Lawmakers urge more study of changes tribal recognition

...which could make it easier for three small tribes to win recognition and revive long-simmering land claims. Two Connecticut Democrats, Rep. Joe Courtney and Rep. Elizabeth Esty, are among the lawmakers who signed the letter.The lawmakers say other states...
How spending became an American way of life rapidly as he did. Remember now, Democrats controlled both houses of Congress for...didn't just come from the tax and spend Democrats. It's also the result of the spend-without-taxing...needed. Such spending was encouraged by Democrats and Republicans alike because it kept...
Reinbold booted from caucus

...about, but I will continue to work, because we're only halfway through the process."No matter whether Republicans or Democrats are dominating the House or the Senate, the majority is always expected to vote together on the budget, Chenault said...
State | AK legislature
Study: Conservatives say they're happy, but liberals show it

...with the study, which looked at how Democrats and Republicans differ in positive language...satisfaction-with-life surveys.The scientists found Democrats in Congress and liberals in general used...Congressional Record, concentrating on 2013. Democrats used 13.6 positive words for every...
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Reinbold: 'I'm hoping my colleagues respect my decision'

...then-freshman Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, voted with minority Democrats to restore $45 million cut from the senior citizen Longevity...the House majority will need to convince three minority Democrats to vote with it to access the CBR.Without Reinbold's vote...
Three things to watch

...Low oil prices have exacerbated the state's budget deficit, projected to be in the billions this year and next.Minority Democrats say the proposed cuts - four times more than what the committee proposed this time last year in unrestricted general funds...
State | AK legislature
My Turn: The letter that shouldn't have been sent

...of that bill, which would have introduced new sanctions on Iran in the midst of negotiations. He was joined by 17 other Democrats and 42 Republicans, including Murkowski.Just as they have now, Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry blasted the Senate...
Kelly says he doesn't think he can support expansion

...resisted calls from the House's GOP-led majority to introduce a bill of his own related to expansion, noting that minority Democrats already introduced an expansion bill. Those majority lawmakers want Walker to lead on that issue.Walker spokeswoman Grace...
State | AK legislature
A professor, wearer of fancy hats, food bank creator and advocate honored focused on women's and family issues.She worked for Fairbanks Rep. Niilo Koponen for five years during a time when Democrats were in the majority and any progressive idea they could think of would get presented.During those years, the Children's...
Panel takes Medicaid expansion items from department budget

...removed items related to Medicaid expansion from the Alaska health department's budget, despite objections of minority Democrats.Republicans on the subcommittee, comprised of House Finance Committee members, repeated their desire for Gov. Bill Walker...


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