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My Turn: Alaska's love/hate affair with government spending

...the 2011 Budget Control Act, a deal Republicans in Congress forced on the nation to...after the 2008 global financial crisis. Republicans fought it because it meant more deficit...Democrats in the 2010 midterm election. Republicans took control of the House, placed a...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-01-30/my-turn-alaskas-lovehate-affair-gover
Opinion
Drilling plan may restrict sensitive Arctic Ocean areas

...have details on what areas would be withdrawn from off-shore drilling, she said at a news conference with fellow Alaska Republicans Sen. Dan Sullivan and U.S. Rep. Don Young, but she was not happy that additional areas would no longer be available...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-27/drilling-plan-may-restrict-sensitive-ar
State | AK legislature
Local lawmakers react to State of the State

...between the Legislature's Democrats and Republicans, but Juneau lawmakers all said they...adding that she agreed with her fellow Republicans in their criticism that the governor...after the speech, House and Senate Republicans said they were happy to hear Walker...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-22/local-lawmakers-react-state-state
State
Egan: Local workforce will feel the sting

Republicans and Democrats gave Gov. Bill Walker good marks after his State of the...press conference at the Capitol after the speech, House and Senate Republicans said they wanted more "technical information" than the short overview...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-23/egan-local-workforce-will-feel-sting
State | AK legislature
In Walker's budget proposal, Corrections and Health take biggest hits

...Walker in his speech to be only 2.5 percent, the smallest of any department - didn't go over well with Democrats or Republicans from either legislative body. Several pointed out during Friday's House Finance Committee meeting, where Pitney gave...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-25/walkers-budget-proposal-corrections-and
State | AK legislature
Thumbs up, Thumbs down for Jan. 12, 2015

...was a different feeling at this one. At Parnell's last inaugural ball, you walked into the room and were surrounded by Republicans - there were no (or at least very few) Democrats in attendance. It was a partisan party. On Saturday night, things were...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-01-12/thumbs-thumbs-down-jan-12-2015
Opinion
Legislature begins session; expected to focus on budget

...said you can't get a good policy when you're in "reactionary mode."There are eight new members of the House and two new state senators, both of whom are former representatives. Republicans are in the majority in both chambers.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-21/legislature-begins-session-expected-foc
State
Southeast lawmakers talk budget and different words

...industries, to people who pick berries along the side of the road.In difficult financial times, he said he hopes Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate can work together."I'm hoping there's going to be an air of collaboration and cooperation...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-14/lawmakers-talk-budget-and-different-wor
State | Local | AK legislature
Republicans hold Alaska Senate majority, organize

ANCHORAGE - Republicans increased their majority in the Alaska Senate in Tuesday's elections and wasted no time choosing new leaders for the incoming...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-11-05/republicans-hold-alaska-senate-majority
State
Sullivan sworn in as new US senator

...incumbent Democrat Mark Begich by about 6,000 votes in November. The race was contentious and closely watched nationally as Republicans sought to wrest back control of the Senate, which they ultimately did.One of Sullivan's first orders of business was...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-07/sullivan-sworn-new-us-senator
State

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