Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Complaint alleges Dunleavy violated ethics law by auctioning breakfast at Governor’s Mansion

State law prohibits the use of state facilities for partisan political purposes, except to discuss political strategy or use communications equipment, as long as there is no charge to the state.

Juneau man sues to block state’s $1.5 billion coronavirus aid plan, citing improper process

A retired carpenter and former University of Alaska regent is suing the Dunleavy administration, saying that the entire legislature must approve any state spending.

After 2019 rate hike, Dunleavy signs bill to ease Pioneer Home pricing

The new bill would slow rate increases to match inflation instead of instituting a one-time price hike.

How did politics around reopening Anchorage get so heated?

The politics around reopening Alaska’s economy are getting contentious. But blame isn’t spread uniformly. And in Anchorage, a vocal contingent is faulting the mayor over policies that are largely in lockstep with the governors.

Tweak to SBA loan program could boost money flow to Alaska, congressional delegation says

Congress is about to spend bilions to replenish loan and grant programs for small businesses. This time, Abby Laing of Anchorage hopes there’s something in it for her.

CARES Act money will go to local governments, and may not make up for budget vetoes

While many communities will receive money directly from the CARES Act, budget vetoes might cost other communities more than what they receive.

Alyse Galvin has out-raised Don Young in U.S. House race

U.S. House candidate Alyse Galvin raised more than twice as much money as incumbent congressman Don Young during the first three months of the year.

Don’t forget: Anchorage elections are still happening (right now)

Candidates, bonds, and on-site cannabis consumption are all on the ballot, with a Tuesday deadline for submitting votes.

The coronavirus pandemic is devastating Alaska’s budget, and it could cost you your PFD

The Legislature approved a budget last weekend that’s predicted to drain 70 percent of the cash left in the state's primary savings account. And things will be even worse without a substantial increase in the price of oil.

Why Alaska’s Rep. Don Young opposed ‘socialist’ coronavirus aid bill but would likely vote for it now

Alaska Congressman Don Young has only praise for the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill. But less than three weeks ago, he derided a much smaller relief package, saying it was stuffed with "socialist" ideas.

Lawmakers approve $66.7M appropriation to run Alaska ferries

The Legislature has approved a budget that lawmakers say should keep the Alaska Marine Highway System running year-round. In the past year, cost cutting, a summer labor strike and mechanical failures resulted in months-long service gaps, both planned and unplanned, for Alaska’s ferry system.

Alaska Legislature passes budget with $1,000 PFD, no stimulus

The Alaska Legislature passed a budget over the weekend with roughly $5.4 billion in state spending. It includes funding for $1,000 Permanent Fund dividends, but no stimulus payments.

That $2.2 trillion coronavirus bill — What’s in it for Alaska?

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday night passed stimulus and coronavirus relief bill. The House is likely to pass it Friday and President Trump says he’ll sign it into law. Here are some of the provisions that could help the 49th state.

Alaska Supreme Court challenges lawyers on both sides in Dunleavy recall arguments

The justices expressed some skepticism toward the arguments made by both sides.

Alaska Legislature eases unemployment insurance benefit rules, weighs other emergency measures

Both chambers passed a bill, House Bill 308, that would ease access to unemployment insurance benefits for those affected by the pandemic. The measure would eliminate the one-week waiting period for benefits. And it would raise the benefit per dependent, from $25 to $75 per week.

As Legislature looks to pass budget and coronavirus response, the dividend is major question

As the Alaska Legislature weighs passing the budget and coronavirus relief in the coming days, lawmakers are considering how to pay for them.

Alaska’s U.S. senators vote for multi-billion dollar coronavirus bill; Rep. Don Young is absent

Sens. Murkowski and Sullivan support a major stimulus bill but were critical of President Obama's stimulus bill during the Great Recession.

Dunleavy forms bipartisan team to tackle economic losses related to coronavirus

Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced Tuesday that his office has created an economic stabilization team that will develop a plan to help the state's economy weather the impacts of the coronavirus.

Alaska Capitol will close to the public

Lawmakers voted today to close the State Capitol to the public to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Alaska Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux charged with voter misconduct

Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, wraps up debate on House Bill 126 relating to a code of military justice, Feb. 3, 2016....