Speaking to a pro-industry audience, Dan Sullivan landed an early blow against Joe Miller over the controversial oil-tax cut, while Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell said he once solicited the help of a national Republican group to knock off the bipartisan coalition in the state Senate that had blocked the measure.
A committee tasked to solve differences between House and Senate versions of Gov. Parnell's omnibus education bill has announced Wednesday evening a deal on most issues, but one that puts some contentious issues off for further study.Pat Forgey
Alaska senators have approved an extension for the state's film tax credit program, pushing its end back to 2018. But for the new lease on life to take effect, the Alaska House of Representatives must approve the Senate's version.Pat Forgey
The wrangling over Alaska's education funding bill continued on Tuesday in a special committee made up of House and Senate members, who seemed as far apart as ever in the debate over how, and how much, funding to provide Alaska's schools.Pat Forgey
In the waning hours of the 2014 legislative session Alaska lawmakers introduced, then reduced, then ultimately eliminated a budget item that would have put up money to "influence the outcome" of a ballot initiative vote. It was the right thing to do, though it highlighted the need for a more transparent budget process.Dermot Cole
The back and forth over state funds set aside for a proposed indoor tennis facility in Anchorage has ended. Legislators hashing out the state capital budget have decided to use the remaining $4.4 million for another purpose.Sean Doogan
The Alaska Legislature will go at least into a 92nd day as debate continues over HB 278, the omnibus education bill and centerpiece to a legislative session that has come to be called at Gov. Parnell's suggestion, the "education session."Pat Forgey
Although others have sued oil and gas companies over alleged injuries from fracking, most have settled in agreements that include gag orders. But in the case involving the Parr family, a jury awarded $2.95 million.