Rep. Sarah Vance

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A delayed state budget process could result in temporary layoffs, or “pink slips,” for Alaska's teachers. It’s what happens when the Legislature is behind in its budgeting and school districts can’t guarantee teachers spots on the payroll for the fall.

A bill the House of Representatives passed this week, House Bill 169, would preempt those layoffs, funding public education sooner than the rest of the budget.

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Several Alaska Republican legislators have signed on to a bill defending what they call “COVID-19 immunization rights.” 

Representatives Ben Carpenter, of Nikiski, Sarah Vance, of Homer and Chris Kurka, of Wasilla, are sponsoring House Bill 175. 

Gavel Alaska

A quarter way into the legislative session, Alaska House representatives have their committee assignments. That means they can start considering and passing bills next week.

Nikiski Republican Rep. Ben Carpenter is returning to the House Finance Committee. He was on that committee in his first term as representative. It’s scheduled to meet Monday.


Local lawmakers are among the millions of conservatives flocking to Parler and MeWe, unregulated social media sites that have become increasingly popular as mainstream social media companies crack down on election misinformation and extremism.

Campaigning during a pandemic is going to look different this year. Gone are the days of big, in-person town halls and door-to-door canvassing. But that hasn’t stopped a full field of Kenai Peninsula candidates from setting their sights on the Legislature this fall.

House of Representatives District 29 covers Nikiski, part of Cooper Landing, Hope and Seward. First-term Rep. Ben Carpenter, a Nikiski Republican, is running for reelection. He’s got at least one challenger in the fall — Paul Dale, of Nikiski, who filed as a nonpartisan.

Peninsula pols split on PFD

Dec 7, 2018
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Now that elections have largely been settled across the state, the real fight over the state’s permanent fund can begin.