Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who retained her U.S. Senate seat after challenging the Republican Party's official candidate in an improbable write-in victory, has retained her seat as ranking Republican on the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Two federal land proposals involving Alaska, including a controversial Tongass National Forest land exchange with Cape Fox Corp., are on hold until September.
WASHINGTON - With Congress out of town for August and then likely focused on spending bills through September, a two-month game of positioning on a final national energy policy bill has begun. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, said last week that he has no doubt that a joint House-Senate conference committee will produce a final version. Republicans have the majority in the committee and they want a bill, Stevens said, so there will be no repeat of protracted, unsuccessful conference efforts last year.
ANCHORAGE - Democrat Scott McAdams knows he can't compete against the nearly $2 million that incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has in hand for this year's election.
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