Court documents show the state of Alaska for years maintains a discriminatory policy that denied some same-sex spouses benefits by wrongly claiming gay marriage was not recognized in Alaska, long after courts ordered they be recognized.
The White House is naming a former Obama administration official to be deputy secretary at the Interior Department after dropping plans for a more liberal nominee who faced key Senate opposition. President Joe Biden has nominated Tommy Beaudreau to the No. 2 post.
An Alaska senator returned to her seat on the Senate floor wearing a new face covering after Senate leaders last week restricted her access to the chamber and committee meetings for what they said was a lack of compliance with rules meant to guard against COVID-19.
An Alaska Native corporation says it was unable to meet a deadline for aerial surveys of polar bear dens in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge because a federal agency did not issue necessary authorization for the work in a timely manner.
In a clash between the governor’s power of appointment versus the Alaska State Legislature’s power of confirmation, appointees designated by Gov. Mike Dunleavy throughout the course of the pandemic have been rejected in Superior Court, according to documents filed Thursday.
The decision halts construction activities until the court rules on SILA’s appeal of the District Court’s denial of the motion for a preliminary injunction. That will occur after briefing is completed in late April.