Politics

The Capitol was quiet Tuesday, transitioning from a Senate Finance Committee meeting in Juneau on Monday to a House Finance Committee meeting in Anchorage on Wednesday while most legislators took a break at home.

 

Pat Forgey
Ethan Berkowitz surged to victory with a big lead over Amy Demboski on Tuesday night in the runoff election for Anchorage mayor. With 98 percent of the vote counted, Berkowitz had about 59 percent of the vote to about 41 percent for Demboski.Devin Kelly,Nathaniel Herz,Alex DeMarban
President Obama's nominee to head health care at the Department of Veterans Affairs got a warm reception from a Senate committee concerned with recent scandals, access to care and attention to veterans' mental health. Erica Martinson

Voters head back to the polls for the Anchorage mayoral runoff election between Amy Demboski and Ethan Berkowitz on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

Alaska Dispatch News
Elections officials reported record-breaking early voting numbers Monday in the Anchorage mayoral runoff between Amy Demboski and Ethan Berkowitz that has rapidly taken turns both bruising and bizarre.Devin Kelly,Nathaniel Herz
Two Capitol meetings, one that happened and one that didn't, suggest a budget deal may be hard to come by for Alaska leaders. Pat Forgey
In the final day of campaigning for Anchorage mayor, a recording has surfaced of candidate Ethan Berkowitz's remarks about father-son marriage, and former candidate Andrew Halcro endorsed Berkowitz, one of the two candidates in Tuesday’s runoff election.Nathaniel Herz
At the final debate before Tuesday's mayoral runoff election, Ethan Berkowitz and Amy Demboski sparred over personal, social and municipal issues.Devin Kelly
KFQD talk radio host Bernadette Wilson ended her silence Saturday about the radio show she co-hosted with now-mayoral candidate Ethan Berkowitz in October, saying Berkowitz said on the air that he would approve of marriage between a man and his son -- statements Berkowitz’s opponent Amy Demboski said she heard as a listener.Devin Kelly
The mood of the Anchorage mayoral runoff has swung heavily toward social issues in the final week leading up to Tuesday's election. Devin Kelly