Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Gas Caucus Gets Pipline Update, Already Crafting Legislation

State lawmakers today heard an update on a proposal to get natural gas from the North Slope to Southcentral Alaska. The project concentrates on in-state delivery, and involves a slightly larger gas line than previous plans. House Speaker Mike Chenault and Representative Mike Hawker have been pushing a pipeline in recent years and say they plan to reintroduce a gas pipeline bill this session.

First Catch Report from Kodiak is In

The first catch report from the Kodiak commercial salmon fishery is in, with a first-day total of more than 32,000 fish harvested.

Obama honors Alaskan who turned grief to service

President Obama has bestowed the Medal of Freedom on Alaskan Bonnie Carroll. She’s a military widow who founded a service organization to help family members of the fallen. Many of the 16 others awarded the medal today are household names or Hollywood icons. Carroll may not be as well known, but her life was already cinematic. Download Audio

Budget cuts rely on Medicaid savings that will be difficult to achieve

Once a state makes someone eligible for Medicaid, they’re entitled to receive health care — and their provider is entitled to be paid.

House passes resolution to focus on budget

Lawmakers have talked about focusing on the state budget since their session began three weeks ago. But on Monday, they took action to make it official. The House passed a resolution that limits committees to working on bills that raise or spend state revenue. This new rule will remain in place until the House passes a budget. Download Audio

Controversial Prop 5 Ad Draws Criticism on Eve of Election

With less than a week to go until municipal elections, the propaganda war around the Anchorage Equal Rights Initiative is getting nasty. This week those campaigning for the initiative held a press conference to chastise their opponents and ask that ads they consider offensive to be taken off the air.

Permanent fund dividend amount to be a focus in session’s closing days

The size of permanent fund dividends will be at the center of talks between the House, the Senate and Governor Mike Dunleavy as the Legislature aims to end its session on Wednesday. The House Speaker said the politically diverse House majority caucus remains united behind being responsible with the budget.

Miller, Murkowski Resume Throwing Punches

Libby Casey, APRN - Washington DC Two of Alaska’s candidates for U.S. Senate took to the national airwaves this weekend – throwing punches and setting...

F-35 basing decision expected Monday

The Air Force is expected to issue a final decision Monday on the basing of F-35 fighter jets at Eielson Air Force Base.

No hearing for Senate health bill and, says Murkowski, no sighting, either

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she's not happy with the fast-track process the Senate Majority leader is using to bring a health care bill to the floor without any hearings.

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.

Congress Wrestles With Payroll Tax Holiday Funding

Democrats and Republicans are wrestling over how to pay for continuing the payroll tax holiday that’s been in affect this year.

Alaska Redistricting Lawsuits Consolidated

Three lawsuits over Alaska's new political boundaries have been consolidated and will be heard in Fairbanks.

Mine opponents ask SEC to investigate Pebble’s parent company

Two groups allege Northern Dynasty Minerals has described a massive deposit to potential investors while Pebble's permit application describes a mine barely a tenth that size.

Eielson F-16s To Move To JBER

The Alaska congressional delegation and many of the state's political leaders are alarmed by the quick announcement by the Air Force that it intends to move its F-16 fighters from Eielson Air Force Base to Elmendorf.

Murkowski Bill Would Impel Izembek Road, Undo EPA Efforts

An appropriations bill authored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski would undo two of the Obama administration’s highest profile environmental efforts, and compel a land exchange to build a road in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, to connect King Cove and Cold Bay.

A newspaper requested the Alaska AG’s incriminating texts. The decision not to release them was his.

After Kevin Clarkson resigned, the Department of Law’s response to the newspaper has prompted two lingering questions: Did it fail to turn over records that the Anchorage Daily News was legally entitled to receive? And was Clarkson the right person to decide which records to release?

Sullivan to host meetings in Alaska on veterans’ health care

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan is hosting meetings in Alaska to hear from veterans on health care provided through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Tara Sweeney returns to AFN, now representing feds

Sweeney called for continued vigilance against drug use in Native communities. "I am committed to finding new ways for the BIA to be engaged in protecting our Alaska Native villages," she said. Listen now

Skagway mayor and her mother die after hit by DC tour bus

D.C. Metropolitan Police say 61-year-old Monica Adams Carlson of Skagway, and 85-year-old Cora Louise Adams of Washington state were struck in a crosswalk on Pennsylvania Avenue.