“Russia With Love”: Alaska Gas Scandal Is Out-of-Country, Not Out-of-State

By: Friday April 18, 2014 4:57 pm

A legal controversy — critics would say scandal — has erupted in Alaska’s statehouse over the future of its natural gas bounty.

It’s not so much an issue of the gas itself, but who gets to decide how it gets to market and where he or she resides.

The question of who owns Alaska’s natural gas and where they’re from.

Alaska Pot Legalization Campaign Will Donate to Opponents if They Can Prove Alcohol Is Less Harmful Than Pot

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 11:05 am

This “marijuana is safer” message proved to be very effective in Colorado during their 2012 legalization campaign and it should be a big focus in Alaska this year as well.

The Unusual Way This 4/20 Will Shape the Future of Marijuana Legalization

By: Wednesday April 16, 2014 2:20 pm

This April 20th will have a real impact on the future of marijuana legalization in the United States, and it has nothing to do with the pro-pot celebration taking place that day.

Marijuana Legalization On Track to Narrow Victory in Alaska

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 4:10 pm

It is likely that Alaska will legalize marijuana this summer. According to a new poll from the Alaska House Majority Caucus, a slim majority of voters support the legalization initiative that will be on the August 19th primary ballot.

Poll Confirms Marijuana Legalization on the Ballot Can Drive Turnout

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 8:16 am

According to a new George Washington Battleground poll, 69 percent of voters said a legalization ballot initiative would make them more likely to turn out to vote. Among this group 39 percent said it would make them much more likely while 30 percent said it would make them somewhat more likely to vote.

Alaska Will Be a Perfect Test Case for the Power of Pot to Drive Youth Turnout

By: Friday February 28, 2014 8:33 am

Marijuana legalization on the August 19th primary ballot in Alaska could be the most interesting natural political science experiment of this cycle. It should provide a unique test case for the power of marijuana legalization to motivate young people to vote.

Marijuana Legalization Officially on the Alaska Ballot This August

By: Thursday February 27, 2014 8:05 am

This year on August19 the people of Alaska will be voting on whether or not to legalize marijuana. On Wednesday Alaska Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell officially signed off on the ballot initiative after meeting with the Division of Elections. Earlier this month the Division of Elections found the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska had turned in enough valid signatures to qualify.

Alaska Moves Closer to Becoming the Third State to Legalize Marijuana

By: Wednesday February 5, 2014 1:23 pm

Alaska has taken another step towards becoming the next state to legalize marijuana. The Alaska Division of Elections has already qualified 32,863 signatures for an initiative to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana. It only needed 30,169 valid signatures to make the ballot. This nearly guarantees the initiative will go before the voters on this years August 19th primary ballot.

“Singing in Tongues” Youtube in Steambath by GOP AK Senate Primary Candidate May Complicate Race

By: Sunday January 19, 2014 7:00 am

Alaska blogger, journalist and writer Amanda Coyne has posted a Youtube of one of the four GOP Alaska U.S. Senate Primary candidates. In it, the longshot entry in the four-way race may have inadvertently helped her low budget campaign more than anything she intentionally produced might have done. In places, candidate Kathleen Tonn sings in tongues. She sings in a steam bath, joined at the end of the video by her friend, Suzie:

Alaskans Likely to Vote on Marijuana Legalization this August

By: Thursday January 9, 2014 1:59 pm

While Alaska may seem like a strange target as the next state to legalize marijuana, it has a strong libertarian streak and by far the youngest population in the country.

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