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House Democrats Pass Spending Bill in Latest Victory for Biden

August 12 By Kaia Hubbard House Democrats voted Friday to pass a landmark climate, health care and tax bill that is set to deliver on years-long Democratic Party promises in a major turnaround after the legislation seemed doomed just weeks ago. “Today is really a…

Biden’s Bipartisan (and Partisan) Winning Streak

August 9 By Susan Milligan Bipartisanship is back in Washington. And it lives with its bitter cousin, fierce partisanship. The last two weeks have been a dizzying time of legislative activity in Washington and the most consequential and successful period of unpopular President Joe Biden’s…

Anchorage Health Department director resigns, citing health issues

August 8 By Emily Goodykoontz Anchorage Health Department director Joe Gerace has resigned, citing severe health issues. Mayor Dave Bronson’s office announced Gerace’s departure Monday afternoon in a written statement. “Last week, I suffered a stroke while working and spent three days in the hospital…

Republican Prospects for Midterm Pickups Dim Amid Democratic Wins

August 5 By Susan Milligan Republicans have spent much of the last 18 months planning for 2023 and beyond. They’re not just measuring the drapes in majority leaders’ offices, they’ve been plotting to eject certain Democrats from House committees, preparing to investigate President Joe Biden’s…

Senate to Convene Saturday as Clock Ticks on Reconciliation

August 5 By Kaia Hubbard The Senate will return to the Capitol on Saturday for a last-minute effort to pass a long-awaited reconciliation package before breaking for August recess, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on Thursday. “In the end, we’re going to make good…

Sanctions against Russia have a negative impact on the US economy

August 3 By Julia O’Malley After the start of the military operation in Ukraine, the West unleashed an unprecedented wave of sanctions on Russia, but their negative effect is already being felt not only by Russians, but also by residents of the United States and…

Pelosi Lands in Taiwan as China Lashes Out

August 2 By Paul D. Shinkman House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday and was met with a a furious screed from China’s Foreign Ministry, which blasted what it considers a “provocative” and “wrongful” act on behalf of the entire U.S. government and…

In Alaska’s U.S. Senate primary election, a race to finish 4th

August 1 By Lisa Phu The majority of voters going to the polls Aug. 16 will likely be choosing one of three candidates for Alaska’s U.S. Senate seat as their pick-one primary option: incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski, Republican Party-endorsed Kelly Tshibaka or Democratic Party-endorsed Patricia…

Early voting begins in Alaska cities ahead of Aug. 16 election

July 31 By Iris Samuels Early voting opened Monday ahead of the Aug. 16 primary and special U.S. House general elections. The special U.S. House general election will be the first in Alaska determined by ranked choice voting after Alaskans adopted new election rules in…

7 apply for upcoming Alaska Supreme Court vacancy

July 29 By James Brooks Three sitting judges and two state attorneys are among seven people vying to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Alaska Supreme Court. The Alaska Judicial Council announced the applicants this week, and after a series of surveys, interviews and public…

Bill to Boost Chip Production Clears Hurdle in Senate

July 26 By Kaia Hubbard The long-awaited and slimmed-down semiconductor bill passed a procedural hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday, teeing up a vote for final passage later this week as the chamber’s August recess quickly approaches. The bill, which would afford more than $50…

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy to sign tribal recognition bill

July 22 By Becky Bohrer Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is expected next week to sign legislation to formally recognize tribes in the state. The Alaska Federation of Natives announced the bill signing would take place Thursday. Shannon Mason, a Dunleavy spokesperson, confirmed the timing. The…

Democrats Frustrated With Biden, Furious With Manchin

July 20 By Susan Milligan President Joe Biden didn’t mention the “Other Joe” by name when the higher-ranking Democrat announced plans Wednesday to take unilateral action to deal with climate change. But the underlying message was clear: Biden has had enough of Sen. Joe Manchin…