Politics

Anchorage community activist Mao Tosi is hosting a mayoral candidate meet-and-greet event Friday, though it’s in an unusual format and stirred a bit of controversy this week when not all the candidates were invited.

Devin Kelly
As the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a court case challenging Affordable Care Act subsidies, Alaska legislators on Wednesday heard a presentation attacking another component of the ACA: Medicaid expansion.Laurel Andrews
The conservative group Americans for Prosperity, founded by the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, brought national politics into the Anchorage mayoral race this week by running ads tying candidate Ethan Berkowitz to President Obama.Devin Kelly
The Virginia consulting firm that worked on U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan’s successful campaign last year is opening an office in Alaska and completing an agreement to be the lead strategist for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s re-election bid.Nathaniel Herz
Alaska this year will exhaust the remaining billions in its Statutory Budget Reserve, the state's most readily available savings account, but exactly how far it will have to dip into its Constitutional Budget Reserve next year depends remains uncertain.Pat Forgey
Alaska House Speaker Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, introduced legislation Monday that would temporarily bar a state corporation from working on a state-sponsored pipeline intended primarily for shipping North Slope natural gas for export.Nathaniel Herz
Teachers at low performing schools are already exempt, but a bill from Rep. Jim Colver, heard in the House Education Committee, would extend that to all teachers. No action was taken. Molly Dischner | Associated Press
The state may be facing a $3.5 billion deficit, but budget talk isn't all that goes on in Juneau. The House has so far passed more ceremonial bills than substantive ones. The Senate Finance Committee spent part of a hearing on a bill to exempt Alaska from Daylight Saving Time. One representative has filed a measure to declare July the state’s peony month.Nathaniel Herz
Sitting in a storage yard in Seattle are $8.2 million worth of steel bridge pilings purchased by the state of Alaska three governors ago. As they age, they continue to cost the state money, including $4,000 a month rent.Pat Forgey
The speaker of the Alaska House plans to introduce legislation next week affecting the state’s natural gas pipeline projects, a major point of contention between Republican House leaders and independent Gov. Bill Walker.Nathaniel Herz