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My Turn: Government shutdown won't happen fight for what's right and what is responsible. Tough times mean that as Alaskans we must pull together. The Senate Majority is unified and committed to responsible spending today for a stronger future tomorrow. ? Sen. Kevin Meyer is Senate...
First special session concludes

...much as I enjoy being in my home town... this session violates the Alaska Constitution," Wielechowski said.Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, R-North Pole, said he agreed with Wielechowski, which is why the governor's special session...
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Empire Editorial: Lawmakers must use the Permanent Fund earnings reserve to solve budget impasse

...three-quarters vote of the House and Senate. The Senate majority has 15 members and a three-quarters majority...none are blameless. The Republican-led House and Senate majorities have not acted. The Democratic-led minorities...
Paul protests Patriot Act for hours

...most unpatriotic of acts, go unchallenged."The House overwhelmingly passed a bill to end the bulk collection and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said the Senate will act on the issue before beginning a Memorial Day recess...
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Walker backs off on Juneau session call

...his blessing to hold session outside of Juneau."Construction in the capitol building is one reason the House and Senate majorities have given for calling floor sessions in Anchorage. Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, and his staff arranged alternative...
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Impasse remains as few lawmakers return

...a lack of progress, plan their own hearings. But Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, R-North Pole, said that's...negotiations during a meeting with members of the Senate majority and House minority but, "My recollection, is they...
Senate puts trade bill back on track

...would not agree in advance to allow votes on the currency manipulation and other related measures at the same time.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., disputed charges that he had reneged on an earlier agreement, and he noted pointedly...
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NSA phone spying illegal, judge rules

...collection of the records, but Senate leaders are backing a competing measure that would maintain the status quo.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and intelligence committee chairman Richard Burr took to the Senate floor Thursday with forceful...
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Questions linger as date for lawmakers to reconvene looms

...Legislature last week voted for a recess in floor sessions until then.But House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, and Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, R-North Pole, questioned bringing the full Legislature back to Juneau to gavel in if there...
Analysis: GOP budget doesn't add up

...different course that the one pursued by Democrats, who treated budget-drafting as optional when they held the Senate majority in recent years and show less interest in deficit control.It will curtail spending on programs that are funded on...
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