Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Y-K Delta superintendents say Dunleavy’s budget would be devastating

Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed deep cuts to education funding from kindergarten through 12th grade. Those cuts could more than decimate the budgets for school districts in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, according to two superintendents of regional school districts.

Tlingit code talkers recognized by state legislature for their efforts during WWII

The state legislature adopted a citation Wednesday recognizing the contributions of Tlingit code talkers during World War II. During floor sessions, representatives and senators spoke about the outsized role that Alaska Natives have played in the military.

Judge says BLM must reassess climate impacts of oil leases

The ruling stems from a challenge to lease sales in Wyoming, but if it stands, it could complicate the Trump administration’s effort to produce more petroleum from public lands. Opponents of ANWR drilling say the BLM's analysis of the climate impact of leasing there is inadequate, too.

Ballot initiative to move Alaska Legislature’s meetings clears early hurdle

After the sponsors get some official documents, they’ll have one year to collect more than 28,000 qualified signatures to put the question to voters in 2020.

As his crime bills languish, Gov. Dunleavy renews the idea of a special session

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, at a news conference Monday, again suggested he could order Alaska lawmakers into a special session unless they start advancing his batch of criminal justice bills.

Constitutional delegate Vic Fischer opposes Dunleavy’s amendment proposals

Vic Fischer spoke to the House State Affairs Committee Tuesday, two days after his 95th birthday. He contrasted the state constitution’s language with the proposed amendments.

Problem ‘Ender Cards’ create election headache for Sitka House race

The outcome of Sitka’s House District is in question following a technical failure with a key element of the voting machines. The error was widespread across Southeast. Listen now

Skagway offers Borough Manager position to former state legislator

The Skagway Borough Assembly voted to offer the city’s Borough Manager position to former state legislator Sam Kito III at a meeting Thursday.

Rep. Young seeks legal path for CBD

Congressman Don Young is the only Republican to join a group of House Democrats on a letter seeking legal status for cannabidiol, a popular and non-intoxicating additive known as CBD.

Regulators: Top Dunleavy administration official can’t conceal consulting firm’s clients

Staff at the Alaska Public Offices Commission this week said Mary Ann Pruitt, Dunleavy's contract communications director, is required to disclose the clients of PS Strategies, an advertising and political consulting firm she owns.

Bill seeks to require jail time in cases similar to 2018 Justin Schneider assault

Soldotna Republican Sen. Peter Micciche, the bill sponsor, says the measure would prevent a case like that of Justin Schneider from happening again.

On Talk of Alaska, Dunleavy takes calls on budget cuts, taxes

Gov. Mike Dunleavy fielded questions about his budget proposal and plan for Alaska’s fiscal future during an appearance on Alaska Public Media’s statewide call-in show Talk of Alaska Tuesday morning.

What’s up with the Mat-Su, and why is it steering Alaska’s politics?

Over the last several decades, the population of the Matanuska and Susitna valleys has grown dramatically. With that boom has come political power — and the rise of a particular brand of conservatism.
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

Amid Anchorage budget adjustment, state actions loom large

In discussions over first-quarter budget revisions, a lot Anchorage's financial future depends on decisions from legislators in Juneau.

Dunleavy administration weighs in on Pebble-backed lawsuit against BBRSDA

Last month, six commercial fishermen filed a lawsuit against the regional seafood association in Bristol Bay to which they belong. The lawsuit, funded by the Pebble Limited Partnership, challenges more than $250,000 in funds the association had spent on groups that oppose the Pebble Mine. Now, the Dunleavy administration has added its voice to the dispute.

Klawock mayor charged with soliciting prostitution

The mayor of Klawock has been charged with soliciting prostitution after allegedly seeking sexual favors in return for money.

Federal court employees to work without pay if shutdown extends to February

U.S. Courts say they have enough money to continue operating until Jan. 31. But after that, court employees and federal public defenders will be working without pay.

Marijuana Control Board nominee draws fire from industry

Alaskans working in the state’s marijuana industry flooded a Senate hearing with criticism of a nominee who has a history of taking anti-cannabis positions.

US Senate sidelines “Born-Alive” bill

The stage was set for a divisive vote related to late-term abortion, and one open question was how Sen. Lisa Murkowski would vote.

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