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2014 a politically spicy year for Alaska

...It was a political year, with three elections and some major changes legislated, voted upon and passed down from a higher court, but human nature and Mother Nature rounded things out for a year like none before.
On the topic of pot: Legalization and law

...Alaska Supreme Court. Once forwarded, it would be scheduled on the rules calendar for consideration by Alaska's highest court.The whole process would result in a rule change effective around October, likely coinciding with the conclusion...
My Turn: Somerville's opinion hypocritical

...Sommerville brain trust assured their supporters that come what may, they would prevail by appealing Katie John to the highest court in the land. In their fevered minds, if ever there was a states' rights issue, this was it.On March 31, 2014...
Court balks at last-minute voting changes

...Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas would have allowed them to be used in each state.None of the orders issued by the high court in recent weeks is a final ruling on the constitutionality of the laws. The orders are all about timing - whether the...
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Supreme Court denies Alaska's request

...declined to intervene.The state had asked the nation's highest court to put a halt to marriages while it appealed a decision...m. Friday to give the state time to petition the high court.Leighow said Parnell swore to uphold the Alaska Constitution...
Fall books: 37 new titles to add to your reading list

...Hispanic and third woman to be appointed to the court, navigated a fraught political process to take a seat on the highest court in the land."Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande. Gawande, a superb writer for...
Alaska Supreme Court rules for non-Native adoption

...from the western Alaska village to be adopted by non-Native parents.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported the higher court agreed in a split decision with an earlier Superior Court ruling that the baby's well-being trumped legal preferences...
High court creates elder task force

Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe has created a task force to improve how the justice system responds to elders and other vulnerable adults.
Who's a seaman? Supreme Court may chart the waters, Dize's lawyers say courts nationwide are split on what work counts toward the 30 percent rule, and that the high court should resolve the confusion.Dize's former employer disagrees. Lawyers for the organization wrote in court papers...
Plaintiff says they won't appeal ballot lawsuit ruling

...One is the sheer expense of taking the case to the next level. The other is that Oct. 9 would be the earliest the high court could schedule oral arguments. That was too close to the Nov. 4 election, Strait said."What do (we) achieve if...


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