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Community talks marijuana, agriculture, film and tax cuts during town hall

Distilled down to a few concepts, community members told their local legislators that they'd like to see the state spend more responsibly - maybe with an eye toward a few local special interests - and that marijuana regulation needed careful attention, though how new rules should be split between personal consumption, medical use and potential criminalization was far from clear.
SJR3 an attack on Alaska judges, the Judiciary Council and judicial selection procedures

...higher-standards of procedure for judicial selection in Alaska.Barbara McDaniel is a life-long Alaskan resident and President of the Alaska National Organization for Women.
Medicaid expansion event brings out lawmakers

JUNEAU - Legislators, aides and others heard an alternate viewpoint on Medicaid expansion Wednesday from a senior fellow with an organization that has referred to the "dangers" expansion poses in states that opt for it.
Voices of Alaska: A 'fix' in search of a flaw

...proposal is a fix in search of a flaw, and should fail. Geoffry B. Wildridge is an attorney from Fairbanks and president of the Alaska Bar Association. The opinions expressed here are his own.
Voices of the Peninsula: Set net ban initiative based on conservation

...might not fish with the same methods that we use now, but at least they will be fishing.Joe Connors is the president of the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance.
Candidates for lieutenant governor debate in Kenai

The three candidates running for lieutenant governor of Alaska outlined their platforms Tuesday during a public forum at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center.
Wide coalition forms to oppose marijuana legalization

...the Alaska Chamber, the Alaska Support Industry Alliance and the Mat-Su Business Council.Rachel Petro, president of the Alaska Chamber, said a key concern for her is how loose the Alaska proposition is. Washington has taken a more measured...
Roach trial pushed back to February

A trial date in the case against the president of the Alaska Veterans Outreach Boxes for Heroes organization has been delayed another three months while the man charged with scheming to defraud...
Firefighters converge on Kenai

The last time 300 firefighters were on the Central Kenai Peninsula, a wildfire consumed nearly 200,000 acres of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Starting Saturday through Sept.
Oil-tax opponents vow to monitor industry promises

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Early results indicate Alaska's new petroleum-tax system will be spared an early death by referendum. If the vote holds up, opponents vowed Wednesday to track promises its supporters made and pounce if they prove to be false. Ballot Measure No. 1 proposed a repeal of Gov. Sean Parnell's "More Alaska Production Act," approved last year as Senate Bill 21 and in effect since Jan. 1. As of Wednesday, the repeal was failing by almost 6,800 votes out of 153,164 cast but too close to call.


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