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‘Yes’ prevails on pot, wage and salmon ballot measures November Issue 2 2014

‘Yes’ prevails on pot, wage and salmon ballot measures

Statewide ballot measures to legalize marijuana, raise the minimum wage and require legislative approval for big mines around Bristol Bay all passed on Nov. 4. Ballot Measure 2, to allow the sale, use and subsequent taxation of marijuana, was by far the closest and most campaigned of the referendums, with 52.2 percent of voters in favor of legalization.

Sullivan poised to knock off Begich November Issue 2 2014

Sullivan poised to knock off Begich

A replacement for Alaska’s junior senator seat appears imminent, but neither side was willing to admit it as of the morning following the general election. “I don’t want to jinx it,” Republican candidate Dan Sullivan said as the calendar changed from Nov. 4 to Nov. 5.

Waiting game begins in narrow governor’s race November Issue 2 2014

Waiting game begins in narrow governor’s race

For Alaska’s gubernatorial candidates, election night was just the start of the waiting game. With all precincts reporting, independent candidate Bill Walker had 107,395 votes to incumbent Republican Gov. Sean Parnell’s 104,230, or 47.8 percent to 46.4 percent, but an estimated 20,000 absentee ballots still had to be counted as of early Nov. 5, and the Alaska Division of Elections could still receive more before the final Nov. 19 deadline.

November Issue 1 2014

Gasline battle heats up in homestretch

In one of the final debates before the Nov. 4 election, Gov. Sean Parnell and his challenger Bill Walker jabbed at each other over the gas pipeline, health care, the state budget and in-state energy policy. Parnell, a Republican, is seeking his second full term. He won election in 2010 after finishing out the term of former Gov. Sarah Palin, who resigned in July 2009.

November Issue 1 2014

Senate candidates spar over resources, federal overreach

Alaska’s major Senate candidates stuck with what’s got them where they are while debating resource development issues as Election Day closes in. Former state Attorney General and Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan took as many shots at Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama as he did at Sen. Mark Begich. He continually attempted to link the three and pressed Begich on a voting record he claims is in-step with the administration’s positions, a record Begich continually denied.