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My Turn: Alaska must strengthen its conflict of interest policies

"Where you stand depends on where you sit." The truism sounds benign until you stop to consider what conflicts of interest can mean for the future of Alaska. Contentious political battles lie ahead as lawmakers debate the best use of shrinking budgets.
Candidate Ralph Nader visits state, works to appear on Alaska ballot

...Nationally, they won 2.74 percent of the vote. Nader attributes his success in Alaska to his ties to the Alaska Public Interest Research Group, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group which was founded with his help, and his campaign trips to the state...
Appeals court affirms state's money limits on political parties

...Individuals are not the ones who are funding soft money around the country," he said. Steve Cleary, Alaska Public Interest Research Group executive director, said he appreciated the words used in the 9th Circuit ruling. "It said this reflects...
Measure seeks to cut campaign donations

...into campaigns, but we are not getting democracy in return," said Cleary, executive director of the Alaska Public Interest Research Group, which advocates for various political and consumer causes. Cleary is a supporter of Ballot Measure 1...
Groups file suit against road plan Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, Skagway Marine Access Commission, Lynn Canal Conservation, Alaska Public Interest Research Group, Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council filed the lawsuit against the Federal Highway Administration...
My turn: Big Money needs to get out of Alaska politics

...democracy. Our bumper sticker says it all: "Big Money out of Alaska Politics!" Please vote Yes on 1 on Tuesday, and help restore citizen faith in government. Steve Cleary is director of the Alaska Public Interest Research Group in Anchorage.
Unlawful voting sites investigated

...a fax application that they faxed to the Division of Elections," Pfleiger said. Steve Cleary of the Alaska Public Interest Research Group questioned whether this was an attempt at election tampering by an association that has spent a lot of...
Green standard-bearers battle it out

...Alaska, ran unsuccessfully for governor as a Green candidate twice and is former executive director of the Alaska Public Interest Research Group. Sykes likes to point out differences between him and Stevens. For instance, he said, he favors conservation...
Alaska Digest

...Billingslea - submitted by the Alaska Judicial Council to succeed Judge John Reese, who retired. The Alaska Public Interest Research Group sued, contending Murkowski was in violation of the state's constitution. It says that the governor...
Around Town

...International Relations Advisory Committee meeting, 5 p.m., Nepal Alaska Store. Details: 465-1179. Alaska Public Interest Research Group town meeting, 5-7 p.m., downtown library. Details: 278-3661. Finance committee meeting, 5...


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