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Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Congressman Young Says Newest House Proposal Going Nowhere

In Washington, the government shutdown continues with no resolution in sight. Alaska Congressman Don Young says the latest House proposal is going nowhere. It would have funded the government and raised the debt ceiling but included changes to Obamacare. Download Audio

Anchorage Assembly – Seat 2C

Candidates for Anchorage Assembly Seat 2C – Sharon Gibbons and Bill Starr – discuss local issues with host Michael Carey.
Insurance will give SEARHC members more flexibility in health care and generate revenue for the Native medical organization. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

SEARHC to Receive $53 Million Settlement from Federal Government

The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will receive a $53 million settlement from Indian Health Service for about fifteen years of unpaid contract costs. Now SEARHC president and CEO Charles Clement hopes the federal agency will continue to pay its bills. Download Audio

With Votes Still Coming In, Elections Division Prepares For Count

After a week of collecting and reviewing absentee and questioned ballots, the Division of Elections will start counting votes on Tuesday.

Anchorage community members protest education budget cuts

About 60 community members gathered outside of the Legislative Information Office in Anchorage Wednesday evening to protest proposed cuts to education funding. Download audio

Alaska appeals abortion funding decision

The state of Alaska plans to appeal a judge's decision that found a regulation further defining what constitutes a medically necessary abortion for purposes of Medicaid funding to be unconstitutional. Download Audio

Economist urges lawmakers to address deficit uncertainty

What the Legislature does in response to the state government’s $4 billion deficit could have big effects on Alaska’s economy, according to a leading economist. Download Audio

Walker administration won’t challenge veto reversal

Governor Bill Walker won’t challenge a decision to reverse his veto of education spending. In late June, Walker vetoed $6.35 million previously allocated to a formula that funds schools based on their enrollment numbers.
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Rural House members demand apology from Rep. Eastman over abortion remarks

Alaska House members are demanding Rep. David Eastman apologize for saying some women are glad to become pregnant so they can receive Medicaid-funded travel to have abortions. So far, he’s declined. Listen now

Deputy attorney general says SB91 repeal would be ‘dangerous’

“They’re calling it GTA, grand theft Anchorage, right now,” Rep. Lora Reinbold said. She wants to repeal Senate Bill 91. “It’s outrageous, what’s going on in the city that I love.” Listen now

Alaska Sen. Dennis Egan won’t seek re-election

Alaska Sen. Dennis Egan won’t seek re-election this year due to poor health. Early contenders to seek his seat include Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association CEO Larry Cotter and possibly Juneau Assemblyman Jesse Kiehl. 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.

Alaska AG joins effort to stiffen penalties for drug companies

Lindemuth joins 37 other attorneys general asking senators for higher fines and continued funding connected to the opioid crisis. Listen now

Galvin wins US House primary; now takes on Rep. Young

Independent candidate Alyse Galvin soundly defeated Dimitri Shein in the Democratic primary for the U.S. House seat held by Congressman Don Young. Listen now

Will Alaska’s new governor keep Walker’s climate team?

Now, the real work to address climate change can start. But it’s hard to know what that might look like under new leadership. Listen now

Rep. Knopp leaves Republican caucus, seeks new bipartisan coalition

State Rep. Gary Knopp said a bipartisan coalition would act as a counterweight to Gov. Mike Dunleavy, while an all-Republican caucus wouldn’t.

Legislature releases audit of Alaska’s gasline corporation

Auditors found that, generally, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation has followed the restrictions placed on spending the $480 million it has gotten from the state over the last eight years.

Dunleavy proposes constitutional amendments to enshrine PFDs, require public support for taxes, cap spending

The proposed amendments may face a difficult reception in the Alaska Legislature. One Republican senator described Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposals as “a horrible idea.”

House Republican group pitches plan for House

Under the proposal, every bill would be considered by all members of the House, on the floor.

Fairbanks City Council passes contentious non-discrimination ordinance

Fairbanks now has a law that prohibits discrimination in businesses, rentals and employment. The City Council passed a non-discrimination ordinance Monday after two hours of public hearing and weeks of work sessions.