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2009-09-18 11:59:00

A National Energy Summit & International Dialogue Alert September 23 - 24, 2009 WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Mark Warner (D-VA) will discuss an energy policy "view from the hill" at the National Energy Summit & International Dialogue, September 23, in Washington D.C. Senator Murkowski is the senior senator from Alaska and is the first Alaskan born senator to serve the state. She is the senior Republican member of the...

2008-10-03 09:00:33

By William Yardley When Governor Sarah Palin meets Senator Joseph Biden Jr. on Thursday in the vice-presidential debate, even her fellow Alaskans might hear for the first time some of her views on health care reform, education policy and other issues of state government. In her 22 months in office, Palin has not addressed many of those matters in a significant way, pursuing a narrower agenda rooted in Alaska's resource-based economy. Palin has approved increased spending for education and...

2008-10-02 15:00:57

ANCHORAGE, Ala., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's nomination as vice presidential running mate of John McCain launched Palin and her family into worldwide renown. A new history, "Sarah takes on Big Oil" by Kay Cashman and Kristen Nelson, delivers the story of Palin's stormy relationship with Alaska's three major oil companies as governor of Alaska. As people seek to learn more about Alaska's first woman governor, a recurring question emerges: How did she meet the...

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2008-10-01 06:30:00

By Matt Kelley WASHINGTON -- Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens never paid for a $5,000 backup generator installed at his home, the former friend whose company did the work testified Tuesday at the senator's trial for failing to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of gifts. Bill Allen, the former head of oil field services company Veco, described the first of many deals with Stevens for improvements at his house. Prosecutors say those upgrades were gifts that Stevens was legally required...

2008-09-15 06:00:19

By Jo Becker, Peter S. Goodman and Michael Powell Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal. So when there was a vacancy at the top of Alaska's Division of Agriculture, Palin appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as one of her qualifications for running the roughly $2 million agency. Havemeister was one...

2008-09-12 06:00:32

By Ken Dilanian ANCHORAGE -- Weeks after taking office as Alaska's governor in December 2006, Sarah Palin vetoed a bill that sought to ban benefits for the same-sex partners of state workers. It was unconstitutional, she said. This year, she rebuffed religious conservatives who wanted her to add two abortion restriction measures to a special legislative session on oil and gas policy, even though she supported the bills. Former aide Larry Persily said she didn't want to risk offending...

2008-09-12 06:00:32

By Serge F. Kovaleski and Mike McIntire When Governor Sarah Palin took center stage at the Republican convention last week, she sought to burnish her executive credentials by telling how she had engineered the deal that jump- started a long-delayed gas pipeline project. Stretching more than 1,700 miles, or 2,720 kilometers, it would deliver natural gas from the North Slope of Alaska to the lower 48 states and be the largest private-sector infrastructure project on the continent. "And...

2008-09-03 15:00:38

By H JOSEF HEBERT WASHINGTON -- If Democrats hoped to portray John McCain as captive to the oil industry, their task became more complicated with his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a running mate. She is an ardent advocate for more drilling -- off Alaska, off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and in the off-limits Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Yet she also has not shied from confronting Exxon Mobil, BP and ConocoPhillips. As the presidential campaign moves into high gear,...

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2008-09-02 15:15:00

To most Americans, Senator John McCain's [R-Ariz.] choice of running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, is a new face. To Alaskans, however, she's the woman who got a giant natural gas pipeline project off the ground, in part by telling big oil companies they'd get no sweetheart deals. Despite the national debate about drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge [ANWR], Alaskans largely favor development of their natural resources, a huge source of revenue for the state. For years,...

2008-09-01 06:00:12

By William Yardley This article was reported by William Yardley, Jo Becker, Mike McIntire and David D. Kirkpatrick. Christopher Drew, Michael Luo and Bill Loftus contributed reporting. * Her father shot the grizzly bear whose hide is now draped over the sofa in her office. She, too, hunts and fishes. She runs marathons. She delivered her fifth child during her first term as governor. They call her husband, the reigning champion in the annual Iron Dog snow machine race, First Dude....