Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Tongass Democrats Nominate Kiehl, Kito, And Reardon For Kerttula’s Vacant Seat

Tongass Democrats have nominated Jesse Kiehl, Sam Kito III, and Catherine Reardon to fill the House District 32 seat vacated last month by Juneau Representative Beth Kerttula. Download Audio

Borough Assembly Upholds School Funding Veto

A mayoral veto of a school district appropriation prompted dozens of people to plead with the Matanuska Susitna Assembly for an override at Tuesday night's meeting, the votes just were not there. Download Audio

Young Apologizes for Suicide Remarks; Is Warmly Received at AFN

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Alaska Congressman Don Young angered many of his constituents this week with remarks about suicide at Wasilla High that he later acknowledged were insensitive. Today, he used his annual speech at the Alaska Federation of Natives to apologize. Download Audio

NTSB Report on Wasilla Midair Crash Inconclusive

The NTSB has released a preliminary report on a January midair collision of two light planes. Download Audio

Changes in Unalaska ferry service proposed for next year

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The Alaska Department of Transportation is proposing changes in ferry service to Unalaska/Dutch Harbor for the 2016 sailing season.

Alaska Dems gather across state to pick party’s presidential nominee

By 9:30 a.m. the parking-lot at Anchorage's West High school was overflowing onto side-streets, with cheerful lines of Democratic caucus-goers formed outside of multiple entrances. Inside, dense crowds formed at district tables.

New Attorney General Lindemuth speaks on tribal land trust status

Alaska's new Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth is no stranger to litigation. Lindemuth has been practicing law in the state for nearly 20 years and has argued cases before the Alaska Supreme Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Lindemuth also represented clients pro bono, including one of the men known as the Fairbanks Four, helping to secure the release of the men after 18 years in prison. Listen now

All smiles for Rep. Young in Eagle River

In other states, Republican Congress members are dogged by anti-Trump protestors. But Alaska Congressman Don Young found a friendly crowd Wednesday in Eagle River. It was his only public event scheduled in the Anchorage area this recess.

Residents rail against SB91 at rare Anchorage meeting

Amid growing frustration over an uptick in crime, officials in Anchorage are weighing what kind of solutions they want from lawmakers in Juneau. Listen now

Distillery cocktail debate continues after weekend hearing on House Bill 269

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The House Community and Regional Affairs Committee met Saturday in the state Capitol to hear public testimony on House Bill 269. The bill would settle a debate over whether distilleries can serve mixed cocktails in their tasting rooms. Listen now

Bill would lift restrictions on Alaska’s naturopaths

Naturopathic doctors argue they should be able to prescribe some medications and perform minor surgical procedures. There’s been pushback from professional medical associations over the proposal.

State-run raffle could be new way to fund schools

Each Alaskan adult would be able to donate $100 increments to the raffle, when they apply for their PFD. Each $100 would count as one entry. And once per year, four winners would be drawn. Listen now

Alaskans press Murkowski on Kavanaugh

Sen. Murkowski met Thursday with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. They smiled for the cameras, but she's keeping her cards close to her vest. Those who don't want Kavanaugh confirmed are pinning their hopes on Murkowski to vote no. Listen now

Anchorage community gathers to celebrate Bettye Davis’s political legacy

Former lawmaker Bettye Davis retired from the Anchorage School Board at the end of September after more than 35 years in public service. In her tenure on the board and in the state legislature, Davis fought for education reform and helped break barriers for Black Alaskans and women in government. Listen now

Republican candidate LeBon joins court case reviewing contentious HD1 ballots

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The Republican candidate in the disputed House District 1 election is joining the court case reviewing the ballot count.

Communities reliant on Coast Guard services feel the pain of the federal gov. shutdown

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Most U.S. Coast Guard operations are suspended and that’s holding up commercial boat and permit sales as well as some construction of passenger vessels.

Governor’s mid-year budget bill cuts VPSO recruitment funds

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Governor Mike Dunleavy has proposed pulling back $3 million in unspent money for the VPSO program to help pay for larger Permanent Fund Dividends, among other items.

Alaska fishing towns would forfeit $28M in fish tax under Dunleavy budget

Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposals for balancing the state’s budget include a plan to stop sharing of millions of dollars in taxes on commercial fishing with coastal communities.

Trump’s emergency declaration splits Alaska delegation

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A close vote is expected when the Senate decides whether to reverse President Trump’s declaration of an emergency to build a wall on the southern border. The Alaska delegation is split on the question.

Bill would repeal conflict of interest requirements enacted last year

Alaska lawmakers want to repeal parts of a new law that requires them to declare a wider range of conflicts of interest: Senators say it's creating practical obstacles to serving their constituents.