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Alaska's congressman unintentionally sparked a conversation about suicide and language with what a national expert called his "insulting" comments during a visit to Wasilla High School last week. Zaz Hollander
A new estimate prepared by the Department of Revenue says that if oil prices average $85 for this fiscal year, state oil income from production taxes under the new law would drop to $475 million -- $1.2 billion less than predicted last spring, but still better than the state would have done under ACES.Dermot Cole
A poll released by Mark Begich's Democratic allies Friday morning showed Alaska's U.S. Senate race in a dead heat -- and a second survey released by a Republican pollster in the afternoon showed Begich leading his opponent 49 percent to 39 percent.Nathaniel Herz
A gubernatorial debate at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention on Friday highlighted differences between the two leading candidates on Medicaid, the Pebble prospect and, perhaps most importantly, their choices for lieutenant governor. Alex DeMarban
The U.S. Senate race in Alaska turned into a battle Friday over the candidates’ views on the issues facing Alaska Natives and rural residents, as Republican challenger Dan Sullivan sought to show the audience at the Alaska Federation of Natives’ annual convention that his record on those issues could match his opponent’s.Nathaniel Herz

The largest annual gathering of Alaska Natives is a high-stakes political scene as much as a cultural event, with candidates vying for attention before thousands of delegates from distant villages -- and a coveted endorsement from a pivotal part of the electorate.

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