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Alaska Editorial: Political ads focus on trivia, not real issues

...the best voting record among the state's Congressional delegation. Rep. Don Young has missed nearly 15 percent of House votes in his decades of service - three times as many as Sen. Begich - but that didn't stop Americans for Prosperity awarding...
Untold reality of state's minimum wage debate

...for at least two years if approved by voters in the August primary. "It would be interesting to have a redo of the House vote once folks realize that there really is not a benefit for those wishing for the initiative process to occur," said...
State | AK legislature
Local politics affects senators on minimum wage

...its prospects further. Democrats said they will use a petition of lawmakers to try pressuring Republicans to allow a House vote, but the strategy seems unlikely to succeed.An Associated Press-GfK poll last month found supporters of a minimum...
State | AK legislature
Alaska House votes in favor of deporting criminals; bill denies flexibility in sentencing

A criminal sentencing bill that bars judges from softening sentences to avoid a deportation hurdle passed the House of Representatives Thursday after passionate debate.
State | AK legislature
House votes to cut $4B a year from food stamps

WASHINGTON - The House has voted to cut nearly $4 billion a year from food stamps, a 5 percent reduction to the nation's main feeding program used by more than 1 in 7 Americans.
Legislative centennial deemed a success

...the Alaska State Capitol by an address by Sen. Mark Begich, Alaska's Democratic junior senator, and a late-night House vote Monday, and by several high-profile committee meetings Tuesday afternoon.Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, made it...
CCTHITA oppose bill to change cruise ship waste regulations

...provisions of a citizen initiative requiring cruise ships meet state water quality standards when dumping wastewater.A House vote on HB80 could come as early as Monday.Hartig said in 2009 cruise companies weren't meeting the more rigorous standard...
Wielechowski defends ACES at Native forum

...after Wielechowski after arriving late from a session of the House of Representatives.Tarr attributed the delay to a House vote to pass her House Joint Resolution 5, expressing the Alaska State Legislature's opposition to Massachusetts biotechnology...
Military leaders welcome House GOP budget bill

...agencies lack.The military leaders embraced that prospect, a political boost for the GOP measure just days before the House votes."It mitigates at least one-third of our problem," said Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, who earlier told the panel...
Coordinated RI strategy propelled gay marriage

...were elected to the House and, more significantly, the state Senate.Encouraged by those gains, Fox vowed to hold a House vote on gay marriage in the first month of this year's legislative session. The bill's easy passage so early in the session...
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