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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.

Fairbanks, AK - Democrat Larry Murakami  won Tuesday night’s primary election against Uriah  Nalikak  for a spot on the ballot for House District 2 in East Fairbanks.  Murikami is a rookie to Alaska politics, but he says he’s not nervous about continuing the campaign season into November. “I know I’m new, but I also think to some degree, that’s an advantage," he says.  "There are definitely some people that are ok with somebody who is absolutely not a career politician.”