Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Sen. Sullivan: ‘Yes’ on Kavanaugh nomination

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan says he’ll vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Listen now

Seaton files bills for new legislative session

South Kenai Peninsula Representative Paul Seaton has prefiled two bills concerning healthcare issues. House Bill 227, if passed, will build on last year’s Medicaid Expansion bill.

Rural Legislators Wary Of Change To School Funding Formula

With the Alaska House of Representatives set to vote on an omnibus education bill Monday night, rural legislators are prepared to fight a change to the funding formula included in the legislation.

Federal Shutdown Could Delay Crab Fisheries

Fishermen are gearing up for the start of the Bering Sea’s lucrative crab season. But they may be off to a late start this year, because of the federal government shutdown. Download Audio
This illustration shows what a liquefaction plant could look like. (Source: Alaska LNG)

State and oil companies OK another year of LNG pursuit

The state and its three oil company partners - ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips -- voted unanimously late Thursday afternoon to continue work on the project, which aims to bring natural gas from the North Slope to the Kenai Peninsula for export. Download Audio

Opinions Vary On President’s Plan To Combat Climate Change

President Barack Obama is laying out his framework for combating climate change. If successful, it could be a major accomplishment and part of his legacy. The president is bypassing Congress, and the delegation has mixed reaction. Download Audio

Therriault Resigns From Post

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Governor Sean Parnell’s Senior Policy Adviser for Instate Gas has resigned from the administration following complaints about the timing...

Bill Streur Hired As Medicaid Budget, Expansion Consultant

The Senate Finance Committee approved hiring former-health commissioner Bill Streur today as a consultant on the Medicaid budget and Medicaid expansion. Expanding the program as part of the Affordable Care Act is a priority of Governor Bill Walker, but many Republican lawmakers say the state can't afford any new spending. Download Audio

Alaska Capitol will close to the public

Lawmakers voted today to close the State Capitol to the public to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Alaska Gun Law, Among Most Liberal in Country

The Sandy Hook shooting has sparked a national debate about guns and gun laws. Alaska has one of the most liberal gun laws in the country. It's one of four states that do not require a permit for carrying a concealed weapon.

House Passes Bill to Raise Debt Ceiling

The U.S. House passed tonight a bill to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for spending cuts. The tally was 269 to 161.

Mat Su Borough District One Race Pits Activist and Aviator

Two long-time Alaskans are vying for the Matanauska-Susitna Borough's District One Assembly seat. Both candidates have colorful backgrounds, although that's where their similarity ends. A newcomer to Borough politics is challenging a candidate with a long record in community service, and Valley voters will decide who gets the job on October 1.

Potential Challengers Eye Begich’s Senate Seat

The next U.S. Senate race in Alaska is still 18 months away. A number of Republicans have jumped in the race, or are publicly mulling taking on Senator Mark Begich in November 2014. Download Audio

Tsunami warning: what’s important, and what’s crucial

The Trump administration has proposed significant cuts to the tsunami warning system. That includes all funding for 39 sophisticated data buoys. Tsunami experts worry about this but are even more concerned about proposed cuts to something a whole lot more basic. Listen now

Dunleavy sends letter encouraging potential Pebble investor

Officially, Gov. Dunleavy is neutral on the Pebble mine. But a letter he wrote to a potential investor in the controversial project calls his neutrality into question.

Forrest Dunbar: The Millennial Who Aims to Unseat Don Young

The Alaska Congressman's Democratic challenger is a Yale-educated attorney, raised in Eagle and Cordova. Dunbar is a first-time candidate running a serious campaign on a relative shoestring. Listen now:

Federal Unemployment Benefits Will End If No Stop-Gap Measure Reached

If Congress doesn’t pass a stop gap measure that includes it, federal emergency unemployment compensation will end for thousands of jobless Alaskans on Monday. President Obama would like to see federal unemployment benefits as part of a stop-gap measure to avert the so called fiscal cliff.

Ex-Mayor Dan Sullivan challenges Murkowski

Former Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan is apparently challenging U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Republican Primary. The news, broken by an ADN reporter on Twitter, raises the prospect that Alaska would have two Republican U.S. Senators named "Dan Sullivan." Download Audio

MEA Official Accuses Anchorage Assembly Of Misusing City Funds

A Matanuska Electric Association official charges that the Anchorage Municipal Assembly is spending city funds on private interests. Joe Griffith, MEA’s executive director, has contacted Anchorage officials with concerns that city money is being spent on one Assemblyman’s legal fight against a power station upgrade. Download Audio
Dean Westlake is challenging Barrow Rep. Bennie Nageak in the Democratic primary; in 2014, Westlake lost the race by 131 votes. Photo: Rachel Waldholz/Alaska’s Energy Desk

Westlake leads Nageak as DOE works to resolve District 40 election

The Alaska Division of Elections is still working to certify the results of the House race for the district that includes North Slope and Northwest Arctic boroughs. Listen now