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Longtime Alaska politician Mark Begich is in the fight of his life to hold onto his U.S. Senate seat. Can he pull off a win against Dan Sullivan, the former state commissioner and attorney general who has never held elected office?

Nathaniel Herz
In the last weeks of the most expensive political race in Alaska history, both U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and Republican challenger Dan Sullivan are making a big push for support in rural Alaska, where their differences are especially distinct.Lisa Demer
With Alaska facing a third straight year of massive deficits, and plunging oil prices threatening to make matters worse, the leading gubernatorial candidates are battling over the budget. Alex DeMarban
Republican Gov. Sean Parnell and his independent challenger, Bill Walker, have starkly different attitudes toward the optional expansion of Medicaid that's part of the Affordable Care Act. At stake is whether thousands of the poorest Alaskans will get health care coverage. Tegan Hanlon
As Washington state's recreational marijuana roll-out continues, many regulatory questions remain up in the air. But that hasn't stopped businesses from pushing ahead -- whether in compliance with the law, or not.Laurel Andrews
Alaskans have already begun voting in this year's elections, with some absentee ballots arriving early enough that the votes may have been cast before complete election pamphlet information was available.Pat Forgey
With an initiative to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana up for a vote in November, Alaskans are asking themselves what would or wouldn't happen if Ballot Measure 2 passed. Here's a look at some things that haven't happened in Washington now that its fledgling recreational industry is getting off the ground.Laurel Andrews
Democratic Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas split with their party last year to help Republicans stop a bill strengthening background checks for gun purchases. They’ve gotten no help in return from the nation’s largest gun lobby.Heidi Przybyla | Bloomberg News
Want to gauge the political mood in Sitka? Sit down at the Backdoor Cafe with a cup of coffee and a salmonberry scone, pick up The Daily Sitka Sentinel, and chat with folks. You’ll learn that not much is predictable in the 49th state. Brendan Jones
The Alaska Army National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion, a unit with access to high school students around the state and a budget to attend or sponsor popular outdoor events, appears in investigative files to have been more of a center of debauchery than a disciplined fighting force.Richard Mauer,Jill Burke