Independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker and Democratic nominee Byron Mallott officially announced their joint ticket in a bid to unseat Gov. Sean Parnell in November.Richard Mauer
Following a letter to the campaigns from an attorney representing the victims' family in a high-profile murder and sexual assault case in Anchorage, the Sullivan and Begich camps pulled ads referencing the crime from Alaska airwaves.Nathaniel Herz

On Monday night, a vote by the Alaska Democratic Party's central committee cleared the way for Bill Walker and Byron Mallott to join forces on an independent ticket for governor. Here's a look at what led up to the historic decision.

Alaska Dispatch News
The Alaska Democratic Party broke with long tradition Monday when its central committee voted 89-2 to not field a gubernatorial ticket and instead put its weight behind the independent campaign of Bill Walker and Byron Mallott.Richard Mauer
As merger talks continued Labor Day between Democratic gubernatorial nominee Byron Mallott and independent Bill Walker, the Democratic Party scheduled evening meetings of its governing body to ratify a deal on a unity ticket -- if one can be struck.Richard Mauer
With two months left before Alaskans vote on a ballot measure to potentially legalize recreational marijuana, the groups for and against the initiative are ramping up their outreach efforts.Laurel Andrews
Democrat Byron Mallott and independent Bill Walker have been meeting since midweek to discuss whether they should merge their gubernatorial campaigns into a bipartisan or nonpartisan unity ticket.Richard Mauer
Both of Alaska's major U.S. Senate candidates, Mark Begich and Dan Sullivan, agree that outside spending is a problem in their race. But when it comes to finding a solution, the two can’t seem to find common ground.Nathaniel Herz
Paddling 'dirtbags' press their case with bureaucrats and politicians for the chance to make their case to float rivers in our national parks. Kris Farmen
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