Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media
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Liz Ruskin covers Alaska issues in Washington as the network's D.C. correspondent. She was born in Anchorage and is a West High grad. She has degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia. She previously worked at the Homer News, the Anchorage Daily News and the Washington bureau of McClatchy Newspapers. She also freelanced for several years from the U.K. and Japan, in print and radio. Liz has been APRN’s Washington, D.C. correspondent since October 2013. She welcomes your news tips at lruskin (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  | About Liz

Ads use Ukraine scandal, urging Murkowski to reject a Trump judicial pick

A liberal advocacy group is leveraging the Ukraine scandal in ads that target Alaskans. Their aim is to drum up constituent messages to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, urging her to vote no on a Trump judicial nominee.

Senate passes bill with funds for murdered and missing indigenous women

Spotty data makes it hard for researchers to quantify the killings and disappearances of Native women. The recent spending bill directs the Bureau of Indian Affairs to coordinate with law enforcement agencies and develop guidelines for data collection.

Judge says Alaska should crack down on unlimited contributions in state elections

Judge William Morse says the Alaska Public Office Commission should reinstate the $500 annual per-person contribution limit to independent groups, which APOC stopped enforcing following a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision called Citizens United.

Headbutt or head nudge? MoveOn gets a rise out of Rep. Young

Alaska Rep. Don Young has been all over social media this week because activists from the liberal group MoveOn posted a video of him headbutting their camera.

Alaska congressman explains why he voted ‘no’ on new rules for Trump impeachment probe

Alaska Rep. Don Young says the newly adopted rules don't give the Republican minority enough authority in the process.

Murkowski is one of the only Senate Republicans who didn’t back the anti-impeachment resolution. Here’s why.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the Senate shouldn't tell the House what to do.

Sullivan joins measure knocking House for impeachment inquiry

Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan said the House's current impeachment inquiry is more partisan than the process faced by presidents Clinton or Nixon.

‘You’re not listening to the science’: Pebble Mine fight aired at US House hearing

For Alaskans opposed to the Pebble Mine, a hearing in the U.S. House Wednesday was an opportunity to raise the issue on a national stage, and to ask Congress to stop the proposed gold and copper mine upstream from Bristol Bay.

Stevens portrait unveiled at US Senate

With members of the Stevens family on hand, the unveiling was an opportunity to reflect on the senator who represented Alaska from 1968 to 2009.

Pebble pays more than $1M to hire well-connected DC lobbyists

Pebble Limited Partnership has spent a fortune to hire some of Washington's most influential insiders as lobbyists. The mine's opponents are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, too.

Sullivan took a stand against Trump’s withdrawal from Syria border. Now he says Trump had no good options

Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan says a Pentagon briefing late last week changed his perspective.

AG Barr announces $42 million in tribal grants to combat crime and help victims in rural Alaska

The money is slated to go to tribal councils, women's shelters, youth programs, substance abuse programs and policing.

Murkowski, true to form, breaks with GOP colleagues on ethical questions about Trump

Is President Trump's plan to hold the international conference at a Trump golf club in Florida appropriate? Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says "no."

At White House podium, Fairbanks business owner decries ‘arbitrary’ wetlands enforcement

President Trump on Wednesday turned his White House microphone over to Alaska business owner Richard Schok to highlight what he says is unfair government regulation.

A second set of Pebble Mine opponents to sue the EPA

Area of the proposed Pebble Mine. (Jason Sear) A coalition of groups that oppose the Pebble Mine has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It’s...

These Republicans are pushing Murkowski to take a stand against Trump

A national group called Republicans for the Rule of Law is running ads aimed at moving Sen. Lisa Murkowski to criticize President Trump for asking Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.

Murkowski and Sullivan condemn Trump’s Syria decision

Both of Alaska's U.S. senators have joined the chorus of Republicans criticizing President Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria.

Trump signs bill to relax air quality rule for Alaska diesel generators

Village power utilities say the equipment needed to meet the so-called "Tier 4" emissions standard is impractical.

Alaska US senators split on diverting military spending to border wall

Alaska has four projects worth $102 million that would be delayed in favor of the wall. The projects include an upgrade to a weapons range and power plant repairs at Eielson Air Force Base, as well as an expansion of a missile field at Fort Greely.

Alaska senators circumspect after release of Trump’s Ukraine transcript

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Wednesday, Alaska's senators weren't taking a firm stand for or against President Trump after the White House released a rough transcript of the phone conversation that triggered a...