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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.

Parnell pits record versus ‘risky’ rhetoric October Issue 4 2014

Parnell pits record versus ‘risky’ rhetoric

​Gov. Sean Parnell has a simple pitch on why Alaskans should reelect him for another four years: “Steady, stable and consistent,” he says, describing not only his policies, but his principles. As for the alternative, his opponent Bill Walker, “All I see is risk and uncertainty,” Parnell said in an Oct. 16 interview at the Journal office, citing what he characterized as Walker’s frequent changes in positions, particularly regarding the state budget and the ongoing effort to develop an LNG export project.

Walker skeptical of Exxon role on LNG October Issue 3 2014

Walker skeptical of Exxon role on LNG

Independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker says he supports the gas pipeline planning efforts now underway, although he is unhappy there is not more transparency about the deal and skeptical of ExxonMobil’s lead management role in the project. Walker, a longtime Republican who dropped his party affiliation and accepted former Democrat governor nominee Byron Mallott as his lieutenant governor running mate in his bid to unseat incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell, said he would reserve judgment on the final deal until he learns the details.

Wide coalition forms to oppose marijuana legalization October Issue 3 2014

Wide coalition forms to oppose marijuana legalization

Alaska employers should brace for problems if a ballot proposition legalizing marijuana sales and use is approved in the November state general election, critics of the measure say. Ballot Measure 2, legalizing marijuana, is virtual similar to a Colorado measure passed in 2012 that is now causing big problems in the state.