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The Alaska Conference of Mayors has voted to oppose the marijuana legalization initiative and pledged to donate $5,000 to “Big Marijuana. Big Mistake. Vote No on 2,” a campaign opposing the ballot measure.  

Laurel Andrews
Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich faced his Republican challenger, Dan Sullivan, for the first time Wednesday evening in a debate in Anchorage, with the two candidates drawing sharp distinctions between their visions of the state’s future and its path over the nearly six years since Begich was elected. Nathaniel Herz
Thom Walker, who unexpectedly won the Libertarian nomination for U.S. Senate in the primary election earlier this month, withdrew from the race Wednesday, citing an inability to run a proper campaign due to his job.Pat Forgey
Alaska makes a cameo appearance in a recording leaked Wednesday from a private strategy meeting in June hosted by the billionaire Koch brothers’ political network.Nathaniel Herz
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

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  • A federal judge in Austin, Texas, on Friday blocked a stringent new rule that would have forced more than half the state’s remaining abortion clinics to close.

  • Backed by Russian troops and weaponry, hundreds of Ukrainian rebel militiamen mobilized on Friday in this southeastern town, vacated by the Ukrainian military two days ago, and began to push toward the strategic seaport of Mariupol 27 miles away. The leader of the rebels called the advance a broad new effort to wrest control of a wide swath of coastal territory from the central government.