Mead Treadwell

Anchorage judge sets Sept. 26 as the date for arguments

An Anchorage judge has set Sept. 26 for arguments in the lawsuit against Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Elections Director Gail Fenumiai over an emergency order that allowed two candidates for governor to merge their campaigns. Democratic nominee Byron Mallott is running for Lt. Gov. with independent candidate for Governor Bill Walker.


Alaskans head to the polls Tuesday to decide if their old system for taxing oil companies is better than the new one. Ballot Measure 1 asks voters if they want to reject the 2013 law Legislators adopted with the idea it would increase oil production. It replaces a law critics say did gave tax credits for investment but ate too deeply into oil company profits when oil prices are high.

7:30 a.m. Newscast: A negative ad focusing on U.S. Senate Republican candidate Mead Treadwell says technology companies he founded are helping the government erode privacy. As APRN's Liz Ruskin reports, Treadwell calls the claim absurd.

A political action committee formed by former aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last month provided the sole funding for a super PAC supporting Democratic Sen. Mark Begich. Put Alaska First reported nearly $670,000 in contributions  from the Senate majority PAC in July.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski's lawyer has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Sen. Mark Begich, demanding he stop using her image in his TV ads. She says it implies her support, and she wants a Republican to win. He says the ad stating they vote the same 80% of the time is accurate, and he will continue to use accurate ads.

The Republican primary is heating up and getting ugly, as candidates Dan Sullivan and Mead Treadwell work to get votes in the Aug. 19 primary.

A federal judge says the Constitutional right to vote requires the state to translate election materials into Native languages for voters lacking English proficiency. Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has introduced a bill that would require the translations, and other measures he says are needed to ensure equal access to polls. The Native Voting Rights bill would also require federal pre-clearance on decisions about polling places and early voting.