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Congress on vacation, putting off messy decisions

...they return in September, lawmakers must vote on President Barack Obama's nuclear deal...cybersecurity bill and a largely symbolic vote on defunding Planned Parenthood.Along...terms. Congress is widely expected to vote down the deal, at which point attention...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-31/congress-vacation-putting-messy-decis
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My Turn: GMO labeling is justified for more than just salmon

...Association (SFA) would have us believe. But their statement is as misleading as the claim they made it was approved by a bipartisan vote. This was a Republican bill supported by 95 percent of their members in the House but only a quarter of Democrats. And how...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-07-31/my-turn-gmo-labeling-justified-more-j
Opinion
Murkowski revenue sharing bill advances

...powerful energy committee, and that committee approved Murkowski's bill by a 12-10 margin.As the bill advances toward a vote of the full U.S. Senate, it is expected to encounter opposition from the same fiscal hawks that previously opposed it, and...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-07-31/murkowski-revenue-sharing-bill-advances
State
Mallott ejects elections director

It didn't take a vote of the people to oust Alaska's Division of Elections director. Only one vote was needed.Gail Fenumiai turned in her resignation Friday at the request of Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, who oversees the division. The position...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-07-27/mallott-ejects-elections-director
State | Local
Alaska governor discusses Medicaid expansion decision

...believes his bill to expand Medicaid would have passed the Legislature if brought to a vote but that the legislation never seemed to be progressing toward a vote.Walker announced earlier this month his intention to accept federal money to expand...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-07-28/alaska-governor-discusses-medicaid-expa
State
Walker discusses decision to expand Medicaid

...passed the Legislature if brought to a vote but that the legislation never seemed to...didn't ever seem to be progressing toward a vote," he said.State law lays out a process...committee holds a hearing and there's a vote by members, that would immediately trigger...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-07-29/walker-discusses-decision
Local
End of Boy Scouts' ban on gays prompts elation and alarm

...BSA national executive board's 45-12 vote on Monday to lift the nationwide ban while...statement issued after Monday's final vote, Mormon officials described the admission...Those worldwide needs combined with this vote by the BSA National Executive Board will...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-29/end-boy-scouts-ban-gays-prompts-elati
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Boy Scout board approves end to blanket ban on gay adults

...embroiled the Boy Scouts for years, takes effect immediately. It was approved by the BSA's National Executive Board on a 45-12 vote during a closed-to-the-media teleconference."For far too long this issue has divided and distracted us," said the...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-28/boy-scout-board-approves-end-blanket-
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My Turn: Medicaid expansion is a good thing

...6-1 with strong bipartisan support. I thought this bill had a very good chance to become law if it came to the floor for a vote. One thing that I learned was that a good bill with bipartisan support sometimes never sees the light of day simply because...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-07-27/my-turn-medicaid-expansion-good-thing
Opinion
Kerry implores Congress to back Iran nuclear deal

...enough support for Obama among Democrats in what is all but certain to become a veto fight this fall.Congress is expected to vote in September to prevent Obama from lifting sanctions imposed previously by lawmakers, a step that would likely cause Iran to...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-29/kerry-implores-congress-back-iran-nuc
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