Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Under this compromise bill, the Legislature would have to set PFD amounts each year, or it would have to set a formula through a different bill.

The state Department of Health and Social Services said the state would need to hire workers to ensure the state meets federal requirements. Listen now

The bonds are part of an older state plan to borrow money specifically for investing, and to reduce the state’s pension obligations to its retired workers. Listen now

High costs and limited accessibility spark search by elected officials for potential municipal fixes. Listen now

Some of Medicaid providers might have to close their doors and go out of business, according to assistant commissioner. Listen now

A major piece of the end-of-session talks is a bill to draw from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government. The conference committee on Senate Bill 26 is scheduled to meet Saturday. Listen now

Former state senator John Torgerson has been appointed to run the Denali Commission while a search is underway for the organization's next leader. Listen now

Yes for Salmon’s backers want Alaska to toughen the permitting process for mines, dams and other projects in salmon habitat. But during oral arguments, the state argued it goes against the state constitution because it forces the legislature to prioritize salmon habitat over other uses. Listen now

Senate lawmakers heard public testimony on proposed capital budget, including from tourism industry representatives asking to restore $3 million for marketing the Senate cut. Listen now

A report by the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council said the state should make it policy to promote Alaska Native language schools wherever possible. Listen now

The council adopted a separate professional workplace conduct policy. It prohibits a variety of behavior. Listen now

The Permanent Fund Corp. is urging the Legislature to pass a plan – so that they’re able to manage fund investments more effectively. Listen now

Democrats in Congress are sounding the alarm about the Interior Department's efforts to hold an offshore oil lease sale in the Beaufort Sea next year. Listen now

That sets up the race for House District 34 to be between two sitting Juneau Assembly members, Democrat Rob Edwardson and Republican Jerry Nankervis. Listen now

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

State payments for the credits slowed as oil prices fell. But companies have said the delayed payments have hurt development. Listen now

The trade mission is part of Walker’s goal to deepen commercial ties with China.

About 79,295 ballots were cast, pushing turnout to just over 36 percent, a high figure relative to Anchorage’s normal local election returns. The vote certification upholds preliminary results. Listen now

Senator Lisa Murkowski used a mudslide prone stretch of the Denali National Park Road to point to the need for more funding to address major maintenance at parks. Listen now

The top job at the federal agency tasked with coordinating help for Alaska villages threatened by climate change will soon be vacant. Listen now