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Alaska Senate approves budget; proposal now goes to House

...House Democrats don't offer their support.The House's Democratic-led minority has opposed cuts to education included in the...labor union contracts for next year, among other things. Democratic support is needed in the House to meet the threshold required...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-27/alaska-senate-approves-budget-proposal-
State
Kerry, Iran FM hold nuke talks in NY

...are trying to discourage any changes to the legislation. They recognize that politically driven amendments could undermine Democratic support and sink the carefully crafted measure."Anybody who monkeys with this bill is going to run into a buzz saw...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-04-28/kerry-iran-fm-hold-nuke-talks-ny
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Legislature finishes regular session; special session begins at 10 a.m.

...short.According to members of the Republican-led House majority, negotiations to get the needed votes broke down with the Democratic-led House minority.Those negotiations were a major reason why the Legislature went eight days over its 90-day scheduled...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-04-28/legislature-finishes-regular-session-sp
Local | AK legislature
Leaders raise potential of budget vote without reserve draw

...could finish up the budgets and leave. As of late Friday afternoon, an agreement hadn't been reached with the House's Democratic-led minority, support from which is needed for the House to reach the threshold required to tap the constitutional budget...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-26/leaders-raise-potential-budget-vote-wit
State
Obama AG nominee up for confirmation

...Let's get out of this quickly," said Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada. "Let's...human-trafficking deal aims to address Democratic concerns that the legislation would...encouraging sign.""If we see strong Democratic support, including from champions for...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-04-22/obama-ag-nominee-confirmation
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After budget, legislators' work might not be done

...with education funding a key sticking point. Members of the Democratic-led House minority have expressed concerns with the level...reserve to help cover costs of state government. In the House, Democratic support would be needed to meet that threshold. Fifteen of...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-20/after-budget-legislators-work-might-not
State
Sides entrench in budget fight

...phased-in funding.House Minority Leader Chris Tuck has said his Democratic-led caucus wants to see the $47.5 million restored...budget. In the House, reaching that threshold will require Democratic support. Negotiations have been occurring between the House...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-04-22/sides-entrench-budget-fight
Local
As Legislature goes into extra days, lawmakers share to-do lists

...head tax money from port municipalities to the state's coffers for the next year. Rep. Sam Kito, D-JuneauJuneau's Democratic House member said he wants to see the education and capital budgets finalized and is still hopeful that Medicaid expansion...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-20/legislature-goes-extra-days-lawmakers-s
State | AK legislature
House panel advances bill to nix state employee pay raises

...not covered by agreements with labor unions. The bill advanced on a vote of 6-4, with Republican Rep. Cathy Munoz and Democratic Reps. Bryce Edgmon, Les Gara and David Guttenberg voting no. Munoz, of Juneau, and Edgmon, of Dillingham, are part...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-13/house-panel-advances-bill-nix-state-emp
State
Banning same-sex marriage is a step backward

...to the U.S. Supreme Court states that resolving same-sex marriage through federal judicial decree "would demean the democratic process, marginalize the views of millions of Americans, and do incalculable damage to our civic life in this country...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2015-04-13/banning-same-sex-marriage-step-backwa
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