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Murkowski names new press secretary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has chosen Kristin Pugh as her press secretary to replace Chuck Kleeschulte, who has been named communications director. Pugh served as a deputy press secretary for Sen. Ted Stevens and previously worked...
Cape Fox land swap dead - at least for now

...controversial land swap appears to have failed twice in two years. "The bill is dead," said Murkowski's spokesman, Chuck Kleeschulte, on Monday, hours before Congress adjourned. Juneau environmentalists opposed to the bill reserved their optimism...
Democrats help stall vote on Cape Fox bill

...At least until next week, the Cape Fox bill and two other bills left in limbo will remain in committee, said Chuck Kleeschulte, a spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who is trying to push the Cape Fox bill and another...
Sealaska Lands Bill meetings canceled

...Thursday when staff could not get there. "In 65-knot winds, nobody would fly to Port Protection today," said Chuck Kleeschulte, a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee staff member in the region from Washington, D.C. to...
Timber plan brings cash to Juneau

...shows Juneau's funding would jump from about $200,000 a year to close to $900,000, said Murkowski spokesman Chuck Kleeschulte. He said an earlier version of the bill put the amount at $1.26 million. Alaska should gain a total of about...
Senate committee OKs UA land grant

...Republican and Democratic camps, it's not certain whether the bill will make it to a floor vote. "No, this bill is not absolutely greased for final passage," Murkowski spokesman Chuck Kleeschulte told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
Murkowski threatens to stall for energy bill package under consideration." Murkowski has not made clear what method he would use, said his spokesman, Chuck Kleeschulte. "There are any number of ways senators can delay normal Senate business." Murkowski is not threatening to filibuster...
Funds sought for vet wings at elder homes

...before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. It next goes to the floor for a vote, said Murkowski spokesman Chuck Kleeschulte. The move was not met with favor from the Knowles administration, which had been negotiating with the Veterans...
State Briefs

...creates the Wild Sky wilderness in Washington state - and passed the Senate unanimously, Murkowski's press secretary Chuck Kleeschulte said. The package now goes to the U.S. House of Representatives, where it might be considered next week, he...
Intertie gets $2.5 million from federal government

...The committee also approved the delegation's full request for $500,000 for the Petersburg-Kake leg, said Chuck Kleeschulte, spokesman for Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski. "It's an extremely difficult year. The entire country is only...


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