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Alaska Republican Party leaders voted Saturday to block Homer Rep. Paul Seaton, Anchorage Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux and Rep. Louise Stutes of Kodiak from running in the party’s 2018 primaries.  

All three representatives joined Democrats and independents last fall to form a bipartisan coalition, taking control of the House away from Republicans. The Republican Party’s state central committee said that violated a party rule about caucusing with other political parties and that the legislators misled voters when the joined the coalition.

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Alaska’s Legislature is in the midst of its fourth special session. Gov. Bill Walker called legislators back to Juneau to tackle criminal justice reform and to consider his latest tax proposal. KBBI’s Aaron Bolton spoke with Homer Rep. Paul Seaton about the House passing its version of Senate Bill 54, which would bring back jail time for class C felonies and where the House Finance Committee stands on Walker’s flat tax proposal. 

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Alaska’s Legislature has been at an impasse for months on the state budget. Gov. Bill Walker called legislators back for a second special session Friday and voiced his dissatisfaction with their progress. With a potential state government shutdown about two weeks away, Homer’s fishing and tourism industry could suffer.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is still working through the kinks of a potential government shutdown on July 1.

“This has never happened in Alaska. We’ve never faced this,” Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotton said.

Alaska State Representative Paul Seaton of Homer joined KBBI's Carolyn Norton Friday morning, April 21st to discuss the process of negotiating an operating budget and fiscal plan.

Photo by Casey Marsh/KBBI

Welcome to the Friends of the Homer Public Library District 31 Candidate Forum. The participants are Representative Paul Seaton of Homer; Homer Mayor Beth Wythe; and John Cox of Anchor Point. The Forum took place on Friday August 6th at the Homer Public Library, and was moderated by Andy Haas.

Forum Shows Contrasts in HD 31 Candidates

Aug 8, 2016
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Tune in to KBBI this Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. to hear the entire candidate forum hosted by the Friends of the Homer Library.

The forum took place Aug. 5 at the Homer Public Library with Rep. Paul Seaton, Homer Mayor Beth Wythe and candidate John Cox.

The three are running in the Alaska Republican primary for the House of Representatives seat in District 31 that is currently held by Seaton.

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When the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board meets in July, it’s usually to finalize its budget for the new fiscal year. This year, however, it will be recalculating yet again, to absorb the $1.1 million in funding cuts announced by Gov. Bill Walker at the end of June.


Bill Would Remove Cook Inlet Tax Credits

Jun 13, 2016
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Since the mid-2000s, oil and gas activity in Cook Inlet stood to benefit from lucrative tax credits and incentives meant to boost exploration and development, and stabilize the natural gas supply. If Gov. Walker signs the Legislature’s compromise on oil and gas tax reform, those credits will come to an end.


Coffee Table: Legislative Impact on Local Government

Apr 27, 2016
Photo by Rose Grech

Legislators are more than a week past their deadline to end the regular legislative session and the most important issue, the budget deficit, is still unresolved. This session lawmakers heard multiple bills that, if passed, could increase costs for cities and boroughs around the state. 

This week on the Coffee Table we discussed session’s proposed legislation and the impacts it could have on the city of Homer and the Kenai Peninsula Borough. 

Legislators Bogged Down After Missed Deadline

Apr 19, 2016
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The Alaska Legislature did not finish hammering out a plan to fill an estimated 4 billion dollar budget deficit before the scheduled end of its regular session on Sunday. Legislators are remaining in Juneau for at least a week to finish as much as possible before renovations to the capitol building force them to leave.

Taneeka Hansen, Legislative Aide to Republican Representative Paul Seaton of Homer says legislators are working on several bills, but no major decisions have been made.

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