Alaska Politics

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Galvin, Young accuse each of other of lying during debate

The debate between the candidates for Alaska’s sole seat in Congress became contentious Thursday, with challenger Alyse Galvin saying she’s tired of U.S. Rep. Don Young misrepresenting her position on issues.

Debate for the State: U.S. House

Photos by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage Incumbent Republican candidate Don Young and Democratic nominee Harry Crawford came to the KAKM studios for...

Non-candidate Joe Miller issues campaign-ish press release

Joe Miller didn't file to run for U.S. Senate this year, but the Republican issued a statement last night that has the look of a campaign press release.

Sitka Mayor: ‘Don’t Assume, Always Hope’ For Funding

About a hundred officials from cities and towns across the state met in Juneau last week for the Alaska Municipal League conference. Part of the conference involved lobbying state lawmakers for funding for local projects. In Sitka, officials are hoping for more than $40 million to fund an important hydro electric expansion project. That might be more money than state is willing to fund in lean budget year. But as the Sitka leaders found out, it's always worth a try.

Admiral Ostebo Discusses Future of Port Clarence

The U.S. Coast Guard owns Port Clarence, and many entities want a piece of the property, but the Coast Guard intends to hold on to at least some of the real estate. Download Audio

VA, Metlakatla Tribe Reach Housing Agreement

Alaska Native Veterans in Metlakatla will soon be able to get a direct loan from the Department of Veterans Affairs for housing.

Hughes, LaFrance Vie for Greater Palmer House District 11

Republican incumbent Shelley Hughes will vie with Democrat Pete LaFrance for the House 11 seat in November. The district represents the greater Palmer area.

Attorneys Wrap Up Arguments In Lawsuit Challenging Restrictions To Medicaid-Funded Abortions

Attorneys for both sides wrapped up arguments Wednesday in a case that could reverse state prohibitions against some Medicaid-funded abortions. Attorneys for Planned Parenthood claim a state statute is too restrictive, while it violates a woman's constitutional rights. Download Audio

Defense bills clear U.S. Senate with Alaska projects

Just in time for Veterans Day, the U.S. Senate has passed two bills to keep the military running, and they include several provisions specific to Alaska. Download Audio

Supreme Court overturns parental notification law for minors seeking abortions

The Alaska Supreme Court overturned the state's parental notification law for minors who are seeking abortions. The voter-passed initiative required unmarried women under 18 who wanted to terminate their pregnancies to notify their parents 48 hours before the procedure. The court deemed it unconstitutional. Listen now

Walker orders state agencies to pursue grants to fight opioid epidemic

Gov. Bill Walker took action this week to try to stem the epidemic of overdose deaths from heroin and other opioid drugs.

Walker administration appoints climate adviser, promises new policy “soon”

Nikoosh Carlo began work this month in a newly created position: senior adviser for climate. Listen now

Murkowski says Pruitt’s Pebble decision surprised her

Sen. Murkowski says the EPA administrator's move to keep alive proposed limits on the mine seemed out of character. Listen now

Divided House majority coalition stuck on state budget

Since the majority couldn’t agree on the dividend, it can’t agree on the overall size of the budget. The added dividend money would cost $892 million. Listen now

As Medicaid funds dry up, Wrangell and other rural hospitals are still receiving payments for now

The state is running short on money for Medicaid. Until the next fiscal year starts in July, hospitals and other health-care providers won’t get paid for treating much of Alaska’s low-income population. But the state is trying to funnel what money is left to hospitals that could otherwise shut down. Listen now

Here’s where the candidates for governor stand on abortion

Walker said he would veto legislation, Begich said he would do more and Dunleavy doesn’t expect change. Listen now

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

Veto to debt reimbursement could raise your tax bill

Halving the amount of money for school bond debt reimbursements could mean local governments look to property taxes to close gaps.

House appointee’s oath of office stirs confusion among state lawmakers

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were caught off guard when Anchorage Republican Rep. Joshua Revak posted a two-minute video of the oath on social media.

Credit rating agencies watch as Alaska pivots toward a new budget

Right now, there’s a plan in place that kept the state’s credit outlook stable. But there a new governor, and his administration has a new plan for the state’s budget.