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An ordinance that would have banned commercial marijuana in Anchorage failed after four hours of public testimony and debate in Assembly chambers Tuesday night. Several Assembly members expressed concern that a ban would disconnect them from conversations regarding marijuana regulations at the state level.



Suzanna Caldwell
Alaska’s U.S. Sen.-elect Dan Sullivan ended the first campaign finance reporting period after his Nov. 4 election victory with more than $275,000 in the bank, according to a filing this month with the Federal Election Commission.Nathaniel Herz
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich voted Monday to confirm President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the country’s surgeon general, who was narrowly approved after a lengthy delay stemming from a controversy over the nominee’s views on gun rights.Nathaniel Herz
Alaska's U.S. Sen.-elect Dan Sullivan will serve on the Senate's commerce committee, a slot he requested because of the committee's jurisdiction over fisheries. He was also named Monday to the committees on the environment and public works, armed services, and veterans' affairs.Nathaniel Herz
U.S. Rep. Don Young got more votes in November than any other statewide candidate in Alaska. And he now says he plans to run for his 23rd two-year term in 2016. “The only time I’ll retire is when people want to retire me,” Young said in a recent interview.Nathaniel Herz
With oil prices plunging and a huge budget gap looming, Alaska's new governor, Bill Walker, faces no shortage of challenges as he settles into the job. Here's a look at four of the biggest.Alex DeMarban
As the current session of Congress winds up, Alaska’s U.S. Sen.-elect Dan Sullivan is getting ready to start the next one, organizing his new staff and preparing for his January swearing-in from a windowless, undecorated office in the bowels of the U.S. Capitol complex.Nathaniel Herz
A measure aimed at clarifying Alaska Native tribes’ legal authority over nonmembers passed a key legislative hurdle late Thursday and is expected to be signed into law by President Barack Obama.Nathaniel Herz
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich bid his colleagues farewell Thursday, touting his legislative accomplishments and telling a few wry anecdotes during a lengthy floor speech to an audience of staffers, a handful of Democratic senators, and his wife.Nathaniel Herz
A political consultant who works for the firm that produced the TV commercials for Democratic Sen. Mark Begich's losing re-election effort offered a new perspective Tuesday on the most controversial ad of the campaign.Nathaniel Herz