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A new Anchorage Assembly committee has been tasked with studying the regulation and taxation of the cultivation, manufacture and commercial sale of marijuana in Anchorage.

Suzanna Caldwell
Gov. Bill Walker contends that loosening the state's tight nine-month deadline for crafting marijuana regulations would create the "best possible regulations," said Grace Jang, the governor's spokesperson. Laurel Andrews
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
Gov. Bill Walker announced three new appointments in his administration late Friday, naming Heidi Drygas as labor commissioner, Darwin Peterson as legislative director and retaining Larry Hartig for the Department of Environmental Conservation.Alex DeMarban