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Bills with SE impact clear Legislature Friday the state."H.B. 131 passed the Senate on a unanimous vote.The Senate passed House Bill 30, Nikiski Republican House Speaker Mike Chenault's bill to establish a new schedule for state agency performance audits, on Friday as well...
Why you should care about latest govt budget fight

...Clinton. The president came out of it with the same approval rating as before the crisis, 47 percent, and Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich emerged with the same disapproval rating as before, 57 percent.There's no guarantee, of course...
GOP victories chalked up to cash, party leadership

...I've seen in the 10 years I've been in the Legislature," said Rep. Pete Kott of Eagle River, the new Republican House speaker. "Everybody recognized that with Murkowski as governor we had a great opportunity and we went for it." But...
Phillips says road necessary for Juneau

...Skagway and Juneau as a means of securing the capital and legislative sessions in Southeast. Phillips, the former Republican House speaker from Homer, was in Juneau on Tuesday for her sixth fund-raiser since announcing Oct. 1 that she would run...
Palin announces replacement for Rep. Vic Kohring

...independence and diligence Alaska needs," Palin said. Keller must be confirmed by a simple majority of House Republicans. House Speaker John Harris, R-Valdez, called the appointment a good decision. As a legislative staffer Keller is thorough...
Capitol Notebook: It could be ugly; then again ...

...could be, starting Monday, four months of the most acrimonious public discourse in memory. Omens abound: Republican House Speaker Brian Porter says the budget proposal by Democratic Gov. Tony Knowles is "irresponsible" and "disingenuous...
Democratic leader slams Murkowski for oil-tax bill delay

The leading Alaska House Democrat on Thursday accused Gov. Frank Murkowski of caving to pressure from the state's largest oil companies a day after the Republican governor delayed introducing a bill to tax the companies' net profits.
Empire Editorial: Keep a smart, wary eye on Pebble mine

...delaying the project at least for a critical review is advisable. That is what several lawmakers - among them Republican House Speaker John Harris and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ethan Berkowitz - are asking with their proposed House Concurrent...
The political angle of the debt-ceiling debate

...It's just hard to see how we get there from here before the Treasury begins running out of money Aug. 2. Republican House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., have proposed competing...
Independence candidate seeks Chenault's seat

JUNEAU - An Alaskan Independence Party candidate says he'll seek the seat currently held by Republican House Speaker Mike Chenault. Ray Southwell, a 59-year-old registered nurse from Nikiski, says he was a longtime registered Republican...
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