Politics

An Anchorage trial court judge Friday rejected a request for an injunction by the Alaska Legislature and said Gov. Bill Walker’s administration could begin expansion of the public Medicaid health-care program as planned Sept. 1, unless the Supreme Court steps in before then.

Alaska Dispatch News
The White House on Friday confirmed new details about President Obama's travels in Alaska, including a glacier hike and plans to talk with a variety of Alaskans about climate change and economic issues.  Erica Martinson
Former Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell was paid $20,000 for two months of taxpayer-funded consulting work for the Republican caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a report in Politico.Alaska Dispatch News
Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner said Thursday that he would deliver an oral ruling Friday on the Alaska Legislature’s lawsuit to stop Gov. Bill Walker from unilaterally expanding the public Medicaid health care program.Nathaniel Herz
Some Anchorage residents will have to deal with road and office closures when President Obama arrives next week. But Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and other officials said Thursday they expect it to be mostly business as usual downtown.Sean Doogan,Devin Kelly
The Alaska Legislature’s high stakes lawsuit to stop Gov. Bill Walker from expanding the state’s public Medicaid health care program gets its first appearance in court Thursday.Nathaniel Herz
About three dozen people gathered downtown to protest Sen. Lisa Murkowski's vote to close debate on a bill that would have stopped federal funding for Planned Parenthood.Sean Doogan
Three people appear to be vying for Republican votes in next summer’s primary to represent District L in the Alaska Legislature’s upper chamber, plus a Democrat ready to challenge the victor the following November.Nathaniel Herz
When President Obama visits Alaska next week, he'll be greeted by politicians eager to show off vast wilderness and stirring scenery -- and anxious about whether Obama's trip will coincide with new regulations on resources.Justin Sink | Bloomberg News
Count on it, fellow Alaskans. A presidential visit like this may never happen again in your lifetime. Thank goodness.Libby Bakalar