Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Natasha Von Imhof won the three-way race for the Republican nominee for Senate District L Tuesday with 48 percent of the vote. Von Imhof,...

Check for latest updates on the 2016 Alaska Primary Elections.

Today is Primary Election day. In addition to the regular polling locations, you can also vote today at the airport in six Alaska cities. Listen now

Anchorage bar owner Bernie Souphanavong submitted thousands of signatures today to run for Congress. Souphanavong is running as an independent for Alaska’s only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Listen now

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly thought it put controversy about invocations to rest. But there seems to be no end in sight to debate about starting meetings with a prayer.

U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Stock submitted a pile of signatures to the Division of Elections today to secure a spot on the November ballot. Listen now

Representative Lora Reinbold is planning to reimburse the state for the nearly $1,000 dollars she received in per-diem payments while she was on a four-day vacation. Reinbold's Republican primary opponent Crystal Kennedy raised concerns about the expenses. Listen now

The two Democrats running for U.S. Senate are the same age. They’re running low- or no-budget campaigns. Both used to be Republicans. And right there, the similarities come to a dead stop. Listen now

House 9 race pits incumbent against Republican Party favorite. Listen now

Anchorage Democratic Senator Bill Wielechowski wants the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation to defy Gov. Bill Walker’s veto roughly halving this year’s dividends. Listen now
Dean Westlake is challenging Barrow Rep. Bennie Nageak in the Democratic primary; in 2014, Westlake lost the race by 131 votes. Photo: Rachel Waldholz/Alaska’s Energy Desk

Democrats are hoping to take control of the state House this year. To achieve that, they're gunning for two lawmakers who run as Democrats but largely vote with the Republicans. One is Rep. Bennie Nageak, D-Barrow, who represents House District 40, which stretches from Kotzebue to Kaktovik.

State legislators who aren’t running for re-election have created openings drawing big spending ahead of the primary election next Tuesday. A quarter of all spending by legislative candidates has been in just three races for open seats. But it’s not clear whether those who’ve spent the most will be able to convert that into votes. Listen now

Candidates question party loyalty in Bethel-area House race. Listen now

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is running a multimillion-dollar campaign. But have you met the Republicans running against her? We tried. We found two undaunted optimists running on their shoestrings, and a third candidate who rebuffed our interview request on the grounds that he had too much to say.

Tom Begich and Ed Wesley are vying for the seat held by Johnny Ellis for more than two decades. Listen now

Republican primary challengers in some races for seats in the Alaska House of Representatives fear that Republican control is threatened by members of their own party. Listen now
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Gov. Bill Walker has appointed his Arctic policy advisor to lead the state's Washington, D.C., office. Listen now
Alaska News Nightly by Alaska Public Media

Alaska’s congressman and both U.S. senators are among the Republican lawmakers criticizing remarks Donald Trump made about the family of Captain Humayun Khan, a Muslim-American Army officer killed in Iraq. Listen now

A Skagway Borough Assembly member and businessman convicted of failing to file his income taxes is being ordered to spend just over a year in prison. Listen now

After lengthy discussion Monday, two tax items on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly agenda each were postponed: an increase to the sales tax cap and a tax on retail marijuana.