Two House bills that are the focus of Alaska’s lawmakers -- on crude exports and Native energy -- drew veto threats from President Barack Obama Wednesday. 


Erica Martinson

Former Gov. Frank Murkowski left public life almost 10 years ago, but he says he's still connected to Alaska's policymakers and business leaders. He wants to continue contributing his ideas and believes he can help.

Scott Jensen
Challengers defeated Juneau and Nome's incumbent mayors in municipal elections Tuesday, with several new faces also winning mayoral seats in open races across the state.Chris Klint
A contentious Alaska Senate Finance Committee hearing this week highlighted what’s expected to be a major fight in next year’s legislative session over enacting new taxes or diverting money from Permanent Fund earnings.Nathaniel Herz
The deal, if approved by Congress, would phase out import tariffs and regulations that limit trade, and impose uniform labor and environmental requirements on 12 countries, which include Japan and Australia.Erica Martinson
Alaska Sen. Lesil McGuire’s employee who authorized her own publicly funded $3,000 trip to a Seattle conference no longer works for the state Legislature.Nathaniel Herz
Angry Juneau seniors are accusing the city government of targeting them with an unfair tax increase, and some are threatening retaliation.Pat Forgey
An Anchorage candidate for state Senate removed strong words of praise from a United Way employee from her campaign website this week at the request of the organization, which is barred by law from participating in political campaigns. Nathaniel Herz

This year’s hefty Permanent Fund dividend splashed into bank accounts today, but anyone who’s played the Alaska budget balancing game may wonder how long the good times will last.

Alex DeMarban,Scott Jensen
The Alaska Public Offices Commission hit Charlotte Brower with the unusually large civil penalty after a months-long investigation into her campaign for re-election last year.Pat Forgey