| Jan 25, 2015
| 5:54 PM
President Obama proposed designating 1.4 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as protected wilderness, drawing cheers from environmentalists but setting off a bitter new battle Sunday with the Republican-controlled Congress over oil and...
| Jan 13, 2015
| 5:37 PM
The U.S. Senate launched its first great debate of 2015 this week, on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from the tar sands of Alberta to the refineries of Texas. Predictably, the rhetoric was apocalyptic.
“I think XL stands for...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 9:11 PM
In a boon to commercial fishermen, conservationists and Native Alaskans, President Obama on Tuesday withdrew the waters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay from oil and gas development, vowing to protect the world’s biggest sockeye salmon fishery....
| Nov 4, 2014
| 3:57 PM
One usually surefire way to gauge the political climate on election night is to follow the clock of poll closings across the nation, east to west.
But this is no normal midterm. Several races are expected to be razor-close to the very end, and some...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 8:51 PM
A novel unity ticket featuring independent Bill Walker and Democrat Byron Mallott has defeated Republican Gov. Sean Parnell of Alaska in an election so excruciatingly close that its outcome was not known until 10 days after the polls closed.
| Nov 8, 2014
| 6:31 PM
Facing a tough midterm election, Democrats put aside some of their remaining scruples about the new age of unlimited campaign spending and courted unions and hedge-fund billionaires for big checks to try to salvage a Senate majority.
They spent a lot of...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 4:02 PM
WASHINGTON — David Perdue took the cheap and easy route.
The Republican Senate candidate in Georgia, like Republican candidates in most other competitive races, calculated that the surest road to victory was to tie his opponent, in this case...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 9:27 AM
Alaska is known for having the economy of a petro-state, a far-flung citizenry, a large native population and unreliable polling.
Oh, and Sarah Palin.
A supernova, she exploded and dissolved as a vice presidential candidate, and she was a...
| Oct 24, 2014
| 8:47 AM
For the most part, the political debate over President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul has become a duel between vague slogans: Republicans say they want to "replace" the Affordable Care Act but generally don't say with what. Democrats say they want...
| Oct 26, 2014
| 9:55 AM
Republicans hold a narrow, but steady, lead in the contest for control of the Senate, according to polls released Sunday.
Enough races remain extremely close that Democrats could still keep control of the chamber, but only if all the breaks go their...
| Oct 26, 2014
| 2:28 PM
When Congress reconvenes Nov. 12, opponents of billions of dollars in military compensation "reforms" sought by President Obama and the Joint Chiefs of Staff will have one final and narrow opportunity to derail the plans.
Three significant compensation...