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Amy Demboski, the first-term assemblywoman for Eagle River and Chugiak, said she would run for Anchorage mayor, joining a field that so far includes only attorney and former assemblyman Dan Coffey as a serious contender.

Nathaniel Herz
Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and his newly minted Republican challenger, Dan Sullivan, square off Wednesday in their first debate, just eight days after Sullivan proclaimed victory in last week’s primary election.Nathaniel Herz
A new television ad attacks Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan for the support he’s drawn from an Outside group tied to the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers. But even in the Fairbanks area, where the Koch-linked North Pole Refinery halted fuel production this spring, it’s unclear just how much the message resonates.Nathaniel Herz
Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and his newly minted Republican challenger, Dan Sullivan, square off Wednesday in their first debate, just eight days after Sullivan proclaimed victory in last week’s primary election.Nathaniel Herz
Democrat Byron Mallott said Saturday that if elected governor in November he would lower the state’s student loan rate and forgive education loans for students who stay in Alaska.Richard Mauer
After incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich released an ad that includes a clip of defeated Republican primary candidate Joe Miller attacking Republican nominee Dan Sullivan in a debate, Miller’s campaign called the ad “completely disingenuous” and said it should be pulled down.Nathaniel Herz
New Jersey Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker will visit Anchorage next week for a series of community events and a fundraiser for the Alaska Democratic Party.Nathaniel Herz
As predicted earlier this week by its president, Alaska’s umbrella labor organization on Friday withheld an endorsement for governor out of concern that the current three-way race will inevitably end in an easy re-election victory for Republican Gov. Sean Parnell.Richard Mauer
Regions of Alaska where the oil industry has its deepest roots voted in favor of the contentious oil production tax cut known as Senate Bill 21, but there were exceptions, including Fairbanks, where five of six districts supported the law's repeal.  Alex DeMarban
Thom Walker, a political unknown who works at a remote research station on the North Slope, won Tuesday's primary for the Alaska Libertarian Party's U.S. Senate nomination. Party officials don't know if he's serious and are scrambling to find him, but friends say he's on a trip in the remote Brooks Range.Nathaniel Herz

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  • An audio file obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday is believed to have captured the shooting of Michael Brown Jr. If authenticated, it would be the first recording of the incident to have surfaced since Brown's death on Aug. 9.

  • President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he is working to "regain the trust" of the nation's veterans by improving their access to quality health care and education as he struggled to recover from a scandal that thrust the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs into the spotlight earlier this year.