Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Alaska's Human Rights Commission is taking steps to legally protect members of the LGBTQ community from discrimination. Listen Now

The State of Alaska and a dozen Native organizations have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to overturn a ruling that designated vast swaths of coastal Alaska as critical habitat for polar bears.

Gov. Bill Walker announced today he’s been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Following his doctor’s advice, he will have surgery in December to remove it. Listen Now

Voters will decide whether to keep two Alaska Supreme Court justices on Election Day. Alaska Family Action, which described itself as focused on advancing biblical principles, opposes retaining the judges. But advocates for keeping the judges said the group’s opposition to the judges could harm the state’s tradition of choosing and keeping judges based on merit. Listen Now

An independent is challenging a seasoned legislator for the Senate F seat. Listen Now

The Alaska Republican Party is attacking U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller in a series of hard-hitting mailers. This is the same Joe Miller who was the Republican Party’s own nominee six years ago, when he beat the incumbent, Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Now the party is accepting money from Murkowski’s campaign and using it against Miller, which he calls "money laundering." The party says it’s perfectly legal. Listen Now

Moira Smith says U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas groped her 17 years ago. Thomas calls the accusation "preposterous." Listen Now

The CEO of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority resigned Wednesday and will take on a different role in the organization. Some of the trustees allege that his resignation indicates violations of the Alaska Open Meetings Act. Listen Now

As election day approaches, we're checking in with voters around the state -- asking what matters most to them and who they're supporting. Tonight, we hear from 19-year-old Darrian Traw, a college student in Anchorage who literally wears her politics. Listen Now

Sen. Lisa Murkowski and three challengers - Margaret Stock, Ray Metcalfe and Breck Craig - debated today in Barrow in what is said to be the first U.S. Senate debate to take place above the Arctic Circle.

Few citizens love the fact that Governor Bill Walker vetoed half the money for Permanent Fund dividends this year – including Walker. Walker said the PFD cut is necessary as part of a comprehensive fiscal plan he’d like the Legislature to adopt. Two senators would like to reverse the cut through different methods – a lawsuit and a new piece of legislation. Listen Now

The state of Alaska won’t issue bonds to pay for public worker pensions – for now. Gov. Bill Walker pressed pause on the sale Tuesday of up to $3.3 billion dollars of pension obligation bonds after meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee. Listen Now

Alaska’s campaign finance watchdog group held a hearing Tuesday morning on a complaint against former Skagway Assemblyman Dan Henry. The complaint against Henry involves incomplete public office financial disclosure forms. During the hearing, Henry said he misunderstood what information is required on those filings.

If U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is unseated in the next election, the victor would get her Senate seat, but not her chairmanship of the Energy Committee. So what does that matter to you? Listen Now

Absentee and early in-person voting is now open in Alaska for the Nov. 8 general election. There are two locations open in Anchorage. Listen Now

When voters head to the polls on Nov. 8, they’ll decide who’s going to represent them in the state House and Senate. That will trigger the backroom talks that determine who will form the majority caucuses – and the legislature’s future direction. Listen Now

A newly-awarded U.S. Department of Labor grant aims to bolster Alaska's health care and aviation industries. The grant will increase the use of apprenticeships, which the state hopes will increase the chances of companies hiring locally. Listen Now

The Anchorage race between Republican Cathy Giessel and Independent Vince Beltrami could help determine the balance of power in the state Senate — and how Alaska takes on its fiscal crisis. Listen Now

A legislative aide used his connections to try to affect a state law in a way that could benefit his son, who state prosecutors said sexually abused a 12-year-old girl when he was 18

Tonight we hear from Bill Briggs of Saint Paul. Briggs is 60. He's lived in Saint Paul for ten years, and manages the island's seafood processing plant. And he is definitely not on the Trump train. Listen Now