Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

More than 60 percent of signatures collected by the group behind a citizen’s initiative to revive the Alaska Coastal Management Program have been verified by an initial computer review.

A federal fisheries agency has raised concerns about the accuracy of some studies being conducted for a massive proposed dam in Southcentral Alaska. Download Audio

Annie Feidt and Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage Governor Sean Parnell announced today he’s vetoing an expansion for Denali Kid Care. The program provides health...

Tribal representatives from across the state are gathered in Anchorage today, intently working on language for an accord, or treaty, between Alaska tribes to compel Congress to enact an Alaska Native Restoration Act.

It looks like there will be not be a decision this week after all on Shell’s Arctic Ocean drilling plans. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar spent the weekend in the Arctic. He did not return with a decision on Shell, but he did announce another decision involving oil and gas – the Obama Administration’s leasing plans for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

A state Senate panel has advanced a bill giving Alaska’s public employees a choice of retirement systems.

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC The head of U.S. Homeland Security says she’ll look into the experience faced by state Representative Sharon...

The waters around the Aleutian Islands support a dizzying range of wildlife -- and major industries right along with it. Right now, the government’s job is to help find a balance. But there’s a new campaign to permanently tip the scales toward conservation in the Aleutian Chain.

Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage Alaska Senate Democrats are restarting an effort to expand access to the Denali KidCare program. The Senate...

In 2012, the Flood Insurance Reform Act was passed in order to cut the costs of running the National Flood Insurance Program. It increases premiums and removes subsidies for residents under certain circumstances, including those who have multiple flood claims. There’s one very clear reason why Congress felt they had to act.

The Arctic has been a hot topic lately. The region has the subject of countless conferences around the world, many of which also address issues of climate change and sustainability. But another focus of Arctic discussions has been development.

A Parnell administration official says a decision will be forthcoming by mid-December on allowing an expansion of Medicaid eligibility in Alaska. The cost of the expansion would be funded by the federal government, but a number of governors have been balking anyway, saying they are concerned about future years.

Proposed cuts by Alaska lawmakers to early education programs could cost the state a lot more in the future. Program proponents say supporting parents and children from birth to age 5 is crucial to a child’s and the state’s development. Download Audio

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg The challenger in the Republican primary race for state house district two has conceded the race. Just 142 votes...

The level of spending by Alaska’s state government cannot be sustained. In the coming years as reserves are spent down, what are the choices that will have to be made? And when will they have to be made? Early next month, there will be a public forum to try to get some clarity about the state’s fiscal future. APRN: Tuesday, 9/23 at 10:00am Download Audio

Photo and Story by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage The candidates in this year’s three way race for Alaska’s U.S. Senate seat may come...

Premera Alaska is the only individual health insurer left in the state. Moda Health withdrew from the market last week, after Oregon regulators revealed the company was facing "enormous financial losses." Before Moda's announcement, Premera and Moda were working on a plan to stabilize Alaska's individual market. Download Audio

The state House and Senate are both working on increasing funding to schools this year. But the lawmakers disagree over how to get there. House Speaker Mike Chenault from Kenai says he believes the House and Senate are close in principle over approving an increase in funding for local schools.

Conference attendees in Anchorage last week defended a controversial Small Business Administration program. About 280 people attended a National 8(a) Association conference in Anchorage to learn more about the program that helps small businesses compete for federal contracts, but has come under increasing Congressional scrutiny in recent years.

Meet two of the candidates running for the GOP nomination for US Senate, Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell on Wednesday, August 13 in Debate for the State. Dan Sullivan was invited but chose not to take part in the debate. The program starts at 7:00 p.m. Download Audio