Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Port Tours Highlight Positives of Expansion

The Port of Anchorage is the point of entry for 90 percent of all the consumer goods for the state of Alaska. It's been in the news a lot over the past few years -- mostly because of problems with an expansion project. But you may not have heard as much about the parts of the expansion that worked, and how they are changing the port. Download Audio

State Will Certify Election on Thursday

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski will be sworn in as Alaska’s Senator come January.  According to the state, the results...

Mallott, Walker Talk of Joining Forces

The deadline for making candidacy changes for the November general election ballot is tomorrow and talks have reportedly been going between Democrat Gubernatorial nominee Byron Mallott and independent candidate Bill Walker about a possible unity ticket. Just how that would be done and what would become of running mates Craig Fleener and Hollis French remains to be seen.

Bill Would Expand Right To Self Defense

A State House bill that would expand the right to self defense in Alaska has been getting increased attention, in part because of the Trayvon Martin case.

Alaska Senate Debates State Operating Budget

The Alaska Senate is moving an operating budget that reduces state spending by $220 million over the previous year. Debate was ongoing at press time, but APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez joins us for this update. Download Audio

Murkowski launches big Alaska bills whose days are numbered

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski this morning brought some of her most controversial Alaska bills to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which she chairs. The contentious bills stand almost no chance of passing in this Congress. But some, she hopes, will pack a punch anyway.

Fairbanks Draft Fine Particulate Pollution Regulations Released

The State has released draft fine particulate pollution regulations. They’re designed to be part of an overdue implementation plan the DEC is required to submit to the Environmental Protection Agency, which designates Fairbanks as a non attainment area due to wintertime emissions from wood and coal burning. Download Audio

Funds for Tanana River Bridge Included in Capital Budget

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks The $200 million bridge across the Tanana River at Salcha may yet be built. The bridge to access...

Murkowski says Navy has explaining to do

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the Navy is again snubbing the concerns of Alaskans as it prepares for the next Northern Edge training exercise in the Gulf of Alaska.

Finance Committee Releases Version Of Oil Tax Overhaul

The House Finance Committee today released their version of a bill that would overhaul the state's oil tax policy. It's forecasted to cut taxes by $3.5 billion over the next five years, a smaller amount than the last proposal. That number is expected to appease swing votes on the bill. Download Audio

Legal views conflict on Alaska school funding law

Lawyers for the Alaska Legislature and Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration offer contrasting views on whether a law enacted last year will fund schools next year — or whether a new bill is needed.

BLM director visiting Alaska’s North Slope

The Director of the Bureau of Land Management is visiting the North Slope this week. Over the next two days, Director Neil Kornze will meet with native corporations, local government officials, and community leaders in the region.

NOAA Administrator Visits Alaska

Jane Lubchenco, administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is in the state this week, visiting Anchorage, Homer and Fairbanks.

After scathing audit, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority says fixes are underway

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority CEO Mike Abbott fielded questions from lawmakers during a Senate Finance Committee in Juneau Thursday.

Gov. Walker Signs MOU With Resources Energy, Inc.

Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday with Japan-based Resource Energy, Inc. for liquefied natural gas development and export out of Cook Inlet. Download Audio

Kulluk Hearing Wraps With Testimony From Tug Captain

The US Coast Guard is expected to wrap up its inquiry Thursday into what went wrong when the Shell drill rig Kulluk broke free of it's towline and ran aground in late December. The US Coast Guard is expected to wrap up its inquiry Thursday into what went wrong when the Shell drill rig Kulluk broke free of it's towline and ran aground in late December.

Legislation To Give Employers Tax Credit If They Hire A Veteran

The Alaska Legislature is scheduled to go back into session on Jan. 17 but in advance of that date lawmakers are starting to reveal some of the bills that will be introduced. One of the bills would give employers who hire a veteran a large tax credit.

RUNNING: State House, Anchorage, District 19

Pete Peterson (D) and Gabrielle La Doux (R) are running for State House in district 19 in the primary election on...

Meet the two men who have spent $700,000 trying to make Mike Dunleavy Alaska’s governor

Until a late influx of money in the final weeks of the campaign, most of the cash for the pro-Dunleavy independent expenditure group came from two people. Dunleavy's brother Francis and Bob Penney, the developer and recreational fishing advocate who's long donated to Republican candidates and causes. Listen now

Governor Establishes Fourth Saturday in July as Ted Stevens Day

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau Friday, Governor Sean Parnell at a bill signing ceremony established the fourth Saturday in July as Ted Stevens...