Officials defended state plans to build a 200-mile road to the Ambler mining district, an isolated area with known mineral resources and no surface access, as well as a 50-mile road out of Juneau, the state capitol that can only be reached by air and sea.
The state’s largest Alaska Native organization is rallying against a Senate joint resolution that would increase the membership of the group charged with nominating judges, saying there's no evidence the change is warranted.Jerzy Shedlock
Despite a number of questions lingering about a proposed natural gas project bill, the bill appears on the fast-track for a floor vote. It sailed through the Senate Resources Committee, and has dates set next week in House committees.Pat Forgey
If Mayor Dan Sullivan becomes Lt. Gov. Dan Sullivan, ambiguities in Anchorage's municipal charter open the door to the (unlikely) possibility of four different mayors over the course of seven months.Sean Doogan
As state lawmakers busy themselves with major education and energy legislation, one lower-profile bill has been introduced to curb the sale of synthetic drugs past the boundaries of Alaska’s largest city and into rural towns.Jerzy Shedlock
Barbara Bush, matriarch of her family's political dynasty, now thinks maybe it's OK for son Jeb Bush to run for president in 2016. But a new poll shows nearly half of Americans would definitely not support a Jeb Bush campaign.