Politics

Two Democrats are making this session’s first attempt to make a big dent in the state’s $3.5 billion budget deficit following last week’s news that budget cuts alone would not solve the state’s financial problems.

Pat Forgey
A campaign mailer in which Anchorage mayoral candidate Amy Demboski accuses rival Dan Coffey of buying Anchorage Assembly votes has led to a counter-move from Coffey -- a robocall by Coffey's wife accusing Demboski of slander.Devin Kelly
The Republican-controlled Alaska Senate on Tuesday passed a bill aimed at sidelining Gov. Bill Walker’s effort to take control of proposed backup gas pipeline from the North Slope.Nathaniel Herz
Ten weeks into the 13-week session, some legislators are still wrestling with the names of their colleagues, from Millett to Wielechowski to Vazquez.Nathaniel Herz
Two former Anchorage mayors, Rick Mystrom and Mark Begich, will preside over a televised debate of the current crop of mayoral candidates on the eve of the municipal election next week.Devin Kelly
A bill to eliminate daylight saving time in Alaska is gathering opposition as hearings are set in the state House.Nathaniel Herz
Echoes of the hotly-contested 2014 U.S. Senate election are reverberating in the Anchorage mayoral race, from endorsements to campaign staffers and volunteers.Devin Kelly
The shadow of a federal case that never made it to court -- allegations by investigators that Bill Allen paid for sex with underage girls -- looms over an amendment introduced by Sen. Dan Sullivan.Dermot Cole
As the Alaska Legislature looks for ways to cut its own budget, its new office building in downtown Anchorage may become a target.Nathaniel Herz
Three Alaska Democratic legislators attended the inaugural meeting in Washington, D.C., last December of the State Innovation Exchange, meant to be a counter-force to a conservative exchange that supplies lawmakers with bills pushed by business interests and lobbyists.Nathaniel Herz