Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

DNR Makes Increased Oil Flow Top Priority

The State Department of Natural Resources top priority is increasing the amount of oil moved by the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Navigators See Steady Enrollment As Deadline Approaches

Nearly 17,000 Alaskans have signed up for health insurance on during this open enrollment period. That's already a substantial increase from last year. And Affordable Care Act navigators expect the next three weeks will be even busier as the February 15th enrollment deadline approaches. Download Audio

Residents Fight Anchorage West District Plan to Keep Parks, Trails

The Anchorage Assembly heard testimony from dozens of people opposed to the West Anchorage District Plan at their regular meeting Tuesday. One man who testified said he had discovered documents that would rule out a controversial land swap.

Weed Warriors Seek To Stop Invasive Pests

Weed Whacking Warriors tackled invasive plants this weekend during an annual event sponsored by the Palmer Soil and Water Conservation District. KSKA's Ellen Lockyer went along with them on a search and destroy mission to eradicate non-native plants.

Board Of Fish Meetings Continue

The state Board of Fisheries continued its Upper Cook Inlet meeting Tuesday. Much of the day was devoted to Kenai River king salmon issues, but the Board began the day by taking a step back. Download Audio

Senate president seeks work or volunteer requirement for Medicaid recipients

Leading members of the House majority caucus aren’t in favor of the bill. Listen now

US House race: The polls, PACs and final pitches

Rep. Don Young got some six-figure help from a Republican PAC while his campaign is running an ad accusing independent challenger Alyse Galvin of taking money from Democratic PACs. Galvin had several beefs with the ad and called it "very distressing." Listen now

Homer’s 32nd annual health fair is biggest ever

Homer’s 32nd Rotary Health Fair drew a record number of participants to the Homer High School Saturday. Residents took full advantage of blood screenings, flu shots, and information booths dedicated to healthy living and disease prevention.

Coastal Management Bill Stalled In House

With less than three weeks remaining in the legislative session, it’s looking unlikely lawmakers will pass a bill to re-establish the Alaska Coastal Management Program.

Final Walker budget includes $1,800 PFDs and funds to investigate murders of Alaska Native women

While Gov. Bill Walker is leaving office, his nearly $6 billion spending plan could provide the basis for Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy’s first budget.

U-Med road money stay with Muni after Walker vetoes reappropriation to university

Among Governor Bill Walker's vetoes announced earlier this week is the re-appropriation of nearly $19 million meant for the controversial Northern Access Project in Anchorage's U-Med District. But, that doesn't mean the money can be used for other projects.

‘Minibus’ Bill Passes Senate

Alaska’s Senators say the bi-partisan passage on Tuesday of a slimmed-down bundle of spending bills is a good step for a Congress best known for gridlock.

After Quiet Change to State Rules, An Unintended Parking Holiday in Many Cities

Cities across the state are facing parking ticket holidays after being caught off guard by a change in statute that passed years ago. Download Audio

Obama Releases Oil Due to Supply Disruptions

Thursday morning, the Obama Administration announced it was releasing 30 million barrels of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and the price of crude on the futures market went down $5 a barrel.

Alaska’s Medicaid and public assistance backlog is 20,000 people deep

The House Finance Committee voted in favor of hiring 41 people to reduce the backlog. “The morale in that department is not good,” said Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage. Listen now

Game Board Votes Down Bear Snaring Proposal

The state game board voted down a bear snaring proposal before adjourning from a week-long meeting in Fairbanks Friday. The state proposal, which would have allowed black bear trapping in areas of the interior, to reduce predation of moose, was unanimously rejected by the board.

Alaska senators veer apart on family separations

A gulf has opened between Sens. Murkowski and Sullivan on how to end family separations at the border. She signed a letter asking the attorney general to stop it immediately. Sullivan says it'll take a new law. Listen now

Ambassadors Visit Alaska to ‘Experience America’

This week some three dozen foreign ambassadors are visiting Alaska as part of a U.S. State Department program called "Experience America."

VA: Fix for Choice plan taking longer than expected

The Veterans Affairs Department pledged to create a pilot program to help Alaska vets get health care services outside the VA. The pilot program didn’t get underway in November, as promised, but a top VA official says they’re making progress. Download Audio

New Report Questions Susitna-Watana Economics; AEA Responds

A new fiscal analysis of the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project questions the Alaska Energy Authority's estimates regarding how much the 735-foot tall dam would cost the State of Alaska, if built. Download Audio