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Empire Editorial: Gas pipeline should be an American effort, not just Alaskan

...In 1978, the U.S. Supreme Court said as much when it ruled local hire requirements unconstitutional. The Alaska Supreme Court has repeatedly said so, too.As Alaska moves toward construction of a trans-Alaska gas pipeline, we should...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-04-18/empire-editorial-gas-pipeline-should-
Opinion
Untold reality of state's minimum wage debate

...for those wishing for the initiative process to occur," said Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna.In the 1977 Alaska Supreme Court case Warren v. Thomas, then-Justice Roger Conner wrote, "the constitution thus vests broad authority in the...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-16/untold-reality-states-minimum-wage-deba
State | AK legislature
Court: Alaska tribe should settle own dispute over leadership

FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that a tribal dispute involving leadership should be settled locally, not through the court system...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-15/court-alaska-tribe-should-settle-own-di
State
House begins to debate abortion funding bill

...medical necessary." She also said it was a "vague and subjective term" when not diagnosed by a psychiatrist.The Alaska Supreme Court has held that the state must pay for medically necessary abortions if it pays for other procedures deemed medically...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-11/house-begins-debate-abortion-funding-bi
State | AK legislature
My Turn: Judicial selection process doesn't need fixing

...judicial independence, and because the arguments for changing the Constitution lack merit, the Legislature should reject SJR21 and HJR33.? Walter L. (Bud) Carpeneti served as the Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court from 2009-12.

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-04-09/my-turn-judicial-selection-process-do
Opinion
Letter: Leave 'merit system' for judges alone

...three non-attorneys appointed by the governor and confirmed by the legislature, and the chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. These members screen applicants for judicial vacancies and nominate the most qualified applicants for the governor's...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2014-04-10/letter-leave-merit-system-judges-alon
Letters
My Turn: Depriving Alaskans of the democratic process

...has improperly allowed bad permits or where a corporation is violating the law or the terms of its permits. The Alaska Supreme Court properly called the right to court access an "important" right. But, under HB47, if you consider yourself a...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-04-03/my-turn-depriving-alaskans-democratic
Opinion
Alaska redistricting focuses on Legislature

...chooses two members, the presiding officers of the Alaska House and Senate choose one and the chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court chooses one.The idea was to create a more independent board, but there have been periodic complaints about political...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-03-31
State | AK legislature
Our local governments deserve more respect

...goes to six municipalities with oil and gas property. Gov. Parnell, who obviously disagrees with the recent Alaska Supreme Court case affirming SARB's methodology and setting a valuation at 10 times what which the producers wanted, fired...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-03-14/our-local-governments-deserve-more-re
Opinion
The struggle to find jobs after jail

...criminal records. Such benefits can include tax breaks and fidelity bonding as a form of business insurance.Retired Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti told the audience at the jail that recidivism rates are still "shockingly high...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-03-10/struggle-find-jobs-after-jail
Local

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