Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

These DC residents want to channel your voice

Washington, D.C. residents have no vote in Congress. Herd on the Hill sidles up to power by amplifying the voices of others, and on one recent day, they used a letter from Juneau as a ticket in.

At DEC nominee Brune’s confirmation hearing, public testimony centered on Pebble ties

Opposition centered largely on Brune’s involvement with the proposed Pebble Mine. From 2011 to 2014 he served as the public affairs and government relations manager for Anglo American -- a company that backed the project until 2013.

Alaska aims to be first state receiving federal Medicaid funding as a block grant

Gov. Mike Dunleavy told President Donald Trump in a letter dated March 1 that top federal Medicaid official Seema Verma has urged Alaska to be the first state to receive Medicaid dollars as a block grant.

Homer Rep. Vance looks into Board of Fish vote on Cook Inlet meeting location

Homer House Rep. Sarah Vance announced Friday that she is launching an inquiry into the Alaska Board of Fisheries’ January vote to move its 2020 Upper Cook Inlet finfish meeting on the Kenai Peninsula back to Anchorage.

Big parts of Gov. Dunleavy’s agenda remain unfinished. But he still has time, tools at his disposal.

With the legislative session winding down, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has gotten traction with some of his ideas, but many others have stalled. The governor's office is still holding out for more, but his allies say Dunleavy can still declare victory without passage of specific bills or initiatives.

From Texas to Colorado to Scotland, ANWR drilling opponents take their case to CEOs

A small crowd marched on BP's American headquarters in Denver today, demanding the oil conglomerate not drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It's part of a larger effort by environmental groups to target oil companies and also banks.

Pivotal House race recount now favors LeBon by 1 vote

The recount in the pivotal House District 1 race has ended, and the new count favors Bart LeBon by one vote. A LeBon victory would mean Republican control of the Alaska House of Representatives.

Walker Says Rupert Terminal Will Be Rebuilt

Gov. Bill Walker says he’ll continue pushing for construction of a new ferry terminal in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. His administration cancelled project bidding Jan. 21 due to a dispute over construction materials. Download Audio

Bill Pushes For Increased School Funding

In the legislature, a bill that would increase funding for schools has been introduced. A team of nine Democrats want to peg what’s called the “Base Student Allocation” to inflation. That allocation gives school $5,680 for every student they have enrolled, and it’s remained at the same level for the past three years.
Rep. Sam Kito lll addresses the Alaska House of Representatives on April 7, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

Lobbyist tax gets pushback in Alaska state House

State Rep. Sam Kito III wants to close a $200,000 funding gap at the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC), which oversees the activities of candidates, political groups and lobbyists. Listen now

Young: FAA privatization bill harms Alaska air travel

A U.S. House bill would turn air traffic controllers into employees of a non-profit corporation. Surprisingly, the air traffic controllers’ union supports it. Alaska Congressman Don Young says the bill would also undermine Essential Air Service. Download Audio

Fairbanks election lawsuit goes before Supreme Court

Two months after election day, the Alaska Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments at a Jan. 4 oral hearing in the lawsuit holding up Alaska’s House District 1 election.

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy wields veto pen to attack state Supreme Court over abortion ruling

For years, the Alaska Supreme Court has stymied conservatives' efforts to limit state-funded abortion. On Friday, GOP Gov. Mike Dunleavy employed a new tactic: He vetoed $335,000 from the Supreme Court's budget, in a move that critics say threatens the judiciary's independence.

Rural Alaskans brace for impact as Power Cost Equalization funds disappear

As legislative gridlock continues over funds included in an annual sweep into state savings, rural Alaskans soon could see more expensive electricity bills.

Alaskans greet Mueller report with shrugs, nods and dismay

We went to a Fred Meyer parking lot in Midtown Anchorage to ask Alaskans what they think of the Mueller report.

Republican Talerico falls one vote short of becoming House speaker

The vote was the latest action in a stalemate that’s preventing Alaska’s House of Representatives from beginning work this session.

Alaska Native arts teacher asks governor to reconsider proposed budget cuts

Gov. Michael Dunleavy’s impending budget cut proposals loomed large at the Governor’s Arts and Humanities Awards last week in Juneau.

Alaska ferries freeze autumn ticket sales amid uncertain future

The Alaska Marine Highway System has stopped selling tickets past September. That’s in anticipation to deep cuts that could be fatal to the state ferry network.

Von Imhof to Anchorage School Board: Dunleavy ‘budget bomb’ unlikely, but expect cuts

Anchorage Republican Senator Natasha von Imhof told the Anchorage School Board Monday night that districts should expect less funding next year, but not at the level proposed by Governor Mike Dunleavy.

Republican senators concerned with scale of proposed budget cuts

While Democratic senators have been most outspoken in their opposition to Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget cuts, it’s the Republicans who control the Senate majority. Several Republican senators on the Finance Committee have expressed concerns.