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Capital budget may become next battle

The Alaska House on Sunday continued to stall voting on two bills while Republican leaders dismissed a proposal to use an Alaska Permanent Fund account to pay for hundreds of millions of dollars in capital projects.
Legislative deadlock breaks although important issues remain unresolved

The Alaska House on Tuesday voted down two of the Senate's priority bills that Republican leaders had kept from reaching the floor during a standoff between the two chambers.
Understanding the numbers

...edition of the Empire, Mr. Clark needs to understand the numbers better (the article lists Mr. Clark as "Murkowski's chief of staff" and lead pipeline negotiator). In the article, Mr. Clark was quoted as saying that 35 trillion feet represents...
Administration diverts blame for special session

I was taken aback, but not really surprised, when Gov. Murkowski's chief of staff personally attacked me in his recent column. Clearly he was trying to divert blame and responsibility for the failure of his boss' expensive and largely pointless special legislative session.
Knowles declines office space from rival Murkowski

Former Gov. Tony Knowles has rejected an offer by Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski to let him use a spot in her office so he can help convince a dozen Senate Democrats to support oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Split ballot angers some

Tuesday's primary election appeared to draw more voters than usual, but Juneau elections workers said many were angry and frustrated by the new split primary ballot.
Budget plan: New taxes, 402 fewer jobs

Gov. Frank Murkowski laid out his 2005 budget Monday, calling for new taxes on tourism, smoking and pulltabs, and the elimination of 402 state jobs.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

ANCHORAGE - After hearing from Glacier Bay fishermen and Alaska's attorney general, U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski has agreed to back off from his objection to a fishermen's compensation package sought by U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.
Ex-VECO executive testifies he bribed Kohring

The former head of a major Alaska pipeline services company testified Friday that he handed state Rep. Vic Kohring $600 to $700 or more on at least five occasions.
Governor, chief of staff stick out tongues

I take great offense with Gov. Murkowski's chief of staff, Jim Clark, calling my senator, Kim Elton, a "Maytag repairman" because he is monitoring the use of the Department of Public...


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