Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Alaska’s once-a-decade redistricting process is about to start

A newly formed committee charged with planning for Alaska's once-a-decade redistricting process will hold its first meeting next week.

State settles lawsuit over Alaska Hire law

Photo by http://www.stockmonkeys.com The administration of Gov. Mike Dunleavy has settled a lawsuit seeking to have the Alaska Hire...

Sponsors of complex ‘Alaska’s Better Elections Initiative’ say its benefits are clear

Advocates for the proposed ballot initiative say it would promote more open politics in the state — but state Republican leaders say it’s unconstitutional.

Alaska’s senators want Congress to renew the Violence Against Women Act, but bill has become partisan football

Domestic violence isn't a red state problem or blue state problem. But passing a bill combat the epidemic has become a partisan battlefield in the U.S. Senate.

In second bid to unseat Alaska’s Young, challenger Galvin cites his ‘big money’ interests

Congressional hopeful Alyse Galvin donned her trademark yellow blazer and gathered together sign-waving supporters Thursday in Anchorage for the first press conference of her new campaign. She announced a plan that, as Galvin puts it, aims to "get big money out of politics."

‘Savanna’s Act’ advances in US Senate; Aimed at mending police response to violence against Native women

The bill requires better data collection and fosters cooperation among police agencies.

Those impeachment hearings? Alaska’s congressional delegation isn’t watching

Both of Alaska's U.S. senators and its congressman say they're too busy with their official duties to closely follow the impeachment testimony.

‘A hidden giant’: Alaska Legislature’s nonpartisan voice on the state budget is retiring

As the Alaska Legislature’s chief budget analyst, Teal has been the go-to source for nonpartisan information on state spending and revenues. That will end next month when Teal retires. And budget experts say Teal’s work will be missed.

Murkowski wants Pentagon to have an Arctic studies center and name it for Ted Stevens

A bill Murkowski sponsored would create a new Defense Department facility in Alaska: the Ted Stevens Arctic Security Studies Center

Could tiny nuclear reactors power Alaska villages?

Dan Brouillette would continue a quest to develop mini nuclear reactors, as well as renewables and carbon capture.

Alaska governor’s recall effort on hold as judge sides with state on timeline

Superior Court proceedings over the state’s denial of an application to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy will follow a timeline proposed by state attorneys and not the recall’s supporters, who had proposed an expedited schedule.

How would lifting the Roadless Rule change Tongass logging? Not much, both sides say

But at a U.S. House hearing Wednesday, people for and against the rule agreed that removing the roadless restrictions won't make much difference for an industry that's already a shadow of its former self.

Dunleavy administration wants to join court case in defense of Hilcorp’s search for Cook Inlet oil

Alaska Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration is coming to the aid of an oil company’s plans to search for oil in Cook Inlet, in the face of a lawsuit filed by environmental organizations.

Dunleavy statement on school funding stirs hope among education advocates

The governor said he views “education as the cornerstone to any society.”

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.

Judge rules funding schools a year ahead is valid, dealing defeat to Dunleavy

A state judge ruled on Thursday that school funding for this year that the Alaska Legislature passed last year is valid.

Dunleavy administration to spend $600,000 on Outside law firm to help with union lawsuits

The state posted a request for proposals for a law firm that has experience arguing cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Opponents of citizens initiative to boost oil taxes have formed a bipartisan coalition

The group, OneAlaska, does not appear to include any oil industry leaders, though several of its members work for companies or organizations with ties to the industry.

Legal expert: Previous Alaska Supreme Court decisions favor Recall Dunleavy argument

A crowd in Anchorage's Cuddy Park to sign a petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy (Photo: Zachariah Hughes - Alaska Public...

Recall Dunleavy group sues over rejected application

The group seeking to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy has sued over the rejection of its recall application.