Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Meeting On Wood Stove, Boiler Pollution Draws Big Crowd

There continues to be concern in Fairbanks about proposed state regulations aimed at reducing fine particulate pollution from wood stoves and boilers. The latest in a series of public meetings on the proposals, a hearing and open house this week, drew big turn outs. Download Audio

Soboleff Wins Sealaska Board Seat, Nelson Becomes Chairman

The regional Native corporation for Southeast Alaska has a new CEO, a new board chairman and a new board member. Leaders of Juneau-headquartered Sealaska are following a direction set by their predecessors. But they promise some changes, following a recent board election. Download Audio

Weyhrauch Trial Delay Request Will Be Considered on Friday

Matt Miller & Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau A request for a trial delay for former state Representative Bruce Weyhrauch will be considered in...
A landscape view of water and tundra in northern Alaska.

USGS scientist resigns in tussle over release of NPR-A data

A top scientist resigned late last year to protest what he saw as a threat to the agency’s scientific integrity. The deputy secretary of Interior was pressing the USGS to allow a preview of its findings on the oil potential in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. Listen now

Obama brought attention to threatened Arctic villages, but little funding so far

It’s been more than a year since President Barack Obama visited Alaska and became the first sitting president to travel above the Arctic Circle. The trip was designed to draw attention to climate change in the lead up to last year’s international conference in Paris. And the president went out of his way to highlight Alaska villages threatened by rapid erosion. But as Obama prepares to leave office, most of those villages find themselves no closer to a solution. Listen Now

Gov. Walker Outlines Priorities For Legislative Session

The Alaska Legislature gavels in tomorrow afternoon for the 29th session. Lawmakers - along with all Alaskans will get a better sense of Governor Bill Walker's agenda for the next 90 days in two speeches this week - the State of the State and the State of the budget. Walker took some time today to talk about his priorities. He says he has a few guiding principles as he crafts a budget this year. Download Audio

Ferry reform effort gets a legislative boost

The effort to reform the Alaska Marine Highway System took a step forward Thursday. The House Transportation Committee voted to instruct staff to draft legislation that would establish a public corporation to take over the system. But it’s a long way from a done deal. Listen now

Alaska Marine Highway System cuts ferry terminal positions

The Alaska Marine Highway System has cut 20 shore positions as officials deal with a scaled back budget.

Alaska National Guard Responds to Allegations of Sexual Assault

The Alaska Alaska National Guard is responding to allegations of sexual assault within its ranks. Brigadier General Mike Bridges, the Commander of the Alaska National Guard says there have been nearly more than two dozen alleged cases of sexual assault since 2009.
Sen. Berta Gardner addresses the Alaska Senate on April 7, 2014 . (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Senate gavels out and ends its special session

Three days after the state House’s adjournment, the Senate has also gaveled out, ending the the latest special session in Juneau. In closing remarks, senators differed over how successful the body was in addressing the state’s legislative challenges this year. Listen now

Egan Joins Majority As Transportation Chairman

Juneau Senator Dennis Egan is the first Democrat to join the new Alaska Senate majority. He’ll chair the Senate Transportation Committee, according to a press release from the majority caucus.

Anchorage judge, in reversal, pauses Dunleavy recall to wait for Alaska Supreme Court ruling

The order blocks the Recall Dunleavy campaign from gathering signatures to put the question on the ballot until the Alaska Supreme Court reviews the case.

Begich Furloughs Staff, Will Return Fraction of Pay

Senator Mark Begich says everyone will need to feel the pinch of sequester, so he’s decided to return a portion of his salary to the Treasury this year. Download Audio

Alaska Edition: Judicial Council

One of your duties as a voter is to select judges for retention. Toward the back of your voter guide, you will find considerable information about those judges. Their basic biography-everything from their age to what communities in the state that they have been residents of. Their education, the political and government positions they have held, their interests and a statement from the judges themselves. KSKA: Friday, October 31 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Friday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 1 at 4:30 p.m. Download Audio

Trump administration responds to criticism about continued work on Arctic drilling during shutdown

The Interior department has responded to questions from a Democratic Congressman about its continued work to advance oil development in Alaska during the partial government shutdown.

Assembly To Hash Out Budget, Bus Fares and Library Funding

During last week's regular Anchorage Assembly meeting dozens testified at the second public hearing on the 2014 Municipal budget. They were concerned about two things: bus fares and library services. Download Audio

Anchorage Assembly Member Pushes For Pot Ban In Municipality

The Anchorage Municipality may use its leverage as the state's population center to influence how laws on commercial marijuana take shape in the year ahead. Download Audio

Massive Ground Game Underway in Senate Race

Between the candidate campaigns and Outside groups, nearly $52 million has been spent to try to influence your vote in the U.S. Senate race. Much of that is spent on advertising, for Sen. Mark Begich or Republican challenger Dan Sullivan. But in the end, every race is decided by who actually turns out to vote, so there's a ground game underway.

House Speaker Adds Agrium to Refinery Assistance Bill

Gov. Sean Parnell’s $150 million-dollar bill to subsidize Alaska’s oil refineries grew to $200 million today, when House Speaker Mike Chenault expanded it to include the Agrium fertilizer plant in Nikiski. Download Audio

Sponsor says Alaska elections initiative has enough signatures to be placed on ballot

Several ballot initiatives and village public safety are among the issues likely to draw attention ahead of the upcoming legislative session.