Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO - Juneau


Judge approves signature gathering for initiative that would change state elections

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Yvonne Lamoureux overruled Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer, who rejected the Alaska’s Better Elections Initiative.

Dunleavy reaches his supporters, inside and outside Alaska, through national media outlets

In the appearances on Fox News, Breitbart News and talk radio shows, Dunleavy has drawn a parallel between the potential recall effort he’s facing and the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump.

Former state lawyer sues over being fired, saying she couldn’t sign Dunleavy “pledge of loyalty”

Former assistant public advocate Kelly Parker filed the lawsuit in Anchorage Superior Court on October 8th, against Dunleavy, his former chief of staff Tuckerman Babcock, and the state.

State senators’ support may clear path for Revak confirmation

Multiple senators, including Senate President Cathy Giessel, said they support confirming Anchorage Republican Rep. Josh Revak to the District M Senate seat.

“I’m going to come off my high horse.” Alaska’s Republican senators inch closer compromise on dividend

Why hasn’t Alaska solved the problem of what to do about the permanent fund dividend? A long-term solution faces major political obstacles.

Rule change would allow attorney general to represent governor in ethics complaints

The attorney general’s office says the change would simplify the process for handling complaints. But critics say the proposal could lead to the state footing the bill when top state officials commit violations.

How public media is covering the story of broadcast funding cuts in Alaska

While it can be challenging for news organizations to cover themselves, we decided to do a story on the impact of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s veto of all public broadcasting funding. Here's why.

Press Secretary Shuckerow is the latest to exit Alaska governor’s team

Shuckerow is the fourth prominent departure from the governor’s office in just over two months.

Public broadcasting stations in Alaska trying to make up for loss of state funds

The state funding ranged from 7% to 28% of public media stations’ budgets. But the loss could lead to some Alaska stations losing much more federal funding.

Local hire law unconstitutional, Alaska AG says

Clarkson says the state should stop enforcing a provision of state law requiring some private employers to hire Alaskans.

With Arduin out, Alaska’s budget process is about to change

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration plans to have commissioners play a more prominent role in the budget process this year.

Rep. Laddie Shaw, blocked from Senate seat appointment, says he wasn’t fairly judged

The Alaska Senate Republicans rejected on Thursday Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s choice to fill a vacant Senate seat. The senators blocked the confirmation of Anchorage Republican Rep. Laddie Shaw. The seat became...

Senate Republicans reject Dunleavy’s pick to fill vacant seat

The Anchorage Senate seat became vacant in August when Sen. Chris Birch died suddenly from heart complications

Alaska attorney general sues to limit union dues

The lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Anchorage also seeks to limit union dues to workers unless the state has “clear and compelling evidence” that they consent to the dues.

Donna Arduin out as Dunleavy budget director

Ben Stevens, Gov. Mike Dunleavy's chief of staff, said Arduin will be offered a contract to continue working as an adviser,

Budget cuts rely on Medicaid savings that will be difficult to achieve

Once a state makes someone eligible for Medicaid, they’re entitled to receive health care — and their provider is entitled to be paid.

Initiative would increase state oil taxes, eliminate tax credits

Oil industry representatives say the initiative would hurt the industry.

Governor signs $1,600 PFD, says third special session would focus on full dividend

For the second time, Dunleavy vetoed funding to reimburse municipalities for school construction debt and to pay for Medicaid.

Group seeking Dunleavy recall isn’t stopping at minimum as it continues to gather signatures

A Recall Dunleavy organizer says the campaign isn’t slowing down after the veto reversals.

Dunleavy points to university budget cut agreement as a model

Nonprofit leaders have said they’re open to working with the governor. But it’s unclear how the approach will work in practice.