With the Alaska National Guard scandal raising questions about trust and accountability in Gov. Sean Parnell’s administration, his re-election team has tried turning the tables on opponent Bill Walker, hammering him over every inconsistency or vague response.
Independent Alaskans, known for their libertarian streak, were a key reason activists threw their support behind Alaska’s effort to legalize recreational marijuana in 2014. But with only days before the vote, it's anyone's guess whether those live-and-let-live folks will go to the polls, and which way they'll vote.Suzanna Caldwell
A Parnell administration commissioner who wrote to state retirees on official letterhead this week, mentioning that he is "very grateful for Governor Parnell's leadership," defended the document by saying it doesn't mention the election next week, so it is not an improper use of state resources for campaign purposes.Dermot Cole
Among the 21 Alaska legislative races in Anchorage this year, those in one district stand out: Senate District K in West Anchorage. None of the area's three incumbents are running for re-election, creating hotly contested races for the state Senate and House.Sean Doogan
When U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and his Republican challenger, Dan Sullivan, greet cheering supporters in downtown Anchorage on Election Night, their thoughts may turn to days of boots-on-the-ground campaigning in more unforgiving and far-flung parts of this remote and rugged state.Associated Press
Alaska politics is a small world, with campaigns sometimes even pitting former colleagues and friends against each other. But an episode Thursday involving fermented cabbage and the state's U.S. Congressional races took the tight-knittedness to a whole new level.Nathaniel Herz
Rep. Don Young criticized Democratic challenger Forrest Dunbar on Thursday for bringing up House ethics violations in a televised debate for U.S. Congress, arguing that he was found not guilty because he only received a letter of reproval, not a sanction.Dermot Cole
Politicians’ claims of unique powers to unlock the refuge to oil development -- and criticisms of opponents for failing to accomplish that elusive goal -- have been staples of Alaska campaign rhetoric for decades.Yereth Rosen
An initial review of Alaska National Guard-related documents released by the state Friday in response to a media lawsuit shows the Parnell administration received more complaints about the guard than have so far been reportedRichard Mauer and Jill Burke
A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth’s atmosphere exploded during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than a week.