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The two leading gubernatorial candidates -- independent Bill Walker and Republican Gov. Sean Parnell -- tangled over energy and the economy at a crowded debate in Anchorage on Monday, with the proposed mega-LNG project often taking center stage.

Alex DeMarban

In the runup to the Nov. 4 general election, Alaska Dispatch News asked candidates for state and federal offices questions on a range of issues. Here are there responses. 

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Longtime Alaska politician Mark Begich is in the fight of his life to hold onto his U.S. Senate seat. Can he pull off a win against Dan Sullivan, the former state commissioner and attorney general who has never held elected office?Nathaniel Herz
In the last weeks of the most expensive political race in Alaska history, both U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and Republican challenger Dan Sullivan are making a big push for support in rural Alaska, where their differences are especially distinct.Lisa Demer
With Alaska facing a third straight year of massive deficits, and plunging oil prices threatening to make matters worse, the leading gubernatorial candidates are battling over the budget. Alex DeMarban
Republican Gov. Sean Parnell and his independent challenger, Bill Walker, have starkly different attitudes toward the optional expansion of Medicaid that's part of the Affordable Care Act. At stake is whether thousands of the poorest Alaskans will get health care coverage. Tegan Hanlon
As Washington state's recreational marijuana roll-out continues, many regulatory questions remain up in the air. But that hasn't stopped businesses from pushing ahead -- whether in compliance with the law, or not.Laurel Andrews
Alaskans have already begun voting in this year's elections, with some absentee ballots arriving early enough that the votes may have been cast before complete election pamphlet information was available.Pat Forgey
With an initiative to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana up for a vote in November, Alaskans are asking themselves what would or wouldn't happen if Ballot Measure 2 passed. Here's a look at some things that haven't happened in Washington now that its fledgling recreational industry is getting off the ground.Laurel Andrews
When President Dwight D. Eisenhower inked the declaration under which the 49th state joined the union, no one thought that 55 years later, the state and federal governments would still be arguing about the map of Alaska. Dermot Cole

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  • At least one chapter of the Ebola saga neared a close Sunday, as most of the dozens of people who had direct or indirect contact here with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died of Ebola, had been told by officials they were no longer at risk of contracting the disease.

  • Hours after U.S. military aircraft dropped ammunition and small arms to resupply Kurdish fighters in the embattled Syrian town of Kobani, Turkey’s foreign minister said Monday that the country would facilitate the movement of Iraqi Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, to the city to join the fighting.