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New Jersey Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker will visit Anchorage next week for a series of community events and a fundraiser for the Alaska Democratic Party.

Nathaniel Herz
As predicted earlier this week by its president, Alaska’s umbrella labor organization on Friday withheld an endorsement for governor out of concern that the current three-way race will inevitably end in an easy re-election victory for Republican Gov. Sean Parnell.Richard Mauer
Regions of Alaska where the oil industry has its deepest roots voted in favor of the contentious oil production tax cut known as Senate Bill 21, but there were exceptions, including Fairbanks, where five of six districts supported the law's repeal.  Alex DeMarban
Thom Walker, a political unknown who works at a remote research station on the North Slope, won Tuesday's primary for the Alaska Libertarian Party's U.S. Senate nomination. Party officials don't know if he's serious and are scrambling to find him, but friends say he's on a trip in the remote Brooks Range.Nathaniel Herz
A new ad from conservative group Americans for Prosperity accuses Alaska U.S. Sen. Mark Begich of “not showing up for his job,” missing more votes last year than 80 percent of his colleagues. We checked to see if that was true.Nathaniel Herz
Alaska’s top union official said Wednesday he doesn’t believe the state AFL-CIO will endorse anyone for governor if the two leading challengers to Gov. Sean Parnell can’t agree to merge their campaigns.Richard Mauer
Oil companies and their allies spent as much as $170 for every vote they won Tuesday to thwart an oil tax repeal. Candidates across Alaska knocked on thousands of doors and rang countless phones. How did voters respond? With a resounding shrug.  Kyle Hopkins
The lead-in to the GOP primary for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat has already racked up an unprecedented $15 million in spending. But the real campaign is only just starting: No fewer than five groups independent of the candidates have announced or disclosed new campaign spending this week aimed at influencing the results of the general election.Nathaniel Herz
Mat-Su Assembly member Jim Colver was leading incumbent Eric Feige on Wednesday in a hotly contested Republican primary for a state House district that runs from Whittier to Valdez to Delta Junction. But some party faithful say Colver is more D than R. Zaz Hollander
Although at least 14,000 absentee ballots will not be counted for days, the repeal referendum known as Ballot Measure 1 appears to be headed for defeat. Alaska's governor says it's now up to oil companies to get to work and prove Alaskans made the right choice.Alex DeMarban

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