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The petition to toss out the just-passed Senate Bill 21 was started by Alaska political organizer Ray Metcalfe, who will need to collect 31,000 Alaska voter signatures by the middle of July to proceed. That will be a "tough nut to crack," Metcalfe acknowledged.Alex DeMarban
As the Alaska's legislative session ended Sunday night, a bill seeking to define "medically necessary" abortions remained stalled over an amendment that would have provided funding for family planning services.Laurel Andrews
As Alaskans now wait to see whether a multibillion-dollar tax cut on oil companies will result in new production on the North Slope, the state must rely on slimmer budgets and savings to make ends meet.Pat Forgey
The Alaska Senate has given final approval to an oil tax cut approved by the House of Representatives, handing Gov. Sean Parnell a big victory and the state's big oil producers billions in savings.Pat Forgey
The Alaska Senate on Sunday approved the oil tax bill that passed the House 13 hours before, sending to Gov. Sean Parnell the measure he sought to reduce the tax bill for Alaska's leading industry.Richard Mauer
Calling Alaska's oil tax system "socialistic" and "confiscatory," allies of Big Oil in the House of Representatives have passed a tax-cutting bill they promise will overcome decades of decline in oil production.Pat Forgey
The House passed its version of Gov. Sean Parnell's oil-tax cuts in the early hours of the final day of the Legislature Sunday, sending the historic revamp of Alaska's most important tax back to the Senate for a concurrence vote.Richard Mauer
Anchorage Assembly incumbent Ernie Hall has held his lead over write-in candidate Nick Moe, based on unofficial tally results Saturday night.Jerzy Shedlock
Former Alaska state Sen. Vic Fischer shares memories and visions of Alaska dating back to when he was an Alaska constitutional convention delegate.Lori Evans


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