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New Year Sees Changes for Elections Division

PoliticsJanuary 11, 2016 JUNEAU – Hundreds of Alaskans are taking advantage of a new online voter registration available through the Alaska Division of Elections.

“I was pleased to see that since the system went live at the end of November, 592 voter registrations have been completed by citizens across the state,” said Lt. Governor Byron Mallott who oversees the division. The online system,, is part of the new elections management system that has been in the works for several years.

As an added bonus, the division partnered with the Department of Revenue’s Permanent Fund Dividend Division to provide a link for Alaskans to register to vote after they finish their 2016 dividend application.

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Gov. to Host Legislative Briefing on Saturday

Politics Governor Bill Walker and members of his gasline team will host a briefing for lawmakers and the general public on Sat., Oct. 24 from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. in preparation for the gasline special session. The event will be held at Centennial Hall in Juneau and will be aired live on Gavel to Gavel.

“With a $3.5 billion budget deficit, building a gasline is our state’s number one get well card,” said Governor Walker. “The purpose of this briefing is to outline my special session legislation to lawmakers, so they have a clear understanding of my intent. I want this session to be a success, so starting out with this informational briefing is critically important.”

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Mat-Su Borough elects new Mayor

PoliticsAccording to the latest results provided by the Mat-Su Borough, Vern Halter has won the MSB Mayor seat, defeating incumbent Larry DeVilbiss. Voter turnout was low, with 16.95% of registered voters casting their ballots.

The results are expected to be certified today.

For the complete results visit
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Reminder: Today is October 2015 MSB Election Day

PoliticsWhen: Tuesday, October 06 2015 @ 08:00 AM AKDT - 08:00PM
Event Type: Regular Borough Elections
Where: MSB
Description: Regular Borough Elections
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Governor Issues Special Session Proclamation

PoliticsSeptember 24, 2015 ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker issued a proclamation today calling the Legislature into a special session on October 24 in Juneau to address gasline issues. In a short video address to Alaskans, Governor Walker explained the urgency of North Slope gas production.

“With a $3.5 billion budget deficit, this gasline project has gone from a wish-list item to a must-have,” said Governor Walker. “Under the negotiation process I inherited, very little has been accomplished on the commercial agreements. It is time to make the necessary legislative changes so a single party cannot delay the production of Alaska’s natural gas resources and sway our destiny.”

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You Can Vote Before the Oct. 6 Election

Politicsby Patty Sullivan, MSB

Your local election is coming up fast.
You can vote early, absentee in person now. Read more or follow the link on how:

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Mayoral Candidate Forum Today

PoliticsWhen: Monday, September 14 2015 @ 12:00 PM AKDT - 01:30PM
Event Type: Special Occasion
Where: Big Lake Family Restaurant
Big Lake, Alaska 99652
Description: Meet the candidates for Borough Mayor.
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Posting Political Campaign Signs

PoliticsWith political campaign season underway, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone of the State of Alaska laws regarding political advertising.

Illustrated below are two sections of Alaska Statutes pertaining to sign posting and/or advertising in the right-of-way of Alaska’s highways:

1. Campaign signs placed within the state’s road and highway rights-of-way are unauthorized encroachments under AS 19.25.200 – 19.25.250 and may be removed by DOT&PF crews without notification. Vehicles parked in rights-of-way that are used to display political advertisements are also prohibited and subject to removal.
2. AS 19.25.105(a) states, “Outdoor advertising may not be erected or maintained within 660 feet of the nearest edge of the right-of-way…” If a sign is on commercial property, but within 660 feet of the state’s right-of-way, DOT&PF personnel may send a 30-day written notice requesting removal of the sign. This notice will be sent to the property owner and the candidate.

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Borough Candidates Must File By July 31

PoliticsThree assembly seats, the office of Mayor, and three school board seats will be filled in the Oct. 6 Borough election. Candidates are already filing. The deadline to file is July 31 at 5 p.m.

Visit the election webpage to acquire a filing packet, to see a list of candidates who already filed, to read results of elections dating to 1965, and to learn more about voting options.

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Gov Appointed to Natural Resources Committee

PoliticsGovernor Walker wrapped up a week of meetings at the National Governor’s Association (NGA) summer conference, where he was able to discuss Alaskan issues with governors from around the country and learn more about the issues affecting other states. At the conference, Governor Walker was appointed to the board of the NGA Center for Best Practices and to the NGA Natural Resources Committee. The Natural Resources Committee is responsible for collaborating and advising federal policy makers on issues related to agriculture, energy, the environment, and natural resources.

“This position ensures that Alaska has a seat at the table when it comes to the federal policies surrounding our valuable natural resources,” said Governor Walker. “With some of the highest energy costs in the nation, it is critical for Alaska’s leaders to have an influential role in discussions about energy production and consumption in the United States.”

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Governor Walker Signs Two Bills into Law

PoliticsGovernor Bill Walker signed HB 146 and HB 158 into law today. Both bills were passed during the regular session of the 29th Alaska Legislature.

HB 146, which was sponsored by Representative Cathy Munoz of Juneau, incentivizes new development and aids in the redevelopment of deteriorated areas through municipal tax exemptions. Additionally, the bill broadens the definition of deteriorated property so entities that own multiple residential property units in a deteriorated area have the option of being collectively considered a deteriorated property.

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Legislature Passes Budget, Erin's Law

PoliticsJune 11, 2015 ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker applauded the Alaska Legislature today for passing a fully funded FY 2016 budget, and for passing the Alaska Safe Children’s Act. The move comes after months of negotiations between both legislative bodies, and ends the possibility of a partial government shutdown.

“I commend the legislature for coming together to make an agreement on the budget,” said Governor Walker. “The state employs over 15,000 hard working men and women, and provides essential services to each and every Alaskan. Now that a budget has been passed, we can all get back to work and not worry about the harmful impacts of a potential government shutdown.”

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Walker Kicks off Dialogue on Fiscal Future

PoliticsJune 4, 2015 ANCHORAGE—More than 160 Alaskans are heading to Fairbanks to begin a series of conversations tomorrow about the future of our state—and the public is invited to listen, watch and learn along with them.

Building a Sustainable Future: Conversations with Alaskans begins Friday night at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Over the course of the weekend, participants will hear from experts within and outside government, and will begin a dialog about what we want from our government, and how we can pay for it going forward.

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Walker Clarifies Firewall with Leg. Mediator

PoliticsJune 4, 2015 ANCHORAGE—Governor Bill Walker today emphasized he is not coordinating or communicating with Matt Peterson, the mediator who is working with members of the Legislature to resolve the budget impasse.

“I want to make it very clear that I am not directing Matt Peterson on his mediation,” Governor Walker said. “Matt told me he will not be sharing with me any part of the mediation process—nor would I want him to. The goal of bringing on a mediator is to get past this gridlock so we can have a fully funded budget, and the state can move on to tackling this $4 billion deficit.”

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Governor Walker Signs Two Bills into Law

PoliticsJune 2, 2015 ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker signed two bills into law today, HB 106 and HB 46. Both bills were passed during the regular session of the 29th Alaska Legislature.

Sponsored by Governor Walker and carried in the Legislature by Representative Gabrielle LeDoux of Anchorage and Senator John Coghill of North Pole, HB 106 updates the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) to allow the state to collect child support from parents living outside the United States. The bill ensures the continued collection of over $100 million in child support that goes to needy families, and $19 million in federal funding for the state’s Child Support Services Division. Additionally, HB 106 ensures the state is in federal compliance with child support requirements in order to receive a more than $45 million block grant to fund Alaska’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) State Plan.

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