Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

As Dunleavy’s budget looms, two Alaskans see diverging futures for Mat-Su

Alaskans on both sides of the budget debate weigh in on the proposal to dramatically cut state spending to pay full Permanent Fund dividends.

Is Alaska Ready To Move Past AGIA?

Is AGIA being put to bed? When the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act was first introduced in 2007, it was sold as the state's best hope of getting work started on a natural gas pipeline. But six years after the bill's passage, the Parnell administration thinks it's ready to go beyond that framework in an effort to get a LNG project built.

Republicans leave school budget subcommittee in protest over process

Chairman Rep. Dan Ortiz claims minority-caucus Republicans had more of a say on the governor’s ideas than they had in the past.

Lawmakers amend budget to stop reimbursing municipalities for school bond debt

The House Finance Committee voted Wednesday for an amendment that would stop the state from reimbursing municipalities for existing school bond debt.

Murkowski calls for many ‘silver bullets’ to tackle climate change

Sen. Lisa Murkowski stopped in Bethel to celebrate the breakup of the Kuskokwim River. She says climate change “is a reality that we are seeing.”

Pompeo to Arctic Council: Easy days are over

The countries of the Arctic Council have for years rejoiced that their region is a zone of peace and cooperation. But in a speech in Finland Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took a harder edge.

Legislators approve $46M for Alaska ferries to avert fall shutdown

The state ferries will likely run through the winter months, avoiding a potential shutdown proposed by the Dunleavy administration.

PFD rally brings out governor’s ardent Mat-Su supporters

Governor Mike Dunleavy held a rally Thursday night in Wasilla in support of a Permanent Fund Dividend amount that adheres to the law established in 1982. There was no vocal opposition to Dunleavy from the crowd.

Labor and business at odds over Walker’s worker’s compensation reform

Governor Bill Walker is sponsoring legislation he said would make it easier to determine if someone is an employee or an independent contractor. Listen now

With Education Vote Postponed, Parent Group Rallies For More School Funding

The Alaska State House has delayed its vote on an omnibus education bill to Monday, giving lawmakers more time to wrestle with questions over teacher retirement policy and treatment of rural schools. But even though debate on the bill was delayed, that did not stop a crowd of parents from gathering on the Capitol steps to rally for more education funding. Download Audio

House Democrats Confirm Kito To Downtown Juneau Seat

Sam Kito III is now at work as the newest member of the Alaska Legislature. He replaces Juneau Rep. Beth Kerttula, who resigned her House seat last month for a Stanford University fellowship. Download Audio

Update: Tlingit-Haida OKs Same-Sex Marriages

Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization has authorized its courts to perform same-sex marriages. The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced its new policy Monday. Download Audio

Proposed Bill Would Expand Denali KidCare Program

Thursday, senators began looking at a bill that would expand the Denali KidCare program to include more children. It is basically the same bill that passed the legislature in 2010 that he governor vetoed.

Gov. Dunleavy unveils line item vetoes and signs operating budget

Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveiled line-item vetoes the administration says amounts to another $391 million in cuts beyond the Legislature’s budget.

Sec. Acosta did right by Alaska, Murkowski and Sullivan say

"I've been impressed with his level of attention to the details of his job," Murkowski said Wednesday, two days before Acosta announced his resignation.

Campaign to recall Gov. Dunleavy set to start August 1

Organizers say the governor has made multiple moves that meet the legal justifications for recall, and will begin a long campaign to hold a recall election.

State funding for early education restored, but services this year could still be affected

“Plans have been put in place that it’s hard to walk back from, because this was such a disruption,” said Tlingit and Haida Head Start director Amber Frommherz.

Absentee, other ballots could leave Alaska governor’s race undecided Tuesday

Political junkies: close races could be decided by absentee and other ballots counted many days after the election. Listen now

Alaska senators fault Trump for going easy on Putin

Sens. Murkowski and Sullivan take issue with President Trump's Putin-friendly remarks in Helsinki Monday. Listen now

BLM projects ‘insignificant’ impact from seismic work in ANWR

Officials from the Bureau of Land Management expect "no significant impact" from a 3d seismic survey in the Arctic Refuge. They expect to approve the request in time for work to begin this winter. Enviros say the work could disturb denning polar bears. Listen now