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The Latest: Walker makes new pick for Alaska Senate seat

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Latest on the dispute over a vacant Alaska Senate seat (all times local):

6:55 p.m.

Gov. Bill Walker has named Thomas Braund to fill a vacant Alaska Senate seat after Senate Republicans rejected his first choice.

Walker didn't offer a ringing endorsement of Braund and said he believes his initial pick, Randall Kowalke (coh-WAHL-kee), was the best candidate to replace Wasilla Republican Mike Dunleavy.

Kowalke applied for the seat but was not one of the names sent to Walker by Republicans in the district. Braund was.

Appointees must be from the party of their predecessor. When a vacancy occurs, parties traditionally send the governor names though he's not bound to them.

Walker's decision to stray from the list irritated Republicans, who said the people of the district should be able to fill the seat with someone they support through the traditional process.

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9:30 a.m.

Alaska Senate Republicans have rejected Gov. Bill Walker's nominee for a vacant Senate seat.

Walker will now have 10 days to nominate someone else.

He had chosen Randall Kowalke (coh-WAHL-kee) to replace former Sen. Mike Dunleavy, a Wasilla Republican who resigned to run for governor. Kowalke applied for the seat but wasn't one of the three names sent to Walker by Republicans in the district.

Appointees must be from the party of their predecessor. When a vacancy occurs, parties traditionally send the governor names though he's not bound to them.

The pick, though, is subject to confirmation, in this case, by Senate Republicans.

Senate Majority Leader Peter Micciche says the people of Senate District E should be able to fill the seat with someone they support through the traditional process.

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