Politics

Alaskans unleashed a month's worth of pent-up opinions on their legislators Friday, giving them an earful about what they think has happened since the last time a legislative committee heard public testimony.

Pat Forgey
The Senate passed a bill Friday to give President Barack Obama authority to negotiate a trade deal that Alaska's senators hope will be a boon to the state's growing export market. Erica Martinson
A plan to use Permanent Fund earnings to balance the state’s budget has caused disagreement in the ranks of the Republican-led House majority caucus.Nathaniel Herz,Pat Forgey
The Alaska Senate ended the special session called by Gov. Bill Walker and started a new one of its own Thursday. The House was expected to quickly follow suit.Nathaniel Herz
The Permanent Fund is one rich source of money for legislators stuck on how to balance the next budget, but tapping the fund has its risks.Pat Forgey
The woman who inspired a now-contentious sexual abuse prevention bill in the Alaska Legislature is accusing a state Senate committee of weakening and politicizing the measure.Nathaniel Herz
State Sen. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican from Wasilla, is considering a primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, but won't discuss his intentions until after the Alaska Legislature adjourns for the summer.Nathaniel Herz
Top legislators are acknowledging doubts about the legality of moving the special legislative session to Anchorage, but say they are still committed to the move.Pat Forgey
Advocates and lawmakers from across the political spectrum are objecting to a move by Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, to make broad changes to a sexual abuse education and prevention bill that Gov. Bill Walker has asked the Legislature to pass during its special session.Nathaniel Herz
It was a lonely day in the Capitol Tuesday, but that didn't stop a Juneau representative from causing some mischief by refusing to allow the session to adjourn.Pat Forgey