Politics

Lawmakers on Thursday again delayed a final decision on whether they should stay in their renovated Anchorage offices or decamp to a state-owned building elsewhere downtown — prolonging an already lengthy debate over the expensive lease.

Nathaniel Herz
Hillary Clinton, scrambling to recover from her double-digit defeat in the New Hampshire primary, repeatedly challenged Bernie Sanders’ trillion-dollar policy plans at their presidential debate Thursday night and portrayed him as a big talker who needed to “level” with voters.JuliE Pace and Catherine Lucey
Arthur Keyes made his name as a tireless farm promoter who helped start several markets. He replaces a Palin appointee whom Gov. Bill Walker last year asked to leave the position. Zaz Hollander
The Republican-controlled Alaska Senate majority caucus announced Wednesday that it had added a member who jumped ship from the minority: Donny Olson, who represents Northwest Alaska.Nathaniel Herz
Former Gov. Sean Parnell’s legislative director, Heather Brakes, has launched a lobbying career, registering her first client just after the conclusion of a legally required year-long waiting period.Nathaniel Herz
Alaska’s lawmakers in Washington, D.C., had mixed reactions to President Barack Obama’s latest budget proposal, pleased with the boosts for Alaska infrastructure, but not so much with the size of the $4 trillion spending plan. Erica Martinson
President Barack Obama signed the 2015 Coast Guard reauthorization bill Monday night, a law that will transfer two tracts of land in Alaska out of the hands of the federal government. 
President Barack Obama’s latest budget request, due out on Tuesday, will pay homage to Alaska on its cover, with a photo of Denali, and several budget priorities aimed at the state.Erica Martinson
The Alaska Permanent Fund board will meet next week for overviews of three pieces of legislation aimed at closing the state’s budget gap that would also affect how the fund’s earnings are spent.Nathaniel Herz
Dustin Darden, a 32-year-old city maintenance worker, is running for a West Anchorage seat. He became known during the mayoral race last year for his homemade campaign signs and outlandish proposals. Devin Kelly