating power.   Erica Martinson
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s push to lift the ban on exporting U.S. crude oil inched forward Tuesday with a critical Senate committee hearing on the issue.  But testimony from a union leader revealed there is fervent opposition to lifting the ban.Erica Martinson
The hundreds of wealthy conservatives gathered Saturday afternoon on the grand lawn of the St. Regis Monarch Beach had already poured millions into helping build a network of nonprofits that is now one of the most potent forces in American politics. But Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist who leads their effort, wants them to do more. Matea Gold and James Hohmann | Washington Post
Attorney General Craig Richards in an opinion issued Thursday said that law enforcement officers must enforce tribal protective orders just as if they came from an Alaska court.Lisa Demer
Some of Alaska’s social services agencies said this week they’re barely scraping by in the face of delayed grant funding by the state brought on by the late budget from the Legislature and a new state computer accounting system. Devin Kelly
UAF officials say students will likely see more crowded classrooms and fewer duplicate offerings of required introductory courses.Associated Press
Facebook - which has 189 million monthly users in the United States - has pitched its tools and services to every presidential campaign in the 2016 race, not to mention down-ballot races, to showcase new features as candidates seek to reach and recruit new supporters and potential donors.Ashley Parker | The New York Times