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Some experts say that the third-party candidates in the U.S. Senate election in November could tip the balance in what’s expected to be a tight vote between incumbent Democrat Mark Begich and the Republican nominee.

Nathaniel Herz
Polls tracking the Republican primary in Alaska's closely watched U.S. Senate contest present very different views of voter mood, with local polling firms showing a tight race between front-runners Dan Sullivan and Mead Treadwell and Lower 48 polling companies giving Sullivan a comfy lead.   Alex Demarban
Legislators will have to make do with old furniture from storage and state surplus when they move into their remodeled digs in Anchorage next year, but the Legislative Council approved a $500,000 budget for new furnishings in hearing rooms, public spaces and staff offices.Richard Mauer
As President Barack Obama travels to Texas this week to grapple with a surge of migrants hitting the border there, tea party favorite Joe Miller is highlighting immigration as a key issue in the race for the U.S. Senate seat in Alaska that’s currently held by Democrat Mark Begich.Nathaniel Herz
An attempt by Rep. Wes Keller, a Wasilla Republican, to send bullets for his handgun, an aerosol spray can and a cigarette lighter to Juneau by air will cost the state at least a $7,000 fine, the chairman of the Legislature’s housekeeping committee said Wednesday. Richard Mauer
A conservative public policy group announced Wednesday morning it has scheduled a debate on social issues next month for the three candidates in the Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Mark Begich.Nathaniel Herz
The Wasilla Chamber of Commerce invited candidates for governor to its luncheon Tuesday. It might have gotten more than it bargained for.Richard Mauer
A Republican group is complaining that one of its staff members was kicked out of a public campaign event held in Fairbanks on Saturday by Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.Nathaniel Herz
Senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s GOP primary opponents are escalating their attacks on the state’s former attorney general over his stance on Alaska’s “stand your ground” law.Nathaniel Herz
The epic battle over a U.S. Senate seat in Alaska has clogged television airwaves with thousands of commercials, pushed up ad rates, and left candidates in other contests scrambling to find cheaper ways to spread their message.Alex DeMarban