Gov. Bill Walker's administration spent $50,000 on Washington, D.C., consultants to help prepare them for a visit by President Barack Obama.Becky Bohrer
A report released Tuesday questions the fairness of the Environmental Protection Agency process that led to its pre-emptive decision to block a water discharge permit for the proposed Pebble mine in Alaska. Erica Martinson
A new report offers reasons why Alaska would benefit by buying pipeline builder TransCanada out of the Alaska LNG project, including that it would make an extra $7.4 billion over two decades of operation.Alex DeMarban
Alaska's investment earnings last year plunged by nearly 70 percent from the previous year's record earnings of $8 billion. The drop comes as state leaders are increasingly looking to use the Permanent Fund to pay for state government.Pat Forgey
A drive to make a city out of Big Lake is revealing a deep split between residents seeking more local control and those leery of any more government at all.Zaz Hollander
Anchorage Assembly Chair Dick Traini broke with his own tradition and held a short signing ceremony Friday for the measure that extends discrimination protections to gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people. The state Democratic Party said the Alaska Legislature should do the same thing.Devin Kelly,Suzanna Caldwell
A man whose legal name is Santa Claus is running a write-in campaign for a city council seat in the Interior Alaska town near Fairbanks.Associated Press

The issue: “Individuals and organizations ought to be free to refuse service to patrons on the basis of religious objection.”

Scott Jensen
The two Willow men vying for a vacant Mat-Su Assembly seat disagree on the issues, but also ended up on opposing sides of a lawsuit. Zaz Hollander
The next mayor of Alaska’s fastest-growing region will face issues that include the state’s worst teacher-student ratio and fastest-growing senior population in a place with little major industry that's largely supported by property tax payments.Zaz Hollander