Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Film Tax Credits Extended 10 More Years

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Wednesday, the Senate approved a bill to continue funding tax credits for filming television shows and movies in...

Early Results Show Sullivan Leading Begich, Young Ahead of Dunbar

So far, Republican U.S. Senate candidate is leading Democratic incumbent Mark Begich. And Republican incumbent Don Young is leading Democratic challenger Forrest Dunbar in the race for U.S. House.

Judge declares legislature’s Anchorage LIO lease illegal

The court's decision voids the contract for renting the Legislative Information Office building, but doesn't spell out what's next. Download Audio

Last year, local governments shelled out $2.6 million for ‘ears on the ground’ in Alaska’s capital

At least $2.6 million in public money went to state lobbyists in 2018. That’s Alaska cities, boroughs and school districts hiring private contractors to represent them in the state capital.

Low-turnout primary could lead to five House incumbents losing

Alaskans ejected as many as five incumbents from the House in the primary yesterday. And they also rejected two House members who tried to move up to the Senate. But not many people showed up to vote. It was the lowest turnout for a primary in state history. Listen now

Proposed Oil Tax Credits Facing Major Opposition

Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau Governor Sean Parnell’s bill to give oil companies bigger tax credits is on the move, but the controversial legislation...

Begich, Sullivan Rally Voters, Each His Own Way

In the final days before the U.S. Senate election, candidates Mark Begich and Dan Sullivan are making their final pitches, aiming to rally their supporters to the polls. Sullivan got help from two national figures representing polar opposites of the GOP: Mitt Romney, an establishment Republican, and Sen. Ted Cruz, a Tea Party hero. Download Audio

Retrospective on Ketchikan’s Past Year

Maria Dudzak, KRBD – Ketchikan Debates over the location of a new public library, bonding propositions and a political misstep were only a...

Presidential Commission Opens Hearings On Gulf Blowout

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage Monday, a Presidential Commission opened two days of hearings on the BP Gulf of Mexico blowout. They...

Nome woman arrested after confronting Dunleavy at airport

During Governor Mike Dunleavy's visit to Nome yesterday, which was one of his scheduled “roadshow” stops around the state, he was greeted at the airport by Brenda Evak, who was ultimately taken away in handcuffs for alleged disorderly conduct.

Permanent Fund managers to look for in-state investment opportunities

It sets a goal of increasing the amount of the Permanent Fund assets invested in-state to at least 5 percent in five years. Listen now

LNG Project Gets Export Approval

A federal agency has approved the export of liquefied natural gas from a proposed mega-project in Alaska to free-trade nations. Download Audio

Assembly Member Proposes Tobacco Tax Hike

Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage Anchorage Assembly Chair Dick Traini wants to raise the municipality’s tobacco tax.  A recent public hearing showed the proposed...

Caring for Alaska’s seniors during tense budget talks

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget proposes eliminating more than a third of the state’s funding for Medicaid. To achieve that, some hospitals and nursing homes could be paid less to provide skilled labor.

Alaska Public Media, ADN Reach Agreement With State Over Public Records Request

Alaska Public Media and the Alaska Dispatch News have reached an agreement with the state of Alaska in their lawsuit to obtain records related to the Alaska National Guard scandal.

Costco won’t sell genetically engineered salmon ‘at this time’

Costco has been the target of a massive consumer campaign opposed to genetically engineered salmon. Download Audio

Walker faces recall effort in response to budget vetoes

Governor Bill Walker faces a potential campaign to recall him from office. Joe Miller backs the effort. He was the runner-up in the 2010 U.S. Senate campaign and 2014 Senate Republican primary. Listen now

Wood Bison Spurs Species Debate

Are Wood bison and Plains bison two different subspecies, or are they the same subspecies? That's a question that is raising some questions of it's own, now that a University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher has co-authored a paper that could affect the threatened designation of Alaska's Wood Bison.

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Special Shelter for Mentally Ill in the Works

Homeless advocates are working toward opening a special shelter for some of the city's most vulnerable homeless people. They're hoping to open the city's first overnight shelter for the mentally ill. Download Audio