Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Mayor Serves Assembly New Tennis Proposal

After two months of back and forth about whether a rec center with public tennis courts should be built in Anchorage with grant money from the state legislature, the city assembly voted the idea down at their regular meeting Tuesday night, but Mayor Dan Sullivan has already introduced a new proposal. Download Audio

Alaska Highway Money Not an Easy Sell to Congress

The government of Canada’s Yukon Territory is asking Congress to pay for reconstruction of the Alaska Highway. Premier Darrell Pasloski was in Washington recently to make the case. A spokesman for Congressman Don Young says it's the right thing to do, but it will take political pressure. Download Audio

Assessor Says State Taxes Don’t Apply To Kulluk Drill Rig

After the grounding of Shell’s Kulluk drill rig in January, reports circulated that the company had been moving it from Unalaska to Seattle in order to avoid Alaska’s oil and gas property tax. But this week, as the Kodiak Daily Mirror first reported, the state decided that tax doesn’t actually apply to the offshore rig. That’s despite the Kulluk being grounding in Alaskan waters on Jan. 1, when the state’s oil and gas property tax rolls were drafted.

Election Logistics Highlight Unalaska’s Diversity

If you go to vote in today’s primaries, you’ll see signs that say “Bumoto Dito” plastered on the doors of city hall. That’s not the name of a candidate running for elected office. It means “Vote Here” in Tagalog.

It’s Official: Obama to Visit Anchorage Aug. 31

The White House announced today that President Obama will visit Alaska at the end of next month. On Aug. 31 Obama will visit Anchorage to address a State Department conference focused on climate change that is expected to draw foreign ministers from Arctic and non-Arctic countries.

Legislature Researching DNR’s Mission Change

Legislators are looking into the Alaska Department of Natural Resources move to change their mission statement. Representative Berta Gardner is the democratic whip in the House representing midtown Anchorage. She says legislators have asked for a research report on the matter.

Rep. Hawker won’t seek re-election

Hawker is known for his policy work, including his involvement in legislation setting up the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. But he also has endured criticism over the cost of a lease for Anchorage legislative office space that he helped negotiate. Download Audio

State Legislature Enters Third Week of Special Session

Dave Donaldson, APRN - Juneau Legislators are entering the third week of this year’s first special session without any foreseeable plan to settle the outstanding...

Upper Cook Inlet fishermen take issue with Dunleavy Board of Fish appointee

Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced four appointments to the Alaska Board of Fisheries Monday. One of Dunleavy’s picks has served on the board in the past and is likely to go through a heated confirmation process.

Denali Commission Money Survives House

Congressman Don Young fends off incursion from fiscal hawks, but the commission remains a shadow of its former self. Download Audio

Ad Claims Treadwell Company Erodes Privacy

A new negative ad focused on Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mead Treadwell says technology companies he founded are helping the government erode privacy. Treadwell calls the claim absurd. Download Audio:

Daylight Saving Bill Triggers Time Zone Déjà Vu

A bill that would eliminate daylight saving time in Alaska is now one step away from the Senate floor. But as the legislation has advanced, it’s also changed in a way that could divide the state -- literally. Download Audio

Bill would give Alaskans an advisory role in Arctic shipping

A bill advancing in the U.S. Senate aims to allow new maritime opportunities in the Arctic while designing a framework that ensures safety.

Write-In Moe, Gives Assembly Chair Run for Seat, Energizes Election

It was hit and miss for Assembly Candidates backed by conservative Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan in Tuesday's Municipal Elections. And the makeup of the Anchorage Assembly seems as though it will be shifting.

A functioning government or border security? Murkowski wants both

"I've got a lot of people who are saying 'Lisa, you've got to stand with the president. ...'" Murkowski said on the Senate floor. "And then I have an equal number that are saying, 'Please, please, do something to help reopen this government.'"

Murkowski commends drone strike; Sullivan says Trump didn’t need Congress’ OK

Sen. Murkowski commends President Trump and praises the military for the attack that killed Gen. Qasem Soleimani

Sitka and Juneau elect new mayors in municipal elections

Communities across the state elected new mayors and enacted new measures in local municipal elections yesterday. Listen now

Three incumbents to lose seats in Alaska election aftermath

With the vast majority of precincts statewide now counted, a clear picture emerged in Tuesday’s election returns — and the short version is, a lot of incumbents will be unseated.

Murkowski Calls For End To Crude Export Ban

Sen. Lisa Murkowski today called for lifting the decades-old ban on crude exports. In a speech to the Brookings Institution, she said the oil boom in North Dakota and elsewhere in the Lower 48 calls for a wholesale review of the energy export rules. Download Audio

Murkowski Declares Victory

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Lisa Murkowski has stood up to Republican Party nominee Joe Miller to become the first person in 56 years...