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State House Speaker Bryce Edgmon joined five Fairbanks-area legislators and University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen Wednesday for a news conference focused on overriding the governor's deep cuts to the university system and other state programs. The lawmakers and Johnsen then spoke to about 700 people at a town hall in Fairbanks, almost all of whom urged them to override.


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Alaska State Senate President Pete Kelly of Fairbanks has a slim lead over Democratic challenger Scott Kawasaki after Tuesday's election. And Bart Lebon is holding on to a 79-vote lead over Kathryn Dodge in the race for the House District 1 race.

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For the first time since Alaskans legalized marijuana four years ago, members of the industry that grow and sell it are contributing to the campaigns of candidates they consider cannabis-friendly. The marijuana industry isn’t a big player in this year’s election, but some of its Fairbanks members have taken sides in the state’s most hotly-contested legislative race.


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Cuts to the state budget and Permanent Fund dividend dominated a debate Monday between Republican Senate President Sen. Pete Kelly and Democratic Rep. Scott Kawasaki. The incumbent and challenger also clashed over state Medicaid and climate change in their last debate before voters next Tuesday decide the outcome of the Interior’s most heated legislative race.


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There’s only one contested legislative primary-election race that Fairbanks-area voters will weigh-in on this coming Tuesday. That’s the House District 1 seat left vacant by Rep. Scott Kawasaki’s decision to challenge incumbent Sen. Pete Kelly to represent state Senate District A. The matchup features two candidates with very different campaign pitches.


Fairbanks, AK - There are two new names on this year’s primary ballot for state Representative in Fairbanks District 1. Greg Bringhurst and Jomo Stewart are both vying for an opportunity to face Representative Scott Kawasaki in November.