Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

ACLU Presents Disenfranchised Voter Affidavits To Anchorage Assembly

As of noon on April 10, the ACLU of Alaska says more than 150 voters had called or emailed them to report disenfranchisement during last week’s municipal election in Anchorage. They say the voters that contacted them represent at least 54 separate polling places where they encountered problems. The ACLU is presenting affidavits from the disenfranchised voters to the Anchorage Assembly, and pressing for an independent investigation.

Japan Quake Cause for Reevaluation of Proposed Tsunami Warning Center Cuts

Photo and Story by Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC The U.S. House, Tuesday, passed yet another temporary spending bill that would keep...

Feds transfer 23 acres to YKHC for hospital expansion

The U.S. House on Wednesday passed a bill to transfer 23 acres of federal land in Bethel to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

Commissioner Apologizes For Lack Of Communication In Alaska Class Ferry Plan

Transportation Commissioner Pat Kemp on Tuesday apologized for keeping the Marine Highway Advisory Board out of the loop on the Alaska Class Ferry. He and his staff also released a few more details on the vessel’s proposed replacements.

Fourth special session opens with differences over crime, tax bills

Of the two items on the special session agenda, there appears to be more urgency to pass the crime bill. Listen now

Key critic says the votes aren’t there for full repeal of crime bill

The House Judiciary heard a variety of proposed changes to Senate Bill 54. The bill would scale back some of the reductions in criminal sentencing enacted last year. Listen now

Alaska State Legislature urges Congress to address state ivory bans

The resolution takes aim at state laws like those in New York, California, Hawaii and Washington. Those states have passed broad anti-ivory laws in an attempt to combat the poaching of African elephants. Listen now

Republicans leave school budget subcommittee in protest over process

Chairman Rep. Dan Ortiz claims minority-caucus Republicans had more of a say on the governor’s ideas than they had in the past.

Recall Vote to Determine Fate of North Pole Mayor

Flyn Ludington, KUAC – Fairbanks The city of North Pole holds municipal elections next week, the results of which will determine whether Mayor Doug...

Anchorage Election Recount Results Show Confusion at Polls

An Election Recount Board has released the results of a hand recount of the votes cast in 15 precincts during the Anchorage Municipal Election. The Board spent the past couple of weeks checking paper ballots against voting machine results and voter registries.

EPA Administrator To Step Down

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced she’ll step down early next year. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski isn’t sure who should replace her.

Districts Prepare Lawsuit Against Redistricting Plan

The Fairbanks Borough opposes the inclusion of rural areas all the way out to the coast in one of its districts and the Aleutians East Borough does not want to be split up.

Court will hear oral arguments on Medicaid expansion

The issue of Medicaid expansion will be back before a Superior Court in Anchorage Thursday morning. The Republican led legislative council sued last summer to stop Governor Bill Walker from unilaterally expanding Medicaid. Download Audio

New Marijuana Bill Would Require Alaska Residency Of Sellers

The 25-page bill would require marijuana retailers and growers to be licensed by the state, instead of just getting business registrations. Download Audio

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.

Human Rights Commission appointment draws conservative ire

The Senate voted Wednesday to delay a joint session on whether to confirm Gov. Bill Walker’s appointments. When the hearing does happen, one of Walker’s appointments to the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights potentially faces a close vote. Listen now

Education Committee To Pass Pre-Kindergarten Expansion Bill

The Senate Education Committee is ready to pass a bill expanding the number of Pre-Kindergarten programs in local schools across the state.

Military recruiters banned from Anchorage Schools

Military recruiters are no longer welcome at Anchorage schools. Superintendent Ed Graff made the decision after the Anchorage Press published allegations that an Army National Guard recruiter had sex with and made sexual advances toward high school JROTC cadets.

Municipal sales tax could dive due to Walker’s PFD veto

Local governments in Alaska that charge a sales tax could have millions of dollars less in revenue this year. Listen now

This man hopes to bring the gavel down on ANWR drilling

If Democrats take control of the U.S. House, the fate of some of Alaska’s biggest resource priorities could rest with an Arizona congressman most Alaskans have never heard of. Listen now