Politics

Republicans in the Legislature are brushing off efforts by Gov. Bill Walker to ease the conflict in Juneau over gas line proposals -- even though there's no plan that's actually guaranteed to get a line built.

Nathaniel Herz
An Alaska Senate subcommittee recommended Friday that the state's medical school program continue to receive full funding, following a move by House lawmakers to phase out the program. Tegan Hanlon
As a result of her vote in the House against the budget, Eagle River Republican Lora Reinbold no longer belongs to any caucus, and she plans to use her independence to campaign on issues important to her.Pat Forgey

Lead:North, an Institute of the North leadership program for young professionals, hosted a “speed dating” event Anchorage mayoral candidates at Snow Goose Restaurant on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Seven candidates participated.

Marc Lester
A senator from Wasilla removed from the budget all state funding for public broadcasting Thursday, and efforts by a Juneau senator to restore some money failed.Nathaniel Herz
Alaska's path to a sustainable budget will likely have to involve some combination of cutting spending, increasing revenues and using the Permanent Fund in some way, says David Teal, the Legislature's top budget expert. Pat Forgey
The head of a prominent Alaska economic think tank wants a statewide conversation on the state's scary fiscal cliff, and lawmakers and the governor say they are ready to engage. Alex DeMarban
Gov. Bill Walker defended a company-paid trip taken by his top environmental official last year to an anniversary celebration of Alaska’s largest mine -- a polluter regulated by the official’s department.Nathaniel Herz

Concerns about housing affordability, Medicaid expansion and youth involvement emerged as focal points Monday night at what was described as the first-ever mayoral forum organized by members of Anchorage’s Samoan community.

Erik Hill
Anchorage mayoral candidate Dan Coffey devoted his opening statement at a Monday forum to defusing the backlash over the letter his lawyer sent last week to radio and TV stations aimed at suppressing an accidental recording in 2008.Devin Kelly